IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants were made available for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to make it possible for them to participate in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad. With the goal to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, a cohort of exceptional undergraduate students were selected, with consideration given to the following factors: financial need; status as first-generation college students; status as members of underrepresented racial/ethnic/gender groups; disabilities; and the lack of experience with travel abroad.
 
Travel Grants can be used not only for travel to and from the country of study, but also within the region, enabling students to make the most of their international experience.
 
After recipients complete their study abroad experience, they will become Generation Study Abroad Ambassadors. They will be invited to share their international experience with their home community through presentations, webinars, or local media, encouraging others to pursue study abroad and illustrate the academic and professional benefits received from such opportunities. 
 
IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants were made possible by the generous support of private donors. Lead funding to launch the program and continued support was provided by Santander US.