Study Abroad Access Initiative

Program Overview

The goal of the Study Abroad Access Initiative (SAAI) is to encourage University of Memphis (UofM) students in underrepresented populations in study abroad to participate in an international education experience by eliminating the upfront financial barriers associated with studying abroad.

The UofM Center for International Education Services (CIES) is partnering with the TRiO Program and Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change in offering active members of the TRiO and Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI) an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to supplement the upfront cost of a passport and round-trip international flight associated with a UofM study abroad program.


To be considered for the SAAI Scholarship, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following by the deadline:

  • Complete Online Application
  • Apply for national, international scholarships, and UofM scholarships for study abroad, in which applicants qualify for
    • Staff from the UofM study abroad office, TRiO, and HAMMI will provide and identify resources to help the students with the application process for other scholarships

Application Deadlines
Spring Semester: October 1
Spring Break: November 1
Fall Semester: March 1
Academic Year: March 1
Summer: March 1

SAAI Recipient Requirements

Students Awarded the SAAI Scholarship must complete the following:

  • Meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss the passport application process
  • Submit receipt for a passport application to study abroad office
  • Meet with study abroad advisor to identify an international round-trip flight for the study abroad program
  • Must give a power-point presentation at a TRiO or HAAMI meeting following the study abroad program
    • The presentation must cover application, planning process, and highlights of study abroad experience

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