Asher & Lyric Study Abroad Scholarship

Updated on October 18, 2018 by Asher Fergusson

Both Asher and Lyric Fergusson were fortunate to study abroad as students. In fact, they first met at their university because Asher (originally from Australia) received a scholarship to study in the USA for his undergraduate degree.

These experiences have lead to many great opportunities and they haven’t stopped traveling since.

This scholarship program aims to support current students wishing to experience new cultures and to broaden their perspectives.


Scholarship Details

Before each Fall and Spring Semester, one winner will receive:

  • $1800 scholarship for studying abroad
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card for buying travel accessories
  • Optional 1hr call with Asher for tips on studying abroad ($120 value)

The total value of each bi-annual scholarship is over $2000.

Who Can Apply

Candidates must:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a full-time student (high school, undergraduate, or masters)
  • Have GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have already applied or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by their high school, college, or university
  • Be planning to attend a study abroad program outside the US and Canada
  • Submit a 400 to 500 word application essay (details below)
  • Be willing to document their study abroad experience with one 1,500 word essay which will include photos (at least one selfie) and be shared on the Asher & Lyric blog


How to Apply

First, make sure you’ve read all the above eligibility requirements and full-length rules below. Once you’re convinced of your eligibility, simply fill out this Google Form ➜

  • 2019 Spring Application Deadline: December 1st, 2018
  • 2019 Spring Award Date: December 31st, 2018
  • 2019 Fall Application Deadline: May 1st, 2019
  • 2019 Fall Award Date: May 31st, 2019

Please Note: if you’re a high school student applying for a Summer study abroad program, please apply by the May 1st deadline.

The winning candidate will be notified via email and published on this webpage.

Your essay needs to answer these two questions (400 to 500 words max):

  • What do you hope to gain from your study abroad experience?
  • How do you think this experience will improve your life and/or future career?


Scholarship Rules

  • One entry per student.
  • Only winning applicants will receive a notification via email.
  • The 2019 application period starts on June 1st, 2018.
  • If you fail to answer the essay questions adequately or write more than 500 words your application will be deemed ineligible.
  • To be eligible you must have already applied or been accepted into a 2019 study abroad program eligible for credit by your high school, college, or university.
  • Once submitted, no confirmation email will be sent to the applicant. Any other requests related to the application will not guarantee a response from Asher or Lyric.
  • The essay must be written in grammatically correct English.
  • All essays must be 100% original. You acknowledge that your essay once submitted becomes property of Asher & Lyric and may be posted on their blog and social media accounts. Additionally, if you are the winner of the scholarship, you must be willing to document your study abroad experience with one unique 1500-word essay which will include photos (at least one selfie), and you must be okay with it being owned by and shared on the Asher & Lyric blog.
  • Asher & Lyric will personally review all applications. They will select one winner per semester based upon the most interesting, compelling and well-written essay submitted by the deadline. Their decision will be made by the award date and will be final.
  • This scholarship award must be used solely for study abroad expenses. The winner will be responsible for any applicable taxes. The winner must also provide a completed W-9 form (per tax law) in order to receive the $1800 check and other awards in the mail.

Still have questions? Contact us ➜

Previous Award Recipients

The winning applicant will receive an email notification each semester on or before the award dates above. We will also add there name to the list below.

Fall 2018 – Devin Cain (University of Maryland)

Devin from the University of Maryland who is studying for one semester in Madrid, Spain is the first winner of this scholarship. UPDATE: In October 2018, Devin posted this 3 min video of his experience in Spain so far. Looks like he’s having fun!


About Asher & Lyric

Asher & Lyric Fergusson are passionate travelers who have lived all over the world. One of their most-loved topics to write about is detailed checklists on what to bring for an overseas trip. Here are a few links to some of their packing lists for the most popular study abroad destinations:

Africa | Australia | China | Costa Rica | India | Ireland | Italy | Japan | London | Mexico | Paris | Spain

They also write about their personal travel experiences and often focus on sharing tips for having a safer and more enjoyable journey. Their favorite city to visit is Paris and their favorite country to visit is India. They have two young children named Kingsley and Aurora.