Student assistance and scholarships

The School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Arizona State University are dedicated to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students. There are many resources and services at ASU available to assist you in all stages of your academic journey.

SFIS Study abroad scholarships

The School for the Future of Innovation in Society study abroad scholarships support students who want to participate in a special learning experience in another country. Two scholarship awards of $500 will be awarded to qualified students currently enrolled in, and in good standing with, an SFIS degree program. This scholarship is only applicable for approved SFIS sponsored and co-sponsored abroad programs. Students may choose from the following eligible programs:

For summer 2022

Cambodia and Vietnam: Countries of Historic Resilience Facing a Future of Rising Seas

How to apply:

Please send a written application to Director of Business Operations, Lori Hidinger, [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Director of Business Operations and two SFIS faculty members. Priority will be given to students with high need for financial assistance. Applicants must be in good standing with their SFIS degree program for consideration.

Please include in your application:

  • Which Study Abroad Program you intend to enroll in
  • A statement of financial need (500 words)
  • A budget demonstrating need, including program costs to you and current funding secured or pending
  • Optional supplement: Explain any unusual personal circumstances the scholarship reviewers should consider

All scholarships awarded through this fund is contingent on student acceptance and completion of the study abroad program.

SFIS student emergency fund

The student emergency fund assists SFIS students by providing limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to an unexpected emergency. Examples of unexpected emergency situations include accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, or the need for temporary housing. Priority will be given to students whose enrollment at the university may be at risk because of such expenses. 

This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid. Funding is limited to under $500, and most grants are under $150.  Please note the school may not be able to fulfill all requests, and funds may count as income and may be subject to federal and/or state taxes.

Possible expenses covered by the student emergency fund: (this list is not exhaustive)

  • Medication and other costs related to emergency medical care
  • Temporary housing
  • Food and groceries
  • Safety needs
  • Replacement of essential belongings, due to fire, theft or natural disaster
  • Travel costs related to the death or illness of an immediate family member

Expenses NOT covered: (this list is not exhaustive)

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance and study abroad costs
  • Nonessential utilities (e.g., cable), household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Parking tickets
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, nonemergency travel or other nonessential expenses

Eligibility requirements. Applicants must:

  • have an immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident or other unexpected critical incidents
  • be currently enrolled at least part-time in an SFIS degree program
  • have a 2.0 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing, and
  • have not previously received SFIS Student Emergency Funds in the past 12 months


To apply for funding from the SFIS student emergency fund, send a written request to the Director of Business Operations Lori Hidinger, [email protected].         

Please Include:

  • A statement/explanation of the need
  • The desired amount of financial assistance
  • Any available supporting documentation (e.g., billing statements, receipts, repair estimates)

Your request will be confidentially reviewed by the SFIS Deputy Director with the SFIS Director of Business Operations to make a final decision on the grant funding amount.  When a student is awarded a grant, the allocated amount will be transferred to a student’s ASU account (and will be applied to any outstanding balance before the remainder is dispersed to the student).

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