According to a recent CNN article, there are more than 1 million (!!) international students in the United States, with the greatest number of students coming from countries such as China, India, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Students may come to the US for college and/or graduate school for a wide variety of reasons, but perhaps the biggest reason is that the US is home to some of the greatest and most highly valued universities across the globe.
Earning a degree from a US college or university prepares international students to either work towards employment in the US or to head back to their home country with a degree under their belt that has a strong international reputation.
However, one of the biggest downfalls to earning a degree in the US is that it can be very expensive, and that’s without the additional costs that international students must cover for things like obtaining a student visa and health insurance, and plane tickets to travel home throughout the year (just to name a few).
Luckily, scholarships are a great way for international students to help cover some of the costs associated with attending a higher education institution in the US. So, without further ado, here are some great scholarships that are targeted specifically towards international students!
Amount: up to $13,000
Deadline: January 8
Eligibility: GSBA awards educational scholarships to LGBTQ and allied students who are committed to making a difference in the world. Their scholarships range up to $13,000 annually and are meant to provide significant support as you pursue your educational goals. GSBA doesn’t check citizenship status when reviewing applications.
Amount: $10,000 per student
Deadline: January 15
Eligibility: The ITE Scholarship provides as many as seven young women from countries other than the United States the opportunity to study in American colleges and/or universities.
She must be a non-U.S. citizen residing outside the United States and maintain that residency status from the time of application to the awarding of the scholarship.
Deadline: February 15
Eligibility: The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a female/woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science.
Must be enrolled in an ABET-accredited program. Accredited programs are based on ABET accreditation for colleges and universities in the U.S and internationally. The list of SWE-approved programs is the same list as the ABET-accredited programs in engineering (EAC), computing (CAC), and technology (TAC). Visit abet.org for more information.
Deadline: February 26
Eligibility: Women of an international background, including foreign students, immigrants, or first-generation Americans, who are first-year entrants to a U.S. college or university program are eligible to apply for the Red Thread Scholarship Program. Applicants to graduate programs are not eligible. There are no GPA or U.S. residency requirements.
Amount: up to $16,000, paid over 4 years
Deadline: March 1
Eligibility: The Achievement Scholarship for Refugees and Immigrants in Wake County will provide financial awards for refugee and immigrant high school graduates who reside in Wake County to continue their education in a post-secondary setting. Minimum 2.5 GPA to apply.
Deadline: March 15
Eligibility: The Claes Nobel Future Female Leader award was established to encourage and empower young women to assume future leadership roles in their colleges and universities, their careers, and communities and to become mentors for the young women following in their footsteps. Open to high school seniors who identify as female with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Deadline: March 31
1) Must be legally blind (PDF) in both eyes;
2) Must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico;
3) Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study in a degree program at a U.S. institution in the fall of the year of application (one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time);
4) Must participate in the entire NFB National Convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities (finalists will receive assistance to attend the national convention).
Deadline: March 31, August 1, November 30
Eligibility: Open to students who are currently enrolled in high school or college.
Amount: up to $15,000
Deadline: April 1
Eligibility: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement.
Deadline(s): April 1 and November 1
Eligibility: This merit-based scholarship is awarded twice per year to support and encourage women to study all aspects of International Trade including commercial relations, trade policy and negotiations, economic development, women’s economic empowerment, and more.
Applicants must identify as female and be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university or college, either full-time or part-time. Applicants must be undergraduate Juniors or Seniors or enrolled in graduate studies.
Deadline(s): April 1, July 1, October 1, January 1
Eligibility: 1 of their scholarships is reserved for STEM students. Students must be currently enrolled in a U.S.-based high school or college. Students graduating from high school must plan to attend college during the fall semester in the same year as the application. Eligible colleges include two-year and four-year universities in the United States. Students who apply must have a minimum GPA of 3.6. Current (unofficial) transcripts must be sent with the application.
Deadline: April 15
Eligibility: Intertech STEM scholarships are non-renewable and are awarded for one year to a scholarship recipient in the amount of $2500 to a college-bound high school graduating applicant, starting higher education in the fall of the same year.
To be eligible, the student must possess:
-Cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 or higher
-An intent to study computer science
Amount: between $500 and $10,000
Deadline: April 30
Deadline: April 30 and August 31
Deadline: May 15
Eligibility: Candidates must:
Deadline: July 15
Eligibility: Open to high school seniors and international students across the world, this contest tasks students with making an original video about how a growing human population may cause problems for humanity and our planet.
Amount: $3,000 (Grand Prize) $1,000 (Honorable Mention, 2 available)
Deadline: July 20
Eligibility: Awarded to international and DACA students enrolled at Universities MPOWER supports.
Amount: $3,000 (Grand Prize) $1,000 (Honorable Mention, 2 available)
Deadline: July 20
Eligibility: Awarded to female international and DACA students enrolled or accepted to study full-time in a STEM degree program at a program MPOWER supports in the US or Canada.
Deadline: July 23
Eligibility: Open to high school juniors and seniors, including international students.
Deadline: August 31
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in either a high school, undergraduate school, or graduate school located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.
Deadline: November 12
Eligibility: Open to college and graduate school students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Amount: $18,000 - $30,000
Deadline: November 15
Eligibility: International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.
Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by the application deadline, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application.
Amount: $250 - $1,000
Deadline: December 1
Eligibility: Must be a current high school student. Must provide your high school teacher or counselor information for verification.
Deadline: December 15
Eligibility: Scholarship recipients are recent graduates of North Carolina high schools who are of Hispanic/Latino background. Recipients of the NC Hispanic College Fund scholarship must enroll in a degree program at a community college or a 2 or 4-year college/university and be committed to public service and community development. Preference will be given to foreign-born applicants or the native-born children of foreign-born parents.
Amount: maximum of $12,500
Deadline: December 15 (see this page for details)
Eligibility: An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. A student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is not eligible. In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year.
Amount: $5,000 per winner
Deadline: Opens in 2022
Eligibility: Up to three graduate student scholarships, underwritten by the Kala Singh Memorial Fund, for international students studying in the United States. Only non-U.S. citizens are eligible.
The applicant must be accepted for, or enrolled in, graduate study in a communication sciences and disorders program in the United States. Clinical doctoral programs in audiology or master's programs in speech-language pathology must be accredited by, or in candidacy status from, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; this does not apply to research doctoral programs. The applicant must be enrolled in full-time study for the full academic year.
Amount: see below
Deadline: see below
Eligibility: The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide. Program eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country. Please use the drop-down menu here to find information about the Fulbright Program in your home country, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.
Amount: Financial support includes, but is not limited to, tuition fees, accommodation, books, and other scholastic materials.
Deadline: The application process and decision-making are managed individually by each partner. If you are interested in becoming a Scholar, you must apply through the university of your choice.
Eligibility: The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is developing Africa’s next generation of leaders. For an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree, candidates must be 29 years old or under at the time they apply. For a graduate (master’s) degree, candidates must be 35 years old or under at the time they apply. In addition, each university has its own eligibility criteria. Carefully review the application requirements at the institution to which you are interested in applying. The scope of majors and degrees eligible for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program varies from institution to institution.
Amount: covers a minimum of 50% tuition
Deadline: varies by institution - click here for the list of participating colleges & universities
Eligibility: First-year international applicant in any field of study/major to a participating college or university. The applicant must meet the admission criteria and adhere to the deadlines at his/her college or university. Details will vary from school to school. The applicant must demonstrate interest and initiative in promoting intercultural learning and exchange.
Participating colleges and universities will each offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover a minimum of 50% tuition to selected international undergraduates dedicated to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message.
Eligibility: Open to full-time international students with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Applicants should be in pursuit of careers that further the mission of Pilot International by seeking to influence positive change in communities throughout the world.
The applicant must have a record of active participation in volunteer service and show outstanding leadership ability. Awards are based on community service, leadership roles, career choice, academic success, and application contents.