Scholarships for International Students

 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!

Scholarships for International Students: the list!

GSBA Scholarship Fund 

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. Our 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.

International Teacher Education Program

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.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships (multiple)

Amount: varies

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.

Red Thread Foundation for Women Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

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.

Achievement Scholarship for Refugees and Immigrants of Wake County

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.

CLAES Noble Future Female Leader Scholarship 

Amount: $1,000

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.

Charles and Melva T. Owen Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March 31

Eligibility:

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).

Davis Putter Scholarship Fund

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.

WIIT Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

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.

Employment BOOST Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline(s): April 1, July 1, October 1, January 1

Eligibility: 1 of our 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.

Intertech STEM Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

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

Great Minds in STEM Scholarship

Amount: between $500 and $10,000

Deadline: April 30

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must demonstrate merit through academic achievements, leadership and campus/community activities
  • Applicants must be pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math degree
  • Applicants must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicants must be of Hispanic descent and/or must demonstrate significant leadership or service within the underserved community
  • Recipients must be enrolled in a STEM undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.

Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship - Master’s Degree Programs 

Deadline: May 15 

Eligibility: Candidates must:

  • Be proficient in English
  • Have a bachelor's degree
  • Have a strong commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace as shown through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Potential for leadership
  • Have at least three years of full-time experience in peace or development work

Mpower Global Citizen Scholarship 

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.

Mpower Women in STEM Scholarship 

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.

American Association of University Women International Fellowship

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.

Teen Changemakers Essay Contest

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.

North Carolina Hispanic College Fund Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: December 15

Eligibility: The NCSHP established this charitable fund at Triangle Community Foundation to benefit Hispanic students in North Carolina. 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.

PEO International Peace Scholarship

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.

ASHFoundation Graduate Student Scholarship for International Students 

Amount: $5,000 per winner

Deadline: Opens in 2021 

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.

Fulbright Program for Foreign Students

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.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

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. 

You are Welcome Here Scholarship 

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.

KC International Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: Rolling

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.

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