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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Davis-Putter Scholarship
  • Up to $6,000 for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States.
  • Approximately 25 scholarships awarded each year.
  • Eligible candidates are student activists who can demonstrate financial need.
  • Open to all international students
  • Deadline is April 1 each year.
  • http://www.davisputter.org/
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
  • Graduate study (all expenses paid) for 4-6 years.
  • Thirty-five scholarships awarded each year.
  • Eligible candidates are college seniors and recent graduates with a 3.6 GPA (minimum) and a strong record of leadership.
  • Open to all international students
  • Deadline is January 15 each year.
  • www.jackkentcookefoundation.org
Fulbright Student Award
  • One year of overseas study and research in your home country.
  • More than 900 awards each year to more than 100 participating countries.
  • Deadline is October 1 each year.
  • http://www.iie.org/fulbright
Grace Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • Requirements: Applicants must be from China, or another developing country in Southeast Asia, and have completed at least one year of study in higher education.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0, a TOEFL score of 500, and express financial need.
  • Deadline is January 31 each year
  • P.O. Box 924, Menlo Park, California 94026-0924
  • Write to the above address to request an application and more information
Graphic  Arts Technical Foundation
  • Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation
  • The purpose of the Scholarship Foundation is to provide scholarships to qualified and interested students who want to prepare for careers in this growing, dynamic industry.
  • To be eligible to compete for a scholarship award, the student must be interested in a career in graphic communications
  • All scholarship students must be full-time.
  • Open to all international students
  • Deadline is November 1 every year
  • Visit www.gatf.org

Armenian Students Association of America, Inc.

  • Applicants must be of Armenian ancestry, be a full-time student, attending a four year accredited college or university in the U.S., and have completed at least the first year of college.
  • The scholarship is based on financial need, academic performance, and participation in extracurricular activities.
  • Open to students from Armenia
  • Deadline: March 15 every year
  • 395 Concord Ave., Balmont, MA 02178; (617) 4849548
  • Write to the above address to request an application and more information
  • http://www.asainc.org/index.php
Nepal Student Organization
  • Nepal Scholarships awards undergraduate college scholarships to Nepalese citizens in all fields of study at the undergraduate level.
  • Open to students from Nepal.
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Visit http://usa.wnso.org
Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
  • The purpose of the grant is to support the education of women from developing countries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in a developing country.
  • Open to all nationalities.
  • Deadline is February 1 every year
  • Visit worldbank.org
NATO Scientific and Environmental Affairs Division
  • The objective of the Science Fellowships program is to prepare for the long-term future by training young researchers.
  • Open to students from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, The United Kingdom, Canada
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • http://www.nato.int/science/index.html

Celanese Canada Internationalist Fellowships

  • This fellowship is for Canadians to study abroad in order to build their international competence, and to further Canada’s participation in the world economy into the new millennium.
  • Open to students from Canada
  • http://www.cbie.ca/english/scholarship/canadians.htm
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
  • The program provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level study leading to a masters or doctoral degree
  • Demonstrate superior achievement in their undergraduate studies and hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.
  • Have substantial experience in community service or development-related activities. Possess leadership potential evidenced by their employment and academic experience
  • Open to students from Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam
  • http://www.fordifp.net/

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How to Apply for a Scholarship or Fellowship
  1.  Start planning for application early. Take your time researching opportunities and carefully crafting your application materials several months ahead of deadlines.
  2. If you are a 3rd year student looking to attend graduate school, begin to collect information about the scholarship(s) over the summer.  Visit websites and read thoroughly.
  3. Meet with the scholarship’s faculty representative or visit the website for more information.
  4. Begin to complete the application well in advance of the deadline. This will allow time for revisions, which are always necessary. Many applications are easy to revise, because they are downloadable web documents.
  5. Ask several people to review your application essay (e.g., the faculty rep, your academic advisor, a member of your family, someone at the Writing Center). Ask for constructive criticism of your essay.
How to Prepare for Application
  • Discover and follow your passions!
  • Maintain an excellent GPA. Most scholarships require you have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Engage in valuable and interesting experiences that will catch the attention of employers, graduate school admissions committees, and scholarship boards (e.g., independent research, special projects, foreign language study, study abroad and other off-campus programs, leadership position in a club, or an internship).
  • Gather support from faculty and staff to serve as recommenders for your applications.

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LOANS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Comprehensive education loan for international and distance learning students that does not require a U.S. co-signer:
Global Student Loan Company (GSLC), http://www.globalslc.com/
 
Federal student loans are not available for international students but there are private loan options available for international students with a US cosigner
 
CitiAssist Loan by Citibank
  • Amounts: Maximum loan amount - Up to the cost of attendance minus any financial aid. Maximum cumulative education debt is $110,000 including both private and federal loans.
  • Co-Signers: All international students require a creditworthy U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signer.
  • INS documentation is required for international students (I-55I or I-94 or I-20). The CitiAssist Loan co-signer release option may allow your co-signer to be released from the loan if you are a creditworthy graduate and have made your first 48 consecutive payments on time.
  • Pre-Approval: On-line application at www.studentloan.com
  • Repayment: Repayment period up to 15 years.
  • Repayment begins six months after leaving school or dropping below half-time status. There are no prepayment penalties or an interest-only option for 24 or 24 months after graduation. E-Z Pay lowers interest rate by .25% for making automatic loan payments from banking account. CitiExtra Savings lowers interest rate by .50% if you make your first 48 scheduled payments on time and continue to make on-time payments.
  • https://www.studentloan.com/   Contact: Phone: (800) 745-5473
Organization of American States/Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund
  • Eligibility: National of a Latin American or Caribbean member State of OAS.
  • Applicant must also have a grade point average of 3.0 from their current or most recent academic institution.
  • Applicant must be accepted as a full-time student and plan to return to their country of origin after completion of their studies.
  • Amounts: Maximum loan amount is $7,500 U.S. dollars per loan. Aggregate total of $15,000 U.S. dollars during the course of the studies for which the loan was granted.
  • Co-Signers: All student loans must be underwritten by a guarantor. U.S. citizen or permanent resident can guarantee the loan.
  • Repayment: Repayment begins three months after the completion of the studies for which the loan was approved. Loan repayment is scheduled in not more than fifty equal monthly payments. Borrowers may pay their loans at an accelerated rate, increasing their monthly payments, or in a lump sum at any time.
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