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Merit scholarships for int'l students - compiling a list

SombreSombre 224 replies49 postsRegistered User Junior Member
Hey,

I've tried searching around but I haven't come across anything that was conclusive. I've tried using CollegeBoard's search engine but it seems to be able to only filter results for need-based financial aid, not merit.

This thread, I believe, will be helpful for any international student who is looking to apply for such merit-based aid, whether academic or athletic.

So far, this is what I've got, which isn't much by any means:

- Villanova University (up to full tuition)
- University of Southern California (half tuition and full tuition scholarships are available in limited amounts)
- Eastern Michigan University (only that difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition)

There are more universities/colleges which offer partial scholarships and/or waive the difference between in-state and out-of-state fees. Minnesota State University, Moorhead and Bemidji State are such examples.

What most international students on CC would be looking for, I believe, is for scholarships that could be covering up to the full cost of tuition and perhaps room and board. One doesn't have to be very smart to realise that there probably aren't too many of them and it's likely that they're competitive to get.

I understand it might seem counterintuitive to publicly share information which may potentially hinder one in the application process but hey, things are already competitive enough for int'l applicants requiring aid, to the extent that most places offering such aid are probably nearly as selective as the top 10 are! What big of a difference would more students, perhaps (!), applying be? The way I see it, it's a big lottery that we're all buying.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids 83964 replies1009 postsForum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Forum Champion
    I believe that UA Huntsville does award its assured scholarships to int'ls. They are very generous and include some free rides for high stats.

    Alabama (the flagship) does award free tuition to int'ls with ACT 32+ or M+CR SAT 1400+ and a 3.5+ GPA....if the int'l is accepted by Dec 1st....so apply early. the app goes online in July. These scholarships are ASSURED for stats as long as you meet the deadline...no limit to the number of awards.
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  • SombreSombre 224 replies49 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you for contribution. I often see you post in such threads. Really, I appreciate it and I'm sure I speak for most college applicants here when I say that.

    Now, I find the drastic difference in focus between the "top colleges" and those "lower down the rankings" intriguing. Gainining a seat in such colleges is then only a matter of meeting the academic requirements? (of course, if there is something incredibly wrong with one which is made blatant in their essay, then yeah, they'd be in trouble - think, homicidal thoughts or something...) Why would they award *full* scholarships on the basis of SAT scores alone? That's just for the reasoning test, yes? Is it because it would increase their average scores? Another interesting thing - from what I gather, state colleges have much less money on offer and as such rarely offer any kind of aid (or at least, that's what I've been told), so where does the $$$ come from?

    Are the majority of such generous (haha) colleges in the south?
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  • Ana1Ana1 414 replies6 postsRegistered User Member
    Rice, but not for EA or transfer internationals.
    Allen International Scholarship Outstanding applicants who are foreign nationals.
    Full Tuition. Renewable for four years.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids 83964 replies1009 postsForum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Forum Champion
    ) Why would they award *full* scholarships on the basis of SAT scores alone? That's just for the reasoning test, yes? Is it because it would increase their average scores? Another interesting thing - from what I gather, state colleges have much less money on offer and as such rarely offer any kind of aid (or at least, that's what I've been told), so where does the $$$ come from?

    They aren't awarding based on test scores alone. They are using GPA as well. The combo of both is a good predictor of how well a student will do. Is it perfect? No. But what system is? Even the ivies don't have a perfect admissions system that assures that their students will all do super well.


    As to your other question.... State schools don't usually have a lot of money to offer as "need based" other than gov't aid (state and federal). They sometimes have donors who will fund scholarships to get more top students on campus. And, yes, many of these schools are in the south, but I wouldn't be surprised if a few other schools don't adopt their model.
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  • 082349082349 2143 replies85 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Here's what I found by using Google:

    University of Chicago:
    Merit scholarships for International Students

    Our honor scholarships are among the oldest merit awards in the country. Seeking to recognize applicants for their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to their communities, we offer merit scholarships to international applicants. To be considered for a merit scholarship, simply check the scholarship box on the first page of the application for admission. Scholarship winners who were admitted under the Early Action plan will be notified by April. All other winners will receive notification with their offer of admission.
    https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/costs/international.shtml

    Boston University:
    International students are considered for the Trustee and Presidential Scholarships only.
    Trustee: full tuition
    Presidential: $20,000 a year

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges:
    Trustee Scholarship: Trustee scholars are awarded $20,000 annually.
    Hersh Scholarships, awarded one each to a young man and a young woman: full tuition and fees.
    The Wood Scholarship is awarded each year to the most academically outstanding student: full tuition.
    Faculty Scholarships: $17,000 each year.
    President's Leadership Awards: $15,000 annually.
    President's Service Awards: $15,000 annually.
    Arts Scholarships: $3,000-$15,000 annually.

    Davidson College:

    Vanderbilt University:
    * Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholars receive full tuition, plus a one-time stipend to be used towards a summer study abroad or research experience usually following their sophomore or junior year. Vanderbilt will provide additional need-based financial aid to those Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship recipients whose demonstrated need exceeds the amount of full-tuition.

    * Chancellor's Scholars receive full tuition, plus a one-time stipend to be used towards a summer of study abroad or research experience following sophomore or junior year. Vanderbilt will provide additional need-based financial aid to those Chancellor's Scholarship recipients whose demonstrated financial need exceeds the amount of full tuition.

    * Ingram Scholars receive full-tuition support each year plus stipends for special summer service projects. Vanderbilt will provide additional need-based financial aid to those Ingram Scholarship recipients whose demonstrated financial need exceeds the amount of full tuition.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids 83964 replies1009 postsForum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Forum Champion
    How many scholarships do Vandy and Chicago award to int'l students each year???

    Alabama awards scholarships to int'ls that are accepted by Dec 1 who have the required stats. The app goes live in July, and since int'l apps can take longer to process, it is strongly suggested that you apply early so that acceptance can be had by Dec 1st.

    Yes, the below are also for int'ls who are ACCEPTED by Dec 1st. Must be accepted by that time, so apply in July to allow plenty of time for processing.


    PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR

    An out-of-state first-time freshman student who meets the December 1st scholarship priority deadline, has a 32-36 ACT or 1400-1600 SAT score [critical reading and math scores only] and at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a Presidential Scholar and will receive the value of out-of-state tuition for four years


    UA SCHOLAR

    An out-of-state first time freshman student who meets the December 1st scholarship priority deadline, has a 30-31 ACT or 1330-1390 SAT score [critical reading and math scores only] and at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a UA Scholar and will receive 2/3 tuition for four years.


    COLLEGIATE SCHOLAR

    An out-of-state first-time freshman student who meets the December 1st scholarship priority deadline, has a 28-29 ACT or 1250-1320 SAT score [critical reading and math scores only] and at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a Collegiate Scholar and will receive $3,500 per year ($14,000 over four years).


    CAPSTONE SCHOLAR

    An out-of-state first-time freshman student who meets the December 1st scholarship priority deadline, has a 27 ACT or 1210-1240 SAT score [critical reading and math scores only] and at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a Capstone Scholar and will receive $1,500 per year ($6,000 over four years).



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  • wmurphy126wmurphy126 322 replies18 postsRegistered User Member
    The George Washington University currently offers 3 scholarships for international students. Presidential International Scholarship (not sure the amount... probably nearly 1/2 tuition) and International Engineering Scholarship (I think this one goes up to 3/4 tuition). The third one is for international students at an American high school, Presidential Academic Scholarship, which is basically the same as the first one.

    Not sure if scholarship 1&3 are good enough for the list, but the engineering one is an awesome scholarship!
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  • SombreSombre 224 replies49 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Bump, in case somebody else sees this thread.

    Keep 'em coming!
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 28789 replies56 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Aren't most merit scholarships open to international students? They are in place to attract the best of the best, and nationality is not usually an issue. It's financial aid that is often restricted when it comes to internationals.
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  • theunforgiventheunforgiven 194 replies94 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Duke University-Karsh Scholarship. may cover full-tuition plus room/board and a stipend for research. usually covers 90% of the total cost of attendance.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids 83964 replies1009 postsForum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Forum Champion
    Aren't most merit scholarships open to international students

    Not from what I've seen....especially at state schools. I don't know if that's because tax-payer funds are sometimes used to fund these schollies, or if the donors have specified that the recipients must be domestic students.
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  • ivyvisionivyvision 138 replies5 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    bump! any one has anything else to add
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