Bird-X is now hosting an essay contest for one individual to win the grand prize of $1000 toward their college education. To win, international students must share what effort they are making to live life more environmentally friendly. The essay must be 500 words or less and must address how they are living life greener, reducing their carbon foot print and minimizing their consumption/waste.
The Bird-X creative department will determine the top 5 essays which will be posted on the Bird-X website. International students who apply can share the post with friends and family via social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to gain points toward winner consideration.
Those who enter to win the Bird-X generation green essay contest scholarship can also submit a photo of a pest bird in action to win the photo bonus award. The two top photo winners will win $200. All winners will be announced August 2nd.
To apply, the following rules must be followed:
- All material submitted must be original
- Individuals may only enter once
- A photo is not required to enter the essay contest
- An essay is required to enter the photo contest
Bird-X is the leading brand of humane bird control solution. Products are to prevent infestation, property damage, spread of disease and workplace liability without the use of chemical pesticides, poisons and dangerous traps.
You can find more on how to apply for the Bird-X generation green essay contest scholarship here.
IMD is a top-ranked business school that offers programs and services around the world. They are currently offering the Staton Scholarship which will grant one eligible candidate $50,000 toward their studies. Students from the following countries in South America are able to apply: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Fr. Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
To qualify for this scholarship students must also have applied to the full-time IMD MBA program and agree to return to South America for at least three years after graduation. Eligible students who wish to apply for this award must complete and submit the IMD financial aid application by the deadline along with the following:
- Proof of salary from a current employer
- Latest tax return
- Latest statement from all bank accounts
Those who receive the Staton Scholarships and do not comply with the award agreement terms- including returning to South Africa for at least three years after graduation- will be required to utilize the award as a loan.
If you would like to find more on this scholarship and how to apply, you can visit here.
The Mr. and Mrs. Hung Mau Wu Memorial Fund was established to financially assist individuals of Chinese origin with the completion of their studies. This award was created in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Wu- between the 1960’s and 1980’s the couple migrated from China to Europe with their nine children in the pursuit of a new life. To help relieve the financial burden associated with international education, this award will be granted to those who qualify.
One to two eligible individuals are awarded this grant each year between the amount of SEK50,000 and SEK100,000 per study year until the completion of their studies- as long as the grant’s terms are met.
International students must complete the grant application, mail it through the post (email is not accepted) and meet each of the grant requirements in order to be eligible for this award, including the following:
- Be under the age of 25 at the time of application
- Be of Chinese origin and/or nationality
- Pursuing at least a Bachelor’s Degree
- Studying hospitality, business, education, medication, or international law/international relations
If you are interested in this award, you can find more information on the Mr. & Mrs. Hung Mau Wu Memorial Fund Grant and how to apply here.
Fifteen international students who are admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Stout have the opportunity to receive a $5,000 scholarship to use toward tuition fees. Degree-seeking international students can be from any country around the world, pursuing any area of study offered at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
The University of Wisconsin-Stout international student scholarship is awarded based upon academic achievement, community service and the availability of funding. To be eligible, students must be enrolled on a full-time basis, have an average GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate students) or 3.0 (graduate students), have a minimum TOEFL score of 70 and an overall IELTS score of at least a 6.0. Students must apply for this award by July 1, however, it is renewable for up to four years- provided that the international student is still eligible.
The University of Wisconsin-Stout is a career-focused, polytechnic university located in Menomonie, Wisconsin that takes pride in hosting an innovative and technology-rich atmosphere.
If you plan on attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout, you can find more information on the University of Wisconsin-Stout international student scholarship here.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is host to a number of scholarships, including the career development award. This award is designed to assist those who are newly pursuing their career path with funding to perform diabetes- related research.
This gives qualified scientists the chance to not only perform industry research but to also establish themselves within areas that reflect the JDRF research emphasis areas.
There is not a citizenship requirement for this award and research can be conducted at foreign or domestic locations, so individuals around the globe are able to apply.
Additionally, applicants must have an academic, faculty-level position at the time of application. To apply students must submit a proposal which includes the following:
- Research Plan
- Future Career Plan Statement
- Recommendation References
- Institutional Assurance
The JDRF career development award is granted in the amount of $150,000 for up to 5 years. At the end of each year of funding, awardees must provide a progress report.
You can find more information and how to apply for the JDRF Career Development Award here.
In previous years, the Takis Chrysanthou Honored Scholar program has been granted to one student each semester that is studying in Cyprus. However, this semester the award will be granted to 100 students! This award is granted to qualifying students this Spring in the amount of $1,500 to those who are studying around the globe through the Global Learning Semesters (GLS) Study Abroad Program. This award can be used toward the fees associated with studying abroad through the GLS program.
The Takis Chrysanthou honored scholar award is granted on a merit basis to students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. To receive this scholarship students must have first been accepted into a semester-long study abroad program through GLS and send in the following by July 15 to apply for the Spring semester award:
• A copy of their latest FASFA
• Other expected financial aid sources
• An essay of 600 words or less based upon the contribution the student expects to make toward the group trip experience
If you are studying abroad through GLS and would like to apply for this award, you can find more information on the Takis Chrysanthou honored scholar award here.
Billionaire and Blackstone Group founder Stephen Schwarzman has announced the creation of the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. It’s mission? Schwarzman Scholar Program sends students to China. The scholarships, to be funded by Schwarzman’s own $100 million dollar donation as well as $200 million more from other international donors, will function similarly to Oxford’s prestigious Rhodes Scholarship though will obviously allow students to study in China rather than the U.K.
Starting in 2016, 200 international Schwarzman Scholars annually will get the opportunity to study in China at one of the country’s most prominent educational institutions in an all-expenses-paid, year-long program in Public Policy, International Relations, Engineering, or Economics & Business. These elite students will then leave the program with a Master’s Degree.
Schwarzman hopes that encouraging students from around the world (though scholars from the United States will represent the largest proportion) to study in China will foster an enduring academic and cultural relationship between the rapidly rising China and the rest of the world. Classes in the Schwarzman Scholars program will all be taught in English, further emphasizing the program’s mission of connecting Western, English-speaking powerhouses like the United States and the United Kingdom with the increasingly relevant China.
The Schwarzman Scholars program’s international commitment is also reinforced by its impressive advisory board, which is graced by influential figures such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former U.S. Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice, and even famous cellist Yo-yo Ma.
The Schwarzman Scholars program represents a very exciting new opportunity for U.S. students looking to study abroad. With its high level of prestige in its host university and advisory board, setting in an emerging world superpower, and its fantastic zero dollar price tag, the program looks poised to provide quality international education to students when it does kick off in 2016.
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Are you a film student who needs funding to create the film of your dreams? If so, you may be interested in the Roy W. Dean Los Angeles video grant. This award is available for individuals around the world wanting to create a short, low budget film and will provide sponsorship for those who qualify. This grant program was started by Carole Dean in honor of her father Roy W. Dean, to help passionate filmmakers achieve their goal. This year alone the Roy W. Dean grant has awarded nearly $60,000 in grants.
Student filmmakers, independent producers or production companies can apply for this sponsorship for new projects, or projects that are currently in progress.
To apply for the Roy W. Dean Los Angeles video grant you will need to submit a grant form application and written proposal that includes the following about your film:
- Style, format and approach you will be taking
- Your plan for distribution
- Your role in creating the film (director, producer, etc.)
- How your project is unique and will benefit the society
- Your relationship to the content
- The names, role and experience of everyone involved in the film
To find out more or to apply for the Roy W. Dean Los Angeles video grant, visit here.
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Cranking out a great scholarship essay is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not you wind up landing that crucial scholarship to study in the U.S. But writing a scholarship essay is difficult if you don’t know the basics. Here are 5 tips when writing a scholarship essay that will help you along the way:
1. Address the prompt
While some scholarship essay prompts will be very open, others will ask you to write about a pretty specific issue or prompt. Make sure you look closely at exactly what the prompt is asking for and write your essay accordingly! If you’re supposed to describe a time you learned from a mistake, for example, writing a scholarship essay about your life-changing trip to India won’t get you anywhere.
2. Be yourself
Though it is quite possibly the single most cliché bit of advice on writing a great scholarship essay, it is VERY true that you should write honestly rather than trying to say what you think the reader will want to hear. The readers are professionals; they can smell dishonest kowtowing and they respect reading an applicant’s true voice.
3. Tell a unique story
Whatever the prompt is, try writing a scholarship essay that avoids commonality. For example, if the prompt asks you to recount a difficult time in your life, try to avoid common topics like parents’ divorce, deaths of loved ones, and so on. Of course, in keeping with Tip #2 above, if you are very passionate about writing on one of these topics you should listen to your instinct and go for it.
4. Show growth
Especially if you’re asked to discuss a negative experience, you’ll want to put emphasis on how you learned and grew from the issue. This will show maturity, perseverance, and insight.
It’s awful to have a great scholarship essay derailed by poor grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Have friends, teachers, and family members look over your essay exclusively for these specific problems. The more eyes you get on it, the better.
If you enjoyed reading our article on the 5 tips when writing a scholarship essay, then check out our partner InternationalStudent.com’s Scholarship Essay Center.
The Costume Society of America promotes the research and understanding of dress and appearance around the globe- throughout time. Each year the society hosts the annual Stella Blum research grant to promote and encourage research based around dress by granting one individual financial assistance to be used towards research in this field. Individuals around the world, including international students, who meet the following are able to apply for the Stella Blum research grant:
- Are enrolled in a degree program at an accredited institution
- Is a good standing member of the Costume Society
- Is applying for the grant to perform research projects in the field of North American costume
This award is granted in an amount up to $2,500 and can only be used for project support. Submitted entries will be judged by a panel of five individuals who will evaluate the following five areas:
- Creativity and innovation
- Attention to costume matters
- Impact the research will have within the field
- Awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of the field
- Ability to carry out the research in a timely manner
- Faculty advisor recommendations toward the international student
If you are an international student and meet the eligibility requirements for the Stella Blum research grant, you can find more information on the Stella Blum research grant and apply here.
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