How to Find A Scholarship – Live Hangout Friday

May 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

money in binoculars (email) 100326897Funding your education doesn’t have to be impossible if you don’t have the money on hand. There are thousands of scholarships out there designed for international students – you just need to know how to look and what you need to include to make your scholarship application standout. This Friday, May 23 at 11 am EST, our partner InternationalStudent.com will be putting on a live hangout on How to Find a Scholarship.

Topics will include:

  • Where to look for an international scholarship
  • How to apply for a scholarship
  • Tips and tricks to increase the likelihood of getting the award

Scholarships are essentially financial awards that do not need to be paid back, and because of this, they can be competitive. Tune in this Friday to increase your odds of getting picked. Here’s how:

  • Step 1. Sign up and reserve your spot.
  • Step 2. Set a calendar reminder so that you can tune in.

It’s that easy! At the end of the Hangout they will take any questions you have so make sure you have all of your questions ready. Hope to see you there!


NextGen Scholarship

May 15th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: June 6

The NextGen Scholarship fund was created to assist international students coming to the US. In college, P.E.R.K. president Andrena Sawyer saw how many deserving international students often lose the opportunity to pursue higher education due to the lack of funds. Because of this, the NextGen Scholarship fund was created.

Applications can be completed and submitted online, however, the application must be completed in one sitting. It is recommended that all necessary information is gathered before beginning the application.

To be eligible for this award, students must be high school seniors and college undergraduates who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students must also be non-US citizens and currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia. Or, students must be accepted into a school that is in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia.

All applications must be submitted by June 6th- the winner will be decided upon by July 30th. The winner of this award will receive $1,000

To learn more and to enter to win the NextGen Scholarship students can visit here.


Give Advice to the Class of 2014 to Win $250

May 8th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: May 31

This month International Student is giving away $250 to the student with the best advice! Throughout the month students can send in their best piece of advice or tip to graduating international students. At the end of the month the International Student judges will sift through each of the tips and tricks- and the student that sends in the best advice will win!

Your tip should be original (meaning you created it) and helpful. Adding creativity to your tip will also help increase your shot at receiving the $250! The contest is open to current international students or those who are planning to study abroad in the near future. It is not restricted based upon your home country, the school you attend or the degree you are pursuing.

After you have brainstormed for your best tip for graduating international students, send it to International Student through their Facebook, Twitter or Google+ page. Make sure to send it in during the month of May to qualify to be entered to win the prize.

You can find more on the Give Advice to the Class of 2014 to Win $250 contest here.


Paul Sumerall Memorial Scholarship

May 1st, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: September 5th

In memory of Paul Sumerall and to help promote research toward international money transfers and cross-border remittances, the Merchants Bank of California established the Paul Sumerall Memorial Scholarship.

Six scholarships will be granted in a varying amount between $500 and $2,500. Students from around the world are able to apply for this scholarship by completing the online application. Individuals who apply can be college/university students, graduate students and researchers with an interest in international transfer of funds.

The application consists of five parts:

  • basic information
  • academics
  • activities
  • awards/honors
  • project

Pursuing studies related to international money transfers will be an important deciding factor when considering candidates- as the funds can be used toward expenses related to a money transfer project or study.

If interested, you can learn more about the Paul Sumerall Memorial Scholarship here.


Full Merit Scholarship At Global College Malta

April 24th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: July 1st

Students who want to study in Malta and not have to worry about paying tuition will want to apply for the Full Merit Scholarship at Global College Malta (GCM). Ten eligible students will receive a full grant that waives tuition fees if pursuing an MBA, a BA in Management or a Foundation Course in Management with English.

Applicants for this scholarship can be from anywhere in the world, but must have been accepted to Global College Malta and apply for this award by July 1st. To apply, students can submit the scholarship application form, their CV and a 200 word statement on why they chose to study at GCM.

The ten recipients of this award will be chosen based upon the first ten applicants who apply for the award and meet the academic merit criteria.

Interested individuals are able to find more information on this scholarship along with how to apply here.


American Honors International Scholarship

April 17th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: May 5

American Honors is an honors program that works with a number of community colleges throughout the United States. Academically accomplished students from around the world who choose to attend a community college prior to a four year university often take advantage of American Honors.

American Honors is now offering 100 $4,000 scholarships to high school students who are graduating this Spring. Students must have a competitive GPA, an English language proficiency score and be accepted into the Fall American Honors program.

To be considered, students must complete an American Honors application along with an essay stating why they have a need for the American Honors international scholarship.

Winners of this scholarship will receive the funds in equal increments over the term of their studies, as long as they remain enrolled in the American Honors program and maintain a high academic standing. The scholarship can be used toward tuition and other educational fees.

To see if you are eligible for the American Honors International Scholarship please visit here to learn more.


International Students to Benefit from Loosening of Work Restrictions

April 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Canada love - heart with icons and elements186294358Some great news for international students studying or considering studying abroad in Canada—new regulations have made it the case that international students no longer need to apply for special permits to attain off-campus employment.

While Canada is already a very desirable study abroad destination for many prospective students, this new legislation was introduced as part of a series of regulations designed to double the country’s international student enrollment and make Canada an even more competitive destination for international students deciding where to study abroad.

Previously, as is the case in many countries, international students in Canada were required to complete a complicated (and often time-consuming) number of forms, contact government agencies, and receive special clearance to find work with an employer unrelated to his or her host university.

Effective June 1st, 2014, when an international student studying abroad in Canada receives their general study permit they will be automatically authorized to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks without the need to apply for any separate authorization or permit.

Any international student who has had to navigate the maze of governmental forms seeking an off-campus work permit (as well as pay the accompanying fees) knows how much of a headache they are being saved by this move. Moreover, Canada stands to benefit from the presence of a previously untapped workforce with varying global perspectives—an aspect that can be a real contribution to local economies and employers.

  • Canada has recently launched a number of efforts to double the country’s international student enrollment and make international student life in Canada easier
  • One of these efforts has been streamline the formal application processes required to study abroad in Canada, including those related to obtaining off-campus work permits
  • Before, international students needed to invest in a lengthy and complicated process to receive specific governmental authorization (in the form of an off-campus work permit) to work with an employer unrelated to the host university
  • Now, when an international student is cleared to study abroad in Canada, they are automatically authorized to obtain employment from non-university (i.e. ‘off-campus’) sources during their stay

Looking for financial aid for Canada? Check out these scholarships, grants, and fellowships especially for students studying in Canada.


GotScholarship 20K Give Away

April 10th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: June 30

Could you use $20,000 for school? Most students can! The good news is you have a shot to win $20,000 since the GotScholarship 20K Give Away is back. International students pursuing any field of study are able to apply for this award before June 30th to be entered to win.

Since applicants of this scholarship do not need to submit their GPA, an essay or pay a fee to enter, students can simply register, then apply. This scholarship is also transferable.

The winner of the GotScholarship 20K Give Away can use the funds on tuition, fees, books, supplies and other educational equipment.

This is the fifth GotScholarship sponsored by GotChosen. GotChosen is “an innovative startup in multimedia technology, advertising, and business development headquartered in Orlando, Florida.” They have a focus on ensuring that you have control over the content you see.

You can get more information on this scholarship and how to apply here.


Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

April 3rd, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: September 30

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens according to the CDC, and texting while driving has not helped this statistic to improve. To help spread awareness of the dangers related to texting and driving, Digital Responsibility is sponsoring the t Text and Drive Scholarship.

US citizens who are High school, undergraduate and graduate students are all able to apply for this scholarship before September 30th for a chance to win. Applicants must complete the online application that includes a 140 character message about texting while driving. This message is a personal statement that requires applicants to answer the following question:

“I pledge not to text and drive because.”

The top 10 applicants will be selected as finalists and required to write a 500-1000 word essay on texting while driving.

From there, one winner will be chosen and receive a $1,500 scholarship along with one runner-up who will receive a $500 scholarship.

To find more information on the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship you can visit here.


Tips for Organizing a Winning Scholarship Essay

March 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

businessman wealth477168287Writing a scholarship essay is, perhaps, the most important—and often, most daunting—step for any student looking to win a scholarship. Judges must assess applicants quickly and will already know your basic information/details from the rest of the scholarship application. That being said, the essay is your chance to stand out as an applicant and tell the judge(s) exactly why you’re the ideal recipient for their award.

And, as any experienced essay writer will tell you, an outstanding essay begins with a well-formulated outline.

There aren’t specialized scholarship essay outlines per se, rather, scholarship essays are organized much like any other essay. However, there are a number of key features the scholarship essay must convey to the judge, and these features are important to keep in mind when planning.

Scholarship Essay Important Features to Remember

  • Don’t just reiterate the basic information in your profile (the judge(s) already have access to that), identify yourself as the ideal recipient of this particular scholarship
  • Give a personalized response, specifically tailored to each individual scholarship
  • Remember who the judges will be. Who offers the scholarship? What are they looking for in a candidate? Don’t just respond to the topic, write for your audience and highlight the desired qualities in yourself!

Outline Formats

As there aren’t specialized formats for scholarship-specific essays, any traditional outline format will do (Interchanging numerals and letters for major points and supporting details, for example).

  1. Idea 1
    1. Supporting statement
    2. Supporting statement
  2. Idea 2
    1. Supporting statement

The only particular thing to remember is you are planning more than a mere response to the provided prompt—you are planning a way to sell yourself as the ideal candidate for the scholarship while responding to the prompt.

An Example of a Better Response

When planning, it is important to remember that there are better and worse ways to respond to a scholarship provider’s prompt while simultaneously selling yourself as the ideal candidate to receive the award.

Outlining and planning your scholarship essay is the most valuable asset in crafting a formidable response—a response that needs to both answer the provider’s question while setting you apart from a group of similarly qualified applicants.

For example:

BAD: “I am a very hard worker.”

BETTER: “At my current job, there are often extended lulls in the workload. During those lulls I stay busy by finding things in the office that still need to be done and taking care of them. Rather than sitting around or waiting to be told what to do, I refill paper trays, tidy up areas that have become cluttered throughout the day, and otherwise take initiative to improve the workplace and assist my co-workers.”

Scholarship Essay Outline Recap:

  • The scholarship essay is the best means for a student to distinguish themselves from other applicants and procure a scholarship
  • Creating a detailed outline and planning your response is the best step a student can take to write an impeccable scholarship essay
  • When planning responses, students should write for their audience—highlight the qualities the scholarship provider is looking for!
  • Any traditional outline format will do (numerals, letters, etc) as there is no specialized scholarship essay outline format—it’s not important what style the outline is, only that there’s an outline!