International Scholarship for Brazilian Students Provides Education Opportunities

March 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

favela188059788From primary school through university level, the Students Helping Street Kids International scholarship provides the opportunity for at-risk Brazilian students from impoverished and crime-stricken areas and households to attain an education: a privilege many from those circumstances unfortunately never get to enjoy. 

The Scholarship

Students Helping Street Kids International (SHSKI) is a non-profit organization based in Eugene, Oregon that organizes curriculum and donation efforts between sister schools in Brazil and the USA to provide scholarships for at-risk Brazilian youths. These scholarships allow younger Brazilians to attend primary and secondary schools in their communities, as well as the opportunity to study abroad in the USA after attaining a high school diploma.

SHSKI Scholarships Provide:

  • School Tuition/Associated Fees
  • Books/Supplies
  • Uniforms
  • School Lunches
  • Transportation to and from school
  • Monthly basket of staple food items for student and family, when deemed necessary

Where does the scholarship come from?

The SHSKI scholarship is made possible by the contributions of individual sponsors/donors, as well as pledges from universities, primary, and secondary sister schools in the United States. Individuals interested in donating to SHSKI or sponsoring an at-risk student are encouraged to get in touch with the organization.

Who is eligible?

Unlike a typical scholarship, wherein individuals apply and compete for a select number of slots, the SHSKI scholarship has its recipients determined by professionals with a number of NGO’s who work directly with the at-risk Brazilian youth. Student recipients are selected according to a number of criteria, including: intelligence, self-discipline and desire to learn, poverty level, having a fixed home, and parent/guardian agreement to allow student to follow through with education until at least high school graduation.

Are you Brazilian and looking for other scholarships? Check out our other scholarship awards available to Brazilian students!

Join Us Today to Chat About Scholarship Essays for International Students

March 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

connected people464897683Today, at 2:00 pm EST International Student Loan will be featuring their next FREE hangout on 8 Steps To Write A Killer Scholarship Essay. You will not want to miss this discussion, where one of their financial aid representatives will be discussing:

  • How to brainstorm your essay
  • Tips and tricks to make your scholarship essay stand out
  • Proofreading and editing

This discussion will all be focused on scholarship essays for international students, so don’t miss your chance to get the specifics. If you have used our scholarship search, then you know that most scholarships require you to have an essay enclosed in your application. The essay is one of the important considerations for the award panel and can be the reason an applicant is selected as the most deserving. You can spend hours applying for the many scholarships out there for international students, but it won’t matter if you don’t have a good essay.

Let International Student Loan help you with their Google Hangout today at 2:00 pm EST. All you need to do is click this link, and log in to join the conversation. You’ll also have a chance to ask all your questions live online, so be sure to create a calendar reminder and join the conversation.

Win a (small) Pot of Gold

March 6th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: March 17th

When it comes to finding scholarships, even those with a smaller award amount are helpful! Participate in the Win a Pot of Gold contest and you will have a chance to win a $25 amazon gift card. Keep in mind that this award is only open for international students to participate in until March 17th- St. Patrick’s Day.

Here is a breakdown of the steps you need to follow to enter:

  1. Visit their Facebook, Google+ or Twitter page and like or follow them.
  2. On or before March 17th tell them what you would do if you found an actual pot of gold on their Facebook or Google+ wall, or tweet them @intstudent.
  3. Impress them with your answer and you could win a $25 Amazon gift card!

If you want to share what you would do if you found a pot of gold and have a chance to win a $25 amazon gift card- visit here for more information. Keep in mind that you must send in your answer before St. Patrick’s Day. Good luck!

Graduate Research Program Offers Scholarships for African Students to Study in Germany

February 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

earth melting186767766The WASCAL Graduate Research Program on Climate Change and Agriculture

Deadline: March 31st, 2014

 A number of scholarships are available to African students through the long-term research initiative established by the German Ministry of Education and Research, referred to as WASCAL (the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use). WASCAL consists of an educational network and infrastructure designed to help West African countries take on the various challenges and adaptations required by climate change. Through combining their experience and knowledge with that of several German universities, the ten African WASCAL countries will be able to strengthen their area’s infrastructures and capacities to adapt to the challenges associated with climate change.


  • Candidates must be no older than 40 years
  • Candidates must be from one of the ten WASCAL countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo)

  • Candidates must possess a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Soil Science, Crop Science, Agroforestry, Forestry, Animal Science, Integrated Pest Management, or other revelant disciplines, with at least an average of 60% (Second Upper Class, Assez Bien)

 While not a requirement, familiarity with modeling or geographic information systems is a benefit.


  •  A stipend of 500.00 euro/month (350.00 during the pre-course language preparations) to cover accommodation and expenses during the study period
  • The student will be allowed to travel to Germany during the course of the PhD fellowship period in order to work with scientists at German universities or research centers

  • All airfare will be paid for by the project, as well as a monthly stipend of around 1000.00 euro per month will be provided for each month spent in Germany

How to Apply:

Students must apply directly to the 3 ½ year doctoral training program at the Graduate Research Program on Climate Change and Agriculture (GRP CC&Agric) offered through the University of Bamako, Mali in conjunction with the IPR/IFRA of Katibougou by March 31st 2014.

Want to learn about other upcoming scholarship awards? Check out our other blogs telling you which scholarships to look out for!

The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS)

February 27th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

AidThe Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS)
Deadline: March 31st
The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) is a postgraduate and postdoctoral scholarship intended to draw talented international students to Malaysia in order to study a number of prioritized disciplines at one of the well-established public or private universities in the country.

Each Malaysia International Scholarship consists of:

•Airfare to Malaysia
•A tuition waiver
•A monthly spending allowance
•An annual grant for books/domestic travel
•Medical/health insurance
•An installation and termination grant
•A thesis allowance
•A visa (assuming all other student visa requirements are adequately met—the offer of the MIS does not in itself guarantee a visa)

There are a number of criteria an international student must meet in order to be eligible for the MIS. Applicants for the MIS must:

• Be no more than 40 years of age for postgraduate applicants, or 45 years of age for postdoctoral applicants
•(Postgraduate) have obtained either a minimum of Second Class Upper (Honours) or a CGPA of 3.5/4.0 at the Bachelor’s Degree level (for Master’s Degree applicants), and a CGPA of 3.5/4.0 at the Master’s Degree level for Phd applicants
•(Postdoctoral) be prepared to be assessed based on the number of books produced, submissions to refereed/non refereed journals, overall portfolio, patent copyrights, reputation as a researcher, and possession of knowledge related to the research that is to be carried out
•Have taken an English Language Proficiency Test not more than two years before the date of application, scoring at least:

◦IELTS Academic Test/6.5
◦TOEFL (paper)/580
◦TOEFL (computer)/230
◦TOEFL (internet)/92

•Be certified to be in excellent health/condition by a certified medical professional
•Have written a proposal in one of the prioritized fields of study (to be listed, below) that shows a potential contribution to advancing technology and human well-being
•Have applied for and gained admission to postgraduate or postdoctoral studies in Malaysia (conditional letters of offer are accepted at time of application)

Prioritized Fields of Study:

1. Science and Engineering
2.Agriculture and Fisheries
3.Economics and Islamic Finance
4.Information and Communications Technology
6.Biosecurity and Food Safety
7.Infrastructure and Utility
8.Environmental Studies
9.Health (not including nursing, medicine, or clinical pharmacy)

How To Apply:

All applications are accepted from January 1st through March 31st online through the Malaysian Ministry of Education’s website. To find more on this scholarship visit here.

IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship

February 21st, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

Money_ Tree 166681172IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship
Deadline: Rolling

International students from around the world who plan on studying at the IGlobal University are able to apply for the IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship on a rolling basis. To apply, students must submit a 500 word essay that describes their past, present and future goals. Along with listing these goals, international students must also explain how these goals have and will aid others in life-long learning.

Only students who plan on studying at IGlobal University are eligible to apply for this scholarship. One hundred students will receive this scholarship and award amounts will be contingent on the applicant’s undergraduate or high school GPA.

The award amounts are as follow:

  • 3.0 GPA: 5% of tuition
  • 3.3 GPA: 10% of tuition
  • 3.5 GPA: 15% of tuition
  • 3.7 GPA: 20% of tuition

If you would like to learn more about the IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship, if you’re eligible and how to apply, please visit here for more information.

The Gaeilge Scholarship for Irish Students

February 13th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

money rainThe Gaeilge Scholarship for Irish Students

Deadline: March

If you’re an Irish citizen and want to study at the Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT) as an international student, you have a chance to win a scholarship up to $7,000. Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology is located in Australia and has three programs available to their students: management, business and marketing. Each of these courses also include free classes in other subjects to assist students who want to continue their education.

The Gaeilge Scholarship for international students from Ireland will cover 50% of the total student fees at AIBT. Applicants must be eligible for a student visa through the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and meet the AIBT entry requirements. To remain eligible for this scholarship students must meet academic and attendance performance targets.

If you are an Irish citizen and would like to study at AIBT, get more information on this scholarship here.

KIC InnoEnergy Challenge

February 6th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: April 30

If you want a two year scholarship for your graduate studies, make sure you check out the KIC InnoEnergy Challenge. This scholarship is open to individuals from around the world with a bachelor’s degree from a European university who are pursuing an electrical, chemical, mechanical or energy engineering degree. These students must also be accepted and enroll in one of the KIC InnoEnergy Master School programmes to be eligible for this scholarship.

The winner of this challenge will receive a scholarship for €750 per month for two years along with a trip to Barcelona in July to attend the KIC InnoEnergy Master School info session and prize ceremony. Eligible individuals can enter this challenge through the following steps:

1. Register – start at the link below
2. Take the sustainable energy quiz
3. Solve the sustainable energy case based upon an upcoming energy problem
4. Apply to a KIC InnoEnergy Master School Programme

You can find more on the KIC InnoEnergy Challenge and how to apply here.

8 Questions To Ask Yourself to Find An International Scholarship

February 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

103802381When it comes to finding an international scholarship, you’ll notice that there are a lot of options out there. You can find scholarships on merit or need. You can find scholarships based on where you are from or where you are going. You can find scholarships based on hobbies, the arts, sports, academics – the list goes on and on.

International scholarships are competitive, because many students are looking for ways to get funding that they don’t have to pay back. To stand out from the pool of applicants, we recommend focusing your efforts on applying to scholarships that are looking for someone just like you.

So how do we do that? The first step is to take an introspective look at yourself and find out what you like, what your good at, and what makes you – well – you!

Here are 8 questions to ask yourself to find an international scholarship:

  • What are your interests?
  • What are you good at?
  • What are your skills?
  • Where are you from?
  • Do you have economic hardship?
  • How are your academics?
  • What school are you going to attend?
  • What will you study?

Once you find out what makes you a unique candidate, then it is time to begin the hunt for scholarships. Use our scholarship search tool to find awards that matches your unique talents, skills, and interests. This also makes it much easier to apply for these awards because you’ve already demonstrated your passion whether it’s through previous awards or experiences.

Want to know about other tip and tricks for submitting a scholarship application? Check out our other relevant blogs to help you on your way!

Season 3 Lights, Camera, Action Video Scholarship Contest

February 1st, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

on set 91600133Season 3 Lights, Camera, Action Video Scholarship Contest
Deadline: April 21

It’s time to let your creativity help fund your education! The Season 3 Lights, Camera, action Video Scholarship Contest is open to international students around the world. GotChosen will award three individuals the following:

• Grand Prize: $2500
• 2 Runner-ups: $250

To apply for this award you must create your own video, upload it to YouTube, then have your friends and family vote for you. Participants can choose to enter their video into one of the following five categories:

  1. Doing Good: reveal who has inspired you to change the world
  2. Let Me Dance: show them your best dance moves
  3. The Downfall of Internet Privacy: tell how you see the general invasion of privacy on the internet
  4. Sports: capture the greatest sports moment of you or your friends
  5. Fake Commercial: make up a commercial for a fake movie or TV show

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and submit an original video.

If you think you have a great video idea, you can visit here and find out further details on how to enter the Season 3 Lights, Camera, Action Video Scholarship Contest.