Ayn Rand is hosting a worldwide essay contest for students to have a chance at receiving one of more than 85 prizes. There is not an age limit for this contest, however, only twelfth graders, college undergraduates and college graduate students are able to apply before the October 23rd deadline for a chance to win. The following prizes will be awarded:
- One 1st place winner: $20,000
- Three 2nd place winners: $2,000
- Five 3rd place winners: $1,000
- Twenty-five finalists: $100
- Fifty semifinalists: $50
The winners will receive their prize as a cash prize, there is not a restriction on how the prize can be used.
Students from around the world can enter to win this essay contest as there is not a specific citizenship requirement. However, students can only submit one essay and it must be specific to Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged.
The winners and finalists of this Contest will be notified by December 23rd. Get more information on the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest and if you’re eligible to enter.
The InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest is back and ready for your entry! If you plan on becoming an international student or if you are currently, make sure you get the details you need on how to enter this contest. One lucky, grand prize winner will receive $4,000 and their very own blog on InternationalStudent.com. The InternationalStudent.com judges will also name a second place, third place and viewers’ choice winner. The grand prize winner will be announced on the last day of International Education Week: November 20th.
How to Enter:
If you would like to enter you need to be at least 18 years old and either plan on studying outside your home country or are currently. Create a 5 minute that shares why you would like to become an international student or why you would like to take a specific trip during your time as an international student. Read the full list of rules and regulations before you enter.
Your video must be original and creative, and have been created specifically for the InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest.
Get more information on how to enter the 10th Annual Travel Video Contest.
Calling all design students: this is your chance to win a scholarship between $3,000 and $10,000. The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is open to students pursuing a variety of design disciplines including, but not limited to graphic design, digital arts & design, sustainable development and engineering and architectural design. Applicants can also be from any country around world, studying in any county.
Students must submit their best design from their chosen design discipline. Entries can be from individual or group work (including past school projects) and can have been created in any software program. Along with this design, students must also submit the answer to three short questions as asked on the scholarship application.
Between 15 and 18 scholarships will be awarded to eligible, chosen applicants. The winners’ schools will also receive free Vectorworks design software along with a free in-person or virtual training session for faculty and students.
Get more information on the Vectorworks Design Scholarship and how to apply before the deadline.
If you would like to be an international student inside Mexico, now is a great time, especially if you need financial assistance. The Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) is accepting applications from foreign citizens who would like to pursue an undergraduate or graduate level mobility program, a master’s or doctorate, or to participate in graduate or postdoctoral research.
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you must be from specific countries. A few of these countries include:
- United States
- Antigua and Barbuda
- China, People’s Rep.
- Great Britain
This scholarship includes items like tuition, round trip airfare, health insurance, and a monthly stipend. Get more information on the Mexican Government Full Scholarship Program for International Students including the full list of eligible home countries, and see if you’re eligible to apply.
Would you write an essay for a chance to receive $3,000? If so, make sure you enter the DirectTextbook.com Essay Contest. This contest will award one first place winner $3,000, one second place winner $1500, and one third place winner $250.
Applicants can be studying in any country around the world, but must be a US citizen who is currently enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university this upcoming Fall semester- both graduate and undergraduate students are able to apply. There is not a specific degree program that applicants must be pursuing, however, they must have a GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher and cannot be currently incarcerated.
To enter this contest, applicants must submit an essay that answers the following question:
“What is compromise and how do you know when to compromise and when not to compromise? If you think you should never compromise explain why.”
Answers to this essay question must be original and 500 words in length.
Get more information on the DirectTextbook.com Essay Contest and see if you’re eligible to apply.
The world of international student loans can be confusing, especially if you’ve never obtained a loan and English is not your first language. Because of this, we’ve created a list of the top international student loan terms that you need to know and understand before you start the hunt for a loan.
Cosigner: A cosigner is someone who is joining the loan application with you. If you’re unable to repay your loan (yes, you must pay back what you’ve borrowed) the co-signer then takes over your repayment responsibility. To be a cosigner on your international student loan, they must be a US citizen or resident who has lived inside the US for the past two years and has good credit history. The better your cosigner’s credit history, the lower your APR will be.
Repayment Period: This refers to when you must start the re-paying of your loan and how often- something that will vary from one lender to the next. Check these terms, and know exactly when you will need to start paying back what you borrowed.
Interest Rate: An interest rate is the percentage of the amount borrowed that the lender can charge interest on to the borrower. The higher the interest rate, the more you must pay back in addition to what you borrowed. The interest rate will change depend on the market and can come in one of two categories: fixed and variable. A fixed interest rate is a rate that will remain the same from the time you agree to take out the loan to the last payment you make. A variable interest rate will fluctuate over time depending on the market, and can be more risky, depending on the market.
Annual Percentage Rate (APR): While looking at terms based around repayment, let’s discuss exactly what an APR is, and how it can affect what you must pay back to the lender. When comparing loans, you will want to compare the APR and look for the lowest rate possible- the lower the APR, the less you pay. One key item to keep in mind: the APR and interest rate are not the same. The APR will help give you a more accurate look at the total cost of the loan including the interest and fees. Don’t let a low interest rate trick you into thinking you’re getting a deal- also check the APR.
Credit score: A credit score is based upon credit history and given in a credit report which reflects a score between 300 and 850. Your cosigner’s credit score will be evaluated when you apply for a loan- the higher the credit score, the better your chance will be of getting approved and being able to receive a low APR.
If you would like to receive an international student loan, start comparing lenders that work with your school.
The Tanaka and Green Scholarship Program is open to students from the United States who will be studying inside Japan as a full time student. Students can be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student but must plan on returning to the United States after one semester or year in Japan.
There is not a specific degree program that you must pursue- however, all applicants must be a United States citizen or resident.
The deadline to apply for this scholarship is July 15th, up to six scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $5,000. This scholarship can be used for academic fees, room and board, travel and transportation and other approved expenses. To enter, students must ensure they meet the eligibility criteria and email all application items by the deadline.
This scholarship is through the Japan-America Society of Washington DC and are supported by the society’s H. William and Lily Tanaka Scholarship endowment and Marshal and Lispenard Green Educational Endowment. The Japan-American Society was established in 1957 by US State Department officers and individuals at the Japanese Embassy. Their goal was to “add a personal face to Washington’s official relationship with Japan and create a people-to-people organization.”
Get more information on the Tanaka and Green Scholarship Program to find out if you’re eligible to apply.
Pathologists searching for a fellowship to assist the funding of their research after their first 10 years of initial training will want to apply for the Gordon Signy Fellowship. This fellowship was established in 1975 by the World Pathology Foundation in honor of Gordon Signy, it provides pathologists with limited resources the funds needed to visit laboratories around the world.
Each year World Pathology Foundation trustees decide how many fellowships will be offered, for 2016 two fellowships will be granted. The Gordon Signy Fellowship awards $5,000 in two installments during the fellowship period. Individuals from around the world are able to apply for this fellowship but must commence training in a country outside of their home country and return home following the completion of their fellowship.
Find out more information on this fellowship before the June 30th deadline. The winner of this fellowship will be announced prior to September 15, 2015.
- Are currently studying at a higher education institute
- Must cover expenses related to their academic career
- Can convince the StudyPortals scholarship judges they deserve this scholarship
- Are 18 years of age or older
- Agree to the official rules of this scholarship contest
If you’re not sure that you meet the eligibility for this scholarship the following StudyPortal definitions might help:
Student: “A student is a person that is currently registered for and studying a full program of at least 1 academic year at a higher education institute that is recognized by the competent authorities in the respective area.”
Higher Education Institute: “A higher education institute can be a university, university of applied sciences, college, or business school with the following properties: It admits as regular students only persons with a high school diploma or equivalent; or admits as regular students persons who are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance. It can be a public, private, or non-profit organization. It is accredited or pre-accredited and is authorized by the competent authorities in the respective country, state or other area of operation.”
Check out the full terms and conditions of the StudyPortals Scholarship and how to apply.
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If you’re a US citizen studying abroad through an accredited US law school check out The Reeves Law Group Scholarship. The Reeves Law Group is awarding $2,500 to one winner who applies by the December 15, 2015 deadline. To apply for this scholarship you must submit a brief narrative that includes who you are and what you’re interested in. You must also submit a 750-1000 word essay (or PowerPoint presentation) on the following topic:
“My dream contribution to society as a lawyer.”
Along with an essay the following must also be submitted:
- Unofficial transcript (Applicant must submit by mail an un-opened copy of official transcripts if elected as a finalist)
- Letter from admissions confirming deposit on school letterhead
- Official enrollment verification form
- Acceptance letter on school letterhead
The winner be based upon “who best conveys a strong desire and goal of using the legal system to fix or improve a problem in society.”
Last year’s winner, Heather Marzenski, received this award because, “Heather’s application was sincere, heartfelt and very deserving,” said firm founder Robert Reeves. “Not only does she run multiple fundraisers throughout the year to make up for the budget shortfalls that directly impact students in her classroom, but she collects used clothing and shoes outside of school to assist these same families. She also does all of this while working multiple jobs, finishing her Master’s degree, and caring for her own family, which includes a two-month newborn.”
This year’s winner will be notified by phone, email or mail prior to January 15, 2016 and must show proof of enrollment before disbursement of the award.
If interested, find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for the Reeves Law Group Scholarship.