Women in Technology
Deadline: August 10th
If you’re a woman in the pursuit of a degree in the technology industry then you have a great shot at this award. This scholarship is hosted by Procurify.com and is granting one woman a $1000 scholarship.
To apply, you must be a female focusing on business, computer science, engineering or design. You must also have had a groundbreaking sustainable idea that will help revolutionize the technology sector. Submissions can be submitted in the form of a cover letter, essay, business plan, website, blog, podcast, video or any other way you feel is necessary to get your idea across.
The winner will be based upon quality and originality- so be creative and detail oriented! The winner must also provide a photo to be placed on the winner’s page of the Procurify.com site before accepting the award.
Eligible applicants must apply by the August 10th deadline- the winner will be announced shortly after on September 4th. You can find more on the Women in Technology award and how to apply here.
With off-campus employment opportunities for international students, many students will be applying for jobs in their new host countries. Many international students may need a reminder of both the importance of writing a cover letter to accompany a resume and application, as well as how to write an effective cover letter.
Why Write a Cover Letter at all?
Most hiring managers agree that including a cover letter is as important a part of an application resume. However, it isn’t important to write a cover letter because the hiring manager is going to carefully read it—in fact, many will admit to “just browsing” them or, in many cases, not reading them at all—but because hiring managers often DO remember those applicants who didn’t bother to take the time and include a cover letter.
In a situation where someone is looking for easy ways to reduce the amount of similarly qualified applicants to look through, the people who didn’t care enough to put forward the effort are an easy choice when faced with a number of applicants who took the time to craft an individualized cover letter.
Features of a Good Cover Letter
That being said, a cover letter should not be a resume or a condensed version thereof. A good cover letter requires a bit of research and should fit the following guidelines:
Take the time to set yourself apart from the mob of similarly qualified applicants and include a well-written cover letter—it will really go a long way!
Win Free Tuition Scholarship
Deadline: June 30
The Win Free Tuition scholarship will grant one individual $10,000 to be used for tuition at the school of their choice. This sweepstakes is open to residents/citizens of Canada and the United States who are age 14 or older. This is a biannual sweepstakes, for this round all applications must be received by June 30th.
Eligible students can enter to win this free tuition scholarship in one of three ways:
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The Win Free Tuition sweepstakes is sponsored by NextStepU. All entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than June 30th to be eligible.
Funding 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:
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:
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!
If you need an international student loan for the semester, you have a few more months to prepare! That’s why tomorrow, Wednesday, at 3pm EST, International Student Loan will be hosting a free Google Hangout to answer all of your questions. Join them to learn about international student loans including:
They’ll be available to answer all of your questions when it comes to your international student loan, so don’t miss it! To join the Hangout live, all you need to do is:
Want to see previous hangouts? Check out International Student Loan’s YouTube page where you can find videos on all things financial aid for students studying abroad.
Good news for international students, US Universities establish joint venture pathways that offer an alternative to international recruiters and another way into prestigious American universities.
As the United States continues to expand its efforts to attract more international students to its campuses, a number of American universities have taken to establishing joint venture pathways in collaboration with private partners to facilitate international students’ transitions.
What is a Joint Venture Pathway?
A joint venture pathway is a collaboration between individual universities and private business partners that carry out various recruitment activities abroad. These recruitment partners seek out students, screen and assess them, then direct them to specific Western institutions.
How is it Different from an International Recruiter?
International recruiters are common in many parts of the world. In fact, in many countries it would be nearly impossible to navigate the various channels to applying to Western institutions without the assistance of an international recruiter. These recruiters work by matching international students with fitting Western institutions and assisting in the application process.
Joint venture pathways instead seek out students that fit the institution’s desired criteria and prepare them for progressing through the universities program. This preparation includes not only assistance in the application process, but also preparatory courses (often an English language course with selected introductory courses) chosen by the university.
Joint Venture Pathway Recap:
Given the inherent benefits, international students applying to institutions in the United States should be sure to check if the university they are considering offers joint venture pathways.
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.
With studying abroad being such an increasingly popular decision in today’s world, international students may be surprised to learn that there are only a few universities in the United States where international students make up more than 15% of the student population.
Studying abroad used to be just a great way to enrich a course of study, gain some global perspective, and have an interesting life experience while attending university. Now, studying abroad offers a number of academic and economic advantages to students (and the universities that host them). As such, countries the world over are increasingly encouraging their students to study abroad and international student populations are on the rise on campuses across the globe. However, international students may be surprised to learn that there are only a handful of universities in the US with international student populations over 15%
US Colleges with the Highest International Student Populations (Undergraduate)
Recent findings indicate that each of the above schools has further expanded its international student enrollment. Moreover, as studying abroad transitions from “enriching undergraduate experience” to “extremely prudent academic and career move” the number of international students is likely to continually increase over the next few years.
Universities that already have significant populations of international students, resource and support networks for international students and school cultures that accept and admit the perspectives of international students will continue to stand out and benefit from their diverse student bodies. Moreover, as those students who do decide to study abroad decide on potential institutions, knowing there’s already a thriving international student body may make the transition that much easier.
Give Advice to the Class of 2014 to Win $250
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.
Public universities in the US state of South Dakota have started looking into paying foreign recruiting companies and agents in order to help draw international students to their campuses.
According to the chief academic officer for the state Board of Regents, Sam Gingerich, there are a number of reasons for the state’s desire to attract a growing population of international students and why going through foreign or international recruiting companies is a great way to do so.
Why is South Dakota Paying to Recruit International Students?
The Midwestern US tends to be more culturally homogeneous than life on the east or west coasts and, as such, integrating students from other cultures and bringing a global perspective to student life provides a much needed exposure to global society.
In recent years, both graduating class size and the rate of graduation in South Dakota high schools has decreased. Therefore, an increased number of students from other areas (students paying the out-of-state tuition costs, no less) presents a financial boon to both the institutions at which the international students will study, as well as the cities in which they will live and spend while present.
Why Use International Recruiters?
What Does it Mean for International Students?
International students in countries like China and India stand to benefit tremendously from the shift to utilizing foreign recruiters. In those countries, student recruitment agencies are the norm—helping parents navigate through thousands of universities (many in other countries) and their relative merits, application procedures, costs, etc.
With universities in the US tapping into this resource, international students in countries where recruitment agencies are the norm ought to begin to see some very competitive incentives from American institutions that were previously either unavailable or unknown to them!