If you are an international student studying in the US and seeking for some financial support, we found the perfect scholarship for you. The SelfScore Scholarship is a national scholarship program dedicated to F1, J1, and M1 students studying in the US.
SelfScore is an analytics based consumer finance company that helps populations gain financial independence through access to credit. But at the moment, they are focusing on connecting international students to fair credit.
This Fall, the company will grant twelve $5,000 scholarships: six for undergraduates and six for graduate students. That sounds good, right? Would you like to be considered for this scholarship? If so, here’s the eligible you must meet:
- Be a student studying in the U.S. on a F1, J1, or M1 visa during the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Must be accepted to study or continuing to study at an eligible college or university.
- Must submit a valid I-20 or DS-2019 form.
- Must score in the top 15% on a standardized U.S. college entrance exam (SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT).
- Must have a 3.0 GPA, or higher, or the equivalent from your prior studies.
Recipients will be selected randomly among the eligible applicants and no purchase or credit application is required to apply for the scholarship. All applicants are enrolled in a Free Financial Literacy program and all scholarships are awarded on a one-time basis. Applicants may also designate an international student club or organization as part of their application which will receive a one-time grant of $1,000.
If you would like to apply for this scholarship, you can get more information on how to apply for the SelfScore International Student Scholarship here.
One of the most difficult parts of being an international student in the US is finding the funds to do so. Luckily, there are numerous outlets where international students can look, including home country funding, family funding, scholarships and even loans. However, it’s important to understand that as your time in the US grows, so will your desire to make purchases beyond resident hall decorations, classroom supplies and the occasional night out. International students who plan on studying in the US for a few years often decide to make a larger purchase like a car. Before being able to make this type of purchase you will need to have established credit; Because of this, it’s important to start building credit as soon as possible.
One great way to establish credit is by obtaining a credit card. Having a credit card and making frequent, small purchases then immediately paying off the balance can help build credit as an international student in the US. However, without a social security number or established credit, new international students may find it difficult to open a credit card.
One option that you’ll want to explore is SelfScore. SelfScore was established by former international students, for international students. They offer the only MasterCard designed specifically for international students, which means you do not need a social security number to apply and you can count on them always offering you fair credit.
SelfScore offers two types of MasterCard: The Classic and The Achieve. With both of these cards you can enjoy:
- No Annual Fee
- No Deposit
- No Social Security Number Required
- Fraud Protection
- No Foreign Transaction Fee
- First Late Fee Waived
- Accepted Everywhere MasterCard is Accepted
SelfScore prides themselve on “opening the door of the US financial system for international students.” See if a SelfScore MasterCard can help you establish your credit during your time in the US.
Are you a student who’s been impacted by the revised US travel ban? If so, you could win a $1,000 scholarship. Market Inspector is hosting this scholarship as they’re a multicultural team of digital marketers- many of which have left their country of origin to work in the UK with the company. To promote unity in diversity, they’re offering this scholarship to six students from the six travel banned countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
- Have been born in one of the above listed countries.
- Be currently enrolled or have been accepted into a US/UK accredited post-secondary educational institution this year.
The following documentation will be required in order to apply:
- A valid passport or birth certificate
- Documentation proving your acceptance into a US or UK university
- An essay outlining why you should be chosen to receive the scholarship
Your essay should be 1,000-1,500 words and written in English. All documents must be 100% original and submitted in either MS Word or PDF format.
All items needed to apply for this scholarship must be submitted before the October 31st deadline, and all winners will be announced on December 1st. Winners will be selected based upon creativity, structure and how easy the essay is to comprehend. Get more details on this scholarship and how to apply here.
Technology has allowed us to have many advances and conveniences. However, has it also come at a price? KidGuard for Education wants you to write an essay answering the question:
“Do you think parents should monitor their children’s phones and online activities?”
The essay should reflect your honest opinion and will have no impact on determining if you’re the winner. The essay should be honest, well supported and can include as many words as you would like. The final winners will be selected at random from a pool of finalists. One grand prize winner will receive a $1500 scholarship while one finalist will receive a $500 scholarship.
This scholarship is open to all graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled in a full time program. All essays must be submitted through email with a link to your essay, verification of full-time enrollment at your school and contact information.
Kidguard is “passionate about online safety. The ‘KidGuard for Education’ Essay Scholarship is part of KidGuard’s effort to bring awareness and inspire solutions on issues on cyberbullying, online predators, teen suicide and childhood depression in the age of technology.”
Get more information on how to apply to the KidGuard for Education Essay Scholarship today.
Room to Travel- Study Abroad Scholarship
Deadline: August 1st
Do you dream of floating down the canals in Venice, or perhaps walking the Great Wall through China? Wherever your dreams have you exploring, the Room to Travel- Study Abroad Scholarship can help you fund your way. This scholarship is granting $1,000 to one lucky winner this year.
To be eligible you must be a US citizen or resident and either an incoming freshman during the Fall 2017 semester, or a current undergraduate student at an accredited college or university that’s enrolled in a study abroad program through that college or university. Students pursuing any degree program are able to enter to win. High school seniors applying to this scholarship must notify AllTheRooms of the school they plan to attend in their application.
How to Enter
The official AllTheRooms submission form must be completed along with an essay. The essay must:
- Be written in English
- Contain 600-800 words
- Explore the topic of what inspires you to travel
- Include your name, email address, and university in which you’re currently enrolled
- Be submitted online with the submission form
This scholarship is hosted by AllTheRooms. AllTheRooms hosts a large accommodation search engine that combines a number of other sites including Expedia, Airbnb and Jetsetter.
Get more information on how to enter the Room to Travel- Study Abroad Scholarship.
Deadline: July 30 and November 30
If you’re studying in the US, UK or Canada then make sure you enter the WaterGadget Scholarship. This scholarship gives students the chance to win $1250 twice throughout the year! Students from around the globe can enter to win, however, they must be 18 years old and enrolled in an educational institution. This scholarship is also available to eligible students pursuing any degree field. Proof of eligibility will be required when entering to win. You can choose to submit your entry into the July 30th round or the November 30th round.
To enter to win this scholarship eligible students will need to submit a participation form along with an original essay between 800 and 1000 words. The essay should address what you think is the “Best Water Gadget” (gadget refers to water heaters, softeners or filters). All submitted essays should be original content for this contest and will be judged on its uniqueness. The winner of this scholarship will be announced on August 10th (fall semester) or December 10th (Spring semester).
WaterGadget’s goal is to provide service to those in search of water solutions products for their house-holds. WaterGadget provides information on various water softeners, filters, heaters and distillers along with reviews on the basis of their own research and tests performed.
Get more details on the WaterGadget Scholarship and how to apply.
Could you use $2500 for your studies? If so, make sure you enter the Noplag Scholarship Essay Contest, a contest designed to help students with their educational costs. The winners of this contest will be chosen by July 20th by the Noplag Education Department. Three winners will be granted the following prizes:
- 1st Place: $2500
- 2nd Place: $700
- 3rd Place: $300
To enter this contest you must write an essay that’s “creative, inspiring, detailed, vivid, interesting and engaging” and submit it before the June 25th deadline. All entrants must be at least 16 years old and enrolled in a high school, college or university. Other requirements include the following:
- The length of the essay should be at least 700 words.
- The essay must correspond with the suggested topic.
- It must be written in English.
- The essay is to be typed and double-spaced. Font must be no smaller than 12 point Times New Roman.
- The essay must be coherent and correspond with the structure of the chosen essay type.
- Reference style – per your choice, no specific requirement.
- The essay must have an introduction with a thesis statement, body paragraphs and a conclusion.
- It must include standardized citations and a bibliography as well as follow accepted standards regarding attribution of quotations, arguments, and ideas of others.
- Please make sure the essay you submit is original.
- Please consider the following topics to focus the essay on:
Students life; Education process; Famous educators; Modern Plagiarism; Teacher Thoughts; Educational Technology; Mobile learning; E-Learning Technology; Learning and Technology; Speed Writing; Education in America; Plagiarism Intelligence; Internet Blogging; Best experts of education; Digital Writing; Digital Teaching; Ideas and Thoughts from EdTech; Home studing; Walk through writing process; American teachers; Tech & Learning; Getting smarter; A Teacher’s LifeStudy; Hacks; Education for free; education without teachers; learning to write letters in different languages; applications for virtual universities; money in education; the future of literary education; online education through websites; student learning from writers and poets; international virtual high school. Distant learning, Learning and Teaching problems and difficulties, ways to enhance education process, libraries and their role in education, modern tools useful for studying, teaching methods, approaches, ways to improve memory, time management approaches used in education.
View more information on the Noplag Scholarship Essay Contest and how to enter before the deadline.
How would you like to start off the new year with an extra $500? If that sounds great then start writing an essay and enter this contest! Southwestern Rugs Depot is hosting a scholarship that gives you the chance to win a $500 scholarship.
To enter, you must simply write a 300 word essay answering the question:
“Why Décor Matters”
Your essay should address “a time decor mattered in your life, why it matters in your life / society / history / philosophy / physics / anything.” All essays must be submitted before January 2nd, one winner will be granted the award on January 31st. The winning essay will be based upon the quality of writing within the essay and originality. The submitted essay must not be previously published, and by entering this contest you’re authorizing Southwestern Rugs Depot the rights to publish your work.
To be eligible for this scholarship you can be from any country around the world, however, you must be a full or part time student inside the United States during the 2016-2017 school year. View more information on this scholarship and if you’re eligible to apply before the January 2nd deadline.
Southwestern Rugs Depot is located in the Southwestern region of the US where they handcraft all their rugs. Their rugs are certified CRI Green Label Plus and since 1999 they’ve sent zero waste to landfills.
If you’re a US citizen planning to study abroad in the Winter or Spring 2017 semester, make sure you apply for this scholarship! Eligible students have the chance to one of six $500 scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded based on the following:
Two $500.00 scholarships: photos selected by Direct Textbook.
Two $500.00 scholarships: photos with the most votes.
Two $500.00 scholarships: photos selected at random from all qualifying entries.
To enter you must submit a photo that captures the “Shine” theme along with information about yourself. Entrants also have the option to submit a brief description of their photo in 25 words or less. This contest is open for entries until January 16th. Once the contest is closed all entries will be reviewed- each winner will be notified through email on or before January 30th.
To be eligible for this contest you must meet the following:
- You are a high school graduate.
- You are currently enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university for Winter or Spring term 2017 (includes graduate and doctoral students).
- You are a legal resident of the United States.
- You are not currently incarcerated.
- Your most recent GPA is 2.0 or above.
View more information on the DirectTextbook.com “Shine” Photo Essay Contest to see if you’re eligible to enter today.
The 2016 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest winners have been announced! If you’ve been following this contest, then you might already that this has been their biggest year yet- with 159 video entries from around the globe. Two weeks ago the International Student Team announced the top 15 finalists, including the $1,000 Viewers’ Choice winner. On November 18th, just in time for international education week, they announced the final winners of the 2016 contest. If you missed their announcement, check out who won:
The $4,000 Grand Prize Winner: Mariana Osorio with “This Magic World”
Congratulations to each of the winners of the 2016 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest!
If you have a proposed study abroad trip or if you’re an international student and have a trip that you would like to take, don’t miss out on the chance to win $4,000 to help make your dream happen. The InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest is an annual contest that opens in October. Make sure you set a reminder for next year so you can enter to win!