It is not a secret that studies in the US are one of the most expensive ventures anyone can think of and can diminish the dreams of those hoping to further their education in the US. Although expensive, but the fact remains that she houses finest institutions in the higher study domain.
Up until some time ago, for a foreign student to enroll in a US university was close to impossible and the advantage in terms of funding was only limited to US nationals. But with time the policies have taken a turn and the government has decided to facilitate internationalization.
In light of aforesaid statement, applications for international scholarships have increased since and there are three broad categories of scholarships you can choose from; US government funded, funded by private institutions and some financed by universities themselves.
The list is as under:
Foreign Fulbright Student Program
The Fulbright Program is for students who wish to enroll for Master’s and/or Ph.D. level studies. These are scholarships available for international students in the USA. The scholarships are granted to even those who aim to pursue non-degree postgraduate studies.
The financial aid is packed with tuition fee, course books, health insurance, air ticket, and a stipend amount to cover living expenses.
Humphrey Fellowship Program
Hubert H. Humphery Fellowship Program is aimed at professionals who wish professionally enrich themselves by adding a degree to their already shining resume. In short, experienced professionals can opt for this scholarship from across the globe.
The program is designed in such a way that seeks to judge a person’s capability to lead and show commitment in either public or private sector. Fellowship program is a fully funded one and covers every expense related to studying abroad.
American University Scholarships
AU is known for its limited number of grants based partially on merit to those who are first-year undergrad students but are academically qualified. It is not a need-based scholarship, mind you, instead (as stated previously) merit dependent.
The grant ranges from 6k – 25k USD in a calendar year. It also renewable but is subject to certain conditions.
AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship Program
An extension of the above program who intends to award scholarships to the deserving students who are over-achievers and are hopeful of pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the US. It is also imperative that they have the passion for bringing positive change in the society and are bringers of civility.
The idea behind this grant is to inculcate in the student that when he returns to his home country, he would dedicate his time and resources to the improvement of underprivileged in his country.
Amherst College Scholarships
This scholarship is need-based and offers assistance to those international students experiencing financial crunch back home. Once you are enrolled, your financial position will be evaluated and accordingly you will beallotted a budget.
This is referred to as ‘aid package’ since it includes both employment prospects and is also hailed as a form of gift aid.
Berea College Scholarships
For the first year students, Berea College offers complete funding to those foreign students who are totally enrolled. This package inclusive of scholarships and financial aid makes up for the tuition and boarding expenses.
It is encouraged that these students save up to 1,000 USD per year so that they can contribute towards their expenses for the following year. It is a pre-requisite by the way and hence, Berea offer summer jobs so that they can easily meet this obligation.
Clark University Scholarships
Global Scholars Program is being offered by Clark University and is open to those students enrolling in thefirst year and is not applicable to transfer students. The minimum bench to qualify for this program is that the student must have earned, at least, a four-year degree in their home country.
A scholarship worth of up to 5,000 USD and a 2,500 USD stipend is paid to interns and/or those involved in research apprenticeship.
Illinois Wesleyan University Scholarships
This program deals in merit-based scholarship offerings. It is intended for those international students who exhibit a track record of outstanding achievement, in addition to test scores in the entrance exams. The awards worth, range from 10k – 25k USD and can be renewed for next four years.
Moreover, a full-tuition President’s International Student Scholarships award are granted to two of the students who have qualified for the four years study program, every year.
Oregon University Scholarships
The scholarship awarded is worth more than a million dollars in the form financial aid. The offer is applicable to both undergrad hopefuls and those furthering their studies to graduate level. ICSP is the scholarship which is up for grabs at theUniversity of Oregon, each year.
The international students are in luck because it offers close to 30 – 40 inexpensive scholarships and this incorporates a tuition waiver of 7.5k – 30k (only for ICSP selected individuals).
Joint Japan World Bank (JJWB) Graduate Scholarships
The JJWB Graduate Scholarship Program provides complete scholarships to students who are listed on the World Bank member countries in order to pursue development-oriented studies at preferred universities around the world.
Under this program, students have the option to choose from 8 participating USA universities for their studies. The list includes Harvard University, John Hopkins University, University of Chicago, Cornell University and Columbia University, among others.
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme
The Aga Khan Foundation entail a bag of a limited number of scholarships every year for postgraduate students who have exhibited tremendous prowess among the list of developing nations, who other than this, have no access to sponsoring their studies. The studies can be undertaken anywhere across the globe. In the US,scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant + 50% loan basis through a rigorous application process once during a calendar year.
The above organizations are, in my opinion, best options to choose from if you are seeking to fly to the US to further your studies.
Author Bio: David Tilton is a former professor at one of the leading educational institutions and often blogs to equip students on a number of topics having to do with studies, admissions, and financial aid. You can follow him for thesis help on his social media channels.