121 of the Best Merit Scholarships Open to International Students

121 of the Best Merit Scholarships Open to International Students

  What Major Best Fits Your Personality? Find out here.       Getting money as an international student is tough.   You can’t apply for federal aid, and many colleges don’t offer or severely restrict need-based aid for international students.   The good news is that there are still many colleges that offer generous merit-based scholarships that are either open to international students or in some cases are exclusively for international students.   Ranging from a few thousand dollars per year all the way to a full ride, the scholarships on the list below can be great options for any international student hoping to study affordably in the United States.   Need a higher SAT score to qualify for a scholarship? Click here American University Washington DC Name of Scholarship: Emerging Global Leader Scholarship Value: Full tuition; room & board Number of Awards: 1 Determining Factors: Academic excellence, leadership development, and global engagement Augustana College Rock Island, IL Name of Scholarship: Merit Scholarships Value: $17,000-$22,000 annually Determining Factors: Academic Achievement Babson College Babson Park, MA Name of Scholarship: Presidential Scholarship Value: Half tuition Minimum Requirements: 3.0 GPA Determining Factors: Academic achievement, leadership, and global perspective Name of Scholarship: Weissman Scholarship Value: Full tuition Determining Factors: Leadership in the classroom and community Name of Scholarship: Diversity Leadership Award Value: Half tuition to full tuition Determining Factors: Potential for leadership in creating a diverse community. Recipients of the full tuition scholarship must have financial need (need is not a factor for half tuition scholarship) Ball State University Muncie, IN Name of Scholarship: International Student Scholarship Value: Half tuition to full...
College Admissions: There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel

College Admissions: There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel

  Want to know your chances? Find out here.   This is my favorite time of year as a college counselor. The acceptance letters are rolling in, and my inbox is flooded with messages like: WOOHOO!!! They said YES! CANNOT BELIEVE THIS! THEY SAID YES! I got in!!!!!!!! I love seeing the hard work pay off and so many dreams coming true. It is what makes the whole struggle worth it. Back in December there were many late nights, both for the students I work with and for me. There were dozens of essays to go through and strict deadlines to meet. It was a hustle, and it is every year. It’s the nature of this process. It’s a lot of stress, trying to sum up one’s life into a few pieces of paper and send it off for evaluation. It feels like the results will make or break your future. I’ve been with my students when they’ve started to scream or cry, too scared to move forward. But in 100% of cases, somehow, we’ve made it through, and there is an excited email I get at this time of year confirming that everything worked out. Every year, I tell my students not to stress out too much – it will be okay. And every year they get stressed out anyway. But stress melts away as fast as it came, and come the spring and acceptance letters, they forget. If you’re a junior right now, take these words to heart: you will get through this too. Next spring, you will be the one sending me an excited email saying...
69 Colleges with Money-Saving Tuition Guarantees

69 Colleges with Money-Saving Tuition Guarantees

Want to win a $1,000 scholarship? Sign up here. College is already expensive enough so when your college decides to increase its tuition rate by thousands of dollars each year, it is understandable why you might be upset. Unfortunately, this is a common scenario. This year, the average private college increased its tuition rate by 3.7% and the average public college by 2.9%, amounting to up to $3,000 per year or $12,000 over four years. Luckily, some schools are trying to reverse this trend offering incoming students tuition guarantees. A tuition guarantee is when a college gives all incoming freshman a tuition rate and promises to keep that rate the same for them during all four years of college even if the official price of tuition increases. Some of the schools on the list below guarantee a tuition lock for all entering students. Others require students to select a tuition guarantee plan which usually locks in your tuition at a higher rate than the published price during your freshman year but gives you a rate that is forecast to be significantly lower than the price tag during your senior year, resulting in net savings over four years. You can find each college’s specific policy on the links below. Ultimately, choosing a tuition guarantee college will give you increased predictability in planning your college finances and help you keep student loans to a minimum. Alaska Pacific University – Anchorage, AK The Guaranteed Consolidated Tuition Plan  Angelo State University – San Angelo, TX Fixed Tuition Plan Andrews University – Berrien Springs, MI Tuition Guarantee Plan Austin State University – Austin, TX...
106 Arts Scholarships in All 50 States (For Students with Talents in Music, Art, Writing, Debate, and Drama)

106 Arts Scholarships in All 50 States (For Students with Talents in Music, Art, Writing, Debate, and Drama)

Want to win a $1,000 scholarship? Sign up here. Not all scholarships require exceptional grades or impressive athletic abilities. There are thousands of scholarships awarded to students primarily on the basis of their extracurricular skills or talents. Scholarships for accomplishments in the arts including music, art, writing, debate, and drama are especially common. Below, you’ll find a list of one arts scholarship in each of the fifty states offered directly through a college for the benefit of talented students. Alabama Huntingdon College Montgomery, AL Name of Scholarship: Scarlett and Grey Instrumental Award Amount: $11,500 Description: Awarded to students who plan on participating in the marching band and concert band Name of Scholarship: Scarlett and Grey Award Amount: $11,000 Description: Awarded to students who plan to participate in marching band, pom squad, or cheerleading Name of Scholarship: Judy Marley Montgomery Choir Award Amount: $11,000 Description: Awarded to students who plan to participate in the Concert Choir Alaska University of Alaska at Anchorage Anchorage, AK Name of Scholarship: Muriel Hannah Scholarship in Art Amount: Minimum $500 annually Description: Awarded to students who have demonstrated a talent in art Name of Scholarship: Excellence in Speech and Debate Scholarship Amount: Minimum $500 annually Description: Awarded to students who are or plan to be speech and debate team members and who have demonstrated skill in these areas Arizona Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Name of Scholarship: School of Dance, Film, and Theater General Scholarship Amount: Varies Description: Awarded to students who plan to study the visual and performing arts including dance, theater and stagecraft, film and video, photography, entertainment, and media management. Arkansas Hendrix...
23 Big Money College Scholarships for Every Type of Student

23 Big Money College Scholarships for Every Type of Student

Want to win a $1,000 scholarship? Sign up here. Your dream college might not offer your dream scholarship. It doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Although the process for applying for outside scholarships can be more exhausting than applying for institutional scholarships (i.e. scholarships offered directly from a college), they have their advantages. You can use outside scholarships at any college of your choosing so that dream college with poor financial aid can still be a real possibility. Below I’ve put together a list of 23 outside scholarships that pay out at least $10,000 to their top prize winners. Some of these scholarships are designed for top academic performers, but others are based off of community service or leadership, an artistic work, a science project, or an essay. There is something for everyone on this list so take a look through, and start working for some extra college cash! Buick Achievers Scholarship Program Amount: up to $25,000 per year for four years Number of Awards: 25 Description: The scholarship is designed to reward students who have succeeded in and out of the classroom and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. Determining Factors: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and financial need, participation in leadership and school activities and work experience. Preference is given to students with an interests in the automotive or related industry and to students who plan to major in a STEM field. First-generation college students, minorities, females, military veterans and their dependents are also given preference. Siemens Math, Science, and Technology Award Scholarships Amount: $1,000-$100,000 Description: The...