Scholarships in USA

Studying in the US can be expensive but American universities and colleges provide a wide range of scholarships to international students to help them fund their studies.You don’t have to be an American to get a scholarship to an American college or university. You don’t even have to be the smartest or most gifted student. There are plenty of scholarship opportunities for international students. Before applying to any scholarships, do check the eligibility and the application due dates. Generally, the money might go directly to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe. Or it might be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you’ve been awarded the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.

Here is an overview of the type of scholarships available for international students so you can start looking for them.

  1. Merit Scholarships

  • These scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated an outstanding history of academic achievement. These scholarships are awarded to students with the most exceptional GPA, most impressive series of extracurricular activities and a history of public service


  2. Need-Based Scholarships

  • These scholarships are given to students based on their financial need. Unfortunately, many needs-based scholarships are only available to US residents. However, some universities and colleges do give out needs-based scholarships to international students. You will have to look at the institution’s website to see what they offer foreign students.

 3. Country-Based Scholarships

  • Many colleges and universities offer scholarships to students from certain countries, particularly those living in developing countries. There are also many private institutions which give scholarships to students from these countries.

 4. Government-Funded Scholarships

The United States government offers many scholarship programs, but only a few of them are available to international students. The two big ones are:

  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program: This is for graduate students and artists who want to study in the United States for at least one year. It is open to all fields except medicine.

  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program: This scholarship isn’t for a degree, but rather for professionals who want to do academic study in the United States for at least 10 months.

5.Privately-Funded Scholarships

Sometimes private organizations or donors fund scholarships for international students. Most of these have strict eligibility requirements, such as:

  • From a developing country

  • Mainly For women

  • For minorities

  • Helping for specific areas of study 

Western Washington University
$5,000 for International Year
$1,500 for Pre-Masters
Oglethorpe University
Up to $10,000 for International Year
Direct AdmissionScholarships:
$10,000 for 2.5-2.9 GPA
$14,000 for 3.0-3.4 GPA
$20,000 for 3.5-4.0 GPA
*awarded each year provided that required GPA are maintained
Oregon State University
INTO OSU Scholarships
Regional Scholarships-Up to $9,000
Merit-based Scholarships-$9,000/ $12,000
Progression Scholarships-$6,000
OSU Scholarships
International Honorary Scholarship-$15,000
Provost Scholarship for Excellence-$6,000
IB or A-Level Scholarship-$6,000
Saint Loius University
INTO SLU International Year One or Graduate Pathway
Regional Scholarships-Up to $10,000
Undergraduate Scholarships - First-Year Students
Merit-based Scholarship-$3,000 - $20,000 per year
Undergraduate Scholarships - Transfer Students
Merit-Based Scholarship-$10,000 - $14,000 per year
Drew University
INTO Drew Undergraduate Scholarships 
Regional Scholarships-$8,000
Progression Scholarships (Year 3&4)-$7,000
Dean's Scholarships (Year 3&4)-$12,000

Green River College

Achievement, Merit & Leadership Scholarships

  • Are available to students who have never been a student at Lane before.

  • Range from $200-$500

Leadership Work Grant: International Student Ambassador (ISA) Apprentice

  • New students (F-1) to Green River

  • May earn up to $1,000 training in the on-campus

Lipscomb University
$10,000 for International Year
West Virginia University
Up to $7,000 for direct admission
$5,000 for 3.0 GPA
$6,000 for 3.25 GPA
$7,000 for 3,5 GPA
*awarded each year provided that required GPA are maintained
Washington State University
INTO WSU Scholarships 
Regional Scholarships-Up to $10,000
Direct Entry Undergraduate Scholarships
International Freshman Academic Award-Up to $16,000
International Transfer Academic Award- Up to $12,000
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University of South Florida
INTO International Year One and Graduate Pathway
Regional Scholarships-Up to $12,000
Direct Entry Undergraduate Scholarships-Up to $48,000
Undergraduate Scholarships- Transfer Direct
USF International Transfer Award-$2,000
Colorado State University
INTO CSU Scholarships
Regional Scholarships-$3,500-6,000
INTO CSU to CSU Progression Scholarships
Undergraduate Progression Scholarship-$5,000 per year
Graduate Progression Scholarship-$4,000 per year
Undergraduate Scholarships - First-Year Students
Merit-Based Scholarships-Up to $10,000
Undergraduate Scholarships- Transfer Students
Ram Transfer Scholarship-$10,000

Lane Community College

New international student scholarships

  • Are available to students who have never been a student at Lane before.

  • Range from $500-$3,500

  • Require recipients to volunteer 25 hours of service.