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Scholarships in USA

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Studying in the US can be a costly affair 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 your eligibility and the application due dates.

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 and outstanding extracurricular achievements, or a history of public service

  • Generally, scholarships are awarded to students in the form of tuition fee reduction, so if a student is awarded a 20% or $10,000 scholarship, this amount will be deducted from his or her tuition


  2. Need-Based Scholarships

  • These scholarships are given to students based on their financial need. Many needs-based scholarships are only available to US residents. However, some universities and colleges do give out needs-based scholarships to international students. 

 3. 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 Malaysian Graduate Study and Research Program: This is for graduate students who wish to pursue a Master’s or a Ph.D. degree at an American university in various fields.

  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program: This is a one-year program for mid-career professionals in leadership positions (public or private sector) who will be future leaders and policy makers.  It combines non-degree graduate level academic work with practical professional development activities (consultations, visits, work affiliations, conferences, etc).  Fellows are affiliated with a U.S. university where they are part of a cohort of other fellows from various countries.

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