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A-List UK appreciates that the cost of US unis is often shocking for international students! Seeking out scholarship and funding is often a necessary part of the application process. If you are interested in school scholarships for international students, there are organisations that sponsor scholarships. A-List UK recommend this resource geared towards international students as well as this more general resource.  

There are several prestigious scholarships which are awarded to international, as well as US, citizens. These are competitive, but qualified and motivated students should apply .

Jefferson Scholarship: 

This scholarship funds four full years at the University of Virginia, including incidentals. Total value of the scholarship over four years exceeds $280,000 for non-Virginian students and includes tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board, and personal expenses. Students must be nominated from their school, but many international schools participate in this program. Schools are asked to nominate students who “best exemplifies excellence in the Jeffersonian ideals of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.” After regional competitions, 120 finalists are sent to UVA in March for the final selection and approximately 40 scholars will be accepted. This fellowship allows students the chance to attend an international renown university for free.  The deadline is December 1st 

Robertson Scholarship:

This prestigious scholarship is available at Duke and the University of North Carolina. In fact, this program also offers cross-campus programs between the two schools.  The scholarship offers eight semesters of full tuition, room and board, and most mandatory fees for Scholars at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Scholars also have access to generous funding for up to three summer experiences, funding for conferences throughout the academic year, and for two semesters of study abroad. Students who are selected for this scholarship show purposeful leadership, intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and collaborative spirit.  The deadline for the scholarship is November 15th.   

Morehead-Cain Scholarship: 

This is the first fully funded scholarship at a public university in the US. Founded in 1945 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, considered one of the best public schools in the United States, this scholarship covers the full cost of attendance for four years as well as provides funding for summer research and work experience as well as international travel. This application is separate from a student’s application to the University of North Carolina. The deadline is also different—October 15th. Because of the scholarship’s long history, the network of scholars is extensive and provides an excellent network for both scholarly and professional collaborations in the future.   

Boston University Trustee and Presidential Scholarships:

Boston University has many merit scholarships and extends two of its most significant funding opportunities to international students. The Trustee Scholarship is BU’s most prestigious scholarship. These awards are given to students who become part of a unique campus community that offers intellectual, cultural and social opportunities. Competitive applicants are among the most accomplished in their class and demonstrate exceptional engagement in their schools and communities. The Trustee Scholarship covers tuition and fees for four years and 20 awards are given annually. The Presidential Scholarship provides students with 25,000 USD annually. This scholarship is only available to international students. Top academic qualifications are key but leadership within and outside of the school community is a significant factor in determining who receives this generous reward.   

If you have any questions about applying for these selective scholarships, or applying for financial aid as an international student, please reach out to our team. A-List UK is here to help.  

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