Since the United States is home to many of the premier universities in the world, it is among the leading destinations for students from every corner of the globe who are striving to receive a top-notch international education. However, it can be extremely challenging to find a scholarship with the limited number of options available to students who are not citizens. Luckily, the following is a compiled list of 25 excellent college scholarships that have been specifically created for international students who are planning to study or are currently studying within the United States.


1. Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme

Deadline: March 31st

Each year, the Aga Khan Development Network grants a limited number of scholarships for outstanding students from developing countries around the world to engage in postgraduate studies to achieve a master’s degree or PhD in a subject of their choice. Currently, applicants will be accepted from students under 30 years of age from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Kyrgystan, Kenya, Egypt, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Mozambique, France, and Portugal. Scholarships are awarded to students with exceptional academic standings and genuine financial need on a 50 percent grant and 50 percent loan basis, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5 percent.


Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme
1825 K Street, NW, #901
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 293-2537

2. ASHFoundation Graduate Scholarship for International Students

Deadline: May 6th

Sponsored by the Kala Singh Memorial Fund, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation provides tuition assistance scholarships for full-time international students who are studying communication sciences and disorders at an accredited graduate institution within the United States. With the goal of encouraging international students to become speech language pathologists, audiologists, or communication science researchers, all applicants must demonstrate outstanding career achievement and superior overall academic standing.


ASHFoundation Graduate Scholarship for International Students
2200 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 296-8700

3. Awards for Advanced Study or Research in the USA

Deadline: November 1st

The American Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) provides more than $500,000 annually to assist Scandinavian students with undertaking graduate study or research programs in the United States for a variety of different fields of study. Applicants for the Awards for Advanced Study or Research in the USA must be natural citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden to be considered. Interested candidates for the scholarships must be recommended to ASF from one of the cooperating organizations, including the Denmark-America Foundation, the League of Finnish-American Societies, or the Sweden-America Foundation.


Awards for Advanced Study or Research in the USA
58 Park Avenue at 38th Street
New York City, NY 10016
(212) 779-3587

4. Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest

Deadline: September 17th

For high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students worldwide, the Ayn Rand Institute hosts an annual “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest in response to the fourth and final novel written by American writer Ayn Rand. 50 semifinalists will be awarded for $50, 25 finalists for $100, five third place prizes for $1,000, three second place prizes for $2,000, and one first place prize winner for $10,000. Along with the 800-1,600 word essay, entrants into the contest must include a cover sheet with their name, address, school information, topic selection, and current grade level.


Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest
212 Alton Parkway Suite 250
P.O. Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619
(949) 220-6550 ext. 247

5. Berkeley College International Student Scholarships

Deadline: May 1st

Upon admittance to Berkeley College, international students from all regions are eligible to receive tuition assistance based on merit and financial need to enroll into a full-time degree program. Within programs for accounting, business, fashion marketing, information technology, international management, management, or marketing, international recipients can receive partial tuition coverage from 10 to 25 percent of total costs. If students are successful at maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0, then they may be eligible for a scholarship renewal for up to four years.


Berkeley College International Student Scholarships
12 East 41st St. 14th Floor
New York City, NY 10017
(212) 986-7827

6. Bogigian Scholarship for Armenian Students

Deadline: Varies

Annually, Wilson College offers two scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $30,000 to two full-time female undergraduate students attending and residing on the college’s campus. Although applicants for the scholarship must be of Armenian descent and can be from any country worldwide, preference will be given to international citizens from Armenia.


Bogigian Scholarship for Armenian Students
1015 Philadelphia Ave.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 262-2002

7. Broome and Allen Scholarship

Deadline: May 22nd

Established by the American Sephardi Federation, the Broome and Allen Scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students of Sephardic descent who are focusing their college education on Sephardic studies. High school seniors, college undergraduates, college graduate students, and those working on research projects are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Candidates are not required to be citizens of the United States, but they must be completing all of their studies in the U.S.


Broome and Allen Scholarship
15 West 16th St.
New York City, NY 10011
(212) 294-8350

8. CollegeWeekLive Monthly Scholarship

Deadline: Last day of every month

The CollegeWeekLive Monthly Scholarship for $1,000 is available for both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who will be enrolling in an accredited post-secondary institution in the nation no later than the fall of 2017. Applicants for the scholarship are only eligible to win if they register online, login between the first and last day of the month, and visit at least three colleges to be entered into the drawing. Based on random selection, one winner will receive a check for $1,000 made payable to the accredited institution attended after proof of enrollment is submitted.


CollegeWeekLive Monthly Scholarship
100 Crescent Road
Needham, MA 02494
(617) 938-6000

9. ETSU International Students Academic Merit Scholarship

Deadline: July 1st

For all new international students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree at East Tennessee State University, the International Students Academic Merit Scholarship can be used to cover 50 percent of the total tuition rates for up to eight consecutive semesters. Applicants must be admitted to ETSU full-time, have an F-1 or J-1 student visa, demonstrate academic achievement, and maintain a 2.75 GPA.


ETSU International Students Academic Merit Scholarship
807 University Parkway
122 Yoakley Hall Box 70668
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-7737

10. EWC Graduate Degree Scholarships for Asia and the Pacific

Deadline: November 1st

Sponsored by the East-West Center, the Graduate Degree Fellowship Scholarships offer funding for a maximum of 24 months to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree of study at the EWC of the University of Hawaii. If students are not citizens of the United States, eligible applicants must be citizens within one of the countries in Asia or in the Pacific. Candidates for the scholarships outside the United States must complete the required Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


EWC Graduate Degree Scholarships for Asia and the Pacific
1601 East-West Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96848
(808) 944-7195

11. Foreign Fulbright Student Program

Deadline: October 15th

Each year, the Institute of International Education is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to award 1,800 grants to non-U.S. students in the Foreign Fulbright Student Program to study in the United States for a master’s degree or PhD. Fulbright highly encourages applications from students interested in pursuing careers in all fields, but cannot fund applicants seeking a medical degree program. Foreign international students must apply for the program through the United States Embassy in their home countries around the world.


Foreign Fulbright Student Program
530 Bush St. Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 362-6520

12. Global Scholarship Alliance Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies

The Global Scholarship Alliance (GSA) Scholarship program, qualifying international nurses are provided academic tuition assistance to accredited universities across the United States to learn about clinical nursing practices through practical training and on-campus employment. International students may receive the fully funded scholarships to cover the costs of tuition, books, fees, and a new computer for success in a BSN, RN to MSN, BSN to MSN, or post-masters certificate program. Students can also participate in the Cultural Exchange Program by agreeing to return to their home country after graduation to work as a nurse leader for a minimum of two years.


Global Scholarship Alliance Scholarship Program
1700 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45206
(513) 665-4544

13. Gwendolen M. Carter/PAS-NU Fellowships

Deadline: January 15th

In order to stay dedicated to its objective of innovative research growth in a diverse academic community, Northwestern University provides the Gwendolen M. Carter/PAS-NU Fellowships to recruit exceptional students from Africa to pursue the study of the continent in a doctoral program. Eligible applicants for the annual stipend of $25,800 must meet all admission requirements by Northwestern and be accepted into the Ethnic Studies program.


Gwendolen M. Carter/PAS-NU Fellowships
633 Clark St.
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-3741

14. Hood College International Merit Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th

Hood College recognizes superior undergraduate international students annually by providing the International Merit Scholarship as funding for all tuition related expenses up to $18,000. Although students can be from any country worldwide, scholarships can only be applied to programs for Accounting, Chemistry, Political Science, History, Economics, Finance, Theology, Music, Psychology, Mathematics, English, Biology, and Communications. To demonstrate academic excellence, applicants will need to complete the SAT test and submit transcripts.


Hood College International Merit Scholarship
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 696-3400

15. Ishe Komborera Africa Award

Deadline: April 1st

The Schiller International University offers 20 one-quarter tuition awards to attend one of their international campuses to citizens from countries within the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. All undergraduate recipients of the award must satisfactorily maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and graduate students must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA each academic year. Along with the completed application to SIIU, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation, short essay explaining why they should qualify for the award, and recent proof of income from tax form.


Ishe Komborera Africa Award
8560 Ulmerton Rd.
Largo, FL 33771
(800) 261-9751

16. Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarships

Deadline: March 31st

Sponsored by the Joint Japan and World Bank, the Graduate Scholarship is offered to international students from World Bank member countries. Eligible applicants for the scholarship must be under 30 years of age, have a bachelor’s degree, and possess at least two years of professional full-time experience after a university degree. Candidates must submit evidence of current unconditional admission to a university in the United States to pursue a master’s degree in health, economics, education, agriculture, environment, or other subject areas related to development.


Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarships
1818 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20433
(202) 473-6849

17. Libermann Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

For undergraduate international students, Duquesne University provides limited financial assistance ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 for up to four years in the form of the Libermann Scholarship. There is no application necessary for this scholarship, since all international students are automatically considered when they submit their application for admission into the university. Between 40 and 50 scholarships are awarded each academic year to cover costs for tuition, fees, and books.


Libermann Scholarship
601 Duquesne Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6113

18. LMSA Scholarship for U.S. Medical Students

Deadline: January 1st

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Scholarship for U.S. Medical Students was developed to financially assist international students with the costs of attending an accredited medical school in the United States. Applicants are eligible to receive the funding regardless of immigration status, but all must demonstrate a strong desire to serve the Latino and other underserved communities. Along with the typed completed application, applicants are required to submit proof of acceptance and a one-paged personal statement reflecting contributions to the Latino community to receive one of the four $500 scholarships.


LMSA Scholarship for U.S. Medical Students
990 College of Medicine East
Chicago, IL 60612

19. Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

Deadline: January 17th

As an affiliate of the World Bank Family Network (WBFN), the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund awards educational grants to exceptional women from developing countries who are dedicated to finishing a degree at any United States university. Eligible applicants over the age of 25 can receive $12,000 to $15,000 per academic year to complete a degree related to improving the well-being of women and children, as well as serving a minimum of two years in their home country after graduation.


Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
1818 H Street NW
MSN H2-204
Washington, DC 20433
(202) 473-8751

20. MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program for Africans

Deadline: February 1st

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is designed to educate academically qualified young adults from Africa to contribute to the improvement of the continent. Applicants for the scholarship must be citizens of the Sub-Saharan region and be accepted into a degree program in the United States or Canada relevant to growth sectors, including manufacturing, banking, agriculture, and telecommunications. Recipients will receive financial support for tuition, fees, supplies, books, accommodation, transportation, and a monthly stipend for the cost of living.


MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program for Africans
2 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 301
Toronto, ON M4T 2T5
(647) 837-5787

21. Momeni Foundation Financial Assistance Scholarships

Deadline: June 30th

Each year, the Momeni Foundation offers at least ten Financial Assistance Scholarships for amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000 to graduating high school students and current college students of Iranian descent. Students are encouraged to apply regardless of citizenship, country of residency, or academic level because applications for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs will be considered. Along with the application, candidates must submit proof of Iranian heritage, a letter from the Dean of the college of acceptance, copy of the latest transcript demonstrating a GPA over 3.0, and a resume.


Momeni Foundation Financial Assistance Scholarships
P.O. Box 322
Clearwater, FL 33757
(727) 433-2133

22. NCITD International Trade Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 1st

The National Council on International Trade Development (NCITD) awards the International Trade Scholarship to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree program in political science, international relations, economics, international business, and international law. Eligible students must be at least a junior at an accredited U.S. university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must provide the NCITD with a 2,500-word essay explaining the reasons why they should be considered, an official transcript, and a letter of recommendation.


NCITD International Trade Scholarship Program
1901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 804
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 872-9280

23. Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Deadline: November 9th

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans are provided to new Americans for full funding of up to two years of graduate program studies to achieve leadership in any chosen field. Eligible applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree by the start of the grant period, be less than 30 years of age, and be a permanent resident or naturalized citizen of the United States. Along with the Soros online application, candidates must submit two essays on specific topics, one-page resume, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and documentation of being a New American.


Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
224 West 57th St.
New York City, NY 10019
(212) 547-6926

24. PEO International Peace Scholarship

Deadline: December 15th

First established in 1949 by the PEO Sisterhood, the International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program that provides scholarships for outstanding women around the world to attend graduate studies within the United States or Canada. Applicants for the scholarship must be qualified for admission full-time in a graduate program and have at least one full year of coursework remaining. In order to receive the award of $8,000, students must not hold citizenship or permanent residence within the U.S.


PEO International Peace Scholarship
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 255-3153

25. The Roothbert Fund Scholarships

Deadline: March 1st

Each year, the Roothbert Fund awards grants to 20 selected scholarship recipients who are enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited university in the United States. Although funds of $2,000 to $3,000 are awarded to individuals entering a wide variety of career paths, preference is provided to those who satisfy high academic requirements and are considering employment in fields related to education.


The Roothbert Fund Scholarships
475 Riverside Dr. Room 1830
New York City, NY 10115
(212) 870-3116

In order to achieve the ultimate ideal of the “American Dream,” most international students born outside of the United States need to depend on the support of scholarships for reaching all of their higher learning aspirations within America. If you are an international student who is seeking assistance to lighten the financial load of the hefty tuition price tags associated with studying in the United States, it is highly recommended that you consider applying to these 25 exceptional college scholarships specifically geared towards international students.