The lesser known scholarships in the US

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Image by George Mason University Life, Flickr

It comes as no surprise that nearly every student from around the globe aspires to study in the US. With its excellent educational facilities, research opportunities and employment prospects, it’s known to some as the capital of global education.

As one of the most developed countries in the world with one of the best education systems, enrolling in US universities can be highly competitive. Apart from the high educational standards and qualifications required, one of the biggest challenges students face is financing their studies.

There are many scholarships, especially for international students who aspire to study in the US. Generally, students go after the famous and illustrious scholarships, either ignoring or not being aware of the other valuable options available to them. Here are some of those scholarships students need to know about:

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a scholarship in the US for students who want to study or conduct research in the country for a year or longer. The scholarship is not restricted to any particular field of study and is open for all courses; however it is open only for students who are pursuing a master’s degree. 4000 students from 155 countries receive this scholarship each year.

Hubert Humphrey Fellowships for International Students

The Hubert Humphrey program is also a great scholarship which provides aid to students who are willing to pursue a degree in agriculture & rural development, communications & journalism, economic development, public policy analysis and several other fields. Nearly 200 fellowships are awarded each year under this program.

The Presidential Scholarship of North American University

The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship offered by North American University. Students must have secured 1400 marks (in critical thinking and math portions) on their SAT or 31 on the ACT exam in order to secure this scholarship.

The Trustee Scholarship of North American University

Another prestigious scholarship offered by North American University, the Trustee Scholarship requires the applicant to have a minimum 1200 SAT score (in critical thinking and math portions) or 26 on the ACT exam.

The Dean Scholarship of North American University

Dean Scholarship requirements are comparatively less than the Presidential and Trustee scholarship. Applicants are required to have an SAT score of not less than 1000 (in critical thinking and math portions).

There are some more specifications for the above three scholarships from North American University which should be taken into consideration if someone wants to apply for them.

AAUW International Fellowships

Specially offered for women, the American Association of University Women or AAUW scholarships are awarded to women who want to study in the US but are not permanent residents of the US. Preference is given for those who are willing to work for women empowerment in the community.

MigVapor Scholarship

Free to apply, students can be awarded $3,000 with this scholarship through the essay contest. Mig Vapor creates products designed to help people reduce their dependency on tobacco, and each semester $3,000 is awarded to students who help bring awareness to the dangers of smoking. Find out more.

HireInfluence Scholarship

HireInfluence is offering a $500 Entrepreneur annual scholarship, awarded towards College Tuition/Expenses. Applicants must be 18 to 25, currently enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States or Canada, with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher. Submissions are due May 31 and the winner is selected by June 30. Find out more.

Scholarships are a great way to advance in your studies, especially for students who are passionate about their careers and do not possess the resources to fulfil their dreams. Students should always be informed about the various financing options – when the time comes, they can be used to your advantage.

This article was contribued by guest author Jessie Agarwal.