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International Students Academic Merit Scholarship

The International Students Academic Merit Scholarship is available to eligible new international students seeking a graduate or undergraduate degree. 

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Apply for admission to ETSU undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions)
  2. Have or plan to have an F-1 or J-1 student visa (F-1 Visa information, J-1 Visa information).
  3. Have a demonstrated record of academic achievement.

Award Process

All international students who apply for admission to the university are considered for the scholarship. Upon admission, applicants who meet the following criteria will be offered the scholarship automatically:

  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA on the US 4.0 scale (freshman applicants)
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA on the US 4.0 scale (undergraduate transfer applicants and graduate applicants)
  • Applicants who qualify for the scholarship will receive notice of the award and how accept it,  in the admissions letter. Students who wish to accept the scholarship must complete and submit a scholarship acceptance form within three weeks from the date on the admissions letter. 

Scholarship Value per School Year

Undergraduate students: $12,500
Graduate students: $11,500

Award Terms and Conditions:
Undergraduate students: up to 8 semesters provided the minimum eligibility requirements are maintained.

Graduate Students: Five semesters for recipients seeking a master's degree, or commensurate with the length of the program.

Scholarship may not be combined with other scholarships that cover tuition and fees costs (Creative Arts, Honors in Discipline, Grad Assistantship, Graduate Tuition Scholarship, Government funding, Fulbright grants, etc)

The scholarship only applies to in- and out-of-state tuition. Recipients will be required to pay other fees such as program fees, course fees, housing costs, meal plan, and medical insurance costs.

Other conditions as outlined in the Acceptance Form.

Students Ineligible for the Merit Scholarship:

  • Students pursuing a second Bachelor's or a second Master's degree
  • Graduate students receiving a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship
  • Students receiving any other ETSU tuition scholarship
  • Students applying for the M.D. and PharmD programs
  • Students who are not in lawful F-1 or J-1 status

For questions, please contact:  

Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships -  Graduate Students Only

International graduate students may apply for graduate assistantships (GA) and tuition scholarships (TS). A GA or TS is a service scholarship that requires the recipient to perform services in exchange for receiving a tuition and maintenance fee waiver. GA and TS scholarships can waive as much as full tuition (GA positions also include a monthly stipend). Before applying for a GA or TS, international students must be admitted to ETSU as graduate students. Only students in their first period of enrollment as graduate students at ETSU may apply for a TS.

For more information, see the school of graduate studies assistantship information web page. Students searching for available GA and TS scholarships should check with their academic department and review the School of Graduate Studies list of GA and TS vacancies.

The Honors College offers programs of study which include the possibility of scholarship funding. International students may apply to the following honors programs:

University Honors Scholars (link)
Midway Honors Scholars (link)
Fine and Performing Arts Scholars (link)
Honors-in-Discipline (link)

Admittance to honors programs is contingent upon meeting program-specific eligibility requirements. Students applying to an honors program may have to provide additional documents that are not required for general university admission. Admission to an honors program is competitive, with limited space available.

Please note that honors students must complete enriched programs of study. Admittance to a program includes the possibility of receiving a scholarship, not a guarantee.

To learn more about honors program admissions requirements, scholarship availability, and application instructions, visit the above links to each program's web page.

The ETSU Creative Arts Scholarship is awarded to new out-of-state students, including international students, with interests in the arts. Recipients are required to participate in ETSU performing arts or art exhibition activities. Some scholarships require students to major in a particular arts discipline. The scholarship covers out-of-state tuition. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply.

For more information, visit the scholarship office's Creative Arts Scholarship web page.

Sister Cities International Student's Scholarship

This Sister Cities International Student's Scholarship Endowment was established by the Sister Cities Chapter of Tri-Cities, TN-VA to honor the organization's mission "to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation," and to generate scholarships for deserving international students enrolled at ETSU.

Criteria:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate International students under the F-1 status
  • Must have completed at least one semester of study at ETSU, at time of application
  • Must have a minimum ETSU grade point average (GPA)
    3.0 undergraduate
    3.5 graduate
  • Enrolled full time

Application Deadline:

  • March 1, 2019 Application site will be open for submissions starting on December 20, 2018.

Amount:

  • Will vary depending on availability of funds but no higher than $500 per award.

Number of Awards:

  • Will vary depending on availability of funds but at least 1 per year. Awards are non-renewable.

Selection:

  • A selection committee appointed by International Programs and Services will award the scholarship.  The committee shall decide the number of scholarships and the value of each, depending on available funds.

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of an online form and essay:
  • Unofficial ETSU transcript. 

 International Undergraduate Student Year 2-Y2 Merit Scholarship

Eligible undergraduate international students, already enrolled at ETSU, may apply for a limited number of Merit Scholarships under the following terms and conditions.

Eligible applicants will:

  1. Be current ETSU international students who have been enrolled for at least one full semester but no more than two semesters at ETSU
  2. Have a minimum ETSU grade point average of 3.0
  3. Be in lawful F1 or J1 status
  4. Be a degree-seeking undergraduate student

Terms and conditions:

  1. 10 merit scholarships will be offered yearly
  2. Scholarships will only be offered starting in the fall semester. No initial awards will be offered for the spring term.
  3. Awardees will be notified of selection by May 31st
  4. Scholarships will not cover program, service and course fees; health insurance, housing, meal plans, etc

Application deadline:

  1. May 20-Applications will be accepted starting February 1
  2. Application form https://bit.ly/20KFTDC

Awards:

  1. Will be in the amount of $13,000 per academic year (spring and fall terms)
  2. Must be used towards tuition and fees
  3. Cannot be used towards service, programs, and individual course fees
  4. Are competitive and will be based on the ETSU grade point average
  5. Will be effective the fall term and for no more than 6 semesters, provided students maintain the minimum eligibility requirement
  6. Cannot be used when students are charged Erate or in-state tuition rates
  7. Have no cash value
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