International Student Scholarship 2014-2015

Please note: The deadline for the 2014-2015 scholarship has now passed. More information on the 2015-2016 scholarship will become available in spring 2015. For more information on other scholarships, see the WWU Scholarship Center.

Each year, ISSS awards several scholarships to international students currently attending Western. The scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition waivers which may only be used during the following academic year.

Scholarship Application Guidelines

Eligibility

To apply, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • You must be an undergraduate or graduate student who will attend WWU for at least two quarters during the 2014-15 academic year.
  • You must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application.
  • You must be an international student with non-immigrant F-1 visa status.
  • You must have completed at least one quarter at WWU.
  • You must maintain a full-time course of study, as stipulated by the F-1 visa regulations, during each quarter you receive the scholarship.

Please note that if you fall within any of the following categories, you are not eligible to apply:

  • You are a student with J-1 visa immigration status (exchange student).
  • You are sponsored by an external agency such as a home government, home university, or a private corporation.
  • You have received a full-time graduate assistantship (research or teaching).
  • You are enrolled in off-campus or extended programs.

Factors for Awarding Scholarships

The following factors will be used to select recipients of the International Student Scholarship:

  • Scholarship essay (no more than 500 words)                 50%
  • GPA, academic achievement                                       25%
  • Recommendation from one faculty/staff member             25%

Application Procedures

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Prepare and collect the supplemental materials (listed on page 2 of the application)
  3. Submit the application and supplemental materials to isss@wwu.edu by Friday, May 16, 2014.

Cultural Service Hours Requirement

All recipients of the International Student Scholarship are required to complete a minimum of 15 cultural service hours during the 2014-2015 academic year. These hours must be reported through the online Cultural Service Hours Reporting Form within one week of the activity. Some examples of activities through which students might earn cultural service hours include:

  • Giving a presentation about your country at WWU. This could be during Scholar’s Week, the Compass 2 Campus visit day, International Education Week, or as a stand-alone event.
  • Giving a presentation about your country in the Bellingham community.  This could be at the public library, senior center, local schools, or other community organizations.
  • Writing an article about your experience as an international student for a student publication like The Western Front, Klipsun, etc.
  • Organizing an event in which you teach a sport or game from your country.
  • Presenting at an international food event, such as Global Gourmets or the International Cooking Class.
  • Assisting ISSS with the quarterly international student orientation.
  • Serving as an Admissions Office contact; taking part in International Connections Day, providing testimonials for print and digital media, answering inquiries from prospective international students.
  • Serving in a leadership role in an international or cross-cultural campus group, such as Cross-Cultural Student Association (CCSA), International Buddy Program, or Buchanan Towers’ iBoard.
  • Participating in language tables or volunteering for the Modern and Classical Languages Department.
  • Other activities that you would like to do, in consultation with the International Student Advisor.

 

Resources:

International Student and Scholar Services
The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County
WWU Student Publications
Modern and Classical Languages Department

Page Updated 09.15.2014