Summer programs
South Africa Wildlife Research

Applications are open for Summer 2024!

Veterinary and research experience with big cats and other wildlife (plus a safari in world-famous Kruger National Park)!

 

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The South Africa Wildlife Research (previously called South Africa Big Cats at Selati) program in South Africa program is a two-week adventure of a lifetime that gives you the opportunity to learn with a teaching vet and the wildlife conservation team at a Big 5 Game Reserve, learn about African wildlife research and care, go on safari in the world-famous Kruger National Park, and take a wildlife research course taught by Loop vets. Selati is a wildlife game reserve that is home to wild elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, lions, and other African animal species. This program site does not have captive animals or a vet clinic on site. It offers a field course that is a combination of wildlife veterinary skills and research related to wildlife and conservation.

Who It’s For

This program is designed for university-aged students who are interested in becoming veterinarians or working professionally with animals. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Most are 18 to 25, but we also accept full-time undergraduates over 25.

You do not need to currently be in college, have a specific major or degree, or have any veterinary experience for either program. Individuals of any nationality may apply.

Each group of up to 12 students will have its own veterinarian.

Highlights

Giraffes in veterinary service in south Africa• Participate in an animal collaring in the wild (eg lion, cheetah, rhino, etc)

• Veterinary labs and course
• Learn and practice field research methods including wildlife tracking of elephants and big cats, elephant impact surveys, monitoring big cats and other animals in the wild, and more
• Learn about all aspects of care of managed wildlife populations on a game reserve

• Visit a nearby wildlife rehabilitation facility
• Go on a safari to Kruger National Park, perhaps the most well-known national park in South Africa
• Live on a game reserve that is home to South Africa’s “Big 5”, with ample opportunities for wildlife spotting

Dates open for applications

Summer 2024

May 11- May 26 , 2024

July 6- July 21, 2024

These dates include travel days on the group flight departing from New York. The program will start in-country on a Sunday and end on a Saturday. If you are flying from outside the US, please contact [email protected].

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*Subject to 1 days +/- on the schedule, includes travel days
*Dates indicate departure from and return to New York. Final dates may be adjusted 1 day in either direction to accommodate flight availability. Some flights depart early in the morning and may require students to arrive in New York the night before. Loop Abroad reserves the right to cancel any program at any time; in case of such cancellation by Loop Abroad, all payments will be returned in full.

Want to travel longer with us?

Add another two-week program in Thailand or Australia.

South Africa for one month: 2 programs, 6 credits

This program can be combined seamlessly with our South Africa Zoo Medicine program for a full four weeks of veterinary courses in South Africa. Programs begin on Sunday and end on Saturday, so you can go directly from one program to the next with no additional airfare.

Tuition:

Tuition is $4350, not including airfare.

Airfare on the group flight from New York, NY is estimated at $1900 round-trip including taxes and fees. This includes an international roundtrip flight, your overnight airport hotel in South Africa, and the bus to the program location. Participants must fly on the group flight unless otherwise arranged with Loop Abroad (fees apply to flying off the group itinerary).

Interest-free payment plans are available. Current college students may be able to use federal financial aid toward their tuition. Your space is not held until your $1,000 deposit (credited toward tuition) is paid.

Tuition does not include medical insurance – if you don’t have medical insurance that covers you while abroad, you can purchase travel medical insurance. We can help you find a plan that meets our insurance requirements.

Courses and Hours

This program was designed with pre-vet students in mind. For your application to vet school (VMCAS), this program provides the following hours:

Veterinary and Research hours: approximately 75 hours (exact breakdown of hours varies by activity, but you will have a Loop Abroad veterinarian with your group and you will have ample opportunities to participate in wildlife field research).

Students can calculate their own record of hours for their VMCAS or other applications but will earn at least this many hours.

The AVMA says “If you have the opportunity to work… for veterinarians who work with different species, that’s a bonus that can make you more appealing to a veterinary school admissions committee.” We’re proud to offer you that opportunity!

The strongest veterinary recommendation letter is from a vet who has known and worked with you for at least a year. However, you will have a chance to build a relationship with your Loop Abroad teaching vet who may be able to write you a recommendation if you impress them with your performance and are able to build on your experience after your program.

This program provides a total of 80 service hours. Loop Abroad is a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, for which those hours are eligible.

You can receive 3 credits from the University of Findlay for this program. (Additional fee applies.) Loop Abroad can also assist you in working to get credit directly from your school. If you are seeking credit from your college or university, please contact us for any assistance needed.

COVID-19

For programs starting after August 20, 2023, COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended, but they will no longer be required.

All participants must follow the Loop Abroad COVID policies, which include testing negative 2 days before travel, reporting symptoms if they arise during the program, masking or testing if asked to by staff, and isolating if you test positive.

Want to travel with us longer?

Stay for 6 weeks on the South Africa Pre-Vet Summer Semester. Our South Africa Pre-Vet Summer Semester combines three popular programs: South Africa Zoo Medicine, South Africa Pre-Vet Big Cats, and South Africa Wildlife Research.

Spending a full six weeks in South Africa allows you to maximize your time abroad and save money doing it. Not only is supervision and most transportation between programs provided for a seamless transition. Plus, you’ll get FREE college credit for both programs (normally $499) and will only pay for international airfare once!

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Locations

Location

Selati research camp is situated on the Selati Game Reserve, near Hoedspruit in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The extensive landscape of the Reserve is home to a variety of habitats that support vibrant bird populations and over 50 mammal species such as elephant, rhino, sable antelope, cheetah and lion.

Selati Game reserve also became one of the first reserves in Southern Africa to be selected to introduce a group of black rhino that were part of the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. 

 

What Selati does

  • Hands-on fieldwork that supports the conservation management of the reserve
  • Authentic engagement with a small group of passionate people
  • Exposure to wildlife experts and day-to-day wildlife management practices
  • An opportunity to contribute towards building a conservation legacy

What you are involved in

• Learn how to monitor animals with radio telemetry and GPS tracking as well as using track and signs.

• Understand ecology, biology and interesting animal behavior. 

• Discover the roles certain species play in an ecosystem.

• Learn how interactions among and between wildlife and its habitat influence decision-making for reserve management

• Help monitor endangered and vulnerable species (lion, cheetah, African wild dogs and rhino)

• Support the reserve  in collecting data about leopards, elephants, hyenas, and many more. Sometimes animals have to be immobilized in order to fit collar, treat an injury, or relocate the animal. 

 

Accommodation

Comfortable tented  safari camp overlooking a waterhole. The camp also has a swimming pool and volleyball court. The sleeping arrangements consist of two people sharing a tent. Communal bathrooms are situated in the camp.

A laundry service is provided free of charge on certain days of the week. Alternatively, there are facilities to hand wash clothing

 

Meals

The project caters for three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner is prepared for you, while breakfast and lunch are on a help-yourself basis. Extra snacks can be purchased from the tuck shop or during the weekly shopping excursion.

Itinerary

During the week, you’ll split your time between getting out in the field with the wildlife research team and learning from our Loop Abroad vets in class and lab. We will have a few days off from work mid-program to safari to Kruger National Park and to visit a nearby wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Here are some of the activities you can expect to participate in:

  • Lion or cheetah collaring in the wild
  • Fecal sampling and processing
  • Veterinary labs such as necropsies, surgical practice, and microscope use. While we do NOT purchase dead animals for necropsy, we may use an already-dead animal to practice necropsy, suture, and surgical skills.
  • Wildlife tracking of elephants, cheetahs, and/or lions
  • Observation of animals in the wild, including cheetahs, lions, elephants and rhino
  • Wildlife surveys including elephant impact, drive counts, and herd structure
  • Research methods such as fecal egg counts, scat analysis for prey preference, and camera trap work
  • Participate in a classroom-based course taught by the Loop Abroad veterinarians to learn more about big cats and their care (one to two lectures per weekday)
  • Evenings will be filled with fun activities with your volunteer coordinator, such as a trivia night or a stargazing evening
  • Mid-program safari to Kruger National Park and visit to wildlife rehab facility

Every day on the project is different, but a typical weekday’s schedule will include one veterinary lecture/class, one veterinary lab/activity such as a necropsy or suture lab, research and wildlife activities in the field, and mealtimes, as well as downtime in the evening.

Hands-on skills on this program are generally built in the lab or practiced on research equipment, however there may be opportunities to work with or help transport an anesthetized animal, or to interact with wildlife at the wildlife rehabilitation you will visit. Wildlife research is designed to minimize contact with wildlife and interference with its wild nature.

Zoo medicine, conservation medicine, and care for wild and captive wild animals focuses observation over handling when possible, and this program adheres to those standards.

Reading List

Some books that might be interesting to students traveling to South Africa who want to learn more about South African culture and history, conservation, African animals, or veterinary medicine. (None of these are required reading.)

You can purchase any of the books on our suggested reading lists at the links below.*

Long Walk to FreedomLong Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Amazon says, “Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa’s antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.” Students participating in the Adventure Bonus Week: South Africa will visit Robbin Island, where Mandela was held prisoner, including a tour of his prison cell.

Cry the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country Amazon says, “An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 1948. Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty. …Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.”

Soul of a LionSoul of a Lion: One Woman’s Quest to Rescue Africa’s Wildlife Refugees Amazon says, “For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and the vast readership for gripping true-life stories, this African saga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the unique Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, where Marieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthy cattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care for embattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the “AIDS” lion infected by mistake at a vet clinic. Boerjke, a baboon with epilepsy and Down syndrome. Savanna, the one-eyed lioness. And Marieta van der Merwe herself, the inspiring proprietor of Harnas who shares her home with needy wild animals. Survivor of an early life fraught with personal tragedy in the African Bush, she now devotes herself as care-giver and ambassador for wildlife and wildland. Told with insight, humor, and thrilling immediacy by author and Harnas volunteer Barbara Bennett, this story will captivate readers of all ages.”

Kaffir Boy

Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography–The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa Amazon says, “Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel streets of South Africa’s most desperate ghetto, where bloody gang wars and midnight police raids were his rites of passage. Like every other child born in the hopelessness of apartheid, he learned to measure his life in days, not years. Yet Mark Mathabane, armed only with the courage of his family and a hard-won education, raised himself up from the squalor and humiliation to win a scholarship to an American university. This extraordinary memoir of life under apartheid is a triumph of the human spirit over hatred and unspeakable degradation. For Mark Mathabane did what no physically and psychologically battered “Kaffir” from the rat-infested alleys of Alexandra was supposed to do — he escaped to tell about it.”

White Man's GameWhite Man’s Game: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden, and Other Myths of Conservation in AfricaAmazon says, “The stunningly beautiful Gorongosa National Park, once the crown jewel of Mozambique, was nearly destroyed by decades of civil war. It looked like a perfect place for Western philanthropy: revive the park and tourists would return, a win-win outcome for the environment and the impoverished villagers living in the area. So why did some researchers find the local communities actually getting hungrier, sicker, and poorer as the project went on? And why did efforts to bring back wildlife become far more difficult than expected?… In pursuit of answers, Stephanie Hanes takes readers on a vivid safari across southern Africa, from the shark-filled waters off Cape Agulhas to a reserve trying to save endangered wild dogs. She traces the tangled history of Western missionaries, explorers, and do-gooders in Africa, from Stanley and Livingstone to Teddy Roosevelt, from Bono and the Live Aid festivals to Greg Carr, the American benefactor of Gorongosa. And she examines the larger problems that arise when Westerners try to “fix” complex, messy situations in the developing world, acting with best intentions yet potentially overlooking the wishes of the people who live there. Beneath the uplifting stories we tell ourselves about helping Africans, she shows, often lies a dramatic misunderstanding of what the locals actually need and want.”

Wildlife of Southern AfricaWildlife of Southern Africa: A field guide to the animals and plants of the region This field guide is a great reference for birds, trees, flowering plants, and small and large mammals you might see throughout your trip. It is helpful at the wildlife centre and also on safari, and is a great place to mark all the species you have seen and identified during your trip.

Resurrection ScienceResurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things Amazon says, “In a world dominated by people and rapid climate change, species large and small are increasingly vulnerable to extinction. In Resurrection Science, journalist M. R. O’Connor explores the extreme measures scientists are taking to try and save them, from captive breeding and genetic management to de-extinction. Paradoxically, the more we intervene to save species, the less wild they often become. In stories of sixteenth-century galleon excavations, panther-tracking in Florida swamps, ancient African rainforests, Neanderthal tool-making, and cryogenic DNA banks, O’Connor investigates the philosophical questions of an age in which we “play god” with earth’s biodiversity.

Each chapter in this beautifully written book focuses on a unique species–from the charismatic northern white rhinoceros to the infamous passenger pigeon–and the people entwined in the animals’ fates. Incorporating natural history and evolutionary biology with conversations with eminent ethicists, O’Connor’s narrative goes to the heart of the human enterprise: What should we preserve of wilderness as we hurtle toward a future in which technology is present in nearly every aspect of our lives? How can we co-exist with species when our existence and their survival appear to be pitted against one another?”

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Scholarships

 

There are lots of ways to help fund your online and travel programs with Loop Abroad, and we are here to help!

Scholarships are a terrific way to cover some or all of your tuition for a Loop Abroad program. When you look for scholarships for pre-vet programs, you need to look at all your options!

University Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship:

The Gilman Scholarship could fund $5000 of your tuition and the next deadline is October 5, 2023, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time! 

The Gilman Scholarship was designed to help students of limited financial means have the opportunity to study abroad – online or in-person. Nearly a third of applicants are awarded the scholarship! This is a great opportunity to help cover your tuition.

Students can receive up to $5,000 for travel or virtual programs. The scholarship can be applied to any of our online programs, to our semester programs, or one of our 2-week programs.

Along with their application, students must submit two essays, the Statement of Purpose Essay, and the Community Impact Essay. Students must also upload their transcripts (unofficial or official). For more information on the application guidelines, please click here.

See the official website and read about Loop Abroad students who have received this scholarship. If you are a US citizen receiving a Pell Grant and currently enrolled in college or university, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship. The October 2023 Deadline application will open in mid-August 2023 for applicants whose in-person programs or internships start between May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024. This cycle encompasses Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Academic Year 2023-2024, and Spring 2024 programs or internships. The application deadline is Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 11:59pm Pacific Time, and the advisor certification deadline is Thursday, October 12, 2023.

Loop Abroad “Vet Squared” Initiative

Loop Abroad has committed $10,000 in annual funding to program participants joining us from a military background. If you are active duty military or are a veteran, and are considering a career in veterinary medicine, we hope you’ll consider applying to join a Loop Abroad program.

Scholarships of $500 – $1,000 are available for in-person programs. Scholarships of $1,000 – $3,000 are available for select self-paced virtual programs, which can cover the full cost of a virtual program.

Please find more details here.

Loop Abroad Dr. Erica Ward Scholarship

Focused elephant imageLoop Abroad is offering one FULL TUITION scholarship to cover one travel program (up to 2 weeks) of your choice, excluding private groups and Faculty led groups.   Applications for 2024 are open now. We’re proud to add this to the list of scholarships for pre-vet programs.

Who can apply: This scholarship is open to all students age 18 and over. You do not have to be a US Citizen. You do not have to be currently in school. 

You do not have to complete an application to Loop Abroad in order to be selected for the scholarship. The scholarship winner must be able to complete the Loop Abroad enrollment paperwork, requiring a doctor’s signature, and must meet all safety requirements of program enrollment.

Note: if you have already applied to Loop Abroad and been accepted, you can still apply for this scholarship. If you have made any payments toward tuition and later receive the scholarship, your payments will be refunded.

Criteria for selecting the scholarship recipient: 

We will consider financial need, commitment to conservation and/or animal science, academic performance, and ability to be a positive team member as factors in our decision. We are not looking for the applicant with the highest grades or the most animal hours. We are not looking for the applicant with the saddest story. We are looking for a student who embodies Loop Abroad’s values of teamwork, commitment to a cause, and hard work, and for a student who would not be able to otherwise afford Loop Abroad tuition (whether because of household income or recent change in circumstances).

Scholarship details:

This scholarship covers tuition to one Loop Abroad program with a duration of 1 to 2 weeks in the summer of 2024, excluding private groups or faculty-led groups. It is not transferable to other individuals or future semesters. It does not include airfare, travel or medical insurance, passport, college credit fees (optional), visa (if required), or any optional incidentals during your program. Please understand that a full tuition scholarship does not make travel completely free: passport, airfare, and other expenses depend on the program location.

Once a scholarship winner is chosen, the winner will need to complete full application paperwork for Loop Abroad. The winner must then also complete the enrollment paperwork, which includes waiver forms and a medical form signed by a doctor indicating that you are able to safely participate in a travel program.

The scholarship winner agrees that Loop Abroad may publicize the awarding of the scholarship, including the recipient’s information such as name and current university. The scholarship winner will be subject to all regular rules of participating in a Loop Abroad program.

How to apply:
To apply, you must complete the following three steps:

  1. Apply for the Loop Abroad Dr. Erica Ward Scholarship here. The application requires a copy of your proof of household income (such as last year’s tax return).
  2. Follow @LoopAbroad on Instagram (instagram.com/loopabroad) and make an Instagram post about the program you’re hoping to join, tagging @loopabroad and #loopabroad in the post. You do not need to mention that you have applied for a scholarship.

Dr. Erica Ward holding a black dog and an elephant at the background and an elephant dogWhy is it called the Erica Ward Scholarship? Dr. Erica Ward is our Academic Director. We believe that she embodies the values we are seeking in our scholarship applicants: she is passionate, dedicated, hard-working, and driven to make the world a better place. Dr. Ward consistently strives to find ways that Loop Abroad can support projects in need and help its students and alumni have fulfilling academic opportunities. We have decided to name this scholarship after her to honor her continued commitment to her values and purpose. (PS – She isn’t dead. Please don’t write your essay about honoring her legacy. She is very much alive and still working here. If you are a finalist for the scholarship, she will read your essay.)

Details:
The scholarship will be credited toward tuition for the winning student toward the Loop Abroad program of their choice.

The scholarship is non-transferable. If the student cannot attend, the scholarship will be void – it is not a cash prize and cannot be paid as such. Applicants must be over the age of 18. Citizens and residents of any country may apply.

Loop Abroad reserves the right not to grant a travel scholarship if there are no qualified applicants who have applied by the deadline.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship:

Young lady holding a blue parrotThe Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late Senator John S. McCain from Arizona.

This scholarship is open to US citizen undergraduate students who are child dependents of active duty service members and receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid. Students can receive awards of up to $5,000 for 2+ weeks of international travel or online programs. The scholarship can be applied to any of our online programs,  semester programs, or 2-week travel programs.

The deadline for this scholarship is January 4, 2024. More details here.

Freeman-Asia Scholarships:

Smiling woman hanging on a ropeThe Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. This scholarship is open to both US citizens and permanent residents who are undergraduate students at a two-year or four-year college or university.

Recipients can receive up to $3,000 in awards for summer programs. This scholarship can be applied to our Thailand programs for 2+ weeks.

In order to apply, students must fill out an online application. Read the scholarship instructions here and the eligibility requirements here.

The Fund for Education Abroad:

Loop Abroad scholarships student checking heartbeat of the tigerThe Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial needs who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate in any international education program that meets their academic objectives.

This scholarship is open to US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the US. Scholarships range from $1,250 – $10,000.

Along with their application, students must submit a financial aid form (filled out by the financial aid office at their school), one recommendation letter, and a copy of their unofficial transcript.

Students may review the scholarship and application instructions here.

Scholarships of note that you can apply for through the Fund for Education Abroad include:

  • The Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship – for students studying abroad in Southeast Asia
  • Boston Area Study Abroad Association Scholarship – for students with schools in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Connecticut.
  • Malú Alvarez Global Access Scholarship- Five scholarships for semester-long programs to be awarded for study in any country.
  • NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship– These funds are awarded to African-American undergraduate students in the United States who hope to study abroad.
  • Gateway International Group Education Abroad Scholarship- Scholarship awarded to those who are first-generation college students, or those whose home or college of study is in Kentucky.

SeniorCare.com Aging Matters Scholarship

Smiling woman holding small wildcat

SeniorCare.com continues to bring more awareness to the key issues we face as an aging population. For the 8th consecutive year, we will be awarding an annual college scholarship to an individual that best demonstrates to us why “Aging Matters” to them. A $1500 scholarship will be given annually to a selected college student that currently cares for an aging loved one, works within the senior community, or intends to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population. Any existing student (or incoming freshman), in good academic standing, at a 2 or 4-year accredited college can apply for this scholarship. The recipient will demonstrate a unique and admirable understanding and desire to show us that “Aging Matters” to them.

All applicants can get more information and apply online here. Applications are due May 15, 2024.

First Trip

FirstTrip.org offers scholarships for students who are studying abroad for the first time. At the time of writing, Thailand, Costa Rica, and Belize programs would be eligible for these $1,500 scholarships. The application process for these scholarships does not involve writing an essay or meeting a GPA requirement. Only applicable to travel to countries ranked lower than very high on the Human Development Index (this will apply to Loop aBroad programs in South Africa, Thailand, Costa Rica & Belize. Recipients are requested to provide concise testimonials about their initial international experiences. Previous awardees have often shared remarkable photos and videos!

Find out more and apply at FirstTrip.org. Applications are rolling and suggested to be submitted at least 3 months before the departure date. They also have funding available for passports ($130) as well as some other supplemental awards.

Volunteer Forever

Open to all travelers! Can be used for anything related to your study abroad trip. $500-$1000 scholarships awarded to two travelers twice a year.

Please find more details here.

CoPilot Scholarship

$4,500 scholarship. Entry into the sweepstakes is open to full-time students currently enrolled in a recognized U.S. college or university, as well as high school seniors set to become full-time students at an accredited U.S. college or university, provided they uphold a minimum GPA of 2. Sweepstakes run until 9 am ET on August 15, 2023.

Please find more details here.

Aron Govil Giving

Open to those who are currently an enrolled undergrad or graduate student at an accredited college or university. Scholarship winners are paid the funds into their financial aid account.

Application Deadline: August 10, 2023

Please find more details here.

Nitro Scholarship

$2,000 will be given to one winner at the end of every month of the year. Open to all enrolled students (parents of students can apply on their behalf!)

Application Deadlines:
August 31, 2023
September 30, 2023
October 31, 2023
November 30, 2023
December 31, 2023

Please find more details here.

Rainbow Scholarship

Open only to undergraduate students who identify as LGBTQ+ and are currently enrolled in university. Applicants must be receiving credit for the program.

Application Deadline: September 20, 2023, 11:00 PM

Please find more details here.

The Going Abroad Scholarship

Open to any citizen and/or resident of the US enrolled full-time at an accredited college/university. A $1500 scholarship is offered twice a year.
Application Deadline: Fall semester March 15, 2023 at 11:59pm PST to be eligible for the scholarship.

All Spring semester scholarship entries must be received no later than October 15, 2023 at 11:59pm PST to be eligible for the scholarship.

Please find more details here.

GoTranscript Academic Scholarship Program

Open to all high school seniors or current full-time college freshmen. $5,000 offered twice a year (during the Spring and Fall semesters)

Application Deadline: Applications accepted year-round

Please find more details here.

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Open to students in their final year of high school with a minimum of 3.0 GPA who are planning to pursue a degree at an accredited US institution

Application Deadline: October 2, 2023, by 5 pm Eastern.

Please find more details here.

IMG’s Leave Your Mark Grant

The opportunity is available to individuals all around the globe. To be eligible for entry, you need to be at least 18 years old and not fall under the purview of 18 U.S.C. § 1033. 7 individuals will be granted $1,000 each.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Please find more details here.

Cappex Scholarships

This $1,000 scholarship is for First Generation College Students and is open to registered Cappex users who are 13 years old or older, living in the U.S., and either currently enrolled or planning to attend a college, university, or trade school in the U.S. within four years. If you’re under 18, you need your parent’s permission.

Application Deadline: None

Please find more details here.

Dog iD Scholarship

This scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students, 18 years or older, who are enrolled in any accredited college or university in the United States, as well as high school seniors taking classes. The DOG iD scholarship offers a single payment of $1000 that can be used for tuition and other educational expenses. To enter the scholarship competition, submit a 500-word essay discussing one of the topics given about pets.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2023

Please find more details here.

Road iD Scholarship

This scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students, 18 years or older, who are enrolled in any accredited college or university in the United States, as well as high school seniors taking classes. The Road iD scholarship offers a single payment of $1000 that can be used for tuition and other educational expenses. To enter the scholarship competition, submit a 500-word essay discussing one of the topics given about sports.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2023

Please find more details here.

My Wife Quit Her Job Scholarship

This scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students, 18 years or older, who are enrolled in any accredited college or university in the United States, as well as high school seniors taking classes. This scholarship offers a single payment of $1000 that can be used for tuition and other educational expenses. To enter the scholarship competition, submit a 1000-word essay on a meaningful event that changed your life.

Application Deadline: August 22, 2023

Please find more details here.

Horatio Alger State Scholarship

Scholarships valued at $10,000 each, are eligible for high school students in the US who have encountered and successfully conquered significant challenges during their early years. Applicants must show a strong dedication to pursuing and successfully obtaining a bachelor’s degree at a recognized non-profit public or private educational institution within the US and demonstrate a significant financial need with an adjusted gross family income of $55,000 or less is a requirement. Active involvement in co-curricular and community service activities, along with the display of integrity and resilience when overcoming challenges, are also crucial attributes.

Application Opens: December 1, 2023

Please find more details here.

Driver Education Initiative Award

This initiative aims to grant $500 scholarships to essay participants who are either entering college or are presently enrolled in higher education. The theme of the 750-word essay should revolve around the concept of promoting safer driving practices.

Application Opens: September 1st. Application Closes: November 30th. Announced January 1st, 2024

Please find more details here.

Awareness Scholarship

Scholarships ranging from $250 to $1800 are available. The selection of recipients is determined by academic accomplishments, assessment of a personal essay, as well as a personal interview or phone conversation.

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2024

Please find more details here.

Dell Scholars Program

(High school grade 11-12) To be eligible for this $20,000 opportunity, students should be engaged in a college readiness program and be on track to successfully complete their studies at an accredited high school within the current academic year. They should also demonstrate a financial need, be receiving a federal Pell Grant during their first year of college and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.4.

Application open: October 1st, 2023. Application Closes: December 1st, 2023

Please find more details here.

Northeastern Regional Chapter Applications

Candidates must qualify as a lineal descendant of a Korean War veteran who actively served in Korea from June 25, 1950, to January 31, 1955, as officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They must attend an educational institution situated within the KASF Northeastern Region, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Application Deadline: (CLOSED for 2023)

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BUTEX Scholarships

£500 will be awarded to students of a study abroad program. This scholarship is open to undergraduate students in the UK enrolled at an institution affiliated with BUTEX (full list here)

Application Opens: (OPENING SOON).

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Boren Awards for International Study

$8,000 for 8-11 weeks. Suitable for Semester students. This is only for students pursuing majors in fields categorized as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) who are qualified for summer-specific programs lasting a minimum of eight weeks. (Not applicable for study in the US, Europe or Australia).

Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

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Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program

 Diversity Abroad offers $500 stipends to successful applicants of their Overseas Ambassador program. This funding supports volunteering or studying abroad during Spring or Fall semesters. Ambassadors are required to share their experiences through blogging to inspire others within the Diversity Abroad community to travel. Eligible candidates are full-time students or recent graduates from U.S. universities with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Enthusiasm, creativity, and a strong interest in international engagement are essential traits for applicants.

Application Deadline: Rolling basis

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Explore The World Scholarship

Receive $2,000 awards for international travel to engage in cross-cultural experiences. Eligible candidates must be aged 18-30, U.S. citizens or permanent residents, demonstrate financial need, and live or study in one of the 13 metropolitan areas where HI USA is active.

Application Opens: Currently on hold, sign up here for news and updates.

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Sallie Mae Scholarship

This $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship Sweepstakes is open from January 01, 2023, to December 31, 2023, for legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and US Territories aged 17 or older. Eligible participants include parents with college/university-enrolled children, college/university-enrolled students, parents with high school senior children, and high school juniors or seniors planning to enroll in a US-based accredited college/university within a year of high school graduation.

Application Deadline: At the end of every month.

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Niche No Essay Scholarship

The $2,000 No Essay Scholarship is open to high school and college students, and those planning to attend college or graduate school within the next year. It’s a straightforward scholarship without an essay requirement. The prize money can be used for tuition, housing, books, or any educational costs. Applications are accepted monthly, and a new winner is chosen each month.

Application Deadline: At the end of every month.

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Niche $25,000 Back to School Scholarship

Niche offers a $25,000 scholarship once a year. High school seniors and college students are eligible, as well as those planning to attend college or graduate school within the next year. By completing a Niche Profile with details like GPA and high school, you’ll automatically be considered. The scholarship is available to individuals with US citizenship or a valid Visa/US passport.

Application Deadline: September 27, 2023

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“Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

The $25,000 “Be Bold” Scholarship is a no-essay award granted to the applicant with the most daring profile. Instead of focusing on being the “best” or “most accomplished,” the scholarship values qualities like earnestness, determination, and drive. The scholarship recipient will be the student whose profile best embodies these bold characteristics.

Application Deadline: Monthly

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Fund For Education Abroad

The FEA supports eligible U.S. undergraduates with limited accessibility to study abroad. The reviewers evaluate criteria such as financial requirements, demographic aspects, and academic readiness to determine the beneficiaries of the scholarships. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a higher education establishment in the U.S. and earning academic credits at their home institution for the study abroad program.

Application Deadline: Spring closed, summer opening soon

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ChameleonJohn Scholarship

Two winners will be selected for the $1,000 scholarship, with each recipient receiving $500. The funds will be deposited into their University’s finance/bursar account to assist in covering tuition expenses.

Application Deadline: Awaiting update.

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Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship

This scholarship is open to high school seniors who are descendants of veterans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces within specified dates. Membership in The American Legion Family is not obligatory. Applicants must have completed 50 hours of verified community service during their high school years. The scholarship supports attendance at accredited higher education institutions.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024, 11:59 PM Eastern.

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UNCF General Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the following criteria must be met: Applicants should be enrolled full-time at a UNCF Member College or University, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Demonstrated financial need, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. The scholarship is open to individuals falling under various pursuit classifications, including College 5th Year Seniors, Doctoral/Professional Students, College Freshmen, College Seniors, College Sophomores, Master’s Students, College Juniors, and students affiliated with UNCF-associated College/Universities Groups.

Application Deadline: March 28, 2024

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Vince’s Pre-Veterinary Student Scholarship

The Vince’s Pre-Veterinary Student Scholarship extends two annual $500 awards to aid undergraduate students pursuing pre-veterinary or animal science programs in the U.S. with their educational expenses. You must be a current undergraduate college student with a minimum GPA of 3.3, focusing on academic interests encompassing healthcare, as well as animal/veterinary sciences. To enter, you will need to write a 500 work poem.

Application Deadline: October 15th, 2023

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SBB Research Group STEM Scholarship

Applicants for this scholarship must be a current full-time enrollment at a U.S. college/university and a minimum GPA of 3.5 supported by an unofficial college transcript. This scholarship is for those pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) fields. A total of twelve $2,500 scholarships are awarded each year.

Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

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QBE Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion in Insurance

Qualifying applicants are Black/African American, maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, completing the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, demonstrating verified unmet financial need through their college or university, being enrolled full-time as a sophomore or junior in a U.S.-based accredited four-year or two-year college or university, and pursuing majors in fields such as agriculture, computer science, management information systems, data and analytics, engineering, business management, information technology management, business, economics, pre-law, finance, insurance, math, statistics, data science, or actuarial science.

Application Deadline: Closed, awaiting update.

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Citizens Scholarship

Sweepstakes of $2,500 are given monthly to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as parents or sponsors of students at these levels. To be eligible, students should intend to attend college or must currently be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate post-secondary institution.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

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Teddy Sarna Veterinary Medicine Scholarship

This $1,500 scholarship opportunity is available to students who are currently enrolled in a United States veterinary school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Additionally, applicants must fulfill the following eligibility criteria: they should be graduate students and have an academic focus on Animal/Veterinary Sciences.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2023

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Amaze Yourself Scholarship

Open to high school seniors and undergraduate students. Scholarships of $1,500 – $2,500 plus prize packages will be awarded to the best social media video.

Application Deadline: Awaiting update.

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Charles Shelton Veterinary Scholarship

$2,000 is awarded to Black African-American high school seniors, current college students, or returning college students. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit an official sealed transcript, an essay and provide two professional references from professors attesting to the candidate’s experience in Veterinary Medicine or Technology, including one from a STEM professor.

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2023

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Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Colorado Chapter Scholarship

For low-income female college students in the US studying animal/veterinary sciences. $1,500 – $2,500 is awarded once a year.

Application Opening: January 2024
Application Deadline: April 2024

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Scholarship for Women in STEM

$2,000 will be given to a student who is actively pursuing a degree within the realm of STEM. Female students who are currently enrolled (or have received acceptance) in an accredited college or university, and are intending to continue their studies in the following year, are eligible. Graduating high school seniors who fulfill the aforementioned criteria are also invited to apply.

Application Deadline: May 1st, 2024

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Orchard’s Scholarship for Women of Color in STEM

The scholarship offers amounts ranging from $500 to $2,500 and is open to either a female high school senior of color with an interest in pursuing a college STEM degree, or a female undergraduate college sophomore/junior of color currently enrolled in a STEM program, requiring a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2024

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BHW Scholarship

Individuals planning to enroll in college in the upcoming year are eligible to submit their applications. A sum of $3,000 is granted annually to female students who are in pursuit of an undergraduate or master’s degree and have chosen to major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics for the 2023 academic year.

Application Opening: January 2024

Application Deadline: April 2024

Please find more details here.

Minority/Women in STEM Scholarship

An annual award of $2,500 is presented to high school seniors or undergraduate students who identify as FGLI (first-generation, low-income). To complete the application process, compose an essay detailing the obstacles you’ve surmounted on your educational journey and elucidate how you aspire to contribute to the world through your STEM education.

Application Deadline: November 15th, 2023

Please find more details here.

Garage Insiders Scholarship

The Garage Insiders Scholarship provides a single $1,000 grant to support various educational expenses such as tuition, textbooks, computer expenses, room and board, and other educational-related costs. We are seeking applications from undergraduate students attending accredited colleges or universities in the United States and Canada, who plan to enroll in courses during the year 2023 and meet the eligibility criteria for this scholarship.

Application Deadline: December 20, 2023

Please find more details here.

HW Parts Store $1000 Scholarship

HW Part Store Scholarship gives a one-time grant of $1,000 to one deserving student to help pay for books, tuition, or other educational expenses so they can be a step closer to achieving their goals.

This program is designed to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in a vocational school program who are committed to building a successful career in their chosen field.

Please find more details here.

Deadline: December 31st, 2023

Boster Bio $1000 Scholarship

Two scholarships are offered per year. This scholarship requires the students to write at least 500 words essay. Explain your reason(s) for applying for a scholarship and why you feel you should receive one. Tell us the type of career in the healthcare or biomedical related industry you plan to pursue and your future goals. For further details and to apply, see their website.

Industrial Metal Service $1000 Scholarship

The scholarship requires students to create and submit a 300-word essay describing one of the following topics:

1. Innovative Uses of Recycled Metals in Design and Construction
2. The Role of Metals in Sustainable Development
3. The Impact of Metal 3D Printing on Manufacturing
4. Metals in Renewable Energy Technologies

More details can be found on their website.

Barton Watch Bands $1000 Scholarship

The Barton Watch Bands scholarship provides a one-time award of $1000 to pay for tuition, books, computers, room and board, or any education-related expense. There’s no GPA requirement and no application forms.  This scholarship will be open to both undergrad and graduate students attending any accredited college university within the United States, as well as high school seniors who will be attending classes.

Deadline date: April 15, 2024 11:59 PM EST

Please find more details here.

Mann Lake Beekeeping $1000 Scholarship

The Mann Lake Scholarship offers a one-time award of $1,000 to undergraduate students at any accredited college or university in the United States who will be enrolled in classes in 2024 to cover educational-related costs, including tuition, books, computers, room and board, and other educational expenses. Students must be enrolled or about to be enrolled in an apiology program, major in agriculture & environmental sciences, or related studies.

Deadline date: December 31, 2024

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AddictionResource.Net $1000 Scholarship

The scholarship is for full-time students pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate degree. A first and runner-up prize is available through an essay contest, highlighting a subject that is common amongst students, binge drinking on college campuses.

Please find more details here.

Texas Tech University Continuing Undergraduate Students Scholarships

Undergraduate students enrolled at Texas Tech can apply for more than 4,000 internal scholarships through a single application.

Application Deadline: Deadline: Feb 1, 2024

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Colorado State University Education Abroad Common Scholarship

Undergraduate students enrolled at CSU can apply for more 27 internal scholarships through a single application.

Application Deadline 1: Deadline: October 1, 2023

Application Deadline 2: Deadline: March 1, 2024

Please find more details here.

Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Scholarship

Scholarships are given annually to veterinary students at Texas A&M. They consider factors like merit, financial need, location, and clinical interests.

Application Deadline: Awaiting update. Sign up here for news and updates.

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UC Davis Continuing Undergraduate Scholarship

Every year, continuing UC Davis undergraduates need to submit a fresh application for UC Davis Scholarships. The online application for Continuing Undergraduate Scholarships is accessible annually, starting from October and concluding in early January. To qualify, you are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher at UC Davis and provide a letter of recommendation.

Application Deadline: Awaiting update. Sign up here for news and updates.

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UC Davis Undergraduate Scholarships

Over $4 million in scholarships are accessible to support UC Davis students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, varying in amount, ranging from $100 to $14,000 per academic year. Eligibility criteria are engagement in extracurricular activities, specific college or major, career aspirations, merit, geographical origin, previous educational institutions, parentage, determination, and various personal traits.

Application Deadline: Awaiting update.

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Tuskegee University Scholarships

Several scholarships are available to enrolled students of Tuskegee. Each scholarship has defined criteria that must be fulfilled for students to become eligible, considerations for Loop Abroad students may include: The Lillie Family Foundation.

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Arizona State University

Offers a search engine which you can enter your search filters to find scholarships suited to you. One scholarship they offer is the Creative Biolabs Scholarship: A scholarship for those majoring in medical and science-related domains, such as Animals Science, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Biomedical And Clinical Sciences. This program aims to grant $1,000 to an exceptional college student. Must have a min of 3.0 GPA

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North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

A number of scholarships are offered to NCAT students who are either incoming Freshmen Students, Current Students, Transfer Students, Graduate Students and International Students.

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University of New Hampshire

A number of scholarships are offered to University of New Hampshire first year, continuing and transfer students.

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The Ohio State University: Global Education Funding

Applicants for this scholarships should be a current OSU student who is applying for an approved study abroad initiative with credit-bearing status.

Application Deadlines:

Autumn 2023 Deadline: Monday, October 9, 2023, at 4 p.m. Applies to funding for winter break 2023, spring semester 2024, and spring break 2024 global education programs. Spring 2024 Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024, at 4 p.m.

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SUNY Scholarships

SUNY offers a variety of scholarships to recognise and reward student excellence. The Scholarships that you are eligible for depends on the campus you are based at and other demographics.

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Rutgers Undergraduate Scholarships

Rutgers students can apply for several scholarships through the Rutgers Application Portal. Scholarships and their eligibility are individual to each campus.

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Alma College Scholarships

Alma scholarships come in different forms: merit-based, need-based, or a combination of both. Merit-based scholarships recognize exceptional academic performance, including high grades and impressive test scores. Need-based scholarships are granted to students facing financial hardship.

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Auburn University

Auburn offer a ‘Scholarship Opportunity Manager’ service where students can access scholarships that match their eligibility, submit scholarship applications, accept granted awards, and perform additional actions. Students need to fill out the AUSOM application just once per academic year.

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Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University offers merit awards to recognize academic, service, and leadership achievements of individual students. Award amounts are determined individually. Notably, The STEM Career Pathways Scholarship program will grant annual scholarships of $7,200 to two sets of 11 highly accomplished students for a duration of four years.

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Clemson University

The National Scholars Program provides Clemson University’s premier academic recruitment scholarship, which encompasses tuition, fees, housing, food, and additional costs. Additional educational expenditures may comprise study abroad opportunities, specialized coursework, and personalized mentorship. Candidates are selected through a comprehensive evaluation of top applications submitted to the Clemson University Honors College, followed by a rigorous interview assessment.

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Findlay University

Findlay students are eligible to apply for several scholarships, including Citizen Bank scholarships, all of which pay the full college tuition. To apply students must send their transcripts,  fill in a FAFSA form, and complete Findlay’s Net Price Calculator.

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Kansas State (KSU)

K-State provides a unified platform for both new and continuing students to explore and apply for scholarships: the K-State Scholarship Network (KSN). Through this system, you can submit applications for scholarships offered by your academic college or department, as well as scholarships that have specific eligibility criteria and additional university scholarships.

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Prairie View A&M (PVAMU)

Accepted and ongoing students must complete the general scholarship application to be considered for institutional scholarship support. The eligibility requirements and award sums for each scholarship depends on the specific scholarship itself.

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Oregon State University

New and current OSU students can apply for scholarships offered by their respective colleges and departments through the OSU’s online scholarship search and application platform. Starting November, 2023, OSU ScholarDollars will begin accepting applications for scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year.

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Miami University (in Ohio)

Miami University offers scholarships for current students, transfer students and international students. In order to qualify for a scholarship, students are required to finish their application, which includes transcripts and recommendations, by the priority deadline and fulfill the minimum academic requirements. There is no need for a separate scholarship application to be eligible for the awards detailed in the table below.

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MSU Michigan State University

MSU students should ensure they meet the minimum academic criteria and submit their application (inclusive of transcripts and recommendations) before the priority deadline. Separate scholarship applications are not required for consideration for the awards specified in the subsequent table.

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North Dakota State University

Students at all academic levels, including freshmen, transfer, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students can use the The NDSU Scholarship Application platform. Scholarships are awarded based on academic records and application responses. Need-based scholarships require the submission of the FAFSA by February 1, 2024, while merit-based scholarships do not require a FAFSA.

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Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University offers a range of scholarships for currently enrolled students, out of state students and transfer students. There are also private scholarships available, for which, they must also complete a Scholarship Application.

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The University of Rhode Island

Eligibility for the URI scholarships is primarily determined by high school academic performance, including GPA and course selection. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is necessary for merit scholarships. Strong letters of recommendation and active involvement in school and the community are considered in the scholarship review process. First-year applicants for the fall term who complete their applications by December 1 receive priority consideration for URI scholarship awards.

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University of Tennessee Knoxville

The University of Tennessee Knoxville scholarships are available to incoming first-year students and offer programs like the Volunteer Scholarship program. First-year students who apply for admission by December 15 of their senior year in high school will automatically be considered for these institutional scholarships.

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University of Georgia

The University of Georgia offers various financial need, merit-based, needs-based and academic Scholarships. They have an advanced scholarship matching platform designed to optimize scholarship opportunities for UGA students where students can establish an academic profile that facilitates their connection to numerous external scholarship opportunities.

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Utah State University

Current and accepted students at any USU campus, including incoming, certificate-seeking, undergraduate, and graduate students, are eligible to apply for USU Institutional Scholarships, Scholarships from Private, Community, and Corporate sources

Scholarships offered by specific Colleges, Departments, Majors, and Campuses.

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University of Wisconsin Whitewater

UW-Whitewater scholarships are available to new freshman, current and non-resident students. By submitting your admissions application, you become eligible for various scholarships, including several that are automatically considered based on your GPA.

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