Summer in Thailand
Wild Tropics

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Explore and conserve Thailand’s diverse ecosystems – from the jungle to the beach!

This two-week program is an adventure to explore and learn about the most beautiful and amazing landscapes of Thailand, from the rain forests in the North to the coral reefs in the South.

Join expert conservationists studying and protecting these delicate ecosystems, and enjoy the elephants, sharks, sea turtles, and more that call them home.

Who It’s For

Loop Abroad student encountered a Teira batfish while snorkeling underwaterThis 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. There are no pre-requisites for this program. You do not need to be in school currently to apply. Individuals of any nationality may apply.

You must be able to swim and be physically fit enough for outdoor activities such as hiking and SCUBA diving.

Groups have a maximum of 12 students and will be led by a conservation instructor and a Thai tour guide. Courses and excursions in Koh Tao will be led by the researchers and staff at the New Heaven Reef Conservation Program.

Highlights

Loop Abroad students on there SCUBA diving session.

• Get SCUBA certified and learn conservation diving
Visit an elephant sanctuary
• Learn to identify marine invertebrates, and tropical fish, and understand reef health
• Stay overnight in forest villages to understand their livelihoods and connections to forest ecosystems
• Zipline through the jungle

Some of the topics explored during this program are:Loop Abroad student help harvesting crops

• Coral reef ecology and reef organisms from invertebrates to fish, reptiles, and mammals
• History and conservation of Asian Elephants
• Sea turtles and blacktip reef sharks
• How local communities traditionally use forests and reefs
• Preserving ecosystems while helping local people
• Tropical forest ecology
• Deforestation and accelerated forest recovery
• Climate change and its effects on all ecosystems

Dates open for applications

Elephants in Thailand

Summer 2024

May 25- June 9, 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].

*Subject to 1 days +/- on the schedule, includes travel days
*Dates indicate estimated departure from and return to USA.
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.

 

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SCUBA Experiences for all levels

For many students, this will their first time SCUBA diving – and there’s no better place for it!

We accept students of all levels – from zero experience to Advanced Open Water or higher certifications. Each morning, we’ll break into small groups based on experience level for the day so everyone can learn at their own pace. We’ll regroup at dinner.

If you don’t have any SCUBA certification, you’ll have the opportunity to complete your Open Water Diver certification over the first three days. Each day, you’ll study and practice skills with your dive instructor in a small group. After your certification, you’ll join an ecological monitoring and coral restoration dive with New Heavens’ experienced Research and Conservation team.

If you are an Open Water SCUBA diver already, you’ll spend the first two or three days to complete your Advanced Open Water Diver certification in a small group with your dive instructor. After your certification, you’ll join ecological monitoring and coral restoration dives with New Heavens’ experienced Research and Conservation team.

If you’re already an Advanced Open Water SCUBA diver or have a higher certification, you will need to prove your skills on a refresher dive then you’ll jump right in with the experienced Conservation and Research divers! From day one, you’ll learn and practice advanced skills related to marine species identification, coral health monitoring, artificial reef construction and maintenance, and/or other skills. Just like students doing the SCUBA certifications, you may need to attend small group lectures and training to prepare for each day’s conservation dive.

As long as the weather and visibility are good, all students can expect to enjoy 5-6 SCUBA dives.

Tuition and What’s Included

Tuition is $3950not including international airfare.

Tuition does not include international airfare. Airfare on the group flight from New York, NY is estimated at $1900 round-trip including taxes and fees. 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 includes all housing, meals, program fees, activities, equipment, and transportation in Thailand (including flight within Thailand and boat travel).

Students may be in double rooms or dorm-style rooms with students of the same gender with twin beds or a shared bed. Rooms do not have air conditioning. Meals will be eaten as a group at local restaurants, mostly serving Western and Thai food. Special diets and food allergies can be accommodated.

Courses and Hours

If you are planning to apply to vet school, this program provides:
20 animal experience hours
10 research hours
20 service hours

SCUBA certifications are offered through Scuba Schools International (SSI).

You may also enroll for college credit for  ANSC 448: Tropical Conservation and SCUBA diving”. In addition to that course they will earn 1 credit for either ANSC 449- Exploring Shallow Water Marine Life (for open water certification) or ANSC 453 – Exploring Deep Water Marine Life (for advanced open water certification). This may be necessary if you are applying for credit at your school.

You will be issued a certificate for 20 service hours at the end of the program. Loop Abroad is a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, for which those hours are eligible.

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?

  • Want to travel with us longer?

    You can stay in Thailand with Loop Abroad for 4 or 6 weeks – or even travel in Thailand with us for a full 12-week semester during the school year!

    4 weeks: Combine this program with our Thailand College Pre-Vet Medicine program to spend 4 weeks in Thailand and explore both the North and South of Thailand while gaining veterinary and research hours. Check out the Thailand 4-Week Experience page for more information!

    6 weeks: The 6-week Thailand Pre-Vet Summer Semester offers the 4-week program plus a week of zoo and wildlife experience and a week of cultural exploration in and around beautiful Chiang Mai. This mini summer semester is perfect for folks who want lots of experience but can’t travel for a traditional semester abroad during the school year.

    Semester: Loop Abroad offers a full pre-veterinary semester in Thailand in Fall or Spring, offering over 20 credits and hundreds of veterinary hours. This high-demand semester is excellent preparation for students planning to apply to vet school.

     

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Locations

Thailand

From papaya salad to coconut curry, from elephants to gibbons, from bamboo huts to bustling cafes, Thailand is a whole new world to explore.

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Chiang Mai City

Chiang Mai is a city of surprises and contradictions. Once the center of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, the old city walls and brick Buddhist stupas remind passers-by of the city's 700 year history.

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Elephant Nature Park (ENP)

Home to over eighty elephants who are no longer able to work in elephant-based industries or have been rescued from inhumane conditions in logging, trekking, or circus operations. The Park and its founder, Lek Chailert, have been recognized time and again for tireless efforts to improve the lives of elephants in SE Asia.

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New Heaven Reef Conservation Program on Turtle Island

Much more than just a diving school, New Heaven has more than 20 years of experience showing and preserving the island reefs and occasionally hosting sea turtles in their small nursery.

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Itinerary

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and is subject to change based on weather, tides, visibility, animals and ecosystems in need, and other factors. Week 1 and Week 2 may be reversed in your program session.

Week 1 – Chiang Mai

ziplineArrive in Chiang Mai on Sunday evening for a welcome dinner and orientation. If you are already in Thailand and connecting this with another program, you’ll say goodbye to your first group a few hours before you meet you new Wild Tropics group.

We spend the first week of the program based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Known as the “Rose of the North”, this mountain city is the perfect base from which to explore rain forests, mountains, and the beautiful culture of Thailand.

Spend a day ziplining through the rain forest and learn how ecotourism projects contribute to conservation efforts. Spend 2 days in a hilltribe village learning from people who depend on the forest for food, medicine, and shelter.

Note that the zipline equipment has a bodyweight limit of 250lbs.

Visit the Elephant Nature Park for a day. Encounter these magnificent and endangered animals and understand how some organizations are rescuing them from harsh working conditions. You’ll notice that elephant riding is not included – learn about why we don’t ride elephants.

In addition to our daily adventures, we will explore cultural activities in the evening such as a trying a meditation lesson with Buddhist monks, shopping in the city craft and food markets, and touring 700-year-old city temples.

Week 2 – Koh Tao

In week 2, we travel by a combination of plane, bus, and ferry to Koh to the island of Koh Tao (“Turtle Island”) in the Gulf of Thailand. There may be an overnight stop on our way.

Each day Monday – Friday: Koh Tao runs on ‘island time’. Being surrounded by palm trees, coconuts, and the sound of the waves just makes people slow down a bit. Here’s the rough plan for each day, but plan to be flexible:

8am: Breakfast
9am: Arrive to New Heaven and prepare equipment
9:15am: Morning class and/or SCUBA
11:30am: Lunch
12pm: SCUBA
4pm: Relax on the beach
5pm: Class or project briefing for next day
7pm: Dinner
8pm: Evening games or free time

Monday: Orientation to the island and New Heaven Reef Conservation Program’s mission of conservation and research
SCUBA Day 1

Tuesday: SCUBA Day 2

Wednesday: SCUBA Day 3
Evening: Marine Ecology 101 and Monitoring Techniques

Thursday: Reef invertebrates and indicator species lecture
Conservation Lecture and Dive
Evening lesson: Shark and Turtle Ecology and Monitoring

Friday: Conservation Lecture and Dive

Saturday: Dip your toes in the ocean one last time then travel back to Chiang Mai (combination of boat, bus, and plane).

Sunday: International departure day! Relax and pack, lunch, shopping time in the afternoon and airport departure.

Groups will return to the US on final program date plus or minus one day depending on time of departure.

Safety

Loop Students scuba diving

New Heaven

The New Heaven dive school has an excellent safety record and often hosts student groups like ours. Their experienced team of conservation divers will provide our safety orientation on arrival. In the water, the most important skill is to move slowly and deliberately, observing but not disturbing the many colorful creatures you see. As with most wildlife, patient explorers will find the most amazing species and unusual behaviors.

Above water, Koh Tao is a small but busy community of divers and visitors. It’s a beautiful and exciting place to be, but it’s important to stay with your group and watch your belongings, especially considering we’ll be loading or unloading the boat every day!

Note: All participants must be capable of independently entering and exiting the water by a ladder and must pass a basic swim test (swimming, treading water) in order to safely join in-water activities.

Reading List

Learn more about marine conservation and ecosystems!* (None of these books are required reading.)

The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea, by Callum Roberts. The Guardian writes, “Roberts is that precious pearl: a practicing scientist who not only knows his field inside out, but also understands how to write compelling, persuasive non-fiction. . . . To use the vernacular of his book, he has trawled and plundered these experiences to craft the nearest thing we are ever likely to get to an all-encompassing manifesto for sustainable marine management.”

Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur, by Carl Safina. Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy, says, “Carl Safina is like some extraordinary astronaut who goes into space and comes back with fantastic tales of other planets and the creatures who inhabit them. Except that the marvelous planet is our own. This is a story of stoicism and wonder that will make the oceans seem that much richer to all who read it.”

Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution, by Marcus Eriksen. Filmmaker James Cameron says, “This book combines many of my favorite things—adventure far from shore, the spirit of exploration, and the fight to save our oceans—all in a gripping narrative that’s also a parable for our time. In the battle for the future of our living world, Marcus Eriksen is a true warrior.”

Ocean Country: One Woman’s Voyage from Peril to Hope in her Quest To Save the Seas, by Liz Cunningham. Publishers Weekly writes, “With genuine emotion and great pragmatism, Cunningham makes passionate pleas for the continued health of the planet.”

What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins, by Jonathan Balcombe. Cornelia Funke, The Observer, remarks, “Numerous books have shown me how utterly ignorant I am about most creatures I share this planet with, but none humbled me more than What a Fish Knows by Jonathan Balcombe.”

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery. Kirkus Reviews says, “With apparent delight, Montgomery puts readers inside the world of these amazing creatures. A fascinating glimpse into an alien consciousness.”

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. President Barack Obama writes that this Pulitzer Prize winner is, “a wonderful book, and it makes very clear that big, abrupt changes can happen; they’re not outside the realm of possibility. They have happened before, they can happen again.”

 

 

 

 

War of the Whales: A True Story, by Joshua Horwitz. Chicago Tribune hails this story as, “Intimate and urgent storytelling….Horwitz’s years of research and observation lend genuine drama to this save-the-whales tale. The author paints rich portraits of his subjects, much fuller than the rote physical descriptions and caricatures that might pass for characterization in a breezier work of nonfiction.

 

 

 

Fire In The Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean, by Osha Gray Davidson. The Los Angeles Times praises this as, “A hard-working, sincere and scientifically valuable little book. …[Davidson ] is a disciplined and cogent storyteller.”

 

 

 

 

Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World’s Coasts and Beneath the Seas, by Carl Safina. Harry E. Demarest of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, “[Safina’s] bright new voice joins that influential chorus, which includes Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau, of scientists turned eloquent ocean advocates.”

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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, 2023.

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)

Please find more details here.

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).

Please find more details here.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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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