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Education USA Weekly updates – No.217 * 7 February 2011

                                                                                               No. 217 ∙ February 7 2011

I. Scholarships and Fellowships

– UG: International Student Scholarships up to $17,000 at Maryville College

UG: St. Catherine University Scholarships for Women up to $18,000

– UG: Merit Based Scholarships up to $24,000 at Hartwick College

– UG: 97% of Students Received Financial Aid at Drew University

– UG: New Scholarships and Programs at Valparaiso University

Grad: The Society for Vascular Surgery Offers International Scholars Program

Be Eligible to Win: $2,500 Scholarship at CollegeWeekLive International Day on Feb 23rd

II. News you can use

– George Washington University Offers Unique Bilingual Special Education Program

University of Alaska Anchorage Offers New English Language Program

– Join the EducationUSA International Student Photo Challenge!

– Join EdUSA Connects Live: Standardized Admissions Tests


I. Scholarships and Fellowships

clip_image006International Student Scholarships up to $17,000 at Maryville College

One of the unique strengths of Maryville College for international students is that we offer the close interaction and friendliness of a safe and small school environment, but also have a full range of services especially for international students. These services include free airport pickup, our Center for International Education (CIE) staff and facilities, peer partner and host family programs and dedicated advisors who understand international student needs.

Maryville College is proud to announce that international student scholarships ($12,000-$17,000 per academic year) are still available for academic year 2011-2012. No TOEFL score is required for conditional admission. Our Intensive English program is for students wishing to study English, either in preparation for college studies or as a stand-alone program. Sessions are 5 weeks in length, and you can take as many as you want or need.

Further information, including brochures and applications, can be found online: or by email: [email protected]

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St. Catherine University Scholarships for Women up to $18,000


St. Catherine University provides partial scholarships to female, bachelor’s level international students in any major offered at the university. Scholarships range between $4,000 – $18,000 and are based on an applicant’s academic record and financial need.

The total cost of attendance at St. Catherine University ranges between $35,000 – $43,034. With the largest scholarship, the total cost can be reduced to approximately $20,000. No full scholarships are available.

Priority Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2011

For more information, contact Aimee Thostenson, Associate Director of International Admission, at [email protected] or [email protected]. Visit the St. Catherine University website at


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clip_image020Merit Based Scholarships up to $24,000 at Hartwick College

Hartwick College, a small private liberal arts school located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains offers a variety of Merit Based Scholarships for International Students. The awards range from $5,000 to $24,000 per year up to four years of study. There are no additional applications needed to be filled out just an application.

Apply online with the Hartwick College Priority Application for admissions and merit scholarships. Hartwick College offers rolling admissions and applicants will be notified of their admissions decision within two weeks of file completion. Once we have your Priority Application and high school transcript, your application is complete. Letter(s) or recommendation and the admissions essay are optional. You may submit these if you feel they will enhance your chances of admission, but you are not required to do so.

For more information, visit:


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clip_image02497% of Students Received Financial Aid at Drew University

Did you know that Drew University…

  • is located in Madison, New Jersey – just 45 minutes from New York City
  • has a stellar academic reputation with strong programs in political science, history, pre-medical, pre-law, biology, neuroscience, English, business, psychology, art, theater and 40+ other programs
  • offers over 60 study abroad opportunities
  • has over 15,000 internship opportunities 
  • gave out over $27 million in grants and scholarships – 97% of students received aid from Drew

Students still have time to apply to Drew University for the Fall of 2011. Whether they have started an application online already or are just beginning the application process, they have until February 15th to submit their application and all supporting documentation.

Students can learn more and apply online at


New Scholarships and Programs at Valparaiso University


Valparaiso University is pleased to announce the creation of new academic programs and increased amounts of aid available to international students for their undergraduate programs. 

Valparaiso University is a comprehensive, private, selective university founded in 1859.  Their diverse student body includes more than 4,000 students from most U.S. states and more than 45 other countries.  In addition to expansive undergraduate programs, they also offer more than 40 master’s degree programs and have their own School of Law.  Academic programs are accredited by the highest bodies and are also among the 15% of U.S. colleges and universities featured in the annual Princeton Review.

Located in Valparaiso, Indiana, a city of approximately 31,000 residents, the city is small and safe but is also a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, the third largest city in the US.  They are about one hour from downtown Chicago which offers many internship and cultural opportunities.

You can find more information about Valpo online at:

You can also view videos of student profiles at:  


The Society for Vascular Surgery Offers International Scholars Program

The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) International Scholars Program provides scholarships to qualified young vascular surgeons from countries other than the United States or Canada. The four scholarships provide each scholar with an opportunity to participate in the 2012 Vascular Annual Meeting®, June 7-10, in Washington, DC, USA, and visit clinical, teaching, and research activities in the United States and Canada.

The winning scholars are publicly recognized at the Vascular Annual Meeting® and receive free admission to the postgraduate course plus admission to all lectures, demonstrations, and exhibits. The SVS International Relations Committee will assist the scholars in arranging visits following the SVS meeting to various clinics and universities of their choice.

Completed applications for the International Scholars Program for the year 2012 and all supporting documentation must be received by April 5, 2011 to be considered by the International Relations Committee. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision in July 2011 to allow sufficient time for arranging time off, travel, and visits to clinic and university sites in North America. Applicants are urged to submit their completed application and supporting documents as early as possible in order to provide sufficient time for processing.

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Be Eligible to Win: $2,500 Scholarship at CollegeWeekLive International Day on Feb 23rd

clip_image028In partnership with EducationUSA, this virtual college fair online environment will give prospective students the opportunity to see and hear from admissions representatives and students from over 200 U.S. colleges and universities. Participation is free to all students.

Any non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident that registers and participate in this event is automatically put into a drawing for a $2,500 scholarship from CollegeWeekLive! 

During the first event in December over 6500 students from 182 countries around the world interacted with institutions in their search for the right school to meet their needs.

International Day is February 23rd, 2011 from 7am – 7pm (EST).

Register online now at:


II. News You Can Use

George Washington University Offers Unique Bilingual Special Education program


The Bilingual Special Education program at The George Washington University is uniquely designed to prepare teachers to meet the cultural, linguistic, social, emotional and educational needs of all learners across the continuum, and support teachers knowledge by providing relevant coursework and helping them tie theory to best practice.

Coursework and training in both ESOL and Special Education provides educators with the resources they need to meet the changing needs of a diverse population. The bilingual special education program has been offering coursework on campus in Washington, DC since 1984 and has also begun offering coursework online using a web based learning platform. The courses are appropriate for both current and pre-service teachers. The coursework equips professionals with the skills necessary to serve the unique needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students with and without special needs.

They are currently offering both an 18-credit hour certificate program and a 45 credit hour M.A. program. For more information about the ESL Program contact Vanessa Blanco at (+1) 305-892-7060 or [email protected]


University of Alaska Anchorage Offers New English Language Program

For the first time this Summer, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) will offer two complete full-time levels of ESL during our Summer session from May 17 until July 31!  This means that students who only want to study ESL for the Summer could come in on tourist or exchange visas, and that F-1 students who need to begin with ESL can, for the first time, begin their studies at UAA in the stunning Alaska Summer! 

Tuition for one full-time level (12 credits) will be approximately $6000 if the student studies full-time (students on tourist visas could choose to study less) and campus housing is available. The UAA website offers admission materials now available in Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, German, and Russian.  There are also several new student videos available on their YouTube channel.

To learn more, contact Doni M. Williams at [email protected] or visit

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Join the EducationUSA International Student Photo Challenge!


We are pleased to announce the EducationUSA Photography Challenge to international students from around the globe – now open to international students currently studying in the United States!  Every student has a different story – their journey to the U.S., adjusting to campus life, interacting in the classroom, and so on.  EducationUSA would like to share these stories with your peers and let the world know how far you have come! 

If selected by our panel, your photos could become a key part of our EducationUSA publications and official website.   Photos will be selected at different times throughout the year, and you can add photos whenever you like.  Share your college experience through pictures while encouraging other students like you to study in the United States!

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clip_image034Edusa Connects Live: Standardized Admissions Tests

Did you know that entry requirements can vary across the more than 4,900 colleges & universities in the United States?  It is important to determine which standardized admissions tests, if any, are required when you are researching your choices. Experts from various testing organizations will answer your questions and offer invaluable insight on many of the tests typically required of international students before studying in the U.S.

Participation is free – don’t miss this unique opportunity!

For a schedule of future sessions and archive of past events, visit: