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Education USA weekly updates – No.288 * 23 July 2012

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I. Financial Aid

Issue #288 July 23rd, 2012

UG: Texas A&M University Need-Based Computer Science Scholarship

UG: Menlo College Merit-Based Scholarships

UG: The University of Illinois Springfield Global Partner Award

Grad: The College of Saint Rose Merit- and Need-Based Scholarships

Grad: Auburn University Graduate Assistantships

Postdoc: The National Humanities Center Fellowships

II. Campus News

• How to Evaluate a College Essay

• International Students Learn American Traditions at LaFayette College

• Field Trip for International Students at Western Kentucky University

• Study Colorado Seeks to Add International Students

• Year Round Flight Training at The University of North Dakota

• New Environmental Studies Program at The University of Illinois Springfield

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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY NEED-BASED COMPUTER SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is an expanding, doctoral-granting institution

committed to preparing graduates for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship in the global community. They are dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, creative activity and service and their supportive, multicultural learning community provides undergraduate and graduate students with a challenging educational experience.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi offers a need-based scholarship for incoming freshmen majoring in computer sciences. Each recipient is awarded $7,000 per year for 4 years, plus a lap-top computer. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/M7cvUF

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MENLO COLLEGE MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

Menlo College is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the most dynamic area of the country for entrepreneurs interested in establishing high-tech and

cutting-edge businesses. Focused on Business instead of offering a traditional set of majors, they concentrate on outstanding programs in business

management and liberal arts. Sized for personal attention, they offer their 700 students from around the world a rich marketplace of ideas, close-knit community of learning and growing with vast opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

Menlo College offers merit-based scholarships to new international students. Scholarships are normally awarded annually, however, new students who enter Menlo for the first time during the Spring Semester will be considered for a one-semester scholarship.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/NMXSlB

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THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD GLOBAL PARTNER AWARD

The University of Illinois Springfield, approximately 200 miles southwest of Chicago, was established in 1969 by the Illinois General Assembly.

Since its establishment, approximately 5,000 students enroll each year and choose majors from among the 23 bachelor’s degree programs, 20 master’s degree programs and 1 doctoral program offered.

The University of Illinois Springfield is now offering a new merit award, the Global Partner Award, for high-achieveing international undergraduate students (both freshman and transfer applicants) with a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. These awards range from $2000 to $4000 per year (renewable each year), and are in addition to existing merit awards of $2500 to $5500 per year based on both GPA (min. 2.75) AND ACT/SAT score.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/NG7hAE

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THE COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE MERIT- AND NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

The College of Saint Rose community engages highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students in rigorous educational experiences. In the progressive tradition of the founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, they welcome men and women from all religious and cultural backgrounds. In addition to developing their

intellectual capacities, students have the opportunity to cultivate their creativity in a diverse learning community that fosters integrity, interdependence, and mutual respect.

The College of Saint Rose offers graduate level merit- based and need-based scholarships. Applicants for master’s degree study at The College of Saint Rose are encouraged to apply for graduate scholarships. To be eligible students must be unconditionally admitted to a master’s

degree program and be enrolled in at least 9 graduate credits, and maintain good academic standing with a minimum 3.3 GPA.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/Nekqjg

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

Auburn University’s mission is defined by its land-grant traditions of service and access. The University serves students through its instructional, research and outreach programs and prepares them to respond successfully to the challenges of a global economy. The University provides traditional and non-

traditional students broad access to the institution’s educational resources. In the delivery of educational programs on campus and beyond, the University draws heavily upon the new instructional and outreach technologies available in the emerging information age.

Auburn University offers assistantships to eligible international graduate students. To be considered for assistantships, students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, register for at least one course and satisfy the minimum course load specifications of the individual departments. International graduate students on F1 visas cannot hold a greater than 50 percent work appointment. Multiple assistantships for international graduate students cannot add up to more than a 50 percent work appointment.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/NN7L2E

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THE NATIONAL HUMANITIES CENTER FELLOWSHIPS

The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. It provides a national focus for the best work in the liberal arts, drawing attention to the enduring value of ancient and modern history, language and literature, ethical and moral reflection, artistic

and cultural traditions, and critical thought in every area of humanistic investigation. Outstanding scholars from across the United States and more than thirty other nations have been awarded fellowships for advanced study at the National Humanities Center. The Center annually admits forty fellows, who represent a broad range of ages, disciplines, and home institutions. Individually, the fellows pursue their own research and writing and together, create a stimulating community of intellectual discourse.

The National Humanities Center offers international fellowships for advanced study. Applicants must submit the Center’s application and financial forms supported by a curriculum vitae, a 1,000-word project proposal, a one-page tentative outline of chapters, a short bibliography, and three letters of recommendation. Applications and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by October 15,

2012.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/NNg7au

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HOW TO EVALUATE A COLLEGE ESSAY

With so many topics, subjects and writing styles, evaluating a college essay can be tricky work. However, most college essays are expected to fulfill a few basic requirements on which to evaluate them. When grading

these essays, read for specific points, including structure, content, style, and grammar. Also, take your time; it is easy to read through an essay quickly without paying attention, but proper evaluation requires that the evaluator read the essay carefully.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/Phyfye

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS LEARN AMERICAN TRADITIONS AT LAFAYETTE COLLEGE

The International Students Association at LaFayette College hosted a

Discover America event, where international students learned about and

participated in activities that are popular in American culture. Check out their photo gallery of students cooking out, having an Easter egg hunt, making s’mores, and learning to square dance. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/Phz4Hk

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FIELD TRIP FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

WKU International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and English as a Second Language International (ESLI) partnered to host approximately 100 international students with a trip to Kings Island just north of Cincinnati, an overnight stay in

Florence, Ky., and a couple of hours of shopping at the Oxmoor Mall in Louisville. Students enjoyed the day of fun at Kings Island, the largest amusement and water park in the Midwest. Most stayed until the park closed and witnessed Kings Island’s end of the day fireworks display. “The best thing about the trip was the roller coaster park and the water park. We enjoyed them both,” said Dhaval Shah of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/PhzXj1

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Thursday to establish StudyColorado, which will be based in the

Department of Higher Education. More than 7,00 international students from more than 100 countries studied in Colorado during the 2010-11 academic year.

"It’s an idea that’s been out there for several years among the institutions," said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who also heads up the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. "All of the institutions have had their own international recruitment efforts, and we’ve talked about how the state can participate."

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/NMPdzy

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YEAR ROUND FLIGHT TRAINING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

University of North Dakota’s aerospace program attracts aspiring pilots from across the U.S. and as far away as Japan, Taiwan, China, Saudi Arabia. The weather does not seem to deter them from flocking to Grand Forks, ND to earn

their wings. For students enrolled at the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace), learning how to fly planes and helicopters in nearly every weather condition is a valuable experience.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/NGf1mf

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NEW ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD

Beginning in Fall 2013, the University of Illinois Springfield is offering a new Bachelor of Arts program in Environmental Studies. The

environmental studies major will prepare graduates for advanced studies in environmental science, policy, law, management, and related fields, and for careers such as environmental educators, environmental managers, environmental field or lab technicians, environmental health scientists, and positions in the fields of waste management, pollution control, environmental law, and environmental administration among others.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/NGfbtR

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