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Education USA weekly updates – No. 297 * 24 September 2012




clip_image002clip_image004clip_image006clip_image008Issue #297 September 24th, 2012

I. Financial Aid

UG : Hamilton College Need-Based Scholarships

UG : North Central College Merit-Based Scholarships

UG : American Univeristy Emerging Global Leader Scholarships

UG/Grad : Portland State University International Student Retention Scholarships

UG/Grad/Postgrad : Minnesota State University Cultural Contribution Scholarships

II. Campus News

• Georgetown University Hosts Online Chat Sessions

• Lees-McRae College Goes Test-Optional

• Indiana Univerisity Reports International Student Enrollment Record

• Central MIchigan University Looks To Increase International Student Enrollment

• Eight High School Seniors Blog on College Search


Hamilton is a national leader in teaching students to write effectively,

learn from each other and think for themselves. Our mission is to provide an educational experience that emphasizes academic excellence and the development of students as human beings, as we prepare them to make

choices and accept the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic world of intellect and diversity.

For those international students admitted into the Class of 2014, Hamilton offered approximately $1.5 million in scholarship aid. The average Hamilton College scholarship for this year’s incoming class is $41,912. While this may seem like a substantial amount, the pool of international students applying for this aid is extremely competitive. Financial aid packages typically include Hamilton College Scholarship and campus employment. Hamilton meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted international student for all four years. Students/families are required to apply for financial aid annually.

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North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in seven areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois, North Central College is just 28 miles west of Chicago’s Loop. With more than 2,700 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. North Central College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

An academic scholarship for undergraduate students is offered to qualified students at the time of admission. The award ranges up to $20,000 per year (up to $80,000 over four years) and is renewable if the student remains in good academic standing. Grades, test scores, essay and teacher recommendation are considered in the award review.

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clip_image010clip_image012clip_image014clip_image016clip_image018clip_image020AMERICAN UNIVERISTY EMERGING GLOBAL LEADER SCHOLARSHIPS

The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship promotes educational access and opportunity while enhancing international diversity. Bringing together the best of AU — academic excellence, leadership development, and global

engagement — the AU Emerging Global Leader achieves, inspires, and serves with vision. The AU EGL is dedicated to positive civic and social change, and to returning home to improve under-resourced, underserved communities in

his/her home country.

The scholarship provides full tuition, fees, room and board for one first-year (freshman) high- achieving international student who will need a visa to study in the United States (preference will be for those who need an F-1 or J-1 student visa). It is renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study, based on continued satisfactory academic performance. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or dual citizens of the U.S. and another country, are not eligible to apply.

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At Portland State University, our students and faculty take the classroom

to the community. In Senior Capstones, students team up with local organizations to tackle civic challenges. With more than 220 degree

options that include renowned programs in urban planning, social work,

business, sustainability, and undergraduate studies, Portland State meets

the needs of Oregon’s largest and most diverse student body. And through engaged teaching and research, we make a difference in Oregon and around the world.

The International Student Retention Scholarship, made possible through funding from the State of Oregon, offers partial tuition scholarships each year to a number of deserving students from countries throughout the world. Recipients receive a $1000 tuition waiver for a maximum of six terms and awards are given in fall, winter, and spring terms. International students who demonstrate financial need, have clearly defined academic and professional goals, and who strive for academic excellence, are encouraged to apply for the International Student Retention Scholarship.

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Minnesota State University, Mankato promotes learning through effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, scholarship, and research in service to the state, the region and the global community.

All international undergraduate students at Minnesota State University, Mankato automatically receive the Cultural Contribution scholarship, which allows them to pay resident tuition rates for up to nine semesters, provided they maintain their grades and other requirements of the scholarship. Graduate students also automatically receive resident tuition rates.

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clip_image022clip_image024clip_image026clip_image028clip_image030GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HOSTS ONLINE CHAT SESSIONS

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Georgetown University hosts numerous online chats for prospective students during the fall semester.

There are general information chats as well as program-specific chats

where you can ask questions about the programs we offer and the admissions process. For more information and to view our chat schedule, please follow the link below.

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Lees-McRae College, in North Carolina, has dropped a requirement that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. Ginger Hansen, vice president of

enrollment management and communications at the college, explained the shift in an e-mail: "Our decision to go test optional is largely based on our institutional philosophy of giving all students, regardless of a singular standardized test score, an opportunity."

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For the eighth year in a row, Indiana University is reporting record

enrollment of international students — particularly at its IU Bloomington

and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campuses — and is maintaining its leading role as an institution that is international in scope.

There are 7,785 international students enrolled on all IU campuses this semester, an increase of 70 percent since 2005.

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Central Michigan University is focusing on gaining more international

students and increasing the number of students studying abroad this year. Increased globalization, an appreciation of different cultures and

compensating for CMU’s low enrollment numbers because of fewer

Michigan high school graduates contribute to the interest in international

student enrollment.

“A greater number of students from international backgrounds add an awareness of global cultures, issues and experiences to the classroom and the campus community,” said Tracy Nakajima, director of international student and scholar services.

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clip_image032EIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS BLOG ON COLLEGE SEARCH Growing up in various backgrounds, eight high school seniors from

different corners of the world are all looking forward to new adventures at

U.S. colleges. Through a New York Times blog called ‘The Envelope Please,’ they share their experience and tips on searching for the right college or university in the United States.

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Contact an EducationUSA adviser near you for guidance on finding and applying to an accredited U.S. college or university. (Note: students must apply for financial aid directly with the institution listed)

An archive of these and other past financial aid and news announcements is available at

EducationUSA would like to thank all the institutions, foundations, and other organizations which so generously provide the financial aid and news information contained herein.