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EdUSA Weekly Update Issue #379 May 21st, 2014

I. Financial Aid
UG: Georgetown College (KY) International Applicant Scholarships for Fall 2014 Semester
UG: Pittsburg State University (KS) Still Accepting Applications for Global Achievement Scholarship
UG: Bay State College (MA) Scholarships for International Students

II. Campus News
4 Key Facts About the U.S. College Admissions Process
Bellevue College (WA) Hosts Panel to Share "Words of Wisdom" with International Students
South Dakota State University (SD) International Graduates Celebrate their Accomplishments
Step 5: Prepare for Your Departure- Gather Pre-departure Materials and Important Documents

I. Financial Aid

GEORGETOWN COLLEGE (KY) INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FALL 2014 SEMESTER

Application and scholarship deadline extended! Georgetown College is now accepting international applicants for the Fall 2014 semester through 30 June.
Scholarships are also still available! Academic, need-based and athletic scholarships are still being awarded. The average scholarship award for the 2013-2014 year is currently $15,000.

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PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY (KS) STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

Pittsburg State University is still accepting scholarship applications for the Global Achievement Scholarship for this Fall 2014 (August) semester. This scholarship is open to all international degree-seeking undergraduate students and is worth up to $16,000 ($2,000 per semester). The deadline to apply for this scholarship is June 1.
To apply for the scholarship:
1. Apply for undergraduate admission: http://www.pittstate.edu/admission/information/international-student/international-undergraduate-admission.dot
2. Submit completed scholarship application: http://www.pittstate.edu/admission/information/international-student/scholarships.dot
3. Submit 2 reference letters
4. Submit personal statement essay
Questions may be directed to Aaron Hurt, [email protected] or 620-235-4093.

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BAY STATE COLLEGE (MA) SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Bay State College is now giving away big scholarship discounts worth $12,000 during the student’s Foundation Year Program (FYP). This means that the regular fee of $24,780 is now reduced to $12,780!
For students who have met the IELTS requirement of 6.0 OBS and qualify as Direct Entry (DE) Bachelor students, they will be eligible for a one-year free housing at Bay State College! Available to the first 10 DE students for September 2014 intake.
FYP is designed to prepare international students to successfully complete a Bachelor’s degree in the USA. With small class sizes, expert teachers, and additional English language support, the FYP guarantees entry directly into the second year of selected bachelor programs, subject to students meeting entrance requirements.
To learn more about this program please click on this link: http://www.baystate.edu/campus-life/office-of-international-student-affairs/foundationyear/

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II. Campus News

4 KEY FACTS ABOUT THE U.S. COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

International students should submit a diverse admissions portfolio and weigh early application options at U.S. colleges. These are some of the ways that U.S. universities differ from those in many other countries, especially when it comes to the undergraduate admissions process.

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BELLEVUE COLLEGE (WA) HOSTS PANEL TO SHARE "WORDS OF WISDOM" WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Bellevue College’s Asian Pacific Islander Student Association hosted a panel of two professionals who previously studied in higher education as international students. The purpose was to share past experiences with current international students at BC, providing insight and wisdom for the challenges they may face in the future or are currently facing today.
Click on the link to learn more about what they had to say: http://www.thewatchdogonline.com/words-of-wisdom-to-students-18455?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=words-of-wisdom-to-students.

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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY (SD) INTERNATIONAL GRADUATES CELEBRATE THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Forty-seven South Dakota State University international graduates celebrated their accomplishments and were honored in colorful fashion at the second annual SDSU Sash Ceremony May 9 at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center. The Office of International Affairs awarded each international graduate a sash honoring his/her home country in the presence of faculty, friends and family.
“The best way to continue to attract quality students is to treat our current students well,” said Greg Wymer, manager of international students and scholars. “The SDSU Sash Ceremony, in particular, is important to SDSU because it leaves a lasting impression on the international students as they leave the university.”
Gibril Vandy of Sierra Leone, a 2014 international graduate, gave the ceremony’s student address.
Students were recognized and came forward to receive their sash from President David L. Chicoine. Sashes were also allowed as a special honor at the 2014 SDSU Commencement the following day, highlighting the SDSU international student population.
More than 80 countries are currently represented within the SDSU student population. To view more photos of the 2014 Sash Ceremony, visit www.facebook.com/sdsuinternational.

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STEP 5: PREPARE FOR YOUR DEPARTURE- GATHER PRE-DEPARTURE MATERIALS AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

It’s that time, and you are getting ready to start your studies in the U.S.! Before you leave your home country, take the time to double-check that you have gathered all the documents you will need for your travel and stay in the United States. These include:
-Passport and nonimmigrant visa
-Certificate of eligibility
-Contact information
-Birth certificate and marriage certificate
-Medical documents
-Academic transcripts
-College or university acceptance letter

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