LIU Global Merit Scholarship
Pursuing a higher education and studying abroad can be expensive. But when you choose the education that’s right for you and your goals, it can be worth every penny, and LIU Global is committed to helping you find ways to afford college. All applicants are evaluated for a merit-based scholarship awarded based on a student’s previous academic record. Merit scholarships are awarded per academic year and are renewable to students who remain in good standing.
Recipients of scholarships are required each year to complete the federal government's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once the Office of Student Financial Services receives the federal FAFSA information, eligibility for N.Y. State's TAP program and the Federal Pell Grant Program can be determined, and estimates can be provided on the financial aid award notice. These notices also provide estimates of the Campus-funded award(s), and any other financial aid available to the student. The Office of Enrollment Services will calculate the exact dollar amount of any scholarship/grant award during the bill clearance process each term.
External Scholarship Resources
LIU Global will assist you during the external scholarship application process. Each of our international centers holds scholarship workshops on a semester basis, and our financial aid liaisons help students through the process at each international location.
There is a lot of money that goes unclaimed every year, and with the amount of community involvement and commitment that characterizes most LIU Global students, you should have no problem finding the right scholarship source. Look for scholarships that are unique to you. Poet, artist, linguist, activist, writer, woman, minority, etc. — something that makes you stand out and be recognized for a scholarship. Try looking in your own community as well; often there are groups that want to give to people from your state alone.
Educational Resource Organizations Directory
Visit the Educational Resource Organizations Directory list of state higher education agencies. Here, you will find contact information and links to the websites run by the higher education agency (-ies) in each state. These agencies, provide information on the state's education programs, colleges and universities, financial aid assistance programs, grants, scholarships, continuing education programs, and career opportunities.
Top Tips When Applying for Scholarships
- Apply early. Leave time for unforeseen delays.
- Apply often. Cast a wide net in your search for scholarship funds.
- Don’t get discouraged! If you are not awarded a scholarship the first time you apply, apply again during the next application cycle. Show these organizations that you are a persistent and committed student!
- Run your own scholarship search! Toward the bottom of this page, there is a list of websites from which you can run a personalized scholarship search. Apply for the scholarships listed here, but also continue searching for others.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Show your application to a current teacher or advisor and get valuable feedback before submitting your application.
- Proofread your essay! Spell-check your essay! Spend time on your essay – make it something to be proud of!
- Please let LIU Global know when you receive a scholarship! This will lead to some well-deserved recognition for you, as well as an inspiration to your fellow students. Please allow us to celebrate and acknowledge your accomplishments!
***Don’t fall for scams!***
Beware of scholarships that cost money, promise money back guarantees, or request your credit card or money!
The following list includes both scholarships for which LIU Global students have regularly applied and
received in the past, as well as many new additions. The content on this page will be updated
periodically, so please return here to check for new additions.
Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants
For students planning to participate in fulltime
study abroad for at least one full semester. Must have completed at least 30 credits, have a
minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need: http://www.ashleysfoundation.org/index.html
- Critical Language Scholarship (full funding) – (full
- James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship
The Kymanox mission is to facilitate
effective and efficient knowledge transfer. The goal of these funds is to encourage students to
study abroad and experience something new to grow their knowledge of the world: http://www.kymanox.com/scholarship.html.
- The Christophers Video Contest ($500 -‐ $2,000) – Scholarships awarded to undergraduates & graduates. Requires the submission of a video (5 minutes max) on an assigned theme: christophers.org.
- Clarence and Lilly Pickett Grants ($2,500 -‐ $3,000) – Grants awarded to future Quaker leaders to undertake a service-‐learning project. Grants are not intended to fund academic study, but to fund a service project: pickettendowment.quaker.org/index.php.
- Collegiate Inventors Competition ($15,000 -‐ $25,000) – Prizes awarded to the individuals or teams (up to 4 students) that come up with reproducible, innovative, and new inventions: http://collegiateinventors.org/.
- Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships (Varies) – Several scholarships awarded to high school seniors and current undergraduates. Minimum GPA 2.5, students must exhibit leadership skills. Equal opportunity scholarship provider: http://www.cbcfinc.org/scholarships/.
- The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics ($500 -‐ $5,000) – A scholarship awarded to college juniors and seniors (must be a registered junior or senior in the Fall semester of the year you are entering the contest). Award based on an essay of 3,000 -‐ 4,000 words on the theme of ethics: eliewieselfoundation.org/prizeinethics.aspx.
- Freedom from Religion Foundation College Essay Competition ($200 -‐ $3,000) – A scholarship awarded based on an essay on an assigned topic: ffrf.org/outreach/student-essay-contests/.
- Gates Millennium Scholarship (varies) – Scholarships awarded to minority students entering college for the first time. Students must be receiving Pell Grant to be eligible: gmsp.org/default.aspx.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund ($500 -‐ $5,000) – Administers several scholarships and grants to high school and college students. Must be Hispanic, with a minimum 2.5 GPA (college and graduate students) or 3.0 GPA (high school students) to apply: https://hsf.net/en/scholarships/.
- Horatio Alger Association Scholarships (varies) – Scholarship awarded to high school seniors based on financial need, an applicant's perseverance in overcoming adversity, a good academic record, and the desire to contribute to society. Scholarship is renewable: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/.
- Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program ($28,000 over four years) – Provides scholarships of up to $28,000/four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-‐year college or university of their choice: jackierobinson.org/.
- Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship (up to $40,000) – Scholarships awarded to two-‐year community college students that wish to transfer into a 4-‐year bachelor's degree program. Students must be nominated by their community college: jkcf.org/scholarships/undergraduate-transfer-scholarships/.
- Japanese American Citizens' League Scholarships (varies) – Several scholarships awarded to members of a JACL branch. There are several application categories (entering freshmen, undergraduates, graduates). Applications for all categories other than Entering Freshmen are due April 1: https://jacl.org/jacl-national-scholarship-program/.
- Jeannette Rankin Foundation Women’s Scholarships Fund ($2,000) – A scholarship awarded to women over age 35 based on financial need and statement of goals, plans, and past challenges. Scholarship is renewable: rankinfoundation.org/.
- Korean American Scholarship Foundation ($500 - $5,000) – Several scholarships awarded to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students of Korean heritage. Students apply by region where their college is located: kasf.org/.
- Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarship (varies) – The Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need. U.S. applicants need not be Mensa members: mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships.
- NAACP Scholarships ($1,500 -‐ $5,000) – Several scholarships awarded to minority students. Please check website for individual scholarships' eligibility requirements: naacp.org/page/s/scholarship2.
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship Program ($1,000 -‐ $3,000) – Scholarships awarded to high school seniors/high school graduates/GED holders that have never previously attended a post secondary institution. Open to students with MS or with a parent that has MS: nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/society-programs-and-services/scholarship/index.aspx.
- Peermusic Latin Scholarship ($5,000) – Scholarship awarded to a student, aged 16-‐24, who submits the best new original music/lyrics in the Latin genre. Lyrics/composition must be the student's original work bmifoundation.org/program/peermusic_latin_scholarship.
- PFLAG National Scholarships ($1,000 -‐ $5,000) – Scholarships awarded to high school seniors that self-‐identify as LGBT or are supporters of LGBT people and demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community: community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=370.
- Point Foundation Scholarships (Varies) – A scholarship awarded to individuals at all levels in higher education (high school senior – PhD) that are leaders in and plan to contribute professionally to the LGBT community. Open to non-‐U.S. citizens. Application available starting January 2: pointfoundation.org/.
- Platt Family Scholarship Essay Contest ($500 -‐ $1,500) – A scholarship provided by the Lincoln Forum. Must be enrolled in college to apply. Requires an essay of 1,500-‐5,000 words on a topic dealing with the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln: thelincolnforum.org/scholarship-essay-contest.php.
- Roothbert Fund Scholarships ($2,000 -‐ $3,000) – Scholarships awarded annually to students “motivated by spiritual values”: roothbertfund.org/scholarships.php#process.
- Supercollege.com Scholarship ($1,000) – A scholarship offered to help students afford college. Open to U.S. citizens and legal residents only. Awarded based on completeness of application and random selection: http://supercollege.com/scholarship/.
- The Truman Scholarship (up to $30,000) – A scholarship awarded to college juniors to pursue graduate study in fields related to public service. Award based on the applicants desire to work for change in the public services, his/her community involvement, and his/her academic record truman.gov.
- Udall Undergraduate Scholarship (up to $7,000) – The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. Award based on institutional nomination, 800-‐word essay, completed application, and 3 letters of reference: http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx.
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