The AU EGLS is a prestigious scholarship that covers all billable AU expenses (full tuition, room and board) for one international student who will need a visa (preferably an F-1 or J-1 student visa) to study in the United States. The scholarship is renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study, based on continued satisfactory academic performance.
The AU EGLS aims to promote educational access and opportunity while enhancing international diversity at American University. The scholarship also seeks to support students who are dedicated to positive civic and social change, and who will return home to improve under-resourced, underserved communities in their home country.
To be eligible for the AU EGLS, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be an international student who will need a non-immigrant visa (preferably an F-1 or J-1 student visa) to study in the United States.
- You must be enrolled in or have already begun any post-secondary studies at another university in your home country or the United States.
- You must have graduated secondary school earlier than 2022.
- You must have a minimum 3.8 GPA equivalent out of 4.0 GPA (or in the top 10% of graduating class) for 9th-12th grades.
- You must have a demonstrated commitment to leadership, volunteerism, community service, and to advancing the needs of people in your home country.
- You must have one of the following English language proficiency scores:
- 95+ TOEFL iBT (all subscores must be 20 or above)
- Sub-scores of 24+ on the paper-based TOEFL (Taken after May 31, 2017)
- 7.0+ IELTS (all subscores must be 6.0 or above)
- 33 minimum SAT Reading subscore
- 29 minimum ACT English
- 65 minimum PTE
- 125+ Duolingo (all subscores must be 115 or above)
- Cambridge Assessment English score of 185 or higher. Each sub-score must be 169 or higher.
The AU EGLS covers all billable AU expenses (full tuition, room and board) for one international student per year. The scholarship does not cover non-billable expenses such as mandatory health insurance, books, airline tickets, taxes, and miscellaneous expenses (approximately U.S.$4,000 per year).
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To apply for the AU EGLS, you must complete the following steps:
- Complete the online AU EGLS application form by December 15, 2023.
- Submit your official secondary school transcripts and certified English translations if applicable.
- Submit your official standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) and English language proficiency scores (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or Cambridge Assessment English).
- Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers or counselors who know you well and can attest to your academic abilities and personal qualities.
- Submit a bank letter or bank statement showing proof of U.S.$4,000 available funds for your first year of study at AU.
- Submit a copy of your passport biographical page.
You will need to upload the following documents as part of your online AU EGLS application form:
- A personal statement of no more than 500 words that addresses the following questions:
- Why are you interested in applying for the AU EGLS?
- What are your academic and career goals?
- How do you demonstrate leadership potential and commitment to social change?
- How will you use your education at AU to improve your home country and the world?
- A resume or curriculum vitae that highlights your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, awards, honors, and work experience.
- A portfolio or sample of your creative work if you are applying to a major in the School of Communication or the College of Arts and Sciences.
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How to Apply
The application procedure for the AU EGLS consists of two phases:
- Phase One: All applicants must submit a complete online AU EGLS application form with all supporting documents by December 15, 2023. The AU Admissions Committee will review all applications and select five finalists by mid-January 2024.
- Phase Two: The five finalists will be invited to participate in a series of Zoom interviews and special essays by late January 2024. The AU Admissions Committee will select one recipient and one alternate by early February 2024.
The deadline to submit your online AU EGLS application form with all supporting documents is December 15, 2023.
Scholarship Official website: American University Emerging Global Leader 2024/2025 Undergraduate Scholarship For International Students