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International Student and Scholar Support

International Student Excellence Scholarship

ISSS worked with community partners to raise funds for an international student scholarship endowment fund to reward the high achieving international students on our campus. The International Student Excellence Scholarship is awarded to two F-1 international students each academic year. Awardees will demonstrate academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership. Financial need is also taken into consideration. 

How to Apply:

The deadline to apply for the 2024 - 2025 scholarship is March 29, 2024. Required application materials include:

  • Scholarship Application, which requires you to upload the following:
    • Transcript from the most recent semester of enrollment (attach to scholarship application)
    • 500-word maximum personal statement indicating your academic excellence, community engagement, leadership ability, and why you are applying for the scholarship 
    • One academic or professional letter of recommendation

Eligibility Criteria:

  • F-1 international student seeking a degree full-time at the University of South Carolina Columbia
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Enrolled at the University of South Carolina for at least two semesters
  • Demonstrate academic excellence, community engagement, and demonstrated leadership ability
  • No student conduct violations
  • Graduating at least 1 to 2 semesters in the future
  • Preference given to those not currently receiving financial assistance from other sources, i.e. graduate assistantships, sponsors, or athletic scholarship

Information about scholarship:

  • The International Student Excellence Scholarship is $500/academic year, broken down into $250/semester.
  • In addition to the $500 per academic year, the International Student Excellence Scholarship may reduce your tuition substantially.
  • Two scholarships will be awarded each year; one graduate and one undergraduate.
  • Students must apply for the scholarship each year. Obtaining the scholarship one year does not guarantee or imply that the student will be awarded the scholarship the following year.
  • Students are eligible to apply for the scholarship every year; being awarded a scholarship in the past does not preclude a student from being awarded the scholarship in future years.

International Student Excellence Scholarship Awardees:

2024 - 2025

Graduate: Disha Patel

Undergraduate: Emese Simkó

2022 - 2023

Graduate: Kidochukwu Atube

Undergraduate: Batraz Albegov


Graduate: Asma Alzahrani

Undergraduate: Laisa Antunes Machado


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