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International Student Excellence Scholarship

ISS 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. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an F-1 international student seeking a degree full-time at the University of South Carolina Columbia
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
  •  Must not currently be receiving financial assistance from other sources, i.e. graduate assistantships, sponsors, or athletic scholarship
  • Has been enrolled at the University of South Carolina for at least two semesters
  •  Must demonstrate academic excellence, community engagement, and demonstrated leadership ability
  •  No student conduct violations
  • Must be graduating at least 1 to 2 semesters in the future

Application Requirements:

  • Scholarship Application
  • Official Transcript from the most recent semester of enrollment
  •  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
  •  Full applications must be submitted by May 15, 2021 to be considered.

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.
  • 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.

How to Apply:

Information for the 2022 - 2023 school year will be released in early 2023.

International Student Excellence Scholarship Awardees:


Graduate: Asma Alzahrani

Undergraduate: Laisa Antunes Machado


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