College Scholarships for International Students and Non-Citizens

A lot of colleges say they love international students, but the reality is that they often have the most love for those international students who can pay full tuition. At some colleges and universities, financial aid is hard to procure if you're not from the U.S. Luckily, there are a lot of private scholarships available for students who are not U.S. citizens. Below are 56 possibilities, and you should visit AmericanScholarships.com for more opportunities. The site is dedicated to finding scholarships for international students.

A Voice for Animals Contest

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• Award: $200 - $750
• Description: Applicants must have actively participated in projects that promote the humane treatment of animals. This contest is open to all eligible students regardless of nationality, citizenship, or country of residence.
Administered by the Humane Education Network
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Activ8 Scholarship

• Award: varies
• Description: Applicants must be Latino students who demonstrate financial need. Non-US citizens and undocumented students are eligible to apply.
Administered by Activ8
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AG Bell College Scholarship Awards Program

• Award: $2,500 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must deaf or hard of hearing. Non-US residents are eligible as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements.
Administered by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships

• Award: varies
• Description: Applicants must be from a developing country and have no other means of financing their studies. Applications will be accepted from countries where the Aga Khan Foundation has a branch present.
Administered by the Aga Khan Foundation
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Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program

• Award: $100 - $500
• Description: Applicants must conduct a local environmental stewardship project, take digital photos of the project in action, and write an essay about the project. This scholarship is open to students worldwide.
Administered by the Nicodemus Wilderness Project
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Ayn Rand “We the Living” Essay Contest

• Award: $25 - $3,000
• Description: Applicants must read the book “We the Living,” by Ayn Rand, and write an essay using a given prompt. There are no citizenship requirements for this contest.
Administered by the Ayn Rand Institute
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Ayn Rand “Anthem” Essay Contest

• Award: $30 - $2,000
• Description: Applicants must read the book “Anthem,” by Ayn Rand, and write an essay using a given prompt. There are no citizenship requirements for this contest.
Administered by the Ayn Rand Institute
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Ayn Rand “The Fountainhead” Essay Contest

• Award: $50 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must read the book “The Fountainhead,” by Ayn Rand, and write an essay using a given prompt. There are no citizenship requirements for this contest.
Administered by the Ayn Rand Institute
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Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest

• Award: $50 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must read the book “Atlas Shrugged,” by Ayn Rand, and write an essay using a given prompt. There are no citizenship requirements for this contest.
Administered by the Ayn Rand Institute
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Cargill Global Scholars Program

• Award: $2,500
• Description: Applicants be enrolled in a partner university in Brazil, China, India, Russia, or the United States.
Administered by Cargill
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Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

• Award: $10,000
• Description: Applicants must create and submit a photo, artwork, or a computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. International students are eligible as long as they have a student visa to attend school in the United States.
Administered by the Gallery Collection
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Davis-Putter Scholarship

• Award: $1,000 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must be active in movements for social and/or economic justice. US citizenship is not required; however, applicants must have participated in activities in the United States and plan to attend an accredited program in the United States.
Administered by the Davis Putter Scholarship Fund
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Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

• Award: $500 - $5,000
• Description: Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic. International students and non-US citizens are eligible as long as they attend a college or university in the United States.
Administered by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
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EngineerGirl Essay Contest

• Award: $100 - $500
• Description: Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic on engineering as it relates to modern medicine. International students may apply; however, they must make an effort to be sure they enter in the appropriate grade category, and all essays will be held to the same standards, even if the student is not a native English speaker.
Administered by the National Academy of Engineering
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Foster Care to Success Scholarships

• Award: $1,500 - $6,000
• Description: Applicants must be orphans or have been in foster care in the United States. US citizenship is not required.
Administered by Foster Care to Success
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Fraser Institute Essay Contest

• Award: $500 - $1,000
• Description: Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic. International students are eligible.
Administered by the Fraser Institute
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Global Scholarship Alliance Scholarship Program

• Award: varies
• Description: Applicants must be international students interested in studying nursing at an accredited university in the United States.
Administered by the Global Scholarship Alliance
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Google Science Fair

• Award: $25,000 - $50,000
• Description: Applicants must create a science fair project in one of the specified categories, individually or in a team. This program is open to students worldwide.
Administered by Google
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Gulen Institute Youth Platform Essay Contest

• Award: $50 - $3,000
• Description: Applicants must submit a research-based essay on a given topic. This contest is open to students worldwide.
Administered by the Gulen Institute
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Herbert Lehman Scholarship

• Award: $2,000
• Description: Applicants must be of excellent character and present strong academic records, test scores, and personal essays. Non-US citizens are eligible.
Administered by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
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International College Counselors Scholarship

• Award: $250
• Description: Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic. One of the scholarships will be awarded to a non-Florida resident, including international students.
Administered by the International College Counselors
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IOKDS Around the World Scholarship

• Award: varies
• Description: Applicants must be non-US or non-Canadian citizens who are studying full-time in the country of their citizenship.
Administered by the International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons
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Los Hermanos de Stanford Scholarship

• Award: $1,000
• Description: Applicants must be Latino/Latina students. Non-US citizens are eligible.
Administered by Los Hermanos de Stanford
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National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students

• Award: $1,000 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic. Students attending high school in the United States are eligible regardless of citizenship.
Administered by United States Institute of Peace
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Panrimo Scholarships

• Award: $100 - $2,000
• Description: Applicants must be interested in studying abroad. Students worldwide are eligible.
Administered by Panrimo
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Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

• Award: $25,000 - $90,000
• Description: Applicants must be new Americans or children of new Americans.
Administered by the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
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PEO International Peace Scholarship

• Award: $10,000
• Description: Applicants must be women who are non-US or -Canadian citizens.
Administered by the PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund
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Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

• Award: $500 - $1,500
• Description: Applicants must write a research-based essay. Non-US citizens are eligible as long as they are attending an American college or university.
Administered by the Lincoln Forum
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Point Foundation Scholarship Program

• Award: $10,000 (last-dollar scholarship)
• Description: Applicants must be involved in the LGBTQ community. Non-US citizens are eligible as long as they attend an accredited institution in the United States.
Administered by the Point Foundation
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Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards

• Award: $10,000
• Description: Applicants must be women who provide the financial support for their family. Applicants must reside in one of the Soroptimist member countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan Province of China, United States of America, Venezuela.
Administered by Soroptimist International of the Americas
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Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest

• Award: $100 - $1,000
• Description: Applicants must create a video that addresses a given topic about nuclear weapons. The contest is open to people of all ages from any country.
Administered by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
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Note: Scholarships Below Are for Specific Fields of Study

AACE International Competitive Scholarship Program

• Award: varies
• Description: Applicants must be pursuing a degree in engineering, construction management, building construction, computer sciences, business, quantity surveying, or information technology. Citizenship is not a requirement.
Administered by AACE International
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American Nuclear Society John and Muriel Landis Scholarship

• Award: varies
• Description: Applicants must be planning a career in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a nuclear-related field. Applicants do not need to be US citizens.
Administered by the American Nuclear Society
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Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship

• Award: $2,500 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must be focusing their studies in sustainable agriculture. International students are eligible as long as they are studying at a US school.
Administered by Annie’s Homegrown
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AORN Foundation Academic Scholarships

• Award: varies
• Description: Applicants must be nursing students interested in the field of perioperative/surgical nursing. International students are welcome to apply.
Administered by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Foundation
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ASHFoundation Graduate Scholarship for International Students

• Award: $5,000
• Description: Applicants must be international students studying communication sciences and disorders in the United States.
Administered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
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Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarship

• Award: $3,500
• Description: Applicants must be studying television and film production. Non-US citizens are eligible as long as they are enrolled in a US college or university.
Administered by Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation
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Directed Energy Professional Society Graduate Scholarships

• Award: $10,000
• Description: Applicants must be interested in pursuing or currently studying the DE technology areas of HEL (high-energy lasers) or HPM (high-power microwaves). Non-US citizens are eligible to apply as long as they intend to become US citizens.
Administered by Directed Energy Professional Society
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Document Management and Graphic Communications Industry Scholarship

• Award: $1,000 - $5,000
• Description: Applicants must have an interest in pursuing a career within the document management and graphic communication industry. International students may apply.
Administered by the Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation
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Earl Warren Scholarship

• Award: $3,000
• Description: Applicants must be planning to attend an accredited law school in the United States; non-US citizens are eligible.
Administered by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
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Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program

• Award: $5,000
• Description: Applicants must be majoring in an area of health care. International students are eligible as long as they are studying at a US-based institution.
Administered by Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk
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GEICO Achievement Award

• Award: $1,000
• Description: Applicants must be majoring in business, computer science, math, or a related program. International students are eligible.
Administered by GEICO
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Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

• Award: $10,000
• Description: Applicants must be women who are enrolled in a program for computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field. International students are eligible.
Administered by Google
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Google Lime Scholarship Program

• Award: $5,000 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must have a disability and be pursuing a computer science or computer engineering degree. International students in the United States and Canada are encouraged to apply.
Administered by Lime Connect
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Great Minds in STEM / HENAAC Scholars Program

• Award: $500 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must be Hispanic students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math. Non-US citizens are encouraged to apply.
Administered by Great Minds in STEM
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Heinlein Society Scholarship

• Award: $500
• Description: Applicants must be majoring in engineering, math, physical science, or science fiction as literature. The scholarship is open to residents of any country.
Administered by the Heinlein Society
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International Association of Black Actuaries Foundation Scholarship

• Award: $500- $4,000
• Description: Applicants must be of African descent originating from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, or African nations, who are preparing for an actuarial career.
Administered by the International Association of Black Actuaries
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Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

• Award: $1,000 - $7,000
• Description: Applicants must be women majoring in a business-related field of study. Applicants worldwide are eligible, as long as they live in a country where a Zonta Club is located.
Administered by Zonta International
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LMSA Scholarship for US Medical Students

• Award: $500 - $1,000
• Description: Applicants must be pursuing a medical degree and be dedicated to serving the Latino and underserved communities. Students are eligible to apply regardless of immigration status.
Administered by the Latino Medical Student Association
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Microsoft Scholarship Program

• Award: varies
• Description: Applicants must demonstrate an interest in computer science. International students are eligible as long as they are studying in North America.
Administered by Microsoft Corporation
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National Sculpture Society Scholarship

• Award: $2,000
• Description: Applicants must be studying sculpture art. Non-US citizens are eligible as long as they attend an American institution in the United States or abroad.
Administered by the National Sculpture Society
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Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship

• Award: $1,000 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must be majoring in accounting, business, finance, or criminal justice. Students worldwide are eligible to apply.
Administered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
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Roger K. Summit Scholarship

• Award: $5,000
• Description: Applicants must be enrolled in a library or information science program. Students worldwide are eligible to apply.
Administered by ProQuest
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Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation Scholarships

• Award: $500 - $14,000
• Description: Applicants must be pursuing a career in applied geophysics or a closely related field, such as geosciences, physics, geology, or earth/environmental sciences. Scholarships are awarded to students worldwide.
Administered by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation
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Student Academy Awards Competition

• Award: $2,000 - $5,000
• Description: Applicants must be filmmakers without any professional experience. Students outside the United States are eligible to apply for the “Foreign” awards.
Administered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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Women in Aerospace Foundation Scholarship

• Award: $2,000
• Description: Applicants must be women of any citizenship or nationality who are pursuing a career in the aerospace field.
Administered by the Women in Aerospace Foundation
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