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Scholarships Available for International Students

The following scholarships are available each academic year. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services will email all students when scholarship applications are available on our website. Links to the applications will be available on this page.

Scholarship recipients are expected to volunteer with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for 20 hours per semester. All recipients are notified via an official letter from WKU.

Richard Salisbury - Latin-American Student Association Book Scholarship Application
This scholarship is worth $400 that will be presented as a cash award to purchase books. Applicants must:

  • Hold a valid F-1 visa
  • Be a full-time WKU student from a country in the Western Hemisphere (excluding the U.S. and Canada)

Applicants’ academic records, contribution to WKU, international understanding, and financial need will be considered. Graduate or undergraduate students may apply.

Robert J. Wurster Scholarship
The Robert J. Wurster Scholarship is for returning F-1 students and consists of a $600 credit to the student’s bill ($300 per semester). There are five awards available and there is no GPA requirement for this award. Awards are based on financial need and involvement in campus/community activities/events. Graduate or undergraduate students may apply.

International Student Achievement Award Application
To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

  • Hold a valid F-1 visa
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in the student’s declared major
  • Have completed at least 48 hours at WKU
  • Must show significant campus/community involvement

The award consists of a one-time award of a $325 check. This award is for Undergraduate students only.

Zuheir Sofia Scholarship
Zuheir Sofia is an international alumnus of Western Kentucky University who achieved a successful career in the financial world. Mr. and Mrs. Sofia's commitment and appreciation to WKU motivated them to establish the Zuheir Sofia Scholarship program to help currently enrolled international students who are in financial need to continue to pursue their degrees at WKU. ISSS will facilitate the Zuheir Sofia Scholarship application process and nominate students to the Western Kentucky University College Heights Foundation. The awarded students will receive the scholarship in the form of a direct payment towards the student's mandatory tuition and fees. Graduate or undergraduate students may apply.

In order for an international student to be qualified to apply for the Zuheir Sofia Scholarship, he or she MUST meet the following criteria

  • Have successfully completed two semesters in the United States
  • Be maintaining valid F-1 or J-1 status
  • Be in good academic standing and making normal progress toward degree
  • Completed the Zuheir Sofia Scholarship Application
  • Submited supporting documents and an essay to demonstrate student's campus/community involvement and financial need.

This scholarship is offered once per academic year. You may reapply each year. The award(s) will be a maximum of $4,000/yr (based on availability of funds).

International Students may also apply for other university scholarships if meeting eligibility requirements. More information on these scholarships can be found at the Student Financial Aid website.

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 Last Modified 9/19/13