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KISP Scholarship

 

Kentucky Innovative Scholarship Pilot Project
Full undergraduate scholarships for displaced students

Foreign nationals who have received U.S. asylum (asylees), submitted a U.S. asylum application (asylum-seeker); resettled refugees; those in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), humanitarian parole, or a special immigrant visa (SIV) may qualify for undergraduate scholarships up to the total cost of attendance for Displaced Students pursuing an undergraduate postsecondary certificate or degree. 

This scholarship applies to undergraduate admissions only. If you are interested in applying to graduate school, contact the WKU Graduate School to inquire about admission and graduate assistantships.

WKU offers more than 180 undergraduate degree programs including: 

Accounting, Computer Science, Marketing, Engineering Technology Management, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Education, Architecture Science, Environmental Sustainability & Geographic Studies, Biology, Nursing, Public Health, Dental Hygiene, Business Data Analytics, Chemistry, Health Care Administration ... and so much more!

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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Bachelors Degree (After High School)

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  • A completed application- contact: applyinternational@wku.edu
  • Minimum academic requirements:
    • Freshmen: 2.5 GPA (2.25 for Pathway)
    • Transfer: 2.0 GPA (students with 24 or more earned hours of college credit)
    • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):
      • TOEFL, IBT – 71 (61 for Pathway)
      • IELTS – 6.0 (5.5 for Pathway)
      • DuoLingo - 100 DET (90 for Pathway)
  • Official Academic Records (where possible) from schools attended with grades and any degrees/diplomas/certificates received, including an English translation

All necessary documents, including academic records, and proof of English language proficiency, must be received before an admission decision can be made.

If you don’t have access to your academic documents, consult WES Gateway for assistance with putting together a record of past credentials.

 

  • Foreign nationals who have received U.S. asylum (asylees), submitted a U.S. asylum application (asylum-seeker); resettled refugees; those in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), humanitarian parole, or a special immigrant visa (SIV).
  • Admissable to WKU as an undergraduate student 
    Eligibility is subject to verification of status, submission of required official documents, and completion of all necessary forms.

Individuals from these countries may qualify:

  • Afghanistan

  • Burma
    (Karen, Karenni, Chin, Boa)

  • CUBA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo 

  • Iraq

  • Somalia

  • Ukraine

Not limited to these national origins who may qualify. Please direct any questions regarding qualifications to applyinternational@wku.edu.

  • Applicants must not have gained citizenship as of July 1, 2022
  • Applicants must have arrived in the U.S. within the past five years

Scholarships up to the total cost of attendance for Displaced Students pursuing an undergraduate postsecondary certificate or degree. (Application fee is included.)

Other scholarships may also apply.

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How to apply to WKU (English):

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Setting you up for success in your first year: WKU IPAS

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Along with our traditional programs of study, WKU also offers an International Pathway to Academic Success (IPAS). The IPAS program is designed to facilitate international student success in several ways:

  • Exclusive courses designed for first-year international students
  • Dedicated faculty with a commitment to international student learning
  • Co-curricular support such as tutoring and academic workshops
  • Enrichment experiences to introduce students to life and study in the United States

IPAS participation is offered at no additional cost, and all courses will count toward a WKU degree for full academic credit. Enrollment in IPAS will last for one or two semesters depending on the academic needs of each student.

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