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Fall 2020 Campaign 

Participating colleges and universities will each offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover a minimum of 50% tuition to selected international undergraduates dedicated to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message. Applicants will answer a short essay question or present a multimedia project about their ideas for applying their leadership skills on their future campuses. 


  • Strengthen the message of #YouAreWelcomeHere.  

  • Create a globally recognized scholarship program for international students with consistent standards at participating U.S. colleges and universities. 

  • Provide increased access to U.S. higher education for talented international students. 

  • Develop future world leaders who will advance intercultural understanding.  

  • Create a lasting legacy for the continuing benefit of international students. 

Scholarship Participating Institution Criteria

  • First-year international applicant of any major to a participating college or university. International applicant is an individual who holds citizenship in a country outside the U.S. and who does not also possess U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. 

  • Demonstrates interest and initiative in promoting intercultural learning and exchange. 

  • Applicants who meet the admission criteria and adhere to the deadlines at each college or university. Details will vary from school to school.  

  • Applicants must complete the YAWH scholarship application and a 500-1000 word essay or a two-to-five minute video* answering the following prompt,

    “Tell us about your leadership skills in your school or community, and how you plan to continue applying your leadership skills at the school you are applying to?”

*Some participating colleges and universities will only accept essays. Check with individual schools for details. 


  • January 1, 2020 - Colleges and universities should confirm their participation in the 2020 scholarship campaign with NAFSA by submitting the sign-up form

  • Institution Deadlines (typically in Spring or Summer 2020) - Students should complete a #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship application for each selected institution by the institutions’ deadline, including an essay or multimedia submission explaining how they would like to conduct projects, research, or experiences that will advance intercultural learning.   

  • August 1, 2020 - Colleges and universities should notify NAFSA of their institution’s scholarship recipients by submitting this form. More information will be sent directly to participating institutions. Please contact KCIEM@nafsa.org with any questions. 

Ready to Get Started?


 Review the terms of the scholarship program: 

  • Commit to two (2) #YouAreWelcomeHere freshman scholarships for Fall 2020. Recognizing that projecting yield is an imperfect science, we will make our best effort to enroll two awardees but may come in slightly above or below this goal.  

  • Fund the scholarships with institutional money.  

  • The scholarships will be additive. They are not relabeled awards or drawn from preexisting scholarship funds.  

  • The scholarships offer at least 50% of published annual (out-of-state) tuition costs (excluding fees).  

  • The scholarships will be renewable for the length of the degree program (maximum of 2 years for an associate’s degree or maximum of 4 years for a bachelor’s degree) provided the student makes satisfactory academic progress; as determined by the institution.  

  • Select students who meet the criteria as outlined in the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship program.  

  • Share relevant data, including application received, student information, scholarship awards, etc. about scholarship applicants and awardees with relevant NAFSA staff (in accordance with GDPR and other applicable laws).  

  • Adhere to scholarship application and promotion timeline. 

  • Promote the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign and scholarship awardees using the campaign hashtag.  

  • Accept, process, and select the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship applications when submitted by students.  

  • Create a #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship page on our institution’s website and link back to YAWH website. See this page from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for the 2019-2020 campaign as an example.

  • This pledge is valid for one academic year of the form. Participants can renew annually to confirm ongoing participation. 

Join the 50+ universities offering the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship! The sign-up form for the Fall 2020 scholarship is available here.  



Apply for admission at the participating university or college(s) of your choice. Then complete the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship application and submit it directly to the participating university or college(s) of your choice. Follow the links below for detailed information about the scholarship process at each school.  

Participating Colleges and Universities 

The following institutions have committed to offering two #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships beginning Fall 2020. For details on a particular institution's scholarship, please contact the school directly.    

*Denotes the nine universities that made the original #YouAreWelcomeHere commitment.

Adelphi University (Garden City, New York)
Albion College (Albion, Michigan)
Augsburg University (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana)
Butte Community College (Oroville, California)
California State University San Marcos (San Marcos, California)
Cedar Crest College (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
Clarkson University (Potsdam, New York)
Concordia College* (Moorhead, Minnesota)
Eastern Michigan University* (Ypsilanti, Michigan) Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne, FL)
Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina)
George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia)
Hawaii Pacific University (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Hollins University (Roanoke, Virginia)
Illinois College (Jacksonville, Illinois)
Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Illinois)
James Madison University* (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
Johnson & Wales University (Providence, Rhode Island)
Kent State University (Kent, Ohio)
La Roche University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Lebanon Valley College (Annville, Pennsylvania)
Lock Haven University (Lock Haven, Pennsylvania)
Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa)
Marian University (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)
Marietta College (Marietta, Ohio)
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
Murray State University (Murray, Kentucky)
North Central College (Naperville, Illinois)
Ohio University (Athens, Ohio)
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia)
Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, Oregon)

Purdue University Northwest* (Hammond and Westville, Indiana)
Rutgers University-Camden (Camden, New Jersey)
Saint Leo University (St. Leo, Florida)
Saint Michael's College (Colchester, Vermont)
Salve Regina University (Newport, Rhode Island)
St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, New York)
State University of New York at New Paltz (New Paltz, New York)
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, New York)
Temple University* (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York)
The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.)
The University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas)
Towson University (Towson, Maryland)
Transylvania University (Lexington, Kentucky)
University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, Maryland)
University of Minnesota -Twin Cities* (Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota)
University of Mount Union (Alliance, Ohio)
University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford, Connecticut)
University of South Alabama (Mobile, Alabama)
University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, Indiana)
University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, Wisconsin)
Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, Indiana)
Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan)
Western New England University* (Springfield, Massachusetts)
Widener University (Chester, Pennsylvania)



Please contact the participating college or university of your choice. The full list can be found above.


Contact KCIEM@nafsa.org.