Fall 2020 #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

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 by bridging intercultural divides. Applicants will answer a short essay question or present a multimedia project about their ideas for advancing intercultural learning and understanding on their future campuses. 

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  • 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.


  • First-year international applicants of any major to a participating college or university. International applicants are individuals who hold citizenship in a country outside the U.S. and who don't also possess U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.

  • Graduation from or attendance at a secondary school outside the U.S.

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

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

  • Completion of a scholarship application and a 500-1000 word essay or a two-to-five minute video* describing their aspirations to conduct projects, research, employment or other experiences that will advance intercultural learning.

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


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

Students should complete a #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship application for each selected institution by March 1, 2020*, including an essay or multimedia submission explaining how they would like to conduct projects, research, or experiences that will advance intercultural learning. 

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

*Some participating colleges and universities may have earlier deadlines. Check with individual schools for details.

Participating Colleges and Universities

The following institutions have committed to offering two #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships beginning Fall 2019. For details on a particular institution's scholarship, please contact the school directly.   

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)
Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa)
Marian University (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
Murray State University (Murray, Kentucky)
North Central College (Naperville, Illinois)
Ohio University (Athens, Ohio)
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)
Shoreline Community College* (Shoreline, Washington)
St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, New York)
State University of New York at New Paltz (New Paltz, New York)
Temple University* (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York)
The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.)
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)
Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, Indiana)
Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan)
Western New England University* (Springfield, Massachusetts)
Widener University (Chester, Pennsylvania) 

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

Ready to Get Started?


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 above for detailed information about the scholarship process at each school. 


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

For more information, watch a recording of the YAWH scholarship webinar which was held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 4pm EDT. 

Scholarship Questions?

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