American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarships in USA for International Undergraduate Students

AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Available fields
Course Level: Undergraduate (bachelors)
Provider: American University
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship is targeted to high-achieving international students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in the US and who are dedicated to positive civic and social change.

It brings together the best of AU - academic excellence, leadership development, and global engagement - the AU Emerging Global Leader achieves, inspires, and serves with vision.

The American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship (AU EGLS) promotes educational access and opportunity while enhancing international diversity. It is intended for students who will be to returning home to improve under-resourced, underserved communities in his/her home country.

Who is qualified to apply?
To be considered for the scholarship, candidates must be secondary school students (not university students) applying as first-year (freshman) students for the fall (August) 2019 semester. AU EGLS candidates must apply Regular Decision for fall (August) 2019.

Selection Criteria:
Preference will be given to:
  • International students who have overcome various obstacles and challenges as well as those from diverse and underrepresented global and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • A minimum 3.8 GPA equivalent (or in the top 10% of graduating class) for 9th-12th grades.
  • A demonstrated commitment to leadership, volunteerism, community service and to advancing the needs of people in their home country.
  • A minimum 95 TOEFL iBT, 7.0 IELTS or 600 paper-based TOEFL (taken on or prior to May 31, 2017), or sub-scores of 24+ on the paper-based TOEFL (Taken after May 31, 2017).
  • Students who are still enrolled in secondary/high school and graduating by June 2019.
  • Important: Students in the IB system should plan to graduate with a full IB diploma with at lease 3 HL subjects. Students studying in the British A-Levels system must complete at least 3 A levels and finish 13 years of study before August 2019.
You are NOT eligible to apply if:
  • You are a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or dual citizen of the U.S. and another country.
  • You are enrolled in or have already begun any post-secondary studies at another university in your home country or the United States.
  • You graduated secondary school earlier than 2017.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (EXCEPT USA)

Participating Institution(s)
American University, Washington DC; United States of America (USA)

Fields of study
Any undergraduate courses offered at the University

Number of Awards
One (1) scholarship will be awarded to a first-year (freshman) international student. If you are not selected and wish to continue the application process, you may be eligible for partial merit scholarships.

Sponsorship duration
Covers whole duration of the study program. Scholarship is renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study, based on continued satisfactory academic performance.

Scholarship benefits
The AU EGL scholarship covers all billable AU expenses (full tuition, room and board) for an international student who will need a visa (preferably an F-1 or J-1 student visa) to study in the United States. The scholarship does not cover non-billable expenses such as mandatory health insurance, books, airline tickets and miscellaneous expenses (approximately U.S.$4,000 per year).

Method of Application
This scholarship is highly competitive. Only apply if you meet the criteria listed above. To apply to the AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship, complete the online AU EGLS application on the official website (see link below). You also need to complete and submit the Common Application or Coalition Application, together with all supporting documents per checklist by the priority deadline, or by January deadline at the latest (see deadline dates below). Please note that students who do not complete their application by the deadline will not be reviewed.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information and commence your application

To qualify for the August 2019 intake, students must submit the EGL Scholarship Application plus all supporting documents by the Priority Deadline Date of 15 December 2018, or at the latest 15 January 2019

The American University (AU or American) is a private United Methodist-affiliated research university in Washington, D. C., United States. Its main campus is located near Ward Circle in the northwest section of the District of Columbia. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on February 24, 1893, as "The American University", when the bill was approved by President Benjamin Harrison.

Application Deadline: 15 Dec 2018 / 15 Jan 2019
Open to International students: Yes

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  1. Please is this also for Africans like Ghanians?

  2. Hi @Annonymous, under 'Eligible groups' above; it's clearly spelt out that the scholarship is for: 'All international secondary school students from any country.'

  3. Can one who wants a second degree also apply?

  4. TOEFL is a language test generally taken by those students who want to take admission in any foreign universities.

    What isTOEIC