The purpose of this scholarship is to provide and maintain awareness of the value that Virginia International University places on ethnic diversity and multiculturalism within the community. The scholarships will be awarded to prospective students from 7 regions around the world. There are 18 scholarships available for each region.
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Must be a first-time applicant for any of VIU’s academic program.
2. Must apply for one of VIU’s undergraduate or graduate program as a full-time student.
I.North America and the Caribbean: 17 countries
Canada, The United States, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Haiti, Honduras, Belize.
II.Central and South America: 18 countries
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.
III.Sub-Saharan Africa: 52 Countries
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Congo Democratic Republic, Cote D’Ivore, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan St. Helena, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Yogo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
IV.East Asia And The Pacific: 25 Countries
Australia, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Mainland China, Federated States of Fiji, Hong Kong and Macau, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua Nova Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vietnam.
V.Europe And Eurasia: 45 Countries
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of), Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
VI.Middle East And North Africa: 19 Countries
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen.
VII.South And Central Asia: 13 Countries
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
Completed applications must include all of the following:
1.Online application form (applicant portal or student portal)
2.Secondary or higher education transcript*
3.Letter of recommendation from faculty (academic) or supervisor (professional)
4.Personal statement of success of at least 500 words describing your background, future goals, education, influential experiences, and career objectives in the form of an essay; not a list of facts
5.Evidence of English proficiency
Option 1: Test scores (see table above for minimum requirement).
Option 2: Provide an official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours (graduate level) or 12 credit hours (undergraduate level) from an accredited United States post-secondary institution (not VIU) at which the language of instruction was English. The GPA for those credits must not be lower than C-level.
Option 3: Provide a high school diploma from a recognized institution within the United States.
*If you earned your bachelor’s degree in its entirety in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Anglophone Canada, you are exempt from the evidence of English proficiency requirement.