Scholarships/Financial Aid


A one-time award of up to $600 will be given each year to recognize international undergraduate students for outstanding achievement in academics and leadership at Texas A&M.

Eligibility: Applicants must be undergraduate students holding a non-immigrant visa, enrolled at Texas A&M, and who have not previously received this award. Students must have a minimum of 30 academic credits and a minimum GPR of 3.0. The student must demonstrate that they possess a strong interest in promoting international relations between people of all cultures. First preference for the award is given to those students enrolled full-time at TAMU.

Duration of Award: One Semester

Application: Follow the general application procedure.

 
One $2,000 cash award is presented annually to an international student who has excelled in academics, leadership, service, and participation in extracurricular activities. This is the highest honor bestowed on an international student at Texas A&M.

Eligibility: Graduate students with a 3.50 GPR or undergraduates with a 3.00 GPR, who have participated extensively in campus and community extracurricular activities in leadership positions, and who have been enrolled at Texas A&M for at least two full semesters, not counting the current semester. This award is announced as a highlight of International Week.

Duration of Award: A one-time cash award given annually.

Application: Follow the general application procedure.
The Florence Terry Griswold Scholarship I is awarded annually by the Pan American Round Tables of Texas. This Scholarship, named in honor of the founder of the Pan American Round Tables, assists a female student from one of the Pan American countries (other than the United States) in pursuing her studies in the state of Texas.

Eligibility: An applicant must be a female student who is a native citizen of one of the Pan American countries (other than the United States) defined as those countries which comprise the Organization of American States/Pan American Union. She must hold a bachelor's or equivalent degree, and be furthering her work on a master's or equivalent degree at a state-supported college or university in Texas. Preference will be given to an applicant who will return to her native country and put her U.S. study and training to user there after completion of her graduate degree.

Duration of Award: A grant of at least $2,500 for one year (1/2 per semester or 1/3 per trimester). The grant is usually $2,500, but in some years it might be greater if funds are available.

Application: http://www.partt.org/scholarships_details.html (This scholarship is not administered by Texas A&M University.)
This state of Texas scholarship provides a complete waiver of tuition to eligible international students from countries in the Caribbean and North, Central, and South America. Scholarship winners must still pay all applicable university fees. Applicants compete with other international students from their home countries throughout the state of Texas for a limited number of awards that are given to a certain number of students from each country. Awards are based on academic merit. Competition is intense, and final award decisions are made by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, not Texas A&M.

Important Notice:
This scholarship program is constantly under review and could be discontinued at any time. You are strongly urged not to rely on this award as a means to finance your studies.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive a Good Neighbor Scholarship a student must:
  • Be enrolled in the semester in which the scholarship is awarded.
  • Have citizenship from any country in the Caribbean and North, Central, or South America, except the United States and Cuba, also must have been a resident of one of these nations for at least five years.
  • Hold a non-immigrant visa (ex. F-1, J-1). and must plan to return to your home country upon the completion of your academic program.
  • Be in good academic standing in the program in which you are currently enrolled. Undergraduates must have a minimum GPR of 2.0. Graduate students must have a minimum GPR of 3.0.
  • Have completed at least one full academic semester at Texas A&M University, not including the current semester, in your current degree program.
  • May not be a member of the communist party.

Duration of Award: Up to three semesters (Fall,Spring and Summer).

Application: Follow the general application procedure.
The International Education Fee Bill originally was passed by the 72nd Texas State Legislature and by a Texas A&M student referendum. It provided for a $1 fee to be collected from Texas A&M (College Station) students every semester beginning Fall 1991. On June 5, 2001 Governor Rick Perry signed HB2218 which allowed for the $1.00 fee to increase to $4.00 beginning Spring 2002. The bill and the referendum stated that $2.50 of the $4.00 will be used immediately while the other $1.50 will be set aside to create an endowment that would generate future scholarships, allowing for the $4.00 fee to be eliminated sometime near 2020. The purpose of the fee is to assist Texas A&M University-College Station students with the cost of an international educational experience. All money collected will go to the student scholarship fund – none of it is to be diverted in any way for administrative or any other costs.

A committee comprised of faculty members, administrators, and students establishes the guidelines for distribution of the fee at Texas A&M University. Funding can be $500 or $1,000, depending on the length of the program. At the time of the scholarship application, the student must be enrolled at Texas A&M College Station campus and must be full time unless they are doing work towards a degree at Texas A&M University that does not require full registration (i.e. study abroad program, co-op, internship or international practicum, etc.).

It is the policy of Texas A&M University that in all aspects of its operations each person shall be considered solely on the basis of qualifications, without regard to race, sex, religion, national origin, age, disabilities, or veteran status.

Application:
  • Undergraduate Students (International and US Citizens/Legal Permanent Residents): Follow the International Education Fee Scholarship - Undergraduate (IEFS-U) instructions by Study Abroad Programs Office.
  • Graduate Students: Follow the general application procedure. If you are a US Citizen or US Legal Permanent Resident, you must apply and have your Study Abroad Program validated with the Study Abroad programs office prior to the scholarship deadline. For information regarding how to apply please refer to this website at SAP How to Apply. Your application will not be considered complete without the validation.
The International Education Fee Bill originally was passed by the 72nd Texas State Legislature and by a Texas A&M Referendum.  It provided for a $1.00 fee to be collected from Texas A&M (College Station) students every semester beginning Fall 1991.  On June 5, 2001, Governor Rick Perry signed HB2218 which allowed for the $1 fee to increase to $4.00 beginning Spring 2002.  The bill and the referendum stated that $2.50 of the $4.00 will be used immediately while the other $1.50 will be set aside to create an endowment that would generate future scholarships, allowing for the $4.00 fee to be eliminated sometime near 2020.  The purpose of the fee is to assist Texas A&M University students with the cost of an international educational experience.  All money collected will go to the student scholarship fund – none of it is to be diverted in any way for administrative or any other costs.

A committee established the guidelines for distribution of the fee at Texas A&M University.  The scholarship committee is comprised of faculty members, administrators, and students.

Eligibility: Graduate and professional students who have been recommended by their advisors may apply for this award.

Duration of Award: Awards are made in a one-time payment and are posted directly to the student’s tuition and fee bill.

Application: Follow the general application procedure. If you are a US Citizen or US Legal Permanent Resident, you must validate your Study Abroad program via the Study Abroad on-line system prior to the scholarship application deadline.  Your application will not be considered complete without the validation.

 
The Society of Iranian American Women for Education has provided $10,000 in scholarships for Texas A&M students of Iranian descent.  The SIAWE is a non-profit charitable organization with no religious preferences or political affiliations. The SIAWE has made the growth and advancement of Iranian students as one of its major goals.  Scholarship recipients will receive credit toward tuition and fees at Texas A&M University. Scholarship awards will vary in amounts but will not exceed $2,000.  Awards will be distributed in equal amounts over two semesters.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive a SIAWE Scholarship a student must:
  • Be of Iranian descent, in legal F-1 status.
  • Be currently attending or have accepted admission at Texas A&M University.
  • Have a current GPA of at least 2.5 and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA during the fall semester to receive funding for the spring.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be enrolled as full time Texas A&M student in fall and spring semester of the award year.
  • If the applicant is a new student, coming from a high school, submit a copy of the high school transcript with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. (This pertains to new students coming from high school.)
  • Have a signed degree plan on file if applicable.  Students coming from high school must have evidence of having discussed their academic plans with a Texas A&M academic advisor.
  • Submit an essay in English of about 300 words to convey to the Scholarship Selection Committee personal information that they want to be considered in evaluating their needs and qualifications for receiving financial assistance.  Also, they must indicate their intended major and career goals.
  • The scholarship recipients MUST attend the scholarship gala if they receive the award.
  • The recipient must EXPRESSLY grant SIAWE access to his/her academic records and allow the confidential release of information to respective donors/contributors to his/her Scholarship Awards recipients.
Duration of Award: Two Semesters

Application: Follow the general application procedure.
An award of approximately $500 will be given to an international student who is currently enrolled in Texas A & M University.

Eligibility: The applicant must be an international student who is currently enrolled at Texas A & M University, has demonstrated high academic standards, and has a curiosity and openness to people and traditions of other countries. In addition, the student must be actively involved in organizations other than international ones.

Duration of Award: One semester.

Application: Follow the general application procedure.
 
The Tina Watkins Scholarship was established by friends and colleagues in honor of Tina Watkins, who devoted her life to improving relationships and meeting the needs of International Students. One award of $500.00 will be made to an international student each Spring and Fall semester. Awards are based on academic merit, financial need, and the length of time a student has been enrolled at Texas A&M University.  Scholarships will be directly applied to a student's tuition and fee bill at Texas A&M University for their next semester's enrollment.

Eligibility: Only self-supported international students currently enrolled at Texas A&M University are eligible for the Tina Watkins Scholarship. Full-time ELI students are not eligible. Prospective students are not eligible. Applicants must be enrolled in their first, second, or third semester as degree seeking students at Texas A&M University at the time of their application. An international student is defined as a student who is not U.S. citizen or permanent resident and who does not hold an immigrant visa. A letter of nomination must accompany applications. See information below. Students must be in good academic standing to apply: minimum cumulative GPR for Undergraduates — 2.0, and Graduates — 3.0. Students cannot be the recipient of a Tina Watkins Scholarship more than once.

Duration of Award: One Semester

Application: Follow the general application procedure.
This award is made available by the State of Texas for international students who are citizens of Mexico. It provides recipients the opportunity to pay in-state tuition. Approximately 40 awards are available each academic year.

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduates who demonstrate financial need are eligible. Only a restricted number are available to Mexican students transferring from border institutions.

Duration of Award: Variable, depending on the award made, but never longer than one year at a time. Students must reapply at the end of each award period if they want to be considered for additional awards.

Application: Complete the International Student Financial Aid Application.
The Watkins International Loan Fund was created in 1993 to assist international students who face short-term financial emergencies. The fund is named after Tina Watkins, who was the Director of ISS from 1979 to 1995. She recognized the urgent need for such a loan fund because of the special circumstance that international students experience.
 
The fund allows a small number of international students to be helped with short-term, repayable, no-interest loans of $1,000 or less in case of financial emergency. The number of loans that can be extended is limited by the modest size of the fund.

 
Graduating students have been important supporters of the fund, by donating to the fund upon completion of their studies. Contributions to the Watkins International Loan Fund of any size are always welcome and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
 
 
Eligibility: International students who are experiencing short-term financial emergencies. Students must be able to repay the emergency loan.
 
Duration: One-time loans
 
Application: Meet with an advisor to discuss specific circumstances and need. The request will be reviewed by an ISS committee that decides on the request and on the terms of the loan (amount and repayment schedule). Qualifying students must sign a promissory note, and loans generally have to be repaid in full within six months. 
 
How to Donate: To donate $10 from the General Deposit refund to the Watkins International Loan Fund upon graduation, please return the following donation form to ISS: General Deposit Donation Request Form


General Application Procedure

Students can apply for the scholarships through the Texas A&M's University Scholarship Application page. A single application through the University Scholarship Application page allows the student to apply for multiple scholarship awards.

To begin the application process please follow these steps:
 
  • Login to University Scholarship Application page using your Net ID.
  • Be sure to complete the Eligibility and Financial Resources pages within the International/Study Abroad section of the application.
  • Complete the application following the instructions.

If you are a US Citizen or US Legal Permanent Resident, you must apply and have your Study Abroad Program validated with the Study Abroad programs office prior to the scholarship deadline.

For information regarding how to apply please refer to this website at http://financialaid.tamu.edu/Forms-(1). Your application will not be considered complete without the validation.

Other Scholarship Opportunities 

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.

Eligibility as listed on P.E.O. site:
  • An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.
  • A student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is not eligible.
  • Scholarships are not given for online courses, research, internships or for practical training if not combined with coursework.
  • In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year.
  • Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working only on dissertations are not eligible as first-time applicants.
For additional information about this scholarship and how to apply please refer to this website at http://www.peointernational.org/ips-eligibility-requirements.


More scholarship opportunities are listed in the guide Funding for United States Study by Institute of International Education. The guide is available for check-out at ISS front counter or can be accessed online at http://www.fundingUSstudy.org/