The American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship is a prestigious accolade designed to recognize and support exceptional international students who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to making a positive impact in their communities.
This scholarship provides exceptional individuals with the opportunity to pursue their higher education goals at American University in the United States.
Tarumbidzwa Chirume from Zimbabwe/South Africa is a recipient of the esteemed 2022 American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship.
“This scholarship represents a little girl’s dream and a young woman’s purpose. This means not only an opportunity to pursue my studies at a prestigious university without financial worries but also the opportunity to pursue my desire to learn about international relations and justice in the heart of the nation’s capital. Thanks to this scholarship, the people I meet, the streets which I peruse, and the classes I take will shape me indelibly into the person I hope to become.”
The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship plays a significant role in promoting educational accessibility and opportunity, all while enhancing global diversity.
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Overview of the American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship
The American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship, also known as AU EGLS, was established in 2011 by Evelyn Levinson, the Director of International Admissions. This scholarship aims to provide educational opportunities for international undergraduate students, while also promoting diversity at AU.
The AU EGLS is specifically designed for accomplished international students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in the United States. These students should demonstrate a strong commitment to making positive civic and social transformations.
The selected AU EGL recipient embodies the core values of AU, including academic excellence, leadership potential, and global engagement. They are dedicated to making a positive impact in their home country upon their return, particularly in underprivileged communities.
What expenses does the American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship cover?
The AU EGL scholarship fully covers the billable expenses at AU, which include tuition, room, and board for one international student who requires a non-immigrant visa, preferably an F-1 or J-1 student visa, to study in the United States. However, it’s important to note that non-billable costs like mandatory health insurance, books, airline tickets, taxes, and miscellaneous expenses (approximately $4,000 per year) are not covered by the scholarship.
Please be aware that there is only one slot available for the AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship for the Fall 2024 term. If you are not selected as the 2024 AU EGL recipient but still wish to proceed with the application, you may be eligible for partial merit scholarships. In such cases, you would need to provide evidence of additional funds beyond the initial $4,000 you submitted. The estimated expenses for the academic year 2024-2025 amount to $78,296.
The eligibility criteria for the AU Emerging Global Leaders Scholarship are as follows
- You cannot apply if you are a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, U.S. pending permanent resident, or a dual citizen of the U.S. and another country.
- You should not be currently enrolled in or have started post-secondary studies at another university in your home country or the United States.
- You must have graduated from secondary school after the year 2022.
- If you wish to apply for the AU EGLS, you must do so through Regular Decision for the fall (August) 2024 term. Early Decision (ED) applications are not accepted.
- Preference will be given to international students who have overcome various obstacles and challenges. Additionally, applicants from diverse and underrepresented global and socioeconomic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- A minimum GPA equivalent of 3.8 out of 4.0 (or in the top 10% of the graduating class) is required for grades 9th-12th.
- Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to leadership, volunteerism, community service, and advancing the needs of people in their home country.
Students must meet one of the following criteria for English proficiency:
- TOEFL iBT score of 95 or above (with all subscores at 20 or above).
- Paper-based TOEFL score of 24 or above (taken after May 31, 2017) in sub-scores.
- IELTS score of 7.0 or above (with all subscores at 6.0 or above).
- SAT Reading subscore of 33 or above.
- ACT English score of 29 or above.
- PTE score of 65 or above.
- Duolingo score of 125 or above (with all subscores at 115 or above).
- Cambridge Assessment English score of 185 or higher (each sub-score must be 169 or higher).
Students who are still enrolled in secondary/high school and will graduate by June 2024 are eligible to apply. It is important to note that students in the IB system should plan to graduate with a full IB diploma and have at least 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 2024.
Please be aware that the AU EGLS selection process is highly competitive. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who complete the AU EGLS application, Common Application, and international admissions document submission process (including proof of English proficiency and a bank letter confirming a minimum of $$$4,000) by December 15, 2023).
How to submit your application for the American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship
Please note that the application process for first-year students applying for Fall 2023 has concluded. Please check back in mid-September for details regarding the 2024 EGLS application.
- Complete the Online AU EGLS Application: The application will be accessible starting from September 15, 2023.
- Submit Financial Documentation: Provide a bank letter and the AU Certification of Finances (AU CFIS) form, each showing a minimum of U.S.$4,000. You can upload these documents through your Future Eagle Portal or fax them to +1-202-885-1025. Examples of bank letters and the AU CFIS form template are available.
- Submit Official English Proficiency Scores: Submit your official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English, PTE, or Cambridge Assessment English Test score results by December 15, 2023. Make sure that the testing agency sends the official English proficiency score reports directly to American University, Undergraduate Admissions, Washington, District of Columbia. Please note that students cannot self-submit their results.
- Complete and Submit the Common or Coalition Application: Use the Common Application or Coalition Application and include all required documents as per the provided checklist. Submit your AU EGLS application packet by the priority deadline of December 15, 2023, or by January 15, 2024, at the latest. Please note that the preliminary AU EGLS application packet must include a bank letter confirming a minimum of US$4,000 (not US$78,296). Applications lacking all necessary documents by the deadline will not be reviewed.
- Additional Documentation for Certain Applicants: If you are applying through an EducationUSA-supported program or if you are a past FLEX or YES high school scholarship recipient from the U.S. Department of State, provide a letter from your EducationUSA center’s advisor confirming your candidacy. You can request the letter to be sent as a PDF to [email protected].
- If you are not chosen as one of the finalists, you may still be considered for admission to American University, Washington, DC and could be eligible for partial merit scholarships. To continue the application process, you must submit proof of funds totaling U.S.$78,296 (estimated costs for the first year of study).
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