The American University Merit Awards
As a global university, American University (AU) has a long tradition of welcoming students from across the United States and the world to their campus. The American University merit awards for international students is just one of our tools in helping global students make the AU their home. AU is home to more than 1,600 international students representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from nearly 140 countries.
This diversity is also reflected in AU faculty, academic programs and exchanges. AU is also home to a large number of U.S. citizen “Global Nomads” who have grown up outside the United States and Caribbean nationals.
The American University merit awards for international students are partial, not full, scholarships. They are highly competitive and based on a combination of outstanding academic achievement, excellent communication skills in English, leadership, volunteerism, and community service. No need-based financial aid is available to international students (non-U.S. citizens).
No separate application form or process is needed to be considered for the American University merit awards and scholarships.
For the upcoming academic year, scholarships will ranged from U.S.$6,000 to U.S.$25,000 per academic year. these American University merit awards are renewable for all four years of study based on successful continued academic performance.
American University merit awards for First-Year International Students
The American University merit awards are important for first-year international student applicants who wish to be considered for the American University of Washington DC’s partial scholarships:
- Apply for the fall (August) semester, not spring. Fall application deadline is January 15
- American University merit awards are offered only at the time of admission. There are no further opportunities for the American University partial scholarships once you have begun your studies.
- No increases in scholarship amounts are available from year to year. The initial amount of your American University merit awards remain constant for all four years of study.
- Your American University CFIS and bank letter must demonstrate that you have at least U.S.$61,157 available for your first year of study, even if you hope to qualify and receive one of AU’s competitive merit scholarships. Plan to have similar funding available for each additional year of undergraduate study (up to four years total).