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Merit Scholarship

International Student Merit Scholarship

The Center for Global Learning & Engagement (CGLE) is delighted to present the International Student Merit Scholarship to exceptional international students.

This scholarship is granted for up to eight consecutive semesters or until the completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first, to eligible first-time degree-seeking international students commencing their undergraduate studies at UCA.

The scholarship amount is $4,000 per semester, with a maximum total award of $32,000. Awards will be applicable for the fall and spring semesters exclusively.

For a comprehensive list of eligibility requirements and the application process, please refer to the information below.


Scholarship Timeline

Scholarship opens: October 1st

Scholarship deadline: January 31st

Eligibility notifications: March 1st

Award Notifications: March 31st

 Eligibility Requirements

The deadline for submission of the university admission application and all required documents is January 31.

Similarly, the scholarship application must also be submitted by January 31.

Eligibility for the scholarship is limited to new international students intending to pursue a degree in a UCA undergraduate program.

To qualify, students must satisfy the English Proficiency minimum scores and meet one of the following academic criteria:

1. A 3.25 GPA, as calculated by UCA

2. SAT 1160 (super score) with UCA code 6012*

3. ACT 24 with UCA code 0118*

You must note that the ACT/SAT must have been taken within the last five (5) years. Official submission of test scores should be done through the testing center using the provided codes for UCA.

Application Process

1. Complete the university admission application, ensuring that all required documents are provided.

2. Fill out the scholarship application and upload the specified documents, including:

  • An essay (maximum 250 words) written in English, outlining your career goals resulting from your studies at the University of Central Arkansas. Do not submit an admission essay as your scholarship essay.
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from a teacher familiar with your academic performance. The letter should be signed by the teacher and preferably on official letterhead.
  • Submit a resume (maximum 2 pages) highlighting your involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.

Renewal Requirements

The Merit Scholarship can be granted for up to eight consecutive semesters or until the completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first. The scholarship renewal for subsequent semesters is contingent upon the confirmation of the following:

1. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 UCA cumulative undergraduate GPA each semester.

2. Achieve a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours earned each semester, unless approved by CGLE in the last semester of the degree.

3. Maintain good immigration status.

4. Maintain good academic standing as defined by the current Undergraduate Bulletin.

Here are some additional Rules:

1. Merit Scholarship recipients are required to assist the Center for Global Learning and Engagement (CGLE) during the award period, either by coordinating cultural events or actively participating in one project per semester.

2. The scholarship covers only Fall and Spring semesters; Summer terms and intersessions are not included.

3. All awards are subject to review by the Compliance Office and comply with applicable University policies.

4. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 UCA undergraduate credit hours.

5. On-campus instruction is mandatory; students enrolled in online courses from their home country are not eligible.

6. Students are not eligible to receive more than one scholarship from the Center of Global Learning & Engagement.

7. Students who change to Permanent Resident or another U.S. citizenship status will no longer be eligible to receive the scholarship.


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