The 2017 iVisa Scholarship was a success! Congratulations to Rachel L. from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. View the 2017 announcement and read her winning letter.
To continue the support for scholarship, culturalization, and travel, iVisa is proud to announce that it is continuing its US$1,500 scholarship.
Every year, on the 15th of May, scholarship applications will be reviewed and the winner for that year will be announced on the 20th of May.
How to Apply
Email firstname.lastname@example.org a letter titled "Scholarship Application" (not case sensitive). The letter must contain:
- A copy of your transcript. This must contain your GPA. An unofficial transcript is fine.
- The application story in PDF format.
- Your name, geographic location, and phone number.
- A definition for the word "culturalization," in your own words.
- If you need to explain your situation (ie non-GPA system or something else), also include it in the letter.
- Have a 2.5 GPA or the equivalent to a 2.5 GPA.
- Be a student at the time of application and on the 20th of May.
Write a 500 word story. The story must discuss how: you learned of a new culture (either by making a friend from a different culture, or by traveling, or by something else) and how that cultural experience improved your life.
Minimum Writing Standard
Stories that are as follows will be discarded:
- Incoherent - the writer did not revise his/her writing and just wrote whatever was on his/her mind.
- Failed to meet the writing prompt - articles did not discuss culturalization and his/her personal benefit of culturalization.
- Grammar and/or spelling mistake - there should be no errors in a 500 word article.
- Poorly organized story and/or inconsistent story - do not discuss something else and do not deviate from the topic.
The scholarship winner will be contacted using his/her phone number and application email address. Payment will be handed out in US Dollars.
Here are common questions and answers that we get in regards to the scholarship:
- Which nationalities does this scholarship pertain to? All nationalities.
- Can grad students and post-grad students apply? Yes.
- Can students who are not currently attending university but have been accepted to a university apply? No. Apply next year.
- My school uses a grading system different than the US Grade Point Average system. Can I apply and what do I do? Yes, you can apply. You have to provide us with documentation on how to translate your grading system into the GPA system.
- It is the 16th of May, can I still apply to the scholarship? Yes, but your application will only be considered on the 15th of May in the following year.
- I live outside of the US and the payment is in US Dollars. Will there be a currency conversion fee? Yes. There is usually a 2-3% fee (it depends on the currencies being converted). The bank will deduct the fee from the scholarship.
Here are the scholarship winners:
- 2017 - Ranchel L. from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
- 2018 - Andrew T. from East Iowa Community College, Davenport, Iowa, USA.
- 2019 - Heather L. From Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA.