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International Students Academic Merit Scholarship


The International Students Academic Merit Scholarship is open to new international students seeking a graduate or undergraduate degree. The scholarship covers 50 percent of the total of in and out-of-state tuition and maintenance fees only. No additional fees or costs are covered. The scholarship award can only be used for study at ETSU (see graduate catalog). The award is available for:

  • Eight semesters for undergraduate recipients
  • Five semesters for recipients seeking a master's degree, or commensurate with the length of the program.
  • Eight semesters for doctoral students, or commensurate with the length of the program (see ETSU graduate catalog).
  • Scholarship can be used for summer semesters if taking on ground courses. 
  • Scholarship may not be used for the winter term. 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants Must:

  1. Apply for admission to ETSU before they can apply for the scholarship. Students may apply for the scholarship before being admitted to ETSU; however a scholarship applicant must be admitted to ETSU as a full-time, degree-seeking student before the scholarship application can be reviewed. ( undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions)
  2. Have or plan to have an F-1 or J-1 student visa (F-1 visa information, J-1 visa information)
  3. Have a demonstrated record of academic achievement
  4. Fill out the scholarship application form.

*Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship as soon as they apply for admission to ETSU.

When to Apply 

Completed applications need to be submitted by the following dates:

Preferred submission date:

  • Fall semester: no later than July 15th
  • Spring semester: no later than October 15th

Deadline for applications:

  • Fall 2017: August 14th
  • Spring 2018: January 2nd

Students must apply for admission to ETSU before applying for the scholarship. Once an admissions application is submitted, the student may then apply for the scholarship. A student's scholarship application will be reviewed once the student is admitted to the university. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Click here to apply now.

Additional Conditions

  • Recipients must maintain full-time status.
  • An applicant must have a 3.0 GPA (high school, or college GPA, depending on if freshman, transfer, or graduate applicant)
  • Undergraduate recipients must maintain a 2.75 semester grade point average in order to continue receiving the scholarship. Graduate recipients must maintain a 3.0 semester GPA.
  • The scholarship only applies to in and out-of-state tuition and maintenance fees. Recipients will be required to pay other fees such as program fees, course fees, housing costs, and medical insurance costs.
  • Recipients continuing from a bachelor's to a master's degree program must reapply for the scholarship.

Students who are NOT eligible:

  • Students pursuing a second Bachelor's or Master's degree
  • Graduate students receiving a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship
  • Students receiving any other ETSU tuition scholarship
  • Students applying for the M.D. and Pharm. D. programs

Click here to apply for the International Students Academic Merit Scholarship.

For questions contact Ben Shupe:

East Tennessee State University 
The Honors College 
International Programs and Services 
P.O. Box 70668 
Johnson City, TN 37614 USA

Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships -  Graduate Students Only

International graduate students are eligible for graduate assistantships (GA) and tuition scholarships (TS). GA and TS service scholarships require students to perform services in exchange for receiving tuition or maintenance fee waivers. Students receiving a GA receive monthly stipends in addition to the tuition waiver. For international students, GA and TS positions can waive full tuition (GA positions also include a monthly stipend). In order to be eligible for a GA, international students must be admitted unconditionally as graduate students. To be eligible for a TS, students must be in their first period of enrollment as graduate students.

For more information, see the school of graduate studies assistantships and scholarships page. For information regarding available GA and TS positions, students should check with their academic department. Also, the School of Graduate Studies maintains a list of graduate assistantship vacancies.

The Honors College offers programs of study which include the possibility of scholarship funding; These programs are open to international students. The Honors College programs are:

University Honors Scholars (link)
Midway Honors Scholars (link)
Fine and Performing Arts Scholars (link)
Honors-in-Discipline (link)

Admittance to honors programs is contingent upon meeting program-specific eligibility requirements. Please note that these programs represent honors-enriched curricula, not scholarships alone. Admittance to a program includes the possibility of receiving a scholarship; however, honors program students are not guaranteed to receive funding. 

To learn more about honors program admission requirements, scholarship availability, and application instructions, visit the above links to each program's web page.

The ETSU Creative Arts Scholarship is awarded to new out-of-state students, including international students, with interests in the arts. Recipients are not necessarily required to major in the arts; rather, they are required to participate in ETSU performing arts or art exhibition activities. The scholarship covers out-of-state tuition. Students are eligible at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

For more information, visit the scholarship office's Creative Arts Scholarship web page.

The Scholarship Office maintains a list of general university scholarships with varying conditions for eligibility. International students may be eligible for scholarships that do not explicitly state residency requirements. For more information, see the Scholarship Office web site or contact the Scholarship Office at



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