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Widener University joins higher education institutions nationwide in pledging scholarship support for international students

International welcome

Widener University has pledged two #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships.

Widener University today joined with 56 other colleges and universities around the United States for the #YouAreWelcomeHere national scholarship program, pledging to create scholarships for international students to study in the United States.

Beginning in fall 2019, Widener and the other institutions will offer two annual, renewable scholarships that will cover a minimum of 50 percent of recipients’ tuition. These scholarships support incoming international students who are committed to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message through academic intercultural exchanges that bridge divides across nations and cultures.

“International students are valued members of our vibrant Widener University community. They enrich all aspects of life on our campus,” President Julie E. Wollman said. “We are excited to join this effort and send a clear message through these scholarship pledges that international students are most welcome here.”

To qualify for the scholarships, international applicants must hold citizenship in a country outside the U.S. and also not possess U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Interested students must apply for admission to Widener or one of the other 56 participating universities or colleges, before completing a #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship application to be submitted directly to the university or college of choice. The application deadline for the fall 2019 scholarships is Dec. 15, 2018, with awardees receiving notification by May 2019.

More information about the Widener scholarship opportunity is available on the university website. Widener has 6,500 graduate and undergraduate students. This fall, Widener welcomed 186 international students to undergraduate and graduate programs.

The university is one of just five institutions in Pennsylvania that are participating in the scholarship pledge through the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign. The campaign seeks to ensure international students at U.S. universities and colleges feel welcome in the United States.

In addition to the participating colleges and universities, the campaign has earned support from key international education organizations, including NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

“The #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship meets an essential challenge in the effort to support international and refugee students, foster intercultural understanding and develop future leaders,” said Allan E. Goodman, president of the IIE.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/

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