Seattle University, together with Temple University and other U.S. college and university partners, is a launch partner for a national scholarship program for incoming international students for fall 2019. Temple U is the leader of the #YouAreWelcomeHere social media campaign to encourage international students to study in the United States.
The scholarships will provide financial support for incoming international students who are committed to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message through intercultural exchange that bridges divides on campuses and beyond.
Seattle U will be offering two annual and renewable scholarships that will cover 50 percent of tuition for first-time-in-college international students. To qualify, applicants must be first-year international applicants, attended or have graduated from a secondary school outside of the U.S. and demonstrate interest and personal initiative in activities involving intercultural learning and exchange.
The other partners include Concordia College (Minnesota), Eastern Michigan University, James Madison University (Virginia), University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Purdue University Northwest (Indiana), Shoreline Community College (Washington) and Western New England University (Massachusetts).
“Seattle University is honored to host international students. They greatly enrich our community by sharing their cultures and perspectives,” says Dana Brolley, the university’s director of international recruitment. “We are proud help launch the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship, which reflects our commitment to supporting international students and campus-wide internationalization.”
The #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship program has early commitments from several universities, with many more expected to join in the coming months, according to Jessica Sandberg, director of international admissions and originator of the campaign at Temple University.
“The #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign has opened new bridges of goodwill between U.S. higher education and students worldwide,” says Sandberg. “This scholarship is our way of meeting students halfway across that bridge. It advances the campaign through meaningful action, adding concrete support for international students to our already well-received message and providing those students with a way to expand the conversation.”
“Especially in the wake of the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from our policy leaders, it’s vital that U.S. institutions find ways to make international students and scholars feel welcome and valued on our campuses and in our communities,” says Esther D. Brimmer, executive director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. “We need more programs like this one that encourage international students to choose the United States as their study destination.”
About the #YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign
Following expressions of apprehension by some international students about studying in the U.S., in November 2016 Temple University expanded the #YouAreWelcomeHere social media message into an international campaign to ensure that international students at U.S. universities and colleges feel welcome. Since then, more than 350 colleges and universities, 60 international education companies and organizations and 20 high schools have adopted the #YouAreWelcomeHere. Institutions can follow the campaign at youarewelcomehere.org, which includes a toolkit for promoting the campaign.