USC Aiken has several scholarship opportunities available for current international students. These awards are dependent on donor funds and may not be available from year to year. Applications open on March 1 and close on March 15 for the upcoming academic year.

Eligible Scholarships:

Cecelia A. Reynolds Scholarship

Garcia International Scholarship Fund

Thomas C. Hobbs Memorial Multicultural Endowed Scholarship

USCA International Student Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

Full-time, degree-seeking, international student at USC Aiken

Student must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior

3.0+ Cumulative GPA

Active and engaged member of the USC Aiken community

Required Application Documents:

International Student Scholarship Application Form

Letter of recommendation from a USC Aiken faculty or staff member

300-500 word essay describing your financial need, contributions to the USC Aiken community, and any other information you believe is relevant to why you should receive this scholarship

NOTE: Only one application form and supporting documents needs to be submitted for students to apply for all eligible scholarships listed.

It is recommended that international students also seek out other scholarship opportunities available at USC Aiken. For more information, please see the Office of Advancement Scholarship Opportunities. International students are not eligible for any scholarships that require applications to be permanent residents or citizens of the U.S.

Other Funding Sources

Funding from the U.S. Government

The U.S. Department of State offers the Fulbright Program, a grant program uniquely designed to bring international students and scholars to the U.S. to further the goals of cultural exchange and international education. The Fulbright Program is administered in 140 countries each year, providing various opportunities for predominantly graduate study, with some grant opportunities for undergraduate study. The application process differs by country. The Fulbright Program is administered by three agencies.

 Further information can be found at the following websites:

IIE (open to all students)

LASPAU (for Latin American and Caribbean students)

AMIDEAST (for North African and Middle Eastern students)

International Organizations

Many scholarship opportunities exist but are often very competitive. Be sure to thoroughly  research thoroughly the scholarship information before applying to be sure you are eligible. Many scholarships are restricted based on country of citizenship, and field and level of study, among other criteria.

Selection of Resources: 

American Association of University Women Educational Foundation International Fellowships

Comexus (for Mexican citizens only)

ExxonMobil Middle East and North Africa Scholars Program

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

Inter-American Development Bank

IREX (for Eurasian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and African student

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholars Program

Open Society Institutes and Soros Foundations Network

Organization of American States (for students from Latin America and the Caribbean OAS Member States only)

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships


Foreign Government Sources

Your best chances for financial aid may come from your own government. Many governments administer scholarship programs for foreign study. Your country's embassy, consulate or education ministry will often be a good source of information.

Financial Aid for International Students

Educational loans for international students may be available through individual companies. An American co-signatory is usually required. The University provides these resources for informational purposes only and makes no recommendation for their services. Students should research companies and options thoroughly before making a financial commitment to an educational loan.

Selection of Educational Loans: 

Credila Education Loan Service (Student Loans For Indian Citizens Studying in the USA / Indian co-borrower is acceptable.)

International Student Loan

The Rowe Fund (Students from Latin American and Caribbean Countries)

SallieMae© International Signature Student Loan