If you are entering university this year or next, keep your eyes open for scholarship opportunities that may be offered by your top university choice. Browse the opportunities below to help get you started. For students entering university in the United States, also consider our IB exam credit guide to save time and money as you complete your degree.
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SP Jain is a business school with campuses in Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney, awarding scholarships based on a minimum score of 38 on the IB diploma. Eligibility is determined upon admission. Students must check the scholarship box on the online application and describe their need for financial assistance in the application essay.
Minerva Schools at KGI, in support of IB’s and Minerva’s shared commitment to world class education, offers a $10,000 scholarship to an IB student, admitted to Minerva, who demonstrates financial need.
SCAD – The University for Creative Careers offers renewable merit scholarships ranging from USD $3,000 to $15,000 based on IB diploma scores.
At the University of Sydney, the Sydney Scholars Award offers year 12 students the opportunity to apply for scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 per year. International Baccalaureate students applying for admission through UAC, are also eligible to apply. Domestic students (including New Zealand ), if with an ATAR of 99.90 will automatically be awarded a scholarship worth $10,000 for the duration of their undergraduate degree.
University of Melbourne’s Chancellor’s Scholars Program is only available to students who completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia. The award combines the International Undergraduate Scholarship and the Melbourne Global Scholars Award. Domestic students are eligible for the Melbourne National Scholarship of up to $40,500. International student are eligible for fee remission ranging from $10,000 up to a full scholarship.
The University of Western Australia will award three outstanding international students with its Faculty of Science Scholarship for International Students. These scholarships are available to students from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore that have applied for entry in one of seven science majors offered. This scholarship is not open to citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand. The award is $15,000 over three years and the deadline is November.
Griffith University, in Southport, Australia; IB diploma holders and candidates you may be eligible for the university’s prestigious Dean’s Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship or the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship. The Dean’s Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship is a merit based scholarship valued at approximately $60,000 AUD, payable at $12,000 AUD per year up to five years of study. The university also offers the International Baccalaureate Student Scholarship for IB diploma graduates, which covers up to 10% of the tuition and fees during a student’s first two trimesters.
Deakin University, in Melbourne, Australia awards one high-achieving IB diploma holder with its Deakin International Baccalaureate Scholarship. This scholarship is valued at $5,000 AUD/year plus academic mentor support. Deakin University does not require a scholarship application be submitted for consideration. This scholarship is only available to Australian citizens and holders of Australian permanent humanitarian visas.
The University of Alberta is awarding scholarships to the top 25 IB diploma holders applying to Alberta, entering school in the autumn, and they will reward each top student with a $1000 reward. The University of Alberta does not require a scholarship application to be considered, but students must submit their IB exam scores to the university registrar by 1 August 2015 to be considered.
The University of British Colubmia UBC (Vancouver, Canada) offers two unique need and merit based scholarships for highly qualified international undergraduate students. The Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes academic achievement and the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award recognizes academic excellence under difficult circumstances. Incoming international students must apply to be considered and IB graduates have been recognized with outstanding international student awards in past years
Dalhousie University offers a General Entrance Award for incoming IB diploma graduates. To be considered students must apply for admission to the university by 15 March, complete the separate application for the award, and submit official transcripts demonstrating a predicted 26 points on the IB diploma.
The University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada offers IB Excellence Awards valued up to $15,000, UWC Excellence Awards valued at $20,000 and, new this year, the UWC Four-Year Scholarship, valued up to $120,000 (up to $30,000 per year for four-years)
Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC, Canada), offers IB graduates the opportunity to apply for one of the University’s Major Entrance Scholarship awards. Students must submit a school transcript and will be required to score a 31 or greater on their IB examinations. There are various award possibilities that range up to $10,000.
University of Toronto offers the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program to recognize international students coming to Canada who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and creativity and who are recognized as leaders within their school. Students must be nominated by their IB World School.
University of Victoria international students who completed the full IB diploma with a score of 32 or higher are elibible for scholarships ranging in value from $3,000 to $10,000 and are automatically renewable for subsequent years.
The American University of Paris says IB students are among the strongest and most active students on campus. It offers automatic IB Scholarships based on final IB diploma scores, plus consideration for additional need-based funding. Awards range from €5,000 to €20,000 per year. IB students also may earn advanced standing university credit and the university.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, considers all Diploma holders and candidates for the University entrance Scholarship. Based on exam scores, the award ranges from around HK $10,000 to HK $40,000 (approximately $1000 USD – $5000 USD). No application is required for consideration.
Singapore Citizens, yes anyone with permanent residence in Singapore. Upcoming IB graduates in Singapore are encouraged to apply for this Ministry of Trade and Industry undergraduate scholarship focusing on Economics. It covers tuition fees and other approved charges, airfare and possible sponsorship of a Master’s degree.
IE University, in Segovia, Spain is awarding four scholarships to IB diploma holders valued at 75% of the cost of tuition. Three of these scholarships are awarded to applicants based in one of three distinct geographic regions, while the fourth is reserved for a student demonstrating financial need.
At the University of Sussex, the Sussex Excellence Scholarship is £3,000 cash award for undergraduate students who achieved excellent academic performance in the IB Diploma Programme. Students with 36 points on the IB diploma (including any bonus points) are eligible to automatically receive the award.
The University of Nottingham is offering scholarships of £2,500 to £6,000 (or more) towards tuition fees for high-achieving International Baccalaureate Diploma students though the International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship. Priority will be given to students who have accepted The University of Nottingham as their firm choice in UCAS.
At the University of Roehampton (London, England), IB grads may be eligible for reduced tuition simply for earning the IB diploma. The University of Roehampton provides international students with two options for financial assistance through the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship with the possibility of £2,000 or £1,500 per year.
University of Kent’s academic excellence scholarship offers IBDP students with a combined score of 35 or higher, eligibility for a scholarships of up to £2,000 per year. UK, EU and international applicants beginning their first year of study at University of Kent’s Canterbury or Medway campus are eligible.
University of Sheffield is providing IB diploma holders the International Baccalaureate Merit Undergraduate Scholarship. Applicants must be awarded a place to study before being considered for a scholarship. The scholarship is valued at a 50% fee reduction in the cost of tuition.
The University of Reading, in the United Kingdom is offering tuition scholarships for new international undergraduate students with excellent results in the International Baccalaureate. The scholarships are available to students pursing any subject. To be considered, students must hold an admissions offer at the University of Reading. To apply, send a nomination letter from the school/college (at which you are studying for the International Baccalaureate) to the Student Financial Support office outlining your academic and extra-curricular achievements.
University of Essex offers consideration to IB students for the International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship and is valued at £2,000 for the first year of study. No additional application is required for consideration.
City University London is awarding merit-based scholarships to outstanding undergraduate freshmen. The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship for Academic Excellence is a award given to outstanding UK and EU incoming freshmen. The value of the scholarships awarded will be based on academic performance and course of study but are valued between £500-£3,000/year.
The University of Liverpool provides undergraduates students a variety of scholarships opportunities. Many are specific to international students, catering to IB graduates from within and beyond the European Union.
King’s College London updated admissions requirements to open their doors to more IB students. Undergraduates are eligible for a number of scholarships, including the Desmond Tutu Scholarship, which awards 75 undergraduates with £1,000 each.
Regent’s University London is London’s only independent, not-for-profit university, with a highly cosmopolitan community based in royal Regent’s Park and Marylebone and welcomes students from more than 140 countries to their University each year. All students pay the same fees and the undergraduate scholarships are open to students of all nationalities. The scholarships range from excellence based awards given in the name of the Vice-Chancellor and Deans, to a Polo scholarship offered in association with the Federation of International Polo and a Screenwriting scholarship.
Looking to lower the cost of your education in the United States? In addition to scholarships, review the amount of IB exam credit you may be eligible to receive. It could help you save both time and money as you complete your degree.
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ, USA) offers up to $5,000 a year to IB students with an IB diploma and a total of at least 24 points. The IB Tuition Scholarship is offered to US citezens who are either residents or non-residents of the state of Arizona.
University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT, USA) is offering academic merit scholarships ranging from $12,000-$22,000 for IB program students who have taken the SAT or ACT exams. IB students interested in the scholarship will be expected to submit their academic transcripts, score exams and all necessary admissions documents to be considered for the scholarship. All awards are renewable yearly based on satisfactory academic achievement and good standing at the University.
Saint Michael’s College (Colchester, Vermont) provides IB diploma holders up to $15,000/year or more depending on your overall diploma score. They also offer incoming students as many as 32 course credits.
Kansas State University provides IB graduates who are enrolled as incoming freshmen with the opportunity for a $1,000 scholarship after receiving their IB diploma. Students seeking this supplemental scholarship should provide official IB transcripts to the Kansas State University Office of Financial Assistance.
University of Tulsa (Tulsa, OK, USA) is offering a $3,000 IB International Baccalaureate Scholarship Award for IB diploma recipients. IB graduates seeking this scholarship must submit their final exam results to the university proving the IB diploma was awarded. The scholarship may be awarded for eight semesters with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Missouri State University (Springfield, MO, USA) IB Graduates may be eligible for merit-based financial aid. Students applying for admission by mid-January and receiving their IB diploma will qualify for the Missouri State University Board of Governors scholarship of $5,000 per year ($20,000 over four years).
Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX, USA), IB Graduates are eligible for merit-based financial aid of up to $7500 – a value that has grown over the past three years. Be sure to send in your exam results to make sure you can get the award. The school also offers IB exam credit.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA, USA), listed as a tier 1 university in the United States, will award select IB graduates with scholarships. IB graduates with an exam score of 40 or greater are guaranteed a $20,000 merit scholarship.
New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, CA offers students who have earned the International Baccalaureate diploma a $500 per year Tuition Grant.
Northern Arizona University IB Graduates are eligible for a $5,000 renewable scholarship through the President’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarship. To learn more, find the link to the “Freshman Merit-Based Tuition” scholarship for the year you will be admitted.
Texas Tech University offers incoming freshmen Presidential Scholarship consideration. Scholarship application submission deadline is 1 February 2015 (Updatad 24 October 2014).
Savannah College of Art and Design is offering scholarships from of $3,000 USD to $15,000 USD for IB diploma recipients. The scholarship award is based on final IB diploma scores. To be considered for this award, IB Diploma recipients must earn a minimum score of 27.
Western Oregon University IB diploma recipients with a score of 30 or higher receive both Guaranteed Admission to WOU and the Provost’s Achievement Scholarship, a renewable four-year award of $2,500 per year. Students are required to submit ACT (including writing) or SAT scores for placement purposes.
At the University of Alabama, Birmingham, students who have been admitted for the fall and notified the school of their candidacy for the IB diploma, are eligible to submit results and receive a $2,500 scholarship.
William Jewell College, in Liberty, Missouri, USA provides distinguished IB alumni with a merit scholarship valued at $17,000. This scholarship is awarded based on academics, service, leadership, talent and co-curricular activities. This scholarship is awarded to students in March.
Monmouth College, IB diploma holders from outside of the United States may be eligible for one of Monmouth College’s Merit Scholarships for International Baccalaureate Students. These scholarships have a minimum value of $10,000 USD per year and are eligible for renewal for up to three additional years of study.
Texas State University San Marcos, IB diploma candidates may qualify for one of Texas State University’s assured scholarships valued at up to $8,000/year. Applications are not necessary and students meeting the qualifications will automatically be awarded scholarships.
University of Michigan’s Go Blue Guarantee is offered to students who qualify for financial need and in-state tuition. In past years, high performing IB students from Michigan have qualified for this award, earning up to four-years of tuition. This university also offers HL exam credit.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers out of state applicants an opportunity to receive up to $50,000 in scholarships. In addition, all IB diploma candidates may apply for the George Beadle Scholarship for an award of $14,500 per year.
Transylvania University (Lexington, KY, USA) offers $8,000 (for IB courses) – $18,000 a year (for the full IB diploma) in scholarships as a part of their IB Scholars Program. Also included is early entry into a mentorship program, internship opportunities, a study abroad opportunity specifically for IB grads, as well as a special admissions application with the opportunity to submit an IB work instead of an essay.
Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, IB graduates may be eligible for a $5,000 renewable scholarship based on their IB diploma, SAT/ACT score, and GPA.
Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon, USA) is awarding scholarships to IB diploma holders who scored 30 or higher on their exam. The IB Scholarships from Oregon State University are $3,000/year and renewable. In order to be considered, students must present OSU with official transcripts as soon as possible.
University of Oregon international IB diploma holders may qualify for the University of Oregon’s International Dean’s Excellence Award (IDEA) for New International Students. International students applying by January 15 are automatically considered for awards between $6,000-$8,000 USD, renewable based on performance.
Pacific University, IB graduates enrolled to begin classes at Pacific University (Oregon, USA) scoring a 30 or more are eligible to receive the University’s IB Achievement Scholarship and may qualify for other merit scholarships.
The University of Rochester, (Rochester, NY, USA) will award select IB diploma graduates with its International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarship. This award is an acknowledgment of hard work and determination underwent by many IB graduates. The university says, “The IB Diploma Programme prepares ideal candidates to take advantage of the unique University of Rochester learning environment.”
Simmons College highly considers IB diploma students for their amazing Kotzen Scholarship. The scholarship covers full tuition, fees, and room and board. Students also receive an annual award of $3,000 for studying abroad, internship expenses, research projects, and short-term courses.
University of Dubuque offers a wide variety of merit scholarships, awards, and grants that support the University’s Mission while recognizing academic achievement, commitment to community service, and demonstrated leadership. This includes a half-tuition merit scholarship.
Whitworth University automatically considers first-year international undergraduate students (freshmen) for four potential scholarships based on IB HL exam scores. These renewable four year schoalrships include the Mind & Heart Scholarship: $22,000, Presidential Scholarship: $20,000, Trustee Scholarship: $18,000, or the Whitworth Scholarship: $16,000.
The University of Tampa offers exceptional benefits to students who complete the full IB diploma. U.S. citizens are eligible for annual renewable merit scholarships of up to $15,000 with IB GPA’s of 3.2 or higher and appropriate test scores. An additional $1,000 award is available for IB diploma recipients.
At Drew University, high achieving IB students are eligible for merit scholarships, ranging from $15,000 – $25,000 per year (for four years). On top of merit awards, your CAS portfolio may be submitted for review when you apply for the Civic Engagement scholarship.
Mississippi State University, IB diploma candidates interested may be eligible for one of many scholarships specifically for IB diploma holders. These range in value from $6,000 USD to $14,000 USD.
The College of Idaho offers up to 30 credits to students who completed an IB diploma with at least 28 points total on their exams. Awards range from $7,500 for certificate students to $11,000 for diploma students. With scores lower than 28, students can still receive up to 25 credits.
Otterbein University has a scholarship for IB students who have taken at least two IB courses in high school. The award ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. The school also has other scholarships that IB students would qualify for ranging from $3,000-$15,000 a year.
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