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International Scholarships

As an international student planning to study law at Saint Louis University, financial arrangements must be met before studies begin.

If you need assistance with financing your educational expenses, there are three sources of funding to explore: private scholarships for international students, private student loans, and possibly federal student loans. Review the eligibility criteria for each funding source below to determine if you qualify before completing an application.

Private Scholarships for International Students

Many national and international organizations sponsor scholarships for international students who have the desire to continue their education in the United States. Scholarships are funds that do not require repayment.

Saint Louis University has compiled a listing of scholarships available to international students. SLU does not administer these programs. The awarding organizations determine requirements and deadlines. If interested in applying for a scholarship, contact the organization as early as possible for applications, deadlines and requirements.

Please note, this should not be considered a comprehensive listing; additional private scholarships might be available to you. Check information online, but use caution. Remember that you don’t have to pay to find scholarships and other financial aid. Find further information here to avoid scams.

American and foreign students are invited to review these international scholarship opportunities. Please contact the listed reference for additional information.

American Association of University Women/International Fellowships

Open to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree prior to Sept. 1, 2006. Applicant must intend to devote herself full-time to proposed academic plan and intend to return to home country to pursue a professional career. See website for application and further requirement details. Award: up to $18,000.

Contact:
AAUW Educational Foundation
International Fellowships
PO Box 4030
Iowa City, IA 52243
Phone: (317) 337-1716
Email: AAUW
Web: AAUW International Fellowships

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Fellowships for Study in USA

Applicant must be a citizen of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden. Purpose of award is to encourage advanced study and research and increase understanding between the U.S. and Scandinavia. Contact the ASF's cooperating organizations for specific information regarding eligibility, award size and application deadlines. See Web site for ASF for organization links.
Contact:
American-Scandinavian Foundation
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 879-9779
Email: American-Scandinavian Foundation
Web: American Foundation Awards

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

Grant is to support the education of women from developing countries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in their home countries.

Student must be a national of a developing country and be at least 25 years of age by Dec. 31, 2006, and not a U.S. Green Card holder. See website for full eligibility criteria and application. Award: Up to $11,000.
Contact:
Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, Room H2-204
1818 H Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20433
Phone: (202) 473-8751
Email: Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
Web: Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study, working toward a graduate degree in a college or university in the United States or Canada. A student holding citizenship or permanent residency of the U.S. or Canada is ineligible. Scholarships are not given for research, internships, practical training or travel. In order to qualify, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled on campus for the entire school year. Applications may be requested from the web site between Aug. 15 and Dec. 15. See website for further information. Award: Up to $8,000.
Contact:
P.E.O International Peace Scholarship Fund
P.E.O Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 255-3153
Web: P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship
Sons of Norway Foundation/King Olav V Norwegian-American
Any American, 18 years of age or older, who has demonstrated a keen and sincere interest in the Norwegian heritage and/or any Norwegian who has demonstrated an interest in American heritage, and who desires to further the study of their heritages at a recognized educational institution is eligible to apply. Applicants must submit application, an essay setting forth in 500 words or less, their reasons for applying for a scholarship/grant, the course of study to be pursued, the length of the course, the institution which the applicant will attend and the amount of financial assistance desired. Applicants should also state how their course of study will benefit their community and be in accord with the goals and objectives of the Sons of Norway Foundation. See website for further details and application. Awards: Up to $1,500.
Contact:
Sons of Norway Foundation
Sons of Norway
1455 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Email: Sons of Norway Foundation
Web: Sons of Norway Foundation
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. National Education Foundation - Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship
Available to graduate United States students studying abroad and/or graduate foreign students studying within the U.S. Awarded for full-time study for one academic year (fall-spring). Documented proof of academic study and plan of program must be sent to the scholarship chairperson with signature of school administrator or program director. All applications must be accompanied by 3 letters of recommendation by: 1. College professor or high school teacher; 2. Minister or community leader and 3. Other. University transcripts must be sent. An essay of 150 words or more to include information about yourself, educational goals and professional aspirations. See website for further information. Award: Varies from $500 to $1,000.
Contact:
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
National Educational Foundation
1734 New Hampshire, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Web: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Private Student Loans

Some private lenders offer these types of loans to international students. Loans must be repaid in full and based on the terms of the lender, which will include interest. Most private loans require a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer on the loan. Private loans are based on credit history, and the lender has discretion on approval on loan. Most private loan programs have similar requirements and limits. They mostly differ in guarantee, fees and repayment options.

Contact the appropriate lenders for specific requirements and qualifications. Saint Louis University provides a historical list of lenders who continue to participate in the student lending business and whom SLU students have used within the last three years.

Saint Louis University does not endorse or recommend any lending institution. Please read and research the various loans carefully to see which loan best fits your needs.

Federal Student Loans

This is not a common source of aid for international students. International students on a F1 or F2 student visa, J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa or a G series visa do not qualify for federal student loans. However, the U.S. Department of Education offers federal student loans to some eligible non-citizens. Find more information about eligibility criteria for non-citizens.

Apply for federal student aid

Additional Resources

For more information, either contact the awarding organization directly or call the Office of Student Financial Services at the School of Law at 314-977-3369 or via email.

The School of Law has a long-standing commitment to the study and practice of international and comparative law. Through the Center for International and Comparative Law (CICL), our faculty and students engage in a wide range of international activities. Contact CICL for information regarding admission into the LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers or two-year J.D. for Foreign Lawyers programs.

For information regarding admission to the J.D. program, contact SLU LAW's Office of Admission.