Four renewable awards will cover at least half of tuition annually
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College is one of the first colleges in the nation to now offer #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships to undergraduate international students. The four individual renewable awards cover at least 50 percent of tuition annually to qualified students starting fall 2019.
“We are proud to be one of the institutions leading the next step of the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign and supporting international students who are dedicated to breaking down intercultural barriers,” Loras President Jim Collins said. “Beyond financial assistance, the scholarship delivers opportunities to promote intercultural learning on campus and within the Dubuque community.”
Specifically, these scholarships support incoming international students who are committed to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message through an intercultural exchange that bridges divides at their future campuses and beyond.
Applicants will answer a short essay question or present a multimedia project about their ideas for advancing intercultural learning and understanding on their future campuses. Other eligibility requirements include graduation from or attendance at a secondary school outside the U.S and a commitment to promoting intercultural learning and exchange.
“The #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship underlines Loras’ commitment in addressing financial gaps that many students from international backgrounds may face,” said Sergio Perez, director of International Programs and First Generation Scholars. “In addition, it provides more opportunities for the Loras community to become hubs for cross-cultural dialogue and learning.”
Current first-year students at Loras come from Brazil, Colombia, Japan, and India covering three continents, including North America.
“Making the decision to come to Loras was not easy, especially due to my close relationship with my family, and just the thought of leaving them broke my heart,” said Nathalia Bernal Lugo, a sophomore at Loras from Bogotá Colombia. “But I took a chance, and do not regret it. I have met people that have helped me grow, not only myself but also my own dreams and will continue to give me support in whichever path I choose for my life.”
At Loras, 100 percent of all incoming students receive financial aid and in total, they received more than $28 million in scholarship and grants last year.
In addition to the participating colleges and universities, the campaign has earned support from key international education organizations, the Association of International Educators and the Institute of International Education.
Visit www.loras.edu/youarewelcomehere/ for complete eligibility requirements, application process and more. Students can begin applying Oct. 1, with priority deadline for submitting all materials set as Feb. 1, 2019.
About #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarships
Colleges and universities across America have agreed to start a national scholarship program for international students in what organizers are billing as a next iteration of the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign. The effort emerged as a social media campaign intended to send a welcoming message to international students. Participating institutions commit to offering an annual, renewable scholarship covering a minimum of 50 percent of the recipient’s tuition. Visit https://www.youarewelcomehereusa.org to learn more.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.