International Student Scholarships
As an International Student Scholar, you were selected from among the non-U.S. citizens who applied to Wheaton. This award comes in recognition of Wheaton’s commitment to furthering global understanding and appreciation. Following are some frequently asked questions about the International Student scholarship, its administration and the benefits to which you are entitled.
How was I selected to be an International Student Scholar?
The Admission Committee selected you based on your academic record and demonstrated extracurricular commitment, as well as the global perspectives that your international background will offer the Wheaton community.
Will I receive the International Student scholarship each year I am at Wheaton?
Yes, the International Student scholarship is renewable for your remaining three years at Wheaton as long as you maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Fifty percent of your annual award is applied each semester you are a full-time student in residence at Wheaton or participating in a Wheaton-affiliated program abroad. If you are enrolled less than full time in any semester, your award will be prorated.
What happens if I earn less than the required GPA?
Your cumulative GPA is reviewed annually. If you earn less than a 3.0, your progress will be reviewed, and you may continue as an International Student scholarship recipient on a probationary basis for the following academic year; Wheaton expects you to improve your GPA in order to renew the award after your probation. If you are not successful, your award may be cancelled. Extraordinary circumstances are always considered.
I am planning to study abroad on a Wheaton-approved program at another institution for a semester or a year. Will my International Student scholarship be applied toward a study-away program?
International Student scholarships at Wheaton may be used toward study-away programs that are affiliated with the college (i.e., where fees are paid directly to Wheaton). Contact Wheaton’s Center for Global Education for a current list. If you choose to attend a non-affiliated domestic or study-abroad program, you will forfeit your International Student scholarship for that period.
I am considering one of the dual–degree programs Wheaton offers. How would my participation affect my award?
Your academic scholarship eligibility is for a maximum of eight semesters of study at Wheaton. If you are accepted to a dual-degree program that involves fewer than eight semesters at Wheaton, your scholarship applies only to those semesters in which you are studying at the college.
I have AP, IB and/or college credits earned while I was in high school that I want to transfer to Wheaton. Will this affect my eligibility for an International Student scholarship?
Many credits acquired while you were still in high school may be transferable and will not impact your award. However, if you use your AP, IB or college credits to accelerate your graduation, completing your degree requirements in fewer than eight semesters, you will forfeit any remaining award eligibility.
Since graduating high school, I earned college credits but was not officially matriculated at a college. Will this affect my eligibility for an International Student scholarship?
You may have earned up to one semester of credits and still be considered a first-year student, retaining eligibility for an International Student scholarship. Your award is credited by semester and applies only to the semesters in which you are enrolled at Wheaton. If you accelerate your graduation and complete your degree requirements in fewer than eight semesters, you will forfeit the remaining award.
What happens if I am on an approved leave of absence?
Students who take an official leave of absence to attend college elsewhere and earn transferable academic credit will forfeit their International Student scholarship for that period. If you consider a leave of absence for any reason, we recommend that you contact the Office of Student Financial Services to determine the impact of your leave on your award.
How is my International Student scholarship credited to my account?
Fifty percent of your annual award is applied each semester (up to a maximum of eight semesters) you are in residence at Wheaton or participating in a Wheaton-affiliated program outside the United States.