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Center for Global Engagement#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

The #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship program recognizes international students who have a vision for embracing intercultural understanding. Beginning in Fall 2021, ODU will offer two annual, renewable scholarships for up to four years of study that cover 50% tuition at time of initial matriculation. The scholarships are open to first-year international students admitted for undergraduate degree-seeking study in all academic majors and fields of study and applied to tuition costs at ODU. Successful applicants will be dedicated to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message by bridging intercultural divides. Applicants will submit a 500-1000 word written essay or a 2-5 minute video about their ideas for advancing intercultural learning and understanding at ODU.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. You are a first-year, undergraduate, international applicant of any major applying to Old Dominion University. International applicants are individuals intending to apply for an F-1 visa who hold citizenship in a country outside the U.S. and who don't also possess U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.

  2. You demonstrate interest and initiative in leadership and intercultural learning.

  3. You meet the admission criteria and adhere to the deadlines at Old Dominion University.

  4. You complete a scholarship application and a 500-1,000 word essay or a two-to-five minute video describing your ideas for advancing intercultural learning and understanding at ODU, and how you plan to apply your ideas at the school you are applying to.

Application Process

  1. Apply for admission to ODU by April 15, 2022
  2. Submit the #YouAreWelcomeHere application to CGE@odu.edu by March 15, 2022
  3. If awarded a scholarship, claim it by submitting a tuition deposit to ODU by May 1, 2022

Scholarship Maintenance

  • Scholarship can be renewed for up to 4 years (Fall and Spring semesters only)
  • Participate in at least 10 hours of cultural sharing and engagement with the local community
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Enroll and successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits for Fall and Spring semesters


  • Apply for admission to ODU before: April 15, 2022
  • Submit scholarship application before: March 15, 2022
  • Make enrollment deposit before: May 1, 2022

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