College Scholarship Opportunity

*Western Union Foundation’s Family Scholarship Program http://foundation.westernunion.com/ourProgramsScholarships.html is designed to help immigrant families improve their economic condition in the United States through education. Eligible families can receive up to $5,000 to finance college or university courses or ESL classes for two family members at once. The deadline is February 5, 2010. *
 
The Western Union Foundation’s Family Scholarship Program is a new initiative for migrants, immigrants and their families.
 
The Family Scholarship Program is intended to help two members of the same family move up the economic development ladder through education.  Scholarships may be used for tuition for college/university education language acquisition classes, technical/skill training, and/or financial literacy. For example, one family member may request assistance to attend college and the other family member may request assistance to attend English as a Second Language (ESL) course.
 
 
Eligibility
 
All applicants must be age 18 or older.
Country of origin for at least one of the applicants must be outside the United States.
Application must include educational providers for primary and secondary award recipients (must be 2 family members).
Scholarships may be used for tuition for college/university education, language acquisition classes, technical/skill training, and/or financial literacy
Scholarships will only be made to nonprofit accredited higher education institutions and nonprofit training/educational providers
Western Union employees, Western Union Agents and dependents are not eligible to apply for these scholarships
 
 
Criteria
 
The following criteria will be used to review applications:
 
Families that have overcome barriers to pursue their educational goals
Families that are involved in their communities
Personal educational goals
Plans to attain goals
Plans for utilizing the scholarship
 
 
Scholarship Amounts
 
Recipients are eligible to receive scholarships in amounts of $1,000-$5,000 per family. (For example, one scholarship recipient may receive $1,500 for an ESL course and the other recipient $3,500 for tuition at a university).
 
 
Process
 
Recipients are determined in a selection process independently managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an international non-profit educational exchange organization. All scholarship awards will be paid directly to the educational providers. No payments will be made to individuals.
 
 
To Apply
 
Please visit the Western Union Foundation Family Scholarship page http://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/quiz.display_question?x_gm_id=2603&x_quiz_id=2248&x_order_by=1 to apply.
 
IIE will send a confirmation via e-mail if you have provided a valid e-mail address. If you do not have a valid email address confirmation will be sent by U.S. mail.
 
Please be advised that due to the volume of application submission activity, IIE staff cannot verify receipt of applications and supporting documentation via telephone inquiry.
 
 
Timeline
 
November 9, 2009:* Fall application due date
February 5, 2010:* Winter application due date
 
 
Contact Information
 
For award program-related questions, please contact the administering organization, Institute of International Education (IIE) by phone, fax, or e-mail at:
 
Institute of International Education
475 17th Street, Suite 800Denver, CO 80202Phone: 303-837-0788  |  Fax: 303-837-1409
Email: wufamily@iie.org

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