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February 5, 2004


New entrance scholarships for international students

By Kristine Hamlyn
A new International Entrance Scholarship Program was approved in principle at January’s Senate meeting. International students entering Memorial University for the first time in September 2004 will be the first international undergraduates eligible to receive an entrance scholarship at Memorial.

The scholarship program stems from a decision made in May 2003 by Memorial’s Board of Regents. Upon approving an increase in international undergraduate student tuition fees, it was further decided that a percentage of this tuition differential be set aside to fund International Entrance Scholarships. The value of each scholarship will vary but will not exceed $3000, the highest value for a scholarship currently awarded to non-Newfoundland and Labrador Canadian entering students.

Considering that grading practices are not equivalent or consistent between different countries, the scholarships will not be awarded purely on the basis of marks. Successful candidates will be determined based on criteria including, but not limited to, academic standing (comparable to that of students in Newfoundland and Labrador), principal and teacher’s letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities relating to their school and their community. A student’s program of study is not a factor which will be considered in determining eligibility.

International students who meet all criteria must also have adequate funds to pay the full international undergraduate tuition fee. They must further register at Memorial for at least four courses in each of two semesters in their first academic year and cannot exceed 31 credit hours in transfer credits. The scholarships will apply only to those students entering Memorial for the first time and are therefore non-renewable. Those interested in attending either of Memorial’s St. John’s or Corner Brook campuses will be considered.

“These new scholarships are part of our commitment to international students,” said Dr. Michael Collins, acting vice-president (academic). “The program will clearly indicate Memorial’s wish to attract well qualified international students.”

The scholarships will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid following a recommendation from Sheila Devine, director, Office of Student Recruitment.


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