The 20 Biggest Scholarships Around the World

As a student, you are at an exciting stage in your life where your thinking is constantly changing and shaping your life. If you work hard and strive to achieve, sometimes your thinking can shape how others live too. There are many scholarships available around the world for dedicated and committed students in order to celebrate their success and help them make a difference in their field. Below is a list of 20 scholarships and some useful information about each:


The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity (USA)

This scholarship offers $20,000 ($5,000 per year of study) to students who are either from, or are attending college, in Connecticut or the New York City metro area. In order to apply, you must have solved an artistic, scientific or technical problem in a new way, created solutions to community problems or created an organisation which serves an important purpose.

  • Amount of $20,000 ($5,000 per year of study)

Microsoft Imagine Cup (Global)

This scholarship is open to team entrants. It is a competition whereby your team creates innovative technology in one of the four competition categories. The winning team in each category is awarded $50,000 however there are smaller prizes of $3,000 at each stage in the competition for creativity. The competition takes place in the USA however it is open to entrants all over the world.

  • Amount of  $50,000


Buick Achievers Scholarship Program (USA)

This is funded by the GM Foundation and is aimed at leaders in the classroom and the community who major in engineering, technology or business. The foundation awards $25,000 per year to students based upon their academic achievement, leadership skills and financial need.

  • Amount of  $25,000 per year


Desmond Tutu Scholarship (UK)

This scholarship offers £24,000/$36,500 (£8,000/$12,000 per year of study) for students who use their time to commit to helping the developing world. Your program of study must lead to continued help of the developing world as this should be a lifelong commitment.

  • Amount of  £24,000/$36,500 (£8,000/$12,000 per year of study)

The Jackie Robinson Foundation's Scholarship Program (USA)

The Jackie Robinson Foundation offer their scholarships to minority students who are in financial need and can show a high level of academic commitment. The Foundation award $30,000 for a four-year program of study.

  • Amount of  $30,000 for a four-year program of study.


UBC International Leader of Tomorrow Award (Canada)

This award is finance-based and they can fund you entirely for a four-year program of study. You must be nominated by your school or college and be an A-grade student. This is for international students only and you must be able to prove your financial need.

  • Amount of  $30,000 for a four-year program of study.


Liaoning Government Scholarships for International Students (China)

For students wishing to study in China, the Chinese government offer scholarships for a full programme of study onto a higher education course. There are no stipulations as to which course you choose and there are 30 scholarships available per year.

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Deutschland Stipendium National Scholarship Programme (Germany)

This scholarship is for international students who wish to study a full-time course in Germany. It is open to high academic achievers and is not income-based. The programme awards 300 EUR per month and this can be throughout the entire course of study.

  • Amount of  300 EUR per month


Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship (USA)

This foundation awards 50 scholarships of $20,000 each year, making this an extremely competitive program with around 100,000 applicants. Scholarships are awarded to students with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, who show good leadership skills and who perform well in extra-curricular activities.

  • Amount of  $20,000 each year


The Dell Scholars Program (USA)

The Dell Scholars program is open to students with a minimum GPA of 2.4,who need financial assistance and who are participating in an approved AVID program. Funding is $20,000 and the foundation awards 250 scholarships each year.

  • Amount of  $20,000 


Australia Awards (Australia)

The Australia Awards are for international students wishing to undertake study on any subject in Australia. The award is for complete funding of the course and encourages international relations and good partnerships around the globe.

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The HP Scholar Award (USA)

This award is for engineering students and includes a 4-year program of study, The HP productivity package (an HP laptop, printer and PDA) and three paid internships totalling $40,000. Applicants must be African American, Latino or American Indian and must be attending an HP partner college.

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Intel Science Talent Search (USA)

This scholarship award is up to $100,000 to study on a 2 or 4 year science-based college course. Requirements are quite strict however; you must be able to demonstrate financial need, you and your family must not work for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., you must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and you must be a U.S. Citizen.

  • Amount of  $100,000 to study


Japanese Government Scholarships (Japan)

Scholarships are offered by the Japanese government to international students wishing to study Japanese at a Japanese university. The scholarships are all-inclusive, meaning your school-fees are paid, your travelling costs are paid and you receive a living allowance towards accommodation and food.

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Korean Government Scholarships (Korea)

The Korean government offer scholarships to international students wishing to study any subject in Korea. They cover tuition fees, medical expenses, airfare and other travel, living costs and allowance.

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Chevening Scholarships (UK)

Chevening Scholarships are open to international students studying in the UK. Each year, 1000 scholarships are awarded to students from 130 different countries. A scholarship covers tuition fees, travel to and from the UK, monthly living allowances and money for essential course equipment.

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Danish Government Scholarships for non-EU residents (Denmark)

The Danish government award around 200 scholarships each year to encourage international students to study at their universities. Scholarships can cover full tuition fees and grants towards your living costs.

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Greece Government Scholarships for Foreign Students (Greece)

The Greek government awards 55 scholarships a year, some of which are undergraduate, for international students to study at Greek Superior Educational Institutes. Scholarships cover monthly allowance, tuition, travel allowance and some medical coverage.

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Siemens Competition (USA)

The Siemens Competition requires you to submit a research report of up to 18 pages in different subjects within Math, science and technology. First place wins $100,000, second place $50,000, third place $40,000, fourth place $30,000, fifth place $20,000 and sixth place $10,000. You are able to submit work as a research time and split the money.

  • Amount of  $10,000 -  $100,000,


Poetry Out Loud (USA)

Poetry Out Loud is a competition whereby applicants recite classic poems. Students must be U.S. Citizens and first prize is a $20,000 scholarship.

  • Amount of  $20,000 scholarship

Entry to these scholarship programs is extremely competitive and each award often has thousands of applicants. It is important to remember that you can apply to as many scholarship programs as you wish, as long as you meet the criteria. Often, students who are high academic achievers with financial difficulties have priority as they may otherwise not be able to afford to study at a college or university. If you have your sights set on a scholarship remember to write the best application as possible and receive references from teachers.

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