Photo courtesy UWSP. Ginny Bondeson, coordinator of UW-Stevens Point’s English as a second language program, takes part in a promotion for the university’s #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign.

STEVENS POINT — The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is one of 57 colleges and universities nationwide to join the #YouAreWelcomeHere national scholarship program, pledging to create scholarships for international students to study in the United States.

Beginning in fall 2019, each of the 57 participating colleges and universities will offer two annual, renewable scholarships that will cover a minimum of 50 percent of the recipients’ tuition, according to a UWSP news release. These scholarships support incoming international students who are committed to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message through intercultural exchange that bridges divides at their future campuses and beyond.

“The #YAWH scholarship speaks directly to UW-Stevens Point’s commitment to a diverse student body,” said Marc Young, interim director of recruitment with the UW-Stevens Point Admissions Office, in the news release. “International students play a large role in elevating the value of the UW-Stevens Point experience.”

UW-Stevens Point is the only public university in the state to be part of this national initiative.

To qualify, international applicants must hold citizenship in a country outside the United States and not possess U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Interested students must apply for admission to one of the 57 participating universities or colleges, before completing a scholarship application to be submitted directly to the university or college of choice. The application deadline for the fall 2019 scholarships is Dec. 15, 2018, with awardees receiving notification by May 2019.

Photo courtesy UWSP. Ginny Bondeson, coordinator of UW-Stevens Point’s English as a second language program, takes part in a promotion for the university’s #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign.

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