University description (as per official university website)
Virginia International University (VIU) was established in 1998 with the goal of providing affordable , quality higher education for students preparing to meet the ever-evolving needs and opportunities of the 21st Century workforce. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, just minutes from Washington, DC, VIU is an independent academic establishment combining a liberal arts tradition with emphasis on career orientation. The University is currently offering graduate and undergraduate level programs in computer science , business , and management, as well as full and part-time certificates in a variety of professional and technical fields, including English as a second language (ESL). The student body comes from 55 different countries.
VIU affords individuals with unlimited potential the unique opportunity to acquire an excellent, multi-disciplinary education combined with the experience of living in a different culture. An important aspect of the VIU experience is the formal and informal exchange of information among scholars. VIU provides an environment for international students to enlighten fellow international and American students about their traditions and ethics, and to gain valuable insight into the multicultural aspects of America society in return.
By offering this scholarship, the aim is to attract the rare individual who will take these unparalleled experiences back to his or her home country, share the knowledge acquired with future generations, and launch successful careers as world leaders.
Scholarship Selection Procedures
Virginia International University occupies a special niche among institutions of higher education. The majority of the undergraduate and graduate population is comprised of international students from over 50 countries. As such, the scholars have extraordinary challenges to confront with respect to funding their education. Unable to obtain grants and loans in the traditional market of private and public financial support, they must rely on sponsors and personal resources. The economic stability of the sponsor is especially significant in the assessment of financial need since international students are prohibited from being employed in the United States.
The VIU Scholarship Program was designed to attract exceptional students worldwide and provide them with a unique opportunity to study in the United States. The awards are based on exemplary academic accomplishment, dedication to furthering international accord, and proven leadership skills. VIU Scholarship recipients are also selected upon an objective, in-depth analysis of the applicant’s financial challenges.
All incoming freshmen, and continuing undergraduate or graduate students (including international students planning to attend Virginia International University full-time in a degree program) are eligible to receive an award, if the scholarship requirements as stated below are met.
Please be aware that eligibility and fulfillment of scholarship criteria do not guarantee the award of a scholarship. Scholarship selection is made by the Scholarship Committee based on a variety of other factors in addition to academic merit and outstanding success, such as financial need and an objective analysis of all aspects of the application.