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World Topper Scholarship
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Restrictions: WKU applicants only
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter 2017 10/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2017 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: The priority deadline is 2/15/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
World Topper Scholarship

The World Topper Scholarship is administered by the Office of Study Abroad & Global Learning with the goal of providing financial support to students pursuing credit-bearing education abroad opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for the scholarship, you must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Degree-seeking WKU student or Gatton Academy student
  • Participation in an approved credit-bearing international experience
  • Good academic standing
  • Not employed by WKU in a benefits-eligible faculty or staff position
Selection Criteria

When determining scholarship awards, priority will be give to students who meet the following criteria (in order of importance):
  • Conveying a strong connection between your selected study abroad program and your personal, academic, and career goals through scholarship essay
  • Applying by the priority deadline (if applicable)
  • First-time study abroad experience (Note: This is not a requirement to apply for the scholarship, but priority will be given to students studying abroad for the first time.)

Deadlines are based the term of your study abroad program and are as follows:
  • Winter or spring term: October 15th (only one deadline)
  • Summer, fall or academic year term
    • Priority deadline: February 15th
    • Final deadline: March 15th
Award Amount - Scholarship award amounts vary depending on available funding, selection criteria and term of study abroad. The average award falls within the range of $200-600 but could be higher or lower depending on factors mentioned above. We cannot guarantee that all students who apply will be a awarded a World Topper Scholarship; however, we try to award as many students as possible.

Notification and Disbursement Timeline - Award notifications typically go out 4-6 weeks after the scholarship deadline. Recipients receive their scholarship through Topnet, applied to the term of study abroad. Funds are disbursed with other financial aid on the date indicated by the Office of Student Financial Assistance for the given term.

To Apply:
  1. Click the "Apply Now" button above.
  2. Select the term of your study abroad program.
  3. Complete the application form and agree to the scholarship terms.
  4. Submit your application.