Purdue Northwest, along with Temple University, leads the way
Purdue University Northwest (PNW), together with Temple University, leader of the widespread #YouAreWelcomeHere social media campaign to encourage international students to study in the United States, is launching a national scholarship program for incoming international students for fall 2019. Five other U.S. college and university partners have also joined the effort.
This new scholarship will provide financial support for incoming international students who are committed to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message through intercultural exchange that bridges divides at their future campuses and beyond.
“Purdue Northwest is proud to help launch the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship, advancing our university’s commitment to international students and to campus-wide globalization,” said William R. Law, Ph.D., interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Participating colleges and universities will offer an annual, renewable scholarship that covers a minimum of 50 percent of recipients’ tuition. Those interested can apply for the scholarship at the PNW #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship web page.
“The #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign has opened new bridges of goodwill between U.S. higher education and students worldwide,” said Jessica Sandberg, Temple University’s director of international admissions and originator of the campaign. “This scholarship is our way of meeting students halfway across that bridge. It advances the campaign through meaningful action, adding concrete support for international students to our already well-received message and providing those students with a way to expand the conversation.”
Sandberg will present more details of this new initiative to her international education colleagues at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference in Philadelphia at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 31.
About the #YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign
Following expressions of apprehension by some international students about studying in the U.S., in November 2016, Temple University expanded the #YouAreWelcomeHere hashtag into an international campaign to ensure that international students at U.S. universities and colleges feel welcome in the United States. Since then, more than 350 colleges and universities, 60 international education companies and organizations, and 20 high schools have joined. Institutions can follow the campaign on the website that Temple maintains, which includes a toolkit for promoting the campaign.