Global Citizen Scholarship


The Division of International Engagement is pleased to announce the Global Citizen Scholarship to international students currently enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas.  The Global Citizen Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship with awards being determined based upon grade point average, essay submission, leadership and/or service experience at UCA and letters of recommendations.   Please see below for the full list of eligibility requirements and the application process.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be currently enrolled at UCA and classified as an international student.
  • Students must be enrolled in a degree seeking program.
  • Students from Undergraduate and Graduate programs are eligible.
  • Students must be in good immigration status.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5, based on Undergraduate or Graduate coursework.
  • Students must have successfully completed 12 Undergraduate or 9 Graduate credit hours by the end of the spring semester.
  • Students enrolled in the Intensive English Program are not eligible to apply.
  • Students enrolled as Visiting Students are not eligible to apply.

Application Process:

A scholarship application is not necessary to apply for the Global Citizen Scholarship.  To apply for the scholarship, simply submit the following documents by April 15th:

  • Essay – Minimum of 500 words (maximum of 750 words) detailing your academic and extra-curricular experiences at UCA to date.  Also include the goals you hope to achieve while studying at UCA including whether you plan to graduate from UCA.  Please include a list of all honors, awards and scholarships you have received while enrolled at UCA.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Submit no more than 3 current letters supporting your request for scholarship funds.

The essay and letters should be sent via email to  Please include “Global Citizen Scholarship” in the subject line of the email. Please note that if letters of recommendation are submitted as a PDF or hard copy, they must be signed by the person recommending you. If you are being recommended by a faculty or staff member at UCA, and they want to send their letters electronically, they must use their UCA email accounts.

Students will be notified via email of their eligibility for the scholarship by May 15th  (after Spring grades are verified).  Award notifications will be sent by June 1st.

Award Amount:

Students awarded the Global Citizen Scholarship will receive an award equivalent to Full Tuition and Fees for the Fall and Spring semesters.  Undergraduate students will receive a scholarship equal to 12 credit hours and Graduate students will receive a scholarship equal to 9 credit hours.  Initial awards will be applied to the recipients’ university account after verification of enrollment for the Fall semester is completed.

Recipients enrolling in more credit hours will be responsible for the additional costs including the International Insurance fee.

Renewal of Award:

Scholarship awards will be renewed for the Spring semester when the following are confirmed:

  • Recipients have maintained a cumulative 3.25 GPA through the Fall semester.
  • Verification of enrollment for the Spring semester – 12 Undergraduate credit hours or 9 Graduate credit hours.
  • Student is considered to be in good immigration status.

Additional Rules:

Recipients of the Global Citizen Scholarship will assist the Division of International Engagement during the award period to coordinate cultural events and/or actively participate with the International organization on campus, Team Global.

Only Fall and Spring semesters are covered by the scholarship. Summer terms and intersessions are not covered.

To maintain the Global Citizen Scholarship, recipients must complete the application process in subsequent years.  No preference is given to previous recipients.

If a recipient receives additional scholarships during the award period, the Global Citizen Scholarship will be applied in an amount equal to the remaining balance of tuition and fees.  Excess aid will not be distributed to the student.