Since 2008, Western Union Foundation and IIE have built upon our shared values of advancing global scholarship and improving the education and employment opportunities for students around the world by providing tuition funds for hundreds of scholars around the world. Since 2017, the Western Union Global Scholarship Program has provided scholarship recipients with remarkable global education opportunities, primarily in STEM fields and business and entrepreneurship.

Global Scholars

An evolution of the evergreen WU Global Scholars, this initiative targets international students from low-income countries studying in Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom – some of the world’s leading destinations for international scholars.

Accredited post-secondary higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States are invited to nominate up to five of their international students for whom help is needed the most to cover tuition and fees, books, health insurance, housing, and other living expenses.

To be considered for a award, nominated students must:
• Be an international student (non-citizen or permanent resident of the country in which they are studying) in their penultimate or final year of studies.
• Be studying in an accredited post-secondary higher education institution in: Australia or New Zealand; Japan or Singapore; the U.S. or Canada; the United Kingdom; or Europe.
• Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree program for for the coming Academic Year or a corresponding timeframe for universities with other semester systems.

Nominations and applications for Academic Year 2023-2024 will be accepted between March 1, 2023 and April 14, 2023.

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Project Finish Line

Launched in 2020 in partnership with Western Union’s Black Advisory Council, this initiative supports BIPOC students in the U.S., the majority studying at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in various STEM and business fields. Since its inception, 39 students at 14 universities around the United States have been a part of the Project Finish Line awards.

IIE is not currently accepting new nominations for Project Finish Line.