Viral international education campaign #YouAreWelcomeHere expands 2019 national scholarship program

International Students at Transylvania University

Transylvania University is one of 57 colleges and universities nationwide – and one of only two in Kentucky — that has joined the #YouAreWelcomeHere national scholarship program, pledging to create scholarships for international students to study in the U.S.

Temple University leads the national initiative, which began in May 2018 with nine universities, on the heels of a widespread social media campaign. To date, the #YouAreWelcomeHere program has received commitments from institutions coast to coast, from Maine to Hawaii, and from community colleges to large, public universities.

Beginning in fall 2019, each of the 57 participating colleges and universities will offer two annual, renewable scholarships that will cover a minimum of 50 percent of recipients’ tuition. These scholarships support incoming international students who are committed to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message through intercultural exchange that bridges divides at their future campuses and beyond.

International students interested in applying to Transylvania may do so online at http://www.transy.edu/admission/international-students/apply. Applications for fall 2019 are now being accepted. International students wishing to be considered for the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship should submit a complete application to Transylvania by the December 1 early action deadline. 

Then, to qualify for the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship, international applicants must hold citizenship in a country outside the U.S. and also not possess U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Interested students must apply for admission to Transylvania before completing a #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship application to be submitted directly to the university. The application deadline for the fall 2019 scholarships is Dec. 15, 2018, with awardees receiving notification by May 2019.

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 U.S. Since then, more than 350 colleges and universities, 70 international education companies and organizations, and 20 high schools have joined. Institutions can follow the campaign on the website that Temple maintains, youarewelcomehere.org, which includes a toolkit for promoting the campaign.

About Transylvania University 

Transylvania University, located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky, is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by The Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 46 majors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, enrolling approximately 1,000 students.