Global Link Scholarships

What is the Global Link Scholarship?

Because international students are not eligible to receive financial aid, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse assists students with some scholarship opportunities.

Every semester the Office of International Education allocates money to students who are greatly involved in educating others on their home country/culture and who maintain a high GPA. The money for these scholarships comes from the  Student Association and the UW System Fund.

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students who pay out-of-state tuition and to encourage international awareness.

Requirements

For more information, refer to the Global Links Brochure.

All F-1, degree seeking international students* (ESL students need to be taking at least one university/academic course in order to apply) can apply for a Global Link Scholarship each semester. The following three criteria must be met in order to be eligible:

  • Participate in at least 4 Global Link activities during the semester (a list of opportunities appears later in this e-mail)
  • Undergraduates must achieve a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to be eligible – the previous minimum GPA was 2.5
  • Graduate students must achieve a minimum of a 3.5 GPA to be eligible – the previous minimum GPA was 3.0
  • Attend one Global Link Scholarship meeting near the end of the semester
December 4, 2012 3:00-4:00 p.m. Room 1200 Centennial Hall
December 5, 2012 12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 1200 Centennial Hall
December 7, 2012 3:30-4:30 p.m. Room 1200 Centennial Hall
May 1, 2013 11:30-12:30 p.m. Room 3200 Centennial Hall
May 2, 2013 10:00-11:00 a.m. Room 3200 Centennial Hall
May 3, 2013
2:00-3:00 p.m. Room 3200 Centennial Hall

Schedule of Events

Planned Activities

INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR: VARIOUS WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH IN THE HALL OF NATIONS, CENTENNIAL HALL FROM 4:00 – 5:00 PM.  See Schedule of Events for topics and dates.

  • Students will share their culture with the campus community by hosting a presentation and discussion on a topic related to their home country.
  • Presenters should be prepared for 20 minutes with three (3) presentations each coffee hour.
  • In order to diversify the presentations, we would like to limit country representation.
    • Only 1 presenter, per country, per coffee hour please!
    • Please sign up WITH YOUR PRESENTATION TOPIC at the front desk of OIE.  (1 Global Link Point)

CULTURAL POSTER BOARDS – Will be posted in the Global Village at Eagle Hall.

  • Create a bulletin board celebrating some aspect of your country or culture. One person per board.
  • In order to diversify the bulletin boards, we would like to limit country representation. Only 1 country per month please!
  • Sign up at OIE and make sure to review the bulletin board guidelines before you begin. (1 Global Link Point)

GLOBAL FRIDAYS – VARIOUS FRIDAYS THROUGHOUT OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER. TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED DURING THE FALL SEMESTER.  AND VARIOUS FRIDAYS THROUGHT FEBRUARY, MARCH AND APRIL.

  • Join a 6th grade class at a local middle or elementary school and introduce your country to the students. Additional information on presentations will be provided.
  • Sign up at OIE. (1 Global Link point)

INTERNATIONAL PANELS FOR CLASSES (UW-L + La Crosse SCHOOL DISTRICT). DATES AND TIMES TO BE DETERMINED BY REQUESTS FROM FACULTY.  Request a presentation here.

  • Share your culture and knowledge with other students. E-mails will be sent to international students with specific details once a request has been made.

REQUESTS FROM FACULTY AND THE COMMUNITY. DATES AND TIMES TO BE DETERMINED.  Request a presentation here.

  • OIE receives requests from faculty/staff and community members asking international students to share their culture.
  • Some specific requests may include a native dance, language, craft, sport, etc. E-mails will be sent to international students once a request has been made.

MISCELLANEOUS REQUESTS. E-mails will be sent to international students with specific information.  Students seeking to earn Global Link Points for an event not advertised for Global Link Points can do so by filling out this form and getting approval from OIE.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. Graduate students can only receive money from one of the sources. Graduate students whose out of state tuition has been waived may not be eligible for the scholarship.

Where do I find out about the Global Link Activities?

Each semester an e-mail is sent within the first 3-4 weeks outlining opportunities for the semester (only UW-L student e-mail addresses are used). Regular updates follow. Sign-up sheets for various activities are available at the front desk of OIE. There are always numerous opportunities available to interested students who want to participate. Global Link opportunities are offered September – November (fall semester) and February – April (spring semester).

What happens if I have to work or have class during the Global Scholarship Meetings?

Students who have a class conflict with each of the times listed need to notify your international student advisor (Diane Sasaki) at least one week prior to the first meeting date. Students who have a work conflict will need to talk with their supervisors about getting time off to attend one meeting. Suggestion – attend the first meeting that you can just in case something comes up.

What happens if I forget to attend a meeting? Can I still pick up an application from OIE?

It is the student’s responsibility to fulfill all three requirements in order to be eligible to receive a scholarship. If a student forgets to attend a meeting, they have not fulfilled all necessary requirements.

Can International Students receive financial aid?

International students are not eligible to receive financial aid. As part of the F-1 visa requirements, international students must have the financial means to pay for their tuition, fees, housing, meals and insurance for each term that they are registered.

Are there any other scholarships available for international students?

Go to the UW-L Foundation website to check available scholarships.  Criteria for each scholarship will be listed in the booklet. Generally, these scholarships are open to all students on campus.