Scholarship to Study in the US

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Have you ever wanted to master another language? The U.S. government is trying to encourage students to learn and master Hindi, Korean, Swahili, Arabic and Chinese, along with many others languages that play an important role in national security and the future of our economy.

Scholarship: Critical Language Scholarship

Awarding Organization: U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Amount: Covers most of the cost to participate in the overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program

Eligible Students:

  • S. Citizens
  • Enrolled in an U.S. degree granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Undergraduate students need to have completed at least one academic year
  • Medical review if you are selected

How to Apply:

  • Complete application, suggested to use campus resources to have it reviewed before applying.
  • Unofficial transcript
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Deadline: Check website—deadlines differ per term


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Beth Feinberg Keenan
Beth Feinberg Keenan is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Before joining College Coach, Beth worked as a Senior Financial Aid Officer at Northeastern University. Visit our website to learn more about Beth Feinberg Keenan.