This is the VOA Special English Education
This week in our Foreign Student Series, we return to a subject
we have discussed before: financial aid. This time we are going to talk about
financial aid in the form of assistantships, grants, scholarships and fellowships.
An assistantship at a university is a job that is paid with money or free
classes. These positions usually go to graduate students to assist a professor
for about twenty hours a week. The assistants may teach, grade papers and tests,
or do research in a laboratory.
A grant is a gift of money. Unlike a loan, a grant does not have to be
repaid. Grants can come from public or private organizations. Schools often
receive donations for this purpose. Some grants are for general purposes of
paying for school, while others are offered in a subject area.
Scholarships and fellowships do not have to be repaid either. A scholarship
is financial aid to undergraduates; a fellowship is for graduate students.
Scholarships and fellowships are generally for students with special
abilities or interests. Some are based on financial need. Others may go to
students who live in a certain area or meet other conditions.
Our example this week is the University of Missouri-Columbia, or Mizzou. That
school has a number of financial aid programs for international students. One of
them is the Global Heritage Scholarship. It pays up to about 7,500 dollars a
year. But this scholarship goes only to foreign students whose mother or father
graduated from Mizzou.
Another aid program is called the Global Tiger Scholarship. This one is
supported by the Mizzou Alumni Association. International students can receive
one thousand dollars. In return they agree to provide service to the association
during the school year.
Still another program for international students at Mizzou is called the
Curators Grant-in-Aid Program. This is for undergraduate or graduate students
who get good grades and take part in university activities. The program is
especially for those who have unexpected or unusual financial needs that can
affect their progress at school.
Colleges and universities may provide all the details of their financial aid
programs online. You can find a link to the Web site of the University of
Missouri-Columbia at www.unsv.com. You can also find the earlier reports in our
Foreign Student Series and download transcripts and audio files.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Nancy
Steinbach. I'm Steve Ember.