We tend to create our own fantasies and pray it becomes our reality. You could even be lying down on your bed right now fantasizing about what it feels like to be in a foreign university studying that course of yours with better facilities and expert lecturers.

It sounds interesting, doesn’t it? However, also bear in mind that it could be a mere imagination if you don’t take advantage of the kind of opportunities I am about to share with you.

The power to turn your fantasy into a reality is right in your hands. The world is open to those who can think beyond now, break off from the thoughts of the present and explore the possibilities of the future.

There are lots of opportunities open to those who are ready to take the step.

The truth is you could actually end up in your desired foreign university with the right information.

Some people may think that the platform to study abroad is reserved for the wealthy elites and those with international links. Let me correct that mentality as not exactly true.  The door to scholarships is opened to anyone who is ready to explore possibilities.

There are countries that are open to international students from all over the world and an example of such country is the United States.

Reports have shown that there are over one million international students who study in the United States.

You too can be one of those one million students. How is that possible without good sponsorship when most of these students are beneficiaries of scholarships.

150 of the world’s top universities are located in the United States of America, USA, including over 30 universities in the top 100 and 5 universities in the top 10.

According to the 2019 QS Rankings, the top 4 universities in the world are located in the USA.

Some of The top universities in the US are as follows:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT

For seven years now the university has been rated in the world QS rankings as the best. The university is made up of 5 schools; architecture and planning, engineering, humanities, arts and social sciences, management, science.

2. Stanford University

This university has been nicknamed the “billionaire factory”, having raised great people and founders of top businesses and companies such as Netflix, YouTube, WhatsApp and Google. I think you should try the school out too if you “wanna” be equipped to break records.

3. Harvard University

It offers a wide range of courses from law to medicine. It is one of the oldest, and one of the best universities in the world.

4.  California Institute of Technology, CalTech

This university is one of the best technology schools. It is located in the city of Pasadena and releases ground breaking research results every year.

5. University of Chicago

The University of Chicago was established in 1980, it is well known for his medicine schools, business and public policy studies.

6. Princeton University

This institution is well known for its arts and humanities faculties. It has over 12% international students. Founded in 1746, the campus houses over 9000 students.

7. Cornell University

Cornell was set up in 1865 and runs a very good and efficient veterinary medicine program in the world. It is one of the best and said to have been the first university in USA to award a degree in veterinary medicine.

8. Yale University

Yale University was established in 1701. It’s known for its prestigious and outstanding law schools.

9. University of Pennsylvania

The school was founded by Benjamin Franklin and is known for its diversity which is obvious in the students’ population.

How do you take advantage of United States (US) Scholarships for Nigerian Students?

So, if you want to become a student of any of the Universities above which are very open to international students, there are United States (US) Scholarships for Nigerian Students

Note: One of the routes that needs to be passed before gaining scholarship into the USA is writing international exams like TOFEL, SAT, ACT, GRE and the likes. Then, use your high scores to apply into one of the American Universities depending on their score criteria.

Another thing you should consider before applying for a particular scholarship is your own budget.

How big or moderate is your need?

Then, you go for the scholarship that falls in the range of your expenses.  You should take note of these few things:


Tuition in most universities is high, around USD 50,000 per year. At least, you  should be prepared to spend up to USD 30000 per year on tuition.

However, the good part about some universities is that most of them offer bursaries and financial aids to students who are not financially capable.


Expenses vary around the country depending on your location and city. Accommodation outside campus range between USD 500 – 3000 depending on whether you’re within the city or not.

On the average, university accommodation can cost you around USD 10, 000 for a year.

Living Expenses

Well, don’t get caught up in the money you will be spending on tuition and accommodation. There are other things you need to focus on such as Electricity which ranges between USD 50-100, and central heating which ranges between USD 100-200.

You would also need to pay for food and groceries and spend money on textbooks and other college supplies.

Contrary to most people’s beliefs, it is possible to study abroad with your expenses taken care off.

This has been made possible due to the presence of  “need-blind” (as described by some educational websites ) universities that take care of  financial needs.

Although only top universities play the role of need-blind universities for international students.

As a matter of fact, there are about 5 of such at the moment which are Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT and Amherst. (Dartmouth was also a need-blind till last year).

Thus, if you have good scores in the SAT/ACT, high grades and recommendations from teachers then it is very possible to get admitted to one of these universities and study in the United States.

Below are lists of scholarships available for 2019:

1. Foreign Fulbright Student Program

The Fulbright Program is a full scholarship in the USA for international students who want to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree. The scholarships can also be awarded for non-degree postgraduate studies. The grant covers tuition fee, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.

2. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. The fellowships are full grants covering all related expenses.

3. AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship Program

This awards scholarships to high-achieving international students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at the University and who are dedicated to positive civic and social change. It is intended for students who will be to returning home to improve under-resourced, under-served communities in his/her home country.

5. Amherst College Scholarships

Amherst College currently runs a need-based financial aid program that provides assistance to financially needy international students. Once you have been admitted, your financial need will be determined. A financial aid award that is equal to your need will then be offered. The award is sometimes called an “aid package” because it may include both self-help (employment) and gift aid (scholarships and grants).

6. Berea College Scholarships

Berea College is the only school in the United States that provides 100% funding to 100% of enrolled international students for the first year of enrollment. This combination of financial aid and scholarships offsets the costs of tuition, room, board, and fees. In subsequent years, international students are expected to save $1,000 (US) per year to contribute toward their expenses. The College does provide summer jobs to international students so that they may meet this obligation.

7. Clark University Scholarships

Clark University offers the Clark Global Scholars Program which is open to first-year applicants (not a transfer student) who has attended school overseas for at least four years as well as international citizens attending school in the United States. A scholarship of $15,000 to $25,000 per year (for four years, contingent upon meeting academic standards for renewal) and a guaranteed $2,500 taxable stipend for a paid internship or research assistantship taken for academic credit during the summer following your sophomore or junior year is included with the award.

8. Colby-Sawyer College Scholarships

International students are eligible for merit-based financial aid offered by Colby-Sawyer College. The scholarship value increases based on academic ability (measured in GPA) and range from $20,000 up to $26,000 per year. The college does not meet full financial need.

9.  Columbia College Scholarships

Columbia College offers scholarships and awards to outstanding international students. The awards are one time cash grants or 15%- 100% tuition reductions.

10. Concordia College Scholarships

Concordia prizes the contributions international students make on campus and is pleased to provide partial financial assistance to international students. The International Student Scholarship is based on academic ability and family need, amounting up to $25,000 per year.

11. Dartmouth College Scholarships

Dartmouth College meets the demonstrated need of all admitted undergraduates, including those from other countries. Dartmouth College has scholarships and loans available to international students, which includes an allowance for travel to the U.S.

12. East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) offers the International Students Academic Merit Scholarship for new international students seeking a graduate or undergraduate degree. The scholarship covers 50 percent of the total of in and out-of-state tuition and maintenance fees only. No additional fees or costs are covered. The scholarship award can only be used for study at ETSU.

13. East West Center

The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides funding for up to 24 months for Master’s or Doctoral degree study for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. to participate in the educational, residential, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawaii.

14.  Emory College Scholarships

Emory College offers need-based financial aid awards to a select group of international students each year. As well, international applicants are encouraged to apply for merit-based scholarships through the Emory University Scholars Program (November 15 deadline).

15. Illinois Wesleyan University Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are offered to qualified international applicants with outstanding academic achievement and test scores on the required entrance exams. These awards range from $10,000 to $25,000 per year and are renewable for up to four years. In addition, two full-tuition President’s International Student Scholarships may be awarded each year to qualified international students for up to four years of study.

16. Iowa State University International Merit Scholarships

International freshmen will be considered for a limited number of merit scholarships. Scholarship selection is competitive based on a holistic review of SAT or ACT scores and high school marks/grades. The awards range from $2,000 to $10,000 and are renewable.

17.  Michigan State University International Scholarships

Michigan University provides a limited number of scholarship and grants to deserving international students at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. These financial packages are not designed to support your full academic program at MSU.

18.  New York University Wagner Scholarships

The merit scholarships are offered to a limited number of admitted students each application cycle, including international students. The scholarships are partial to full tuition scholarships ranging from $25,000-$47,000.

19. Oregon University Scholarships

Each year, the University of Oregon awards more than one million dollars in financial aid and scholarships to international students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. One of their scholarship programs is the ICSP Scholarship which awards 30–40 competitive scholarships to international students each year. Selected ICSP students receive a tuition-waiver scholarship ranging from $7,500 – $30,000.

20. Wesleyan University Scholarships

Financial aid for foreign students, however, is extremely limited and is awarded on the basis of both exceptional qualifications and demonstrated need. The Freeman Asian Scholars Program, provides full tuition scholarships for a four-year course of study at Wesleyan toward a bachelor’s degree for 11 exceptionally able Asian students. In addition to the 11 Freeman Asian Scholars, the University is expected to offer financial assistance to approximately 30 foreign students from a pool of approximately 600 such applicants

21.  University of the West Scholarships

The University of the West offers scholarships to new international students who achieve high academic standards and demonstrate a financial need such as the President’s and Dean’s scholarships. Scholarship recipients will have the full cost of tuition waived for 7.5-15 undergraduate or 6-12 graduate units per semester.

22. Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarships

The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program provides full scholarships to students from World Bank member countries to pursue development-related studies at selected Universities around the world. Students can choose to study in 8 participating USA Universities including Harvard University, John Hopkins University, University of Chicago, Cornell University and Columbia University.

23. AAUW International Fellowships

AAUW, formerly known as the American Association of University Women, awards international fellowships for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not US citizens or permanent residents. The scholarship is worth $18,000 for Masters, 20,000 for PhD and $30,000 for Postdoctoral students.

24. Abbey Road Summer Scholarships

Abbey Road offers US scholarships worth US$1,000 for language and art students, as well as US$500 fellowships for “summer enrichment” at institutions within the states.

25.  Civil Society Leadership Awards – Fully-funded scholarships are available for students from eligible countries to study in the US or another host country at master’s level.

26. The Next Gen Scholarship Fund

Scholarships to study in the US for non-residents and international students. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA (grade point average) and be enrolled on a program at an accredited university within Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia. It is worth US$1,000.

27. Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship – Awarded twice a year to passionate international students wishing to study in the US. It is worth US$1,000.

28.  David P. Shapiro Autism Scholarship – A one-time scholarship worth US$1,000 open to current or prospective students in the US diagnosed with autism.

29. Preply Scholarship – Three winners will receive an award of up to $2,000and it is open to all students (domestic and international, and at any study level) aged between 16 and 35. To enter, you’ll need to submit a 500-word essay on “The importance of multilingualism to personal and professional development”.

30) MasterCard Foundation Scholarships – Scholarships for African students to study in the US and Africa.

31. Brandeis University Wien International Scholarship Program – Funding opportunity for high-achieving students with an interest in student community contribution.

32. Clark University Global Scholars Program – Scholarships of no less than US$10,000 as well as a guaranteed $2,500 taxable stipend for a paid internship are available for first-year international applicants.

33. Emory University Needs-Based Scholarship Program – Funding opportunities for international students at Emory University. Students must demonstrate financial need.

34. Harvard University Scholarships – Harvard offers a range of (very competitive) international scholarships for students from all over the globe.

35. Illinois State University International Awards – Illinois State offers tuition waivers, merit awards and graduate assistantships to incoming international students.

36.  Iowa State University International Merit Scholarships – Merit-based scholarship program for high-achieving international students.

If you’re willing to turn your fantasies into reality read this article over and over and then explore the endless possibilities within it and beyond. All the best!


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