University of Minnesota Twin Cities joins #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship program

you are welcome here scholarship logo with earth and graduation capThe University of Minnesota will offer two #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships for incoming international students for fall 2019. This scholarship program is an outgrowth of the successful #YouAreWelcomeHere social media campaign to encourage international students to study in the United States. The other partners include Concordia College (Minnesota), Eastern Michigan University, James Madison University (Virginia), Purdue University Northwest (Indiana), Seattle University, Shoreline Community College (Washington), Temple University, and Western New England University (Massachusetts).

The University of Minnesota will offer two annual, renewable scholarships of $15,000 per year in financial support for incoming international students who are committed to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message.

“The University of Minnesota participated in the initial #YAWH social media campaign with a goal to make sure that prospective and current international students knew they would be welcomed here,” says Aimee Thostenson, director of international student recruitment. “In our interactions with students over the last year, we have found that prospective students are worried about affordability, physical safety and discrimination. This is a public way for us to demonstrate that we want international students here.”

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 United States. Since then, more than 350 colleges and universities, 60 international education companies and organizations, and 20 high schools have joined.