Global Citizen Scholarship

 At MPOWER, we believe that we’re not just expanding access to higher education. We’re also creating globally-minded, multi-lingual, culturally-competent graduates poised to take on the world’s most pressing problems in science, technology, business, and public policy!

In recognition of the extraordinary potential of these students, we’ve created the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship. We’ve intentionally designed this scholarship program to be as broad as possible to match the broad, diverse experiences of international students. And there’s no requirement to be an MPOWER borrower to apply!

MPOWER Scholarship 2018 Winners:

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Crystal (Haoyang) Liu

Crystal (Haoyang) Liu

JD at the University of Michigan Law School, China

“I’ve always wanted to study in the U.S. because in the U.S., students are challenged to frame their own worldviews by learning what questions to ask and by searching the answers on their own.”

Rohit Gupta

Rohit Gupta

M.S. in Data Science at the University of Washington, India

“I chose to study in the U.S. because I believe that technology is a vital frontier of human civilization, and the ecosystem here attracts the best from around the world.”

Fernanda Yamana

Fernanda Yamana

MBA at Hult International Business School, Brazil

“I chose to study in the U.S. because it combines the best academic methodology with meeting people from different nationalities, thus enhancing the learning experience.”

Rida Hassan

Rida Hassan

Undergraduate at the University of Southern Mississippi, Pakistan

“Studying in the U.S. has given me a newfound interest in academic research due to the unique focus that I’ve seen on undergraduate research.”

MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship:

MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship


Four $5,000 scholarships awarded to international and DACA students enrolled at an MPOWER partner university.

What You’ll Win: One of four $5,000 Awards per year (USD, non-renewable)

Qualify to Enter:

  • The student must be 18 years or older
  • The student must have been accepted or enrolled at a full-time program at a U.S. or Canadian school that is an MPOWER Partner College or University
  • The student must have one of the following immigration statuses:
    • For study at a U.S. partner college or university: F1 visa status, Green Card holder (permanent resident) status, or a DACA recipient status.
    • For study at a Canadian partner college or university: permanent resident or Canadian study permit holder

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Global Citizen Scholarship Details:

FAQ, and Terms and Conditions

Who is eligible to apply for the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship?
  • The student must have been accepted or enrolled at a full-time program at a U.S. or Canadian school that is an MPOWER Partner College or University
  • The student must have one of the following immigration statuses:
    • For study at a U.S. partner college or university: F1 visa status, Green Card holder (permanent resident) status, or a DACA recipient status
    • For study at a Canadian partner college or university: permanent resident or Canadian study permit holder
  • The student must be 18 years or older
How to apply to the scholarship:
All eligible students, regardless if you are a current MPOWER borrower or not, must complete an application form to enter the scholarship contest.
How will the winners be selected?
Winners will be selected based solely on their short essay response. Essays will be judged based on (1) grammar, vocabulary and clarity, (2) creativity, and (3) insightfulness and power of story. Scholarship essays will be judged blindly by an unbiased committee within MPOWER.
How many scholarships are offered?
MPOWER is offering four (4) scholarships in total, two (2) recipients will be chosen in April 2019 and two (2) will be chosen in October 2019. Each scholarship is valued at $5,000.
When is the deadline to apply?
The application deadlines are April 15 and October 15 annually. Applications from one period do not roll over to the next. Students may enter twice; once before the April 15 deadline and once before the October 15 deadline.
When will the winners be notified?
Scholarship winners will be notified within three (3) weeks of the deadline date.
When and how do the recipients receive the scholarship funds?
Once the scholarship winners have been notified, MPOWER will confirm the winner’s eligibility.  Once a winner’s eligibility is verified, MPOWER will disburse the funds directly to the winner’s college/university, subject to the requirements of any applicable U.S. or Canadian laws.


No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Only one entry per Contest. By entering the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest, you agree to be bound by these official term and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”), which include a release and license from you. 1. Eligibility. The Global Citizen Scholarship Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to students who meet the following requirements:

  • The student must have been accepted or enrolled at a full-time program at a U.S. or Canadian school that is an MPOWER Partner College or University
  • The student must have one of the following immigration statuses:
    • For study at a U.S. partner college or university: F1 visa status, Green Card holder (permanent resident) status, or a DACA recipient status
    • For study at a Canadian partner college or university: permanent resident or Canadian study permit holder
  • The student must be 18 years or older

Employees (including their immediate family [for e.g., spouse, parents, siblings, and children], and household members) of MPOWER Financing (the “Sponsor”), its affiliates, subsidiaries and those of any agent, vendor, or supplier of Sponsor, are not eligible. Eligibility is contingent upon agreement to, compliance with, and fulfillment of all requirements set forth herein. Participation in the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest in any way constitutes an entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Terms and Conditions and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest. Where applicable, the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law. 2. Sponsor. MPOWER Financing, Public Benefit Corporation, 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009. 3. Period of Contests/Drawings. There will be two Contests. The Spring Contest begins at 12:01 AM EST on October 9, 2018 and ends on at 11:59 EST on April 15, 2019 (the “Spring Contest Period”). The Fall Contest begins at 12:01 AM EST on April 16, 2018, and ends on October 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST (the “Fall Contest Period”). Only entries submitted and received during each respective Contest Period will be eligible. You must apply separately to each Contest as Fall Contest entries will not carry over to the Spring Contest. Sponsor is both the official timekeeper and final arbiter of eligibility for each Contest. For each Contest, two (2) contest winners will be selected and the winner of each will be awarded a $5,000 MPOWER Scholarship to be applied to tuition, fees, or expenses at the winner’s school of attendance (each a “Prize”). Students (the “Entrants”) may enter each Contest once. Odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received and the quality of the essays submitted by all Entrants. 4. How to Enter/Conditions of Entry. During the Contest Period, there is only one method of entry, as described below. Entrants may only enter once during the Contest Period. For each Contest, Entrants must fully complete and submit the online contest entry form (an “Entry”) found at Any Entry that does not comply with these Terms and Conditions is void. All Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s university name, state, country of origin, and/or essay question response for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval. Any Entry found to contain erroneous, expired, canceled, fraudulent, or fake information is void. Only the actual student may participate in the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest, and the completion of the online entry form by any family member or other individual or entity will disqualify such Entry from this Contest. Any attempt by any person to obtain more than one Entry by any means (including, but not limited to, the use of multiple email addresses, phone numbers, identities, registrations, or logins; or any other unauthorized method of entry) will result in such person’s automatic disqualification from the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest. By submitting an Entry, you agree that Sponsor may, from time to time, communicate with you regarding products and services that it believes may be of interest to you. 5. Prize. A total of four (4) scholarships will be awarded over the course of the Promotional Period (“Prize”). Each scholarship is $5,000. There are no substitutions permitted for any awarded Prize. A Prize will only be awarded to the person submitting the Entry and may not be sold, assigned, or otherwise transferred (“Transfer”). Any Transfer or attempted Transfer shall be void. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. 6. Selection of Winner and Award of Prize. For each Contest, all entries will be judged based on the quality of the essay question response. Sponsor shall select at least three representatives of the Sponsor (the “Judges”), who will review all applicable and valid Entries and select two winning submissions from among them. The essay must be written in English and will be scored based on a combination of (1) grammar, vocabulary and clarity, (2) creativity, and (3) insightfulness and power of story. Prior to any decision, MPOWER reserves the right to conduct interviews and/or request additional information from any Entrants related to their Entry. The Judges’ decision is final and binding. Winners will be notified within three (3) weeks of the end of each Contest Period. All decisions (including but not limited to eligibility determinations) will be final and binding and are not subject to challenge or appeal. Prize awards are subject to Sponsor’s verification of winners’ eligibility. All winners will be required to submit (without alteration and in the form provided by Sponsor) a completed and signed Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability & Publicity Release (the “Release”). Winner’s failure to timely return an executed Release within the required time period to Sponsor will void a winner’s Prize award and Sponsor reserves the right to award such Prize to an alternate entrant. Winners are solely responsible for the payment of any applicable federal, state, and local taxes associated with their acceptance and receipt of any Prize. Winners acknowledge that their Prize may be subject to U.S. or Canadian withholding and that they may be required to execute and return to Sponsor the U.S. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 or applicable Canadian form. All winners will be notified by telephone, email, and/or regular mail using contact information provided on their Entry. Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted, or not received by the potential winner for any reason. If any potential winner does not respond within the time required by Sponsor, or if any winner notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to a potential winner, or fails to timely return the Release to Sponsor, the Prize for that Contest will be awarded to an alternative winner selected by the Judges based on the results of the aforementioned judging criteria. Following Sponsor’s verification of winner’s eligibility and receipt of the executed Release from a winner, Sponsor shall pay the Prize on winner’s behalf, directly to winner’s school of enrollment. Sponsor will not have any liability to winner in the event that winner’s school refuses, loses, fails to properly apply, or otherwise fails to credit any Prize (or portion thereof) for winner’s benefit. 7. Disputes/Venue/Governing Law. Except where prohibited by law, Entrant agrees that: (1) all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with a Contest or any prize awarded will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate federal or state court located in the District of Columbia; (2) all claims, judgments, and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering a Contest, but in no event will include attorneys’ fees; and (3) Entrant will not be permitted to obtain awards for indirect, punitive incidental and consequential damage and any rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, or the rights or obligations of Entrant or Sponsor in connection with a Contest, are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, no matter what jurisdiction, that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than as stated. 8. Right to Modify or Cancel. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Terms and Conditions will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event any provision is found invalid or unenforceable, these Terms and Conditions will otherwise remain in effect in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was never included. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Terms and Conditions does not constitute a waiver of that provision. Sponsor may cancel, suspend, and/or modify a Contest or any part of it, in any way, if Sponsor determines in its sole discretion that a Contest is not capable of executing as Sponsor intended, or that any mistake, clerical, or typographical error, omission, fraud, technical failure, tampering, computer virus, or other factor, technical or otherwise, beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control, impairs or may impair Sponsor’s ability to properly conduct the Contest, subject to any applicable law or regulation. 9. Personal Information. Information collected from Entrants in connection with a Contest is subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. 10. List of Winners. The list of winners will be available to view on the MPOWER website. In extenuating circumstances, MPOWER may make an exception for DACA students concerned about making their immigration status public. 11. Disclaimer. Though a Contest may be promoted via social media websites, such websites are not affiliated with Sponsor or any Contest. No Contest is in anyway sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or any other site or medium that might host content where information about a Contest is posted or published (collectively “Content Hosts”). Entrant is providing information only to Sponsor and not to any Content Hosts.

Global Citizen Scholarship Application:

Deadline: April 15, 2019

  • To find out if MPOWER supports your school, please visit If you still have a question, please provide additional details below.
  • You must be able to prove you are currently enrolled in or accepted to this institution.
  • From above mentioned U.S.-based college/university.
  • From the above mentioned U.S.or Canadian college or university.
  • Choose all that apply. To select multiple options, hold the CTRL key and click the items.
  • (1) What impact do you want to make in the world with your U.S. or Canadian education? Tell us what you wish to achieve. (2) If you could improve integration between international students and domestic students (from the U.S./Canada) on your campus, how would you do so? Maximum 1,000 characters.

We’re excited to hear from you!

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