December Edition #250

With the last month of the year comes our last newsletter of the year. It’s bittersweet that we wrap up 2019 and turn to what is ahead of us as we have a lot to look forward to 2020. In this newsletter, we have included information on our Travel Video Contest winners, financial aid - including our newly launched scholarship program, and what you can expect this holiday season. We hope you have a great December, see you next year!

The International Student Team


Travel Video Contest Winners!

Our 2019 Travel Video Contest has come to an end and we couldn’t be more excited to announce the Grand Prize winner: Ayush Rai! Ayush was chosen by our panel of judges to win a prize of $4,000 and plans on using his prize money to study visual effects in Canada. Congratulations, Ayush! We would also like to congratulate the other outstanding winners:

  1. $500 Second-place winner - Sebastian Carrillo
  2. $250 Third-place winner - Anna Singatulina
  3. $1,000 Viewer’s Choice Winner - Sofía Celine Noriega Ramos
  4. $500 GoAbroad Choice winner - Tatiana Soskina

We enjoyed watching each of your video entries and look forward to seeing what you come up with next year. Congratulations again to each of our winners!


Travel Video Contest Winner's Blog

Our Travel Video Contest winner, Ayush Rai, will be documenting his travels in the International Student blog. Read the post to find out what winning our Travel Video Contest was like and to stay updated on his upcoming trip!


Central America Scholarship Program

The MPOWER/ Central America Scholarship Program application is now open! We have partnered with MPOWER Financing to give three deserving Central American students the opportunity to pursue higher education in the United States. One recipient will be awarded $3,000 and two honorable mentions will be awarded $1,000. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can enter right now online by submitting the necessary documents including an essay that answers:

  1. How you have already contributed to creating opportunity, improving the quality of life, and/or advocating for and empowering marginalized communities in your home country and/or within Central America
  2. How you will continue to do so after your education is completed
  3. How your education will directly affect your ability to affect these goals

Submit your application on or before the deadline, January 31st, 2020. Eligibility requirements and more information about the scholarship program are available on our website.


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Loans for the New Semester

The new semester is almost here which means fees for the new semester will also be here soon! If you need help filling the financial aid gap see what aid, including international student loans and scholarships, are available to you at your college or university.


Happy Holidays

It's December and the holiday season is in full effect! Do you know what that means? It means by the end of the month, you’re probably going to know all of the words to Mariah Carey’s "All I Want For Christmas Is You." However, while this month in the US is dominated by all things Christmas, there are a lot of other December holidays that are sure to make this one of the most exciting times of the year. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve take place during this month and we’re excited to celebrate them all. So, heat up the hot cocoa, dress up in your warm clothes, and get into the holiday spirit with!


Stay in Contact with Friends and Family

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