36 Filipino students are in receipt of merit and need-based US scholarships worth more than 37 million Philippines Pesos from accredited American universities for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year.
EducationUSA, the US Department of State’s official source of higher education, has advisers who work with these students throughout their college admissions process.
They support them in a variety of areas, including providing advice on identifying scholarship opportunities and applying for financial aid.
On 20 July, the 36 scholars who are recipients of the US scholarships for Filipino students – along with other admitted students and parents – attended EducationUSA’s annual pre-departure orientation (PDO) and sendoff reception in Taguig City.
The PDO is the final step in EducationUSA’s Five Steps to US Study.
The PDO is free to interested students who will study in the United States in the next academic year.
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This year’s cohort has seen the highest levels of participation. PDO participation increased by more than 18% from the previous year and more than half of the students worked with EducationUSA advisers to receive guidance and support throughout their college admissions process.
During the orientation, students receive comprehensive information on student visas, managing their finances, dealing with culture shock and US classroom culture. The PDO was also attended by current US college students and US university alumni who shared their own success stories and also tips and advice with the outgoing recipients the US scholarships for Filipino students.
EducationUSA provides free advice to prospective international students from over 170 countries and offers students resources and tools to help navigate international study. The Five Steps to US Study covers: researching schools, financing, completing the application, obtaining a student visa and preparing for departure.
With over 4500 accredited higher education institutions in the United States, researching universities can be a difficult task alone. EducationUSA advisers can help students to narrow their options, define their priorities and plan their college careers.
EducationUSA does not offer scholarships, instead they can assist students in identifying any scholarship and financial assistance they may be eligible to receive.