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International Student Scholarship

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ISS Merit Scholarship

Unique among public research institutions, Old Dominion University offers a renewable (up to four years) undergraduate merit scholarship. Awards range between $5,000 and $10,000 annually to qualified applicants.

Eligibility & Terms

  • Apply by April 15 (fall) or October 1 (spring)
  • Cumulative, U.S. equivalent 3.25 grade point average (GPA)
  • Newly admitted (never previously enrolled at ODU)
  • Pursue an initial Bachelor's degree
  • Valid non-immigrant visa status
  • Ineligible for Virginia in-state tuition rates
  • ISS covers only degree seeking courses

Supplemental Materials

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from previous teachers or advisors. Leadership ability through school and community activities should be addressed
  • One (1) page essay indicating academic intent and personal goals
  • TOEFL & SAT are optional, though highly recommended


  • Renewable for up to four years (eight semesters)
  • Full-time enrollment (at least 12 credit hours for both the Fall and Spring terms)
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25