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Margaret Sanders International Scholarship

The annual Margaret Sanders International Scholarship is open to graduating high school students from AISA full member schools. The scholarship provides financial support for the graduate to attend college or university (must be a 501 (c)(3), U.S. chartered, degree-granting institution) in and may cover a broad range of educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, books, computers and the like.

Award maximum: To be determined by the Margaret Sanders Foundation each year (normally around US$5,000)

Selection Process and Timeline

Full Member AISA schools are invited to submit one student for consideration of the scholarship opportunity. The AISA Board will then evaluate all applications, choosing one to represent the AISA region to the Margaret Sanders Foundation. This applicant will then compete with candidates in other regions for this prestigious international award.

We recommend that one person at each school be responsible for publicizing the scholarship and coordinating the application process as follows:

  1. The school will publicize the scholarships to graduating seniors.
  2. Set an application deadline date in advance of the AISA November 1st submission deadline.
  3. Form a local “Awards Council” or appoint an individual staff member to review the scholarship applications.
  4. Select one applicant to be nominated from their school.
  5. Forward the candidate’s completed application portfolio (see below) to AISA before November 1st.
  6. Include a cover letter that gives the name of the school’s chosen candidate for the Scholarship.

The final selection for the scholarship(s) will be announced at the annual AAIE Conference in February. Once the scholarships have been awarded, the Margaret Sanders Foundation will notify the winners.

Please note:

The Foundation will make payments for educational expenses directly to the college/university selected by the award recipients, with the qualifying provision that it must be a 501 (c)(3), U.S. chartered, degree-granting institution.  Should the college/university cease to be a qualified 501 (c)(3), United Way cannot disburse funds unless proven status is reinstated.

Scholarship monies will be paid to the student’s selected educational institution once the Foundation has received official notification from the institution that the student has matriculated.  The student should ensure their chosen institution has sent official notification of his/her matriculation to the United Way Foundation as soon as practical, in order to receive scholarship funds.

Nomination Guidelines

Schools wishing to nominate a student must complete the application form with accompanying documents to AISA by November 1.

Nominating students must:

  • Be enrolled at an AISA Full Member school in good standing
  • Be in their senior year of high school
  • Be endorsed and recommended by their school according the process outlined above
  • Have applied to a qualifying 501 (c)(3), U.S. chartered, degree-granting institution
  • Submit an application portfolio (written and photo essay) to AISA that clearly demonstrates:
    • academic excellence
    • good interpersonal skills
    • intrinsic motivation and organization
    • active involvement in extracurricular activities in the school and/or the wider community
    • a commitment to service
    • some financial hardship

Schools wishing to nominate a student must complete the application form with accompanying documents to AISA by November 1.

To complete the application process, each applicant will need to provide the following documents which can be uploaded with the form:

  • Official academic transcripts
  • Three letters of reference from; a) a teacher/school counsellor,  b) activities coordinator or coach, c) an adult of the student’s choice
  • An original essay written by the student describing his/her strengths, aspirations and how their further study will enable them to contribute to their community
  • A portfolio illustrating the student’s involvement in the life of their school and community and the impact of their contribution. Note that portfolios will not be returned.

Recognising Past Winners

AISA would like to acknowledge the following winners of this prestigious award:

  • 2015/16 - Kedest Mathewos, International Community School Addis Ababa
  • 2014/15 - Sharon Bosire, Brookhouse
  • 2013/14 - Catherine Namwezi, International School of Uganda

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