EducationUSA Opportunity Application 2010-2011 What are Opportunity funds? Opportunity funds are provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and are designed to increase access to U.S. higher education institutions for highly qualified international students of limited means. Through Opportunity funds, EducationUSA is committed to helping international students have the best possible chance to experience higher education in the United States. Who can receive Opportunity funds? Opportunity funds are awarded to talented Turkish students of limited financial means who have a good chance of being offered financial aid from a degree-granting program at an accredited U.S. university, but who cannot afford the up-front costs of applying to a U.S. university. What kinds of expenses can be covered by Opportunity funds? Opportunity funds can be used to fund the upfront costs of applying to a university in the United States, including application fees, translations, mailing expenses, and standardized testing fees. How can I apply for Opportunity funds? Fill out the Opportunity application fee and send it to one of the following educational advisers in Turkey. The educational adviser will review your application and contact you within 3 weeks of receiving your application. Turkish Fulbright Commission EducationUSA Office Turkish Fulbright Commission Istanbul Branch Office Turkish-American Association Ankara Main Office Gumussuyu, Dumen Sokak 3/11 Cinnah Cad. 20 Kavaklidere Sehit Ersan Caddesi 28/4 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 0212 244 1105 0312 426 2648 0312 427 1360 Educational Advisers: Educational Adviser: Educational Adviser: Mevlude Bakir, Ulku Inal Aylin Dewan Meltem Bilikmen Educational advisers in Turkey can also provide you with advice on how to apply to a U.S. university, choose a university, prepare an application form, write a statement of purpose, and find scholarship support/financial aid. What are the selection criteria for Opportunity funds? Opportunity funds are awarded to prospective students on the basis of a combination of demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. To be eligible for funding, students must be applying to degree-programs (AA/AS, BA/BS, LLM, MA/MS, MBA, Ph.D., etc.). Opportunity funds offer no guarantee of acceptance or financial aid awards at U.S. institutions. How many people are awarded Opportunity funds every year? Opportunity funds are provided to a limited number of the most talented students. What is the deadline for applying for Opportunity funds? Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 1, 2010. You can apply at any time. EducationUSA Opportunity Application All sections should be completed in English. Personal Data Full Name: Date of Application: Permanent Address: Current Address: Home Phone: Mobile Phone: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Email Address: Gender: Male Female Citizenship: Turkish Green Card/US Citizen Other: Marital Status: Single Married Widowed Separated Divorced Do you have relatives in the US? Yes No Have you previously applied for this grant? Have you ever received a US Yes No If yes, list US visa type and date(s): visa? Plans for Study in the US Associate (AA/AS) Doctoral (Ph.D.) Bachelor (BA/BS) Intended major: Level: Transfer student Masters (MA/MS) Other: LLM MBA Enrollment date: Spring 2011 Fall 2011 Spring 2012 Other: Career plans: Just starting Stage in Choosing/have chosen US universities to which I’d like to apply application Taking/have taken entrance exams (SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, etc.) process: (mark all Have applied for admission to one or more US universities that apply) Have been admitted to one or more US universities Have accepted an offer of admission at a US college or university Are you applying for financial aid (scholarship and/or research/teaching Yes No assistantship) offered by US universities? Are you applying Turkish government scholarship Yes Fulbright Scholarship for other sources No Private sponsor. List name: __________________________ of financial aid? Other: Yes Do you have any personal/family funds to None cover the cost of your education in the US? Some funds, but only for: tuition/fees housing/food US Universities: Please list colleges/universities to which you will apply or have applied. Institution Name Reason for choosing this institution. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Educational Background Please list all educational institutions attended (or currently attending), including high school. Name: City/Country: Entry Date: Graduation Date: GPA: Degree/Major: 1. 2. 3. Test Information/Results Test of English as a Paper-based (PBT) Foreign Language Internet-based (iBT) Date Taken: Score: (TOEFL) Institutional TOEFL (ITP)/practice test Date Taken: Score: IELTS Score: Date Taken: GRE General Date: Verbal: Quantitative: Analytical Writing: GRE Subject Date: Subject: Score: GMAT Date: Verbal: Quantitative: Analytical Writing: SAT (Reasoning) Date: Critical reading: Math: Writing: SAT Subject Subject: Date: Score: SAT Subject Subject: Date: Score: SAT Subject Subject: Date: Score: ACT English: Math: Reading: Science: Composite: Writing: Academic Publications Please list publications that you have authored or co-authored (attach a c.v., if you have more than six). Include name, title of your article/work, name of publication, date. 1. 2. 3. Academic Honors/Awards/Scholarships/Exchange Programs Please list any academic honors, scholarships received, or exchange programs in which you have participated since 9th grade: 1. 2. 3. 4. Family Background If parent/guardian is retired, please list current occupation and salary and previous employment. Mother’s name: Deceased/Unknown? Home address (if different from yours): Occupation: Monthly Salary: Highest Degree Earned: Name of Employer: Father’s name: Deceased/Unknown? Home address (if different from mother): Monthly Salary: Occupation: Name of Employer Highest Degree Earned: Parents’ marital status: Never married Married Divorced Separated Widowed Both parents One parent Other Number of brothers and sisters: With whom do you live: Please list the names of your brothers and sisters and where they are currently studying and/or working: Name of Brother/Sister School/University/Workplace Name of brother/sister School/University/Workplace 1. 4. 2. 5. 3. 6. If you are married, what is the occupation and monthly salary of your spouse? Monthly Expenses List the average monthly expenses of your household, including utilities, rent, education, pocket money, etc. Work Experience Please list any jobs that you have held during the past three years, including summer employment: Position Employer City Dates Hours/week Monthly Salary 1. 2. 3. Please describe any non-academic achievements (in sports, music, community service, etc.): Have you ever traveled abroad? If so, where and why? How did you finance your travels? Explain. In fewer than 500 words, please describe how studying in the United States will help you to achieve your academic/career goals. Why should you be considered for the Opportunity Scholarship? Please include a description of your financial reasons for needing this award. Have you ever applied for a Fulbright graduate scholarship and/or do you intend to apply for a Fulbright graduate scholarship this year? Yes, I plan to apply Yes, I have applied in the past No, I have never applied Have you used the resources of an EducationUSA Advising Center (Fulbright, TAA)? Yes No If yes, please check all that apply: General lectures School/University Presentation Advising Center Library Computers/Internet Individual Consultation Other: How did you learn about the Opportunity Scholarships? Please check all that apply: at EducationUSA center School/University Presentation Poster/Flyer Individual Consultation EducationUSA Website Friend/Relative Media Publications, specify: Other: Certification I certify that the information in this form is accurate to the best of my knowledge: Printed Name: Date: Comments For EducationUSA & US Embassy Staff Only! EducationUSA Adviser Comments: Selection Committee Comments: Opportunity Scholarship Expenses Please fill out your requested budget in US dollars. Grantees will be asked to verify their budgets and provide evidence of expenses (original receipts, invoices, etc). *Indicate the expenses you are applying for with this OG application only* APPLICATION FEES: University name application fee university name application fee 1. $ 4. $ 2. $ 5. $ 3. $ 6. $ Sub-total, Application Fees: $ TRANSLATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS/MAILING COSTS/OTHER T Certification of Educational Credentials: Translations of Educational Credentials: Postage and Courier Fees: Other application-related expenses: Sub-total, Translations/Certifications: $ TESTING FEES Please put an “X” next to tests that you would like to take. Fill in the number of additional score reports (if Date of test any), and the date of each test. Testing companies will send your scores to 4 universities for free. TOEFL: Internet Based: $185 Paper Based: $160 Additional score reports ($17 each): GRE General: $190 Additional score reports ($23 each): GRE Subject: $160 Which subject: Additional score reports ($23 each): GMAT: $250 Additional score reports ($28 each): SAT (Reasoning) $75 (test & international fee) Additional score reports ($9.50 each): $49 (test & processing fee) Additional subject tests Additional score reports SAT (Subject) ($10 each): ($10 each): ACT: $33 Extra Scores Reports ($10 IELTS: 120 £ $48 (with writing) each): Travel cost to test center (for students from cities where test is not available): $ Sub-total, Testing Fees: $ OTHER EXPENSES (ONLY IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN ADMITTED TO A US UNIVERSITY) US Visa: $140 + $20 SEVIS fee: $200 Travel Expenses for Visa Interview: Round-trip airfare to US (estimate): Your travel itinerary: Copy of I-20 and acceptance letter must be submitted before funding (see Fly America Act Checklist for guidelines) can be considered Stipend for settling in at university: Explanation: Other university-related Explanation: fees/expenses: Sub-total, Other Expenses: $ TOTAL EXPENSES: $ I certify that the information in this form is accurate to the best of my knowledge: Printed Name: Date: Send the completed form (and the budget request) to one EducationUSA Advising Center in Turkey (see addresses above). Forms sent to more than one advising center will NOT be processed and you should expect to receive a response within 3 weeks.
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