World’s Children Scholarship Program FAQ
The WC Scholarship Program provides funding for students who have completed high school and want to go on to earn a college degree. Scholarship awards may be used for tuition and school fees, room and board, transportation, textbooks, or other expenses depending on the student’s needs. Every scholarship is a little bit different, as we have both students and sponsors from all walks of life, and we try to accommodate everyone who wants to participate in the scholarship program. Please refer to the following FAQs for general information about the World’s Children scholarship program, and feel free to ask if you have any additional questions.
Who is eligible for a WC Scholarship?
Any student who lives in the countries we serve and has completed high school in good standing is eligible to apply for a World’s Children scholarship. While many of our scholarship students start out as sponsored children, it is not a requirement. Priority goes to students who are orphans or from very poor families
What are the application requirements?
Prospective scholarship recipients are asked to submit an application which includes information about their degree program, a copy of the applicant’s academic transcript, a brief personal essay, and a letter of recommendation. Returning students must submit a renewal application each year, which allows us to follow the student’s progress, ensuring that he or she is eligible for another year of scholarship funding.
How is the scholarship program funded?
Like most World’s Children programs, the majority of the funding comes from individual donors. In many cases, a scholarship is basically an extended sponsorship, in which the sponsor agrees to continue his/her support while the student attends college. For scholarship applicants who have not been previously sponsored, we look for a sponsor much like we do for a younger child. Interest earned by the World’s Children endowment fund is also applied to the scholarship program.
What is the cost of supporting a scholarship student?
A scholarship for one student costs $600 per year.* We recognize that this is a larger pledge than regular sponsorship; if a sponsor is not able to contribute $600 per year, for your sponsored child, let us know what you can contribute. Endowment interest and/or general scholarship funds will be used to supplement the scholarship. We are happy to work with you to make your student’s scholarship possible. We welcome any size donation to the World’s Children Scholarship Fund. Contributing to the Scholarship Fund is very cost-effective for us.
*Scholarships may be less than $600 if the full cost of tuition and fees will be covered by a smaller amount.
Does a WC scholarship cover all of a student’s costs?
Not always. Tuition varies greatly for different degree programs, fields, and learning institutions. Some students need as little as $300 per year to get their degree, so the WC scholarship does cover all costs for these students. Others may need as much as $2000 per year; these students are responsible for funding the remaining cost of their degree programs. Students may work part-time, apply for additional scholarships, take out loans, or receive some assistance from parents or relatives. In the health care field, students have the option of signing on for what is called a “bond year,” in which the student agrees to work for the hospital/lab/etc. for a designated length of time after graduation, usually for one year. They receive housing and a stipend, but some of their wages go toward repaying the cost of tuition. Some of the institutions we work with offer generous fee concessions for students who have beaten the odds to attend university, significantly reducing the cost of tuition.
How do I know that my scholarship funds are being used properly?
Each year, we will update you on the progress of your scholarship student, and provide you with your student’s application materials. We require documentation of all payments made with scholarship funds, so you can be confident that your student is benefiting directly from his or her scholarship award.
Can I choose a student in a particular field?
It depends. From year to year, we cannot predict the make-up of the new applicant pool. We will try to pair you with a student who matches your preferences, but cannot guarantee availability. Nursing students are the exception; about half of our scholarship students are in nursing school. If you are interested in supporting an aspiring nurse, it’s very likely we’ll be able to match you with a student.
Can I donate to the scholarship program if I don’t want to sponsor an individual student?
Absolutely! We use Scholarship Fund donations to fill gaps in funding, and to award additional scholarships as funding permits.
Some common abbreviations you may wonder about:
- B.Com: Bachelor of Commerce.
- B.Ed: Bachelor of Education
- B.Sc: Bachelor of Science
- B.Tech: Bachelor of Technology
- E.T.C.M.: Ellen Thoburn Cowen Memorial Hospital and School of Nursing. One of our partner institutions, located in Kolar, India; we support 20-25 nursing students each year at E.T.C.M.
- GNM: General Nursing and Midwifery – the most common nursing degree sought by our students. Similar to an RN in the United States, it is a three-year degree program.
- ANM: Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery – a shorter (usually 1-2 years) nursing program. Similar to an LPN or LVN in the United States.
- PUC: Pre-University Course – The equivalent of 11th and 12th grades in India. High school officially ends after tenth grade, but 11th and 12th grades are required in order to apply for a college degree. Usually only students who are interested in going to college will go on past tenth grade.
- SSLC: Secondary School Leaving Certificate – the equivalent of a high school diploma, received upon successful completion of 10th grade. The SSLC is required to attend PUC.
Still have questions? Feel free to contact us to learn more about the scholarship program. Read some of our graduates’ success stories.