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Scholarships for International Students

Winona State offers world-class education with the tremendous value of public university cost.  International students are also eligible for several scholarships.  The Cross Cultural Scholarship is available to all admitted international students.  The Presidential Honor Scholarship is offered to first year students (freshmen) only, in recognition of their academic excellence. Transfer students who meet the academic requirements can apply to the Transfer Student Scholarship.


Cross-Cultural Scholarship

The Cross-Cultural Scholarship is available to all international students who qualify for admissions to Winona State University and hold an F-1 Student Visa. This scholarship is equivalent to the difference between the resident rate of tuition and the non-resident rate of tuition. Since tuition is based on a tuition band, the amount of the scholarship for the Academic Year of 2014-2015 is valued at an estimate of USD $5,500.00 based on 24-36 semester credits. View the Cross-Cultural Scholarship requirements (PDF).

The Cross-Cultural Outreach Program from the International Services Office at Winona State University (WSU) offers a variety of cultural learning experiences for children, college students and adults in Southeastern Minnesota. These experiences involve direct person-to-person contact with international students and provide a variety of hands on experiences.

The Cross-Cultural Outreach Program is a vehicle for bringing together people from diverse backgrounds who might otherwise never come to know and appreciate one another. The philosophy of the International Student Program stems from the idea that international students are valuable resources. Through this program, international students are encouraged to be resources, to challenge stereotypes, and to teach the population of Southeastern Minnesota about other cultures.

Application and Renewal Process

You do not need to submit a separate application (PDF) for the Cross-Cultural  Scholarship. All admitted students are awarded the scholarship.  An award  letter clarifying the details of the scholarship is sent to you with the  I-20 form at the time of admission.  The scholarship is renewable for 9  semesters based on your meeting the following criteria. 

  • Complete 3 Cross-Cultural Outreach projects during the academic year (2 minor projects and 1 major project)
  • Maintain the GPA required by the degree program.

This scholarship is renewable based on meeting specific criteria by the advertised deadline.

The above criteria are subject to change at the discretion of the University. 

The Cross-Cultural scholarship is a substantial source of savings for international students.

Cross-Cultural Scholarship Program

The International Services and Cultural Outreach Office (ISCO), in addition to providing a wide rage of services for International Students, ISCO is actively engaged in the process of helping university students and citizens of Minnesota understand other cultures and prepare for responsible citizenship in a global society. We are proud of our International Students as they are a vital and on going part of this effort. The university hopes that our International students will draw upon their vast background and knowledge about their own cultures to educate and promote curiosity through direct person to person contact. Such education is accomplished through carefully constructed programs and learning experiences planned by the International Services Office in combination with university professors and K-12 teachers.

The Cross-Cultural scholarship (CCS) is the amount equivalent to the difference between the resident rate of tuition and the non-resident rate of tuition. Since tuition is based on a tuition band, the amount of the scholarship for the Academic Year of 2015-2016 is valued at an estimate of USD $5,600.00 based on 24-36 semester credits.

The purpose of such a program is to encourage international students to share their culture with kindergarten through 12th graders, college students, and adults residing in southeastern Minnesota. The majority of all CCS programs occur within a classroom setting- i.e. elementary, secondary and college level environments.

The culture sharing events are categorized as Minor and Major projects. The minimum requirement is that the international student completes one (1) major project and two (2) minor projects throughout the academic year (spring +fall).

In case the students start in spring semester, they have to complete (1) one major project and (1) one minor project or (2) minors projects.

  • Major projects (events) involve a greater commitment of time and often involve spending the entire day at an elementary school, secondary school, or university. - Around 8 hours.
    Points received on D2L as approval of completion: 0.33
  • Minor projects (events) are shorter in duration and often consist of a visit to classroom or participation in a special project.
    Around 3 hours.

Points received on D2L as approval of completion: 1 point for each of the two minor projects required.

However, there might be cases when:

  • The students go to share their culture for two (2) classes in a row, which is rewarded with two minor projects. Points received on D2L as approval of completion:2 points.
  • The students participate in two (2) major type of projects (events) and one will be counted as two (2) minor projects. Points received on D2L as approval of completion: 2.33
  • The students exceed the CCS requirement of projects (events) to share aspects of their culture. They can still sign-up, however if the spots are limited, they will give priority to those who haven`t completed their requirement of projects completed. 

If admitted at Winona State University and eligible for receiving the scholarship (see above), the international student will be granted the Cross-Cultural Scholarship starting with the first tuition payment, if and only if the student has signed the “Scholarship Recipient Promissory Agreement”.

The “Scholarship Recipient Promissory Agreement” is an agreement document between the student and the scholarship benefactor that is meant to aware the beneficiary student of the scholarship`s requirements and responsibilities.

Ways to sign the document:

  • During orientation week
  • At the International office

The following are the set of requirements and responsibilities for receiving the scholarship. Any violation of the rules may lead to cessation of scholarship reception.

I understand that my signature on this form establishes my personal responsibility to meet each academic year’s scholarship requirements.

  1. As a CCS recipient, I must complete one (1) major project and two (2) minor projects each academic year. Students attending one semester or students arriving during the spring semester must complete (1) one major project and (1) one minor project or (2) minors projects.
  2. It is my responsibility to sign up in advance for any project with International Services, and I am responsible for remembering the dates and times of the project.
  3. I understand that missing an already signed-up project will count as not completed it.
  4. To renew my CCS for the following academic year, I must complete successfully all my signed-up projects and have obtained a cumulative 2.50 GPA
  5. It is my own responsibility to inform my professors and place of work well in advance, if I am in a project (major / minor) that will interfere with my class or working time.
  6. It is my own responsibility to arrange for artifacts, displays, traditional clothing, etc. needed to perform my cultural projects.
  7. I must maintain an active F1 status.
  8. Individual students and approved clubs are encouraged to create and seek opportunities for service and cultural exchanges. Approval to be considered within the scholarship requirement is required in advance by the Cross Cultural Scholarship Coordinator.
  9. I must register in D2L every academic year and submit my feedback regarding the cultural event as soon as I complete them for approval.
  10. This scholarship cannot be extended beyond 9 semesters.
  1. Organized or coordinated by the international and cultural outreach office.
    The international and cultural outreach office is organizing and coordinating various cultural sharing and exchange projects (events) in collaboration with members of the community and Winona State University (WSU) departments. The projects (events) have the points for minor and major projects determined prior to the event.

    Examples of events organized by the office: “International Learning Day”; “International Dinner”; International Women`s day.

    Examples of events organized in the community: “Project fine company: country presentations”; “WSHS: One-on-one interviews with high school students”; WSU: country presentations/ specific topics from a certain country”; Cultural fairs organized by WSU departments, etc.

  2. Cultural clubs events
    The cultural clubs (see below) put together celebrations of their country`s holidays and festivals. Traditional activities and food are usually part of the celebration. The event must be approved by the Cross-Cultural Scholarship coordinator and listed on the course`s D2L page in order to be considered. Participation in creating such event is awarded with minor or major points depending on the effort and time of involvement.

    • Amigos de Cuetzalan
    • Asian American Club
    • Bangladesh Student Association
    • Black Cultural Organization
    • Club Sri Lanka
    • French Club
    • Full Spectrum
    • Gaonnuri
    • Han Culture Society
    • Hmong American Student Association
    • International Club
    • Japan Club
    • KEAP Diversity Center Round Table
    • LASO Latino-American Students Organization
    • Malaysian Student Association (MSA)
    • Middle Eastern Student Association
    • Somali Student Association
    • Taiwanese Student Association
    • The Chinese Student Society
    • Winona State University T'ai Chi Chuan Club
    • Women of Color Association
    • WSU Nepali Club
    • WSU Spanish Language Club

    Event examples: Chinese New Year; Chinese Moon Festival; Asian Food Market; Malaysian Fun Fair; Spring Festival Dinner

  3.  Events found by the individual students.
    The students have the option to reach out themselves for cultural events. In order to be acknowledged as completing a minor or major point project within the scholarship, the student must inform and get approval from the CCS coordinator. They must provide the name of the event, organizer (person who recruit him/her) and description of the activity. The activity can be within the following categories:

    • Campus involvement activities
    • Cultural sharing in the community
    • Community service

    Upon participation: Upload your feedback on your participation of the above listed categories in the dropbox dedicated for them. The dropbox is located under "Miscellaneous" and is called "Projects in the Community - Minors" and "Projects in the Community - Majors".

    Regardless of what cultural event the student chooses to present their culture, it is mandatory to be enrolled on D2L for the current academic year of the Cross-Cultural Scholarship course. Otherwise, the international student will not be able to sign-up for projects.

I. All Students, Previous and New, are Required to "Self Register"* for the Cross Cultural Course which Changes Every Year.

*The course registration is free.

To do so, please, follow these quick steps.

  1. Go to D2L page
  2. Login with your D2L credentials
  3. Click on Self registration button as shown below: (USE PICTURE HERE)
  4. Select the course. Look for the academic year you are enrolling for and the text “Cross Cultural Scholarship”.
    Example: 2014-2015 Cross Cultural Scholarship - TLT000091
  5. Register for the course in 3 easy steps: Register, Submit and Finish.

II. Course Navigation
Once registered, you can access it from your D2L homepage, located under “No semester” tab!
D2L (“Desire to Learn”) - is the university`s portal for the classes you enroll in. Get familiar with D2L as soon as possible.

  1. Under Calendar you will be seeing the upcoming projects (events)!
  2. Content Browser- gives you a preview of the Materials/Content. This is where you will sign-up for the major and minor projects (events) required for the scholarship!
  3. News- will keep you informed about any changes.

III. Instructions on the Project/Event Sign-up Process

  1. Sign-up for the required projects throughout the semester. You will receive email notifications and reminders from the international office regarding minor and major projects. Don`t miss out the projects you might enjoy!!! Check your email regularly as well as the event calendar on the D2L- CCS course.
  2. Once you sign-up for a project, you will be provided with training and all information necessary for your participation.
  3. In order to complete a project, you have to send feedback about the event. An email reminder containing a survey form will be send to you. After answering all questions, you will have to upload it on Assessments/ Dropbox. A link to that dropbox folder (located on D2L) will be in the email as well.
  4. You will get feedback from the international office acknowledging/or not your participation.

If the student fails to meet any one of the scholarship requirements, you will not receive the cross-cultural scholarship. Therefore, at the end of the academic year the student will receive an email informing that the scholarship cannot be renewed due to the non-conformity from the CCS rules.

However, the student has the right to appeal the cancellation decision. See below how to appeal the CCS cancellation:

  1. The student must fill out the CCS Renewal Appeal Form and submit it by the deadline (forms will be available the first week of the Fall semester).
  2. The students must attach documents explaining why him/ she was unable to fulfill all the scholarship requirements (e.g. letters, official documents)
  3. Granted appeals have restrictions attached.
  4. Appeals may be granted for one semester or one academic year (pending the Appeals Committees Discretion). 

Presidential Honor Scholarship

Presidential Honor Scholarships at Winona State University are designed especially for International Student freshmen with no transfer credits. Students must provide Original TOEFL or SAT score to be eligible for the Presidential Honor Scholarship.


TOEFL (Paper)

TOEFL (Computer)

TOEFL (Internet)


SAT Score

Annual Award

























There is no application to complete for the President Honor Scholarship. The scholarship is offered based on the test scores you submit your application for admissions to Winona State University.  Students who are awarded the Presidential Honor Scholarship will receive an award letter clarifying the details of the scholarship with the I-20 form.

Scholarship Policy

1. Must be an entering as a freshmen with no transfer credits

2. Must be a full-time student (complete a minimum of 12 credits per semester)

3. Must maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade point average at the end of each academic year

4. Must live on-campus in WSU residence halls during the freshman years

5. The earning of prior collegiate credit may limit renewability of this scholarship to fewer than eight semesters

This scholarship is renewable based on meeting specific criteria

Scholarship Acceptance

After admission to the University, students wishing to accept a PHS must send a letter of confirmation to the Director of International Services within two weeks of the date on the award letter. Because WSU wants to distribute all scholarship monies, failure to inform WSU of your desire to accept the scholarship will result in Winona State awarding the scholarship to another new student.


Transfer Scholarships

$500 scholarships are awarded to transfers students with 30+ credits & cumulative college GPA of 3.35 at the time of application to WSU.  Scholarship application forms are mailed to qualified students.  Apply for this scholarship by Nov 1 for the spring term and May 1 for the fall term.