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Global Excellence Scholarship FAQ

These frequently asked questions are designed to help recipients of the Global Excellence Scholarship (GES) understand the terms of their awards. Recipients should also reference the award letter they received via email at the time they were notified of their scholarship award (these documents would have been sent prior to enrollment).

Global Excellence Scholarship recipients should be very proud of their award; less than 30 percent of new international students receive these competitive awards annually. For this reason, we honor and celebrate the accomplishments of our our award recipients each November; an invitation to the annual Global Excellence Scholarship Reception will be sent to your UMN email!

Will I receive my GES award if I am taking a reduced course load?

Global Excellence Scholarship awards require students to make satisfactory academic progress towards an on-time graduation. This includes maintaining full-time enrollment of at least 13 credits per semester and completing at least 30 credits per year. Exceptions can be made in some situations where a student can take a reduced course load and still be on track for on-time graduation. These exceptions are determined on a case-by-case basis. To be considered for an exception, please send an email to isssfund@umn.edu requesting to submit an appeal to continue receiving your GES.

Will I receive my GES award while studying abroad?

Global Excellence Scholarship awards cannot be applied to study abroad programs. However, you will be able to resume your scholarship when you return from your study abroad program. Credits earned while studying abroad can be used to satisfy the 30-credit annual requirement.

Will changing my major affect my GES award?

Global Excellence Scholarship awards are not tied to a particular major or college, so changing majors within the University will not cause you to lose your scholarship.

Will changing my visa status affect my GES award?

Global Excellence Scholarships are only awarded to students on F-1 visas. Students must maintain F-1 status to continue to receive their GES awards.

Is it possible to increase my GES award?

All scholarship award decisions are made at the time of admission. Global Excellence Scholarship award rules do not allow for adjustments to be made mid-degree due to hardship, excellent academic performance, or any other reason. If you are experiencing economic hardship due to extenuating circumstances, you should review our other International Student Funding programs.

I will need to stay at the University for one or more additional semesters to complete my degree requirements. Will I be able to extend my GES award for this additional time?

Global Excellence Scholarship awards cannot be extended past four years for students who entered the University as freshmen or three years for students who transferred to the University. This is the policy for all University scholarships. If you believe you have extenuating circumstances, please contact isssfund@umn.edu.

If I take a leave of absence, will I be able to receive my GES award when I return to the University?

Global Excellence Scholarship awards require that students maintain consecutive terms of enrollment. However, exceptions can be made in certain circumstances including an absence for military service. To be considered for a deferral of your scholarship, please send an email to isssfund@umn.edu.

If I am put on academic probation, will I lose my GES award?

Global Excellence Scholarship awards are contingent upon maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). You can find the definition of SAP on the One Stop website.

What is the GPA minimum to maintain my GES award?

Global Excellence Scholarship awards are contingent upon maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). For most colleges, this means maintaining a minimum of 2.0. You can find the definition of SAP on the One Stop website.

 

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