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International Merit Scholarship

The University of Memphis (UofM) selectively awards competitive merit-based scholarships for newly admitted degree-seeking international students on a J-1 or F-1 visa taking classes on campus. We value scholarly achievement and academic success and want to attract the best and brightest students to join our cutting-edge programs and to learn from our world-renowned faculty.

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Please note: Dual citizens and/or permanent residents are not eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship is for entering first-time applicants only. Continuing or enrolled students are not eligible for this scholarship. Student-athletes are subject to NCAA compliance.

Undergraduate Student Eligibility Requirements:

Students must meet at least one of the following criteria eligibility requirements as an incoming undergraduate:

  1. 25 ACT or 1200 SAT equivalent
  2. 3.25 U.S.A. equivalent High School GPA as determined by a credential evaluation agency (www.naces.org)

To maintain this scholarship award, students must be continuously enrolled in full-time credit hours each fall and spring semester. Additionally, students must earn a 2.75 UofM GPA or higher in the first two semesters and a 3.0 UofM GPA or higher for subsequent semesters. This scholarship is a four-year (eight semesters) renewable scholarship requiring recipients to take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. 

Graduate Student Eligibility Requirements:

Students must meet at least one of the following criteria eligibility requirements as an incoming graduate:

  1. 310 GRE with at least 150 in GRE Verbal AND 150 in GRE Quantitative AND 2.5 AWA or equivalent GMAT scores.
  2. 3.25 U.S.A. equivalent undergraduate degree GPA as determined by a credential evaluation agency (www.naces.org) or relevant masters degree from an accredited and approved institution

To maintain this scholarship award, students must be continuously enrolled in full-time credit hours each fall and spring semester. Additionally, students must earn a 3.0 UofM GPA or higher every semester. 

Award Amount 

Award amounts vary and can potentially cover the difference in cost of international and domestic non-Tennessee resident tuition rates. This scholarship cannot be combined with other UofM institutional scholarships. Exceptions are allowed for departmental funding.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are awarded through each individual department. Please contact your department to find out more about the application process. The ISS Office is not involved in the decision-making process for graduate assistantships; for more information please visit the Graduate School's page on assistantships

Additional Scholarships

International students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. You will log in to Tiger Scholarship Manager to apply. Download directions for Tiger Scholarship Manager (PDF) >

Visit memphis.edu/scholarships or contact the Scholarship Office at scholarships@memphis.edu or 901.678.3213 for deadlines and other information.