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International Merit Scholarship (IMS)

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. This scholarship is designed to support international students who matriculate and take classes on the UofM campus as they work toward an undergraduate or graduate degree. 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.

Please note: Dual citizens and/or permanent residents are not eligible for this scholarship

Eligibility Requirements for the International Merit Scholarship for Incoming Undergraduate Students:
• 24 ACT or 1180 SAT equivalent
OR
• 3.25 U.S.A. equivalent undergraduate degree GPA as determined by a credential evaluation agency (www.naces.org)
Eligibility Requirements for the International Merit Scholarship for Incoming Graduate Students:
• 300 GRE or equivalent on other tests
OR
• 3.0 U.S.A. equivalent undergraduate degree GPA as determined by a credential evaluation agency (www.naces.org) or relevant master's degree from an accredited and approved institution
Continuing Requirements to Keep the International Merit Scholarship
for Undergraduate Students:
• Full-time enrollment status
• 2.75 UofM GPA in first two semesters and 3.0 UofM GPA for subsequent semesters
for Graduate Students:
• Full-time enrollment status
• 3.0 UofM GPA all semesters

Award Amount

Award amounts vary. This scholarship cannot be combined with other UofM institutional scholarships, with some specific exceptions  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