Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship

Merit Based Scholarship | Scholarship Provided by : Freeman Foundation

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The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program provides expenses for a four-year course of study toward a bachelor’s degree for up to eleven exceptionally able Asian students annually from these countries and regions: the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.This program is made possible by Wesleyan University and the Freeman Foundation, which aims to improve understanding and strengthen ties between the United States and the countries and regions of the Pacific Rim.  A number of early Wesleyan graduates were influential educators and ministers in Asian countries, and the present-day Wesleyan has formal ties to several prominent universities in Asia.

Scholarship application closes on
January 1, 2017
Scholarship provided type
Number of scholarships offered
11 per year
Study Level
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Scholarship Details

200 scholarships are offered to students pursuing professional courses like M.B.B.SEach Freeman Scholar will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and student fees (called “full tuition scholarship”) regardless of his or her family’s financial situation. In the 2015-2016 school year tuition and fees total $48,704. Families wishing to apply for financial aid to assist with the costs associated with room, board, travel, and books and supplies should submit The Profile TM Form of the College Scholarship Service (CSS) by February 15. Wesleyan’s Financial Aid Office will determine the family contribution. The family contribution is comprised of a parent contribution based on the parent(s) income and assets, as well as a student contribution.


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the academic year beginning in late August must have completed their secondary schooling* (high school) by then and must be citizens or permanent residents of one of these eleven countries or regions: People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam. Preference will be given to those currently living in one of these eleven countries or regions and to those who would otherwise be unable to study in the United States. Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or who are permanent U.S. residents are not eligible. Students who must fulfill a military service requirement may apply in their final year of school but waiting until the year in which one can enroll is preferable.
*Students following the British O- and A-level system typically will be enrolled in their second year of the A-level program at the time of application. We cannot consider students from Malaysia on the basis of forecast SPM results; students there should be enrolled in the second year of the STPM at the time of application. Students already enrolled in university are not eligible for a Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship. In South Korea, a student may accept a place in a Korean university in February of the entering year, pending our scholarship decision.

Examination Criteria

Scholarship Qualification Minimum Requirement
IELTS 7 out of 9


Application Process

Interested students must submit the Common Application (www.commonapp.org), that includes background information, essay, a secondary (high) school/junior college transcript, recommendations from two teachers and one counselor, and results (or predictions if available) of any standardized national examinations administered during the secondary school/junior college years.  If you have graduated from or will graduate from a high school outside of the United States and English is not your first language, you will be required to complete an additional writing essay on the Common Application “Questions” section for Wesleyan.

After applying, applicants must also complete the Freeman Scholarship Addendum, which includes the Freeman Essay and additional academic/personal information. Wesleyan alumni will conduct interviews of finalists in their home countries in February or March. All application materials are to be postmarked or submitted online no later than January 1. You will be notified by e-mail about how to access our new applicant portal to monitor receipt of your application materials, along with login credentials.

Please note that there is no longer a printed application packet available. Applicants must access the required forms electronically.

Additional Information

Results of the SAT Reasoning Test of the College Board or the ACT are not required for applicants to Wesleyan if official actual results of national exams or International Baccalaureate exams are available, or predicted results if official results are not available. Applicants in the People’s Republic of China, where the SAT is not available, are exempt from this requirement. Non-native speakers of English also must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in place of the TOEFL. Students should receive a score that demonstrates sufficient proficiency in the English language to function well in a highly demanding academic environment. A score close to 100 on the internet-based TOEFL or a “7” on the IELTS would be evidence of adequate English language ability. A high score – 650 or better – on the critical reading section of the SAT may also demonstrate the necessary English language proficiency, thus submitting the TOEFL or IELTS results is not necessary. These examinations must be taken by January 1 in order to be submitted as part of your application. All examinations are administered on several dates, with a registration deadline approximately six weeks before the exam. Please be sure to list Wesleyan University (undergraduate) as an official score recipient.
We do not accept any alternative proof of English proficiency, including but not limited to AP English, A-level English, IB English, or primary instruction in English. The TOEFL, IELTS, or 650 on the SAT critical reading section are the only proofs of English proficiency we can accept. Please note that if you submit your SAT as proof of English proficiency, you must submit all sections of the SAT, not just the critical reading section. If you plan to use this option, you must select “SAT” as your test to be considered on the Common Application when applying to Wesleyan. 
A scholarship applicant who is not requesting financial aid to cover the costs beyond tuition will need to provide documentation that his or her family has the financial resources to pay those costs by submitting the Certification of Finances Form. The form must show that the family can fund approximately $17,000 per academic year. (The additional budget for new matriculants in the 2015-2016 academic year is $16,739 not including travel; residential comprehensive fee $13,504 plus books and miscellaneous $2,665). For instructions on how to complete the International Certification of Finances form, please go here.

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