Scholarships for Entering Students

Every applicant is automatically reviewed for any scholarship that he or she is eligible to receive. Scholarships based on academic merit are awarded based on the strength of the applicant’s high school performance and English language proficiency test scores. Financial aid each year accounts to $4.8 million and 73% of AUBG students receive some form of a scholarship.

Only applicants who have submitted complete Applications for Financial Assistance are eligible to receive any scholarship awarded (in full or in part) on the basis of financial need. The Application for Financial Assistance is available on the How To Apply page.

America for Bulgaria Foundation Distinguished Scholarship

ABF awards full scholarships, scholarships covering 60% of tuition, and scholarships covering 30% of tuition are available to AY 2018-2019 first year Bulgarian students with high academic potential measured by the applicant’s academic merit. The scholarships are for the four-year course of study at the University.

Open Society Institute (OSI) Full and Partial Scholarship

OSI awards full and partial scholarships (30% of tuition) are available to students from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Kosovo, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. No separate application is required.

Anna-Maria Belinova-Bertherat Scholarship

One full scholarship for the four years of study is available for new student with financial need, high school GPA 5.00 or above, no nationality restrictions.

American Foundation for Bulgaria Scholarships

Two scholarships of $2,500 are available: one for an entering student of Bulgarian origin, residing in the U.S., and the other for an entering student of Bulgarian origin, residing in Macedonia or in the Western Outlands, based on academic merit. The scholarship is made available through an agreement between AUBG and the American Foundation for Bulgaria. The mission of the Foundation is to support, encourage, and promote excellence in education, natural sciences, culture, and humanities. They invest in young people who demonstrate interest in various areas of science to further develop their skills and knowledge and thus, help them to become the best professionals in their field. In case no applicant meets the Macedonia/Western Outlands and/or USA residence criteria, the amount may be applied to any of the other two types of scholarships.

Albanian Scholarship 

Up to 15 scholarships of $2,000 each are available to incoming students of Albanian descent from Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia, based on financial need. Scholarships are for the first year of study.

Huwiler / Khamatova scholarship

Two scholarships of $2,000 for the first year of study are available to students from Kyrgyzstan (Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or a country from Central Asia) with financial need.

Metcalf / Ramsden Endowed Scholarship

Two $2,500 scholarships for the first year of study are available to a first year students who have demonstrated financial need, and are students of considerable promise in terms of academic accomplishments, leadership abilities, and personal character.

Michael Iovenko Endowed Scholarship

In honor of an outstanding Bulgarian/American, up to four scholarships of $2,500 each for the first year of study are awarded to Bulgarian first year students based upon academic merit, character, leadership skills, and service to others.

Zamphiroff Endowed Scholarship

Four $2,500 scholarships per year for two years are available for Bulgarian students with high academic merit. The students must also be eligible based on financial need as evaluated at the time of admission. The student must intend to study Economics at AUBG and work in Bulgaria for at least 5 years after graduation. Awards are made in the form of an interest-free loan that will be forgiven at the end of the fifth year. 

Philhellene Scholarship

Two scholarships of $2,500 each for the first year of study are available to Greek students.

Aurubis Bulgaria scholarship

One $5,000 scholarship is available for Bulgarian student from the Srednogorski region (Mirkovo, Chavdar, Chelopech, Zlatitsa, Pirdop, Anton and Koprivshtitsa municipalities). Candidates with the highest results (high school grades and TOEFL score) shall be given advantage.

Telerik/ Progress Distinguished Scholarship

One scholarship of $2,200 for the first year of study is available to Bulgarian student with high school GPA of 5.50 or above.

Raiffeisen Bank Bulgaria Distinguished Scholarship

Four scholarships of $2,500 each for the first year of study are available to Bulgarian students based on both academic merit and financial need. Eligible students are identified by the Scholarship Committee based on their application and financial aid form.

Serdika Scholarship

One full four-year scholarship is available to one new Bulgarian student with the highest academic standing. In order to receive the whole scholarship, the recipient must maintain CGPA of 3.50 or above during the course of study in AUBG.

William Porter Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship of $1,500 for the first year of study is available to a Bulgarian student based on academic merit and active participation in sport activities.

Yury Zabello Scholarship

One $2,500 scholarship is available for freshman AUBG student.

Victoria Pavlova-Entwistle Endowed Scholarship

One $2,200 scholarship is available for one new AUBG Bulgarian student of good academic standing with a significant achievement outside of academics (i.e. music or sports semi-professional involvement). The student should be committed to staying in Bulgaria long term.

USIT Colors Scholarship

One $2,500 scholarship is available for a student from Bulgarian or developing country in Eastern Europe or Asia with financial need.

The Gipson Black Sea Scholarship

Two $2,500 scholarships are available for students from Romania, Ukraine, Georgia or Turkey, showing financial need and demonstrating academic excellence.

25 Weeks of Pride Campaign Scholarship

Three $2,500 scholarships are available for new AUBG students.

Kosovo Alumni Scholarship

One $2,800 scholarship is available for new AUBG student coming from Kosovo. The criterial should be a combination of financial need and merit.

The Ivan Manev and Alexandra Todorova Scholarship

One $2,500 scholarship is available for Bulgarian student coming with preference from the region of Plovdiv.


*The scholarships listed are subject to changes due to availability of funds.


*Listed scholarships may be subject to changes and availability of funds.

The scholarships on this page are for new AUBG students. 

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