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 and partial tuition scholarships (60% and 30% of tuition) to 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. No separate application is required.
Open Society Institute (OSI) Full and Partial Scholarship
OSI awards full and partial tuition scholarships (30% of tuition) to first-year 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. The scholarships are for the four-year course of study at the University. No separate application is required.
Anna-Maria Belinova-Bertherat Scholarship
Seven full tuition scholarships for the four- year course of study are available to first- year students with high school GPA 5.00 or above. Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate high academic potential (measured by the applicant’s academic merit upon admission) and financial need. There are 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.
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.
The Bulgarian Social Impact Scholarship
The Bulgarian Social Impact Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for eight semesters of study at AUBG. It is available to Bulgarian first-year students at AUBG with a minimum high school GPA of 3.50 on a scale of 4.00 and demonstrated significant social impact in their communities. In addition to the standard application requirements for enrollment in AUBG, applicants for the Bulgarian Social Impact scholarship are also required to submit an essay, video or presentation telling the story of their social impact project, as well as at least one additional reference letter by someone who can verify the truthfulness of the project story. Projects will be evaluated from the perspective of the sustainability and scaling potential of the positive social change which they have caused, as well as from the perspective of the number of people who have been benefiting from this positive change. Scholarship recipients will be required to maintain CGPA of minimum 3.50 on a scale of 4.00 during their entire course of study at AUBG to retain the scholarship and will be encouraged to demonstrate continued social engagement via extracurricular activities. Learn more about the scholarship here.
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.
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.
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 from Belarus.
Victoria Pavlova-Entwistle Endowed Scholarship
Two $2,200 scholarships are available for two new AUBG Bulgarian students of good academic standing with a significant achievement outside of academics (i.e. music or sports semi-professional involvement). The students 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 Dynamics Resources Scholarship
One $2,500 scholarship is available for a first-year AUBG student. The awardee must have a TOEFL or an equivalent English language proficiency exam result above the average for the prior academic year’s incoming class and must be in need of financial support.
*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.
The Nando Peretti Distinguished Scholarship I get from AUBG’s donors is simply amazing. I don’t have to worry about tuition, board, activity fee, books, or even food! Not only is it an incredible burden off my parents’ shoulders, but an unparalleled opportunity to develop my potential. At AUBG I can enjoy philosophy, finance, mathematics, dance, piano, theatre, exercise, and interact with inspiring people – just because I studied really hard for the exams. That’s a deal I would take any day!