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

Eleven full, 20 scholarships covering 60% of tuition, and 44 scholarships covering 30% of tuition are available to FY2016-2017 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.

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 one of the former Soviet Republic countries. Both scholarships are 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.

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.

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.

The Dynamics Resources Scholarship

One $2,500 scholarship is available for freshman AUBG student. The awardee must have a result of TOEFL or the equivalent English Language proficiency exam above the average for the prior academic year’s incoming class and must be in need of financial support.

Georgi Sava Rakovski Scholarship

Three $2,500 scholarships are available to students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) with financial need. Georgi Sava Rakovski, Scholarships will be awarded to qualified full-time students.

Huwiler / Khamatova scholarship

One scholarship of $2,000 for the first year of study is available to a student from Kyrgyzstan (Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or a country from Central Asia) with financial need.

The Ivan Manev and Alexandra Todorova Scholarship

One $2,500 scholarship is available for a Bulgarian student, preferably coming from the Plovdiv region.

Metcalf / Ramsden Endowed Scholarship

One $2,250 scholarship for the first year of study is available to a first year student who has demonstrated financial need, and is a student 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.

Open Society Institute (OSI) Turkmen Students Scholarship

One scholarship covering 60% of tuition for four years is available to FY 2016-2017 first year Turkmen students. Grant period ending: May 31, 2018.

Philhellene Scholarship

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

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.

Romanian Alumni Scholarship

One $3,000 (or two of $1,500) scholarship for the first year of study is open to students from Romania.

Dr. Ruja Ignatova's Scholarship

Two scholarships of EUR 5,191 for an applicant with financial need from Bulgaria or a developing country in Eastern Europe or Asia.  The applicant must be a full-time first-year student entering the university for the first time in fall 2016.

SAP Scholarships

Four EUR 2,375 scholarships are available for full-time student, who will be freshmen in Academic year 2016-2017. Awardees must have TOEFL or the equivalent English Language proficiency exam above the average for the prior academic year’s incoming class. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to take part in one-off workshop at SAP Bulgaria headquarters under the supervision of an AUBG Faculty member. The SAP scholarship is intended for recipients who demonstrate strong commitment towards social causes and community service. Charged with entrepreneurial spirit, these young leaders understand and identify problems in the social set-up and turn them into opportunities, thus creating a better community for all. They intertwine personal skills and persistence in turning old and existing models into innovative approaches on how things should be done. Ideal candidates are already engaged with a significant social problem in Bulgaria. Preference is given to:

  • Technical skills
  • Project management experience
  • Experience in NGOs or projects with social impact.
Progress Distinguished Scholarship

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

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.

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.


*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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