Scholarships for Prospective 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. Scholarships based on financial need or scholarships based on both financial need and academic merit requires the submission of an Application for Financial Aid. 73% of AUBG students receive some form of a scholarship.

In addition to the merit-based and financial need-based scholarships, AUBG also provides financial aid. Read more about how to apply for financial aid here. Financial aid each year accounts to $4.8 million.

Need-Based Scholarships**

**Require the submission of an Application for Financial Assistance.

Albanian Scholarship

Up to 15 scholarships of $2,000 each for the first year of study 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.

Burgas English Language School Alumni Scholarship

One or two scholarships for the first year of study are available for Bulgarian AUBG students who have graduated from the Burgas English Language School “Geo Milev”.

Georgi Sava Rakovski Scholarship

Two $1,500 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.

The Gipson Black Sea Scholarship

Three $5,000 scholarships annually for the four-year course of study are available for students from Romania, Ukraine, Georgia or Turkey, showing financial need and demonstrating academic excellence.

Huwiler / Khamatova Scholarship

Two 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.

Scholarships for International Students

One $2,500 scholarship for the first year of study is available to a prospective student from the post-communist regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement and demonstration of need.

Metcalf / Ramsden Endowed Scholarship

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

One Scholars Program for Albanian Students

10 scholarships of $3000 each for the first year of study are available to incoming students from Albania, who have successfully covered AUBG admissions criteria. Students should have a CGPA of a minimum of 3.00 out of 4.00 and preference should be given to applicants from low-income families and background.

Raiffeisen Bank Bulgaria Distinguished Scholarship

Six scholarships of $2,500 each for the first year of study are available to new AUBG students based on both academic merit and financial need. There will be no nationality restrictions; however, preference will be given to entering Bulgarian students. Eligible students are identified by the Scholarship Committee based on their application and financial aid form.

Zamphiroff Endowed Scholarship for Economics Students

Up to ten 40% scholarships per year for four 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.


Academic Merit-Based Scholarships

American Foundation for Bulgaria Scholarships

One scholarship of $2,500 is available: one for an entering student of Bulgarian origin, residing in the U.S., or for an entering student of Bulgarian origin, residing in Macedonia or in the Western Outlands, based on academic merit. 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.

The Bulgarian Social Impact Scholarship

One full tuition scholarship for the four-year course of study 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 enrolment 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. In order to be eligible, projects should have been implemented in Bulgaria and should have impacted positively the Bulgarian society, community group(s) or citizens permanently residing in Bulgaria. 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.

Michael Iovenko Endowed Scholarship

In honor of an outstanding Bulgarian/American, one scholarship of $2,500 for the first year of study will be awarded to Bulgarian first year student based upon academic merit, character, leadership skills, and service to others.

Victoria Pavlova-Entwistle Endowed Scholarship

Two $2,500 scholarship for the first year of study is available for a 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.

Yury Zabello Scholarship

Two $5,000 scholarships for the first year of study are available for freshman AUBG students from Belarus or Ukraine.


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


The scholarships on this page are for new AUBG students. 

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