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. 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.
Student Support Fund
In light of the economic impact of the pandemic, we understand some of you may face financial hardship that could impede starting your education journey at AUBG in the Fall. Because your progress with your future studies is a key priority, we want to help you as best as we can.
With the generous support of our incredible community – the Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends – we are launching a Student Support Fund to provide a financial relief to you and your families. This limited fund will offer aid of up to $1,500 per student for the 2020/2021 academic year to help you cover tuition expenses. Applications for the fund are now open. An ad-hoc committee will review the documents and will award aid based on need, admissions points and availability of funds.
If you want to apply for the Student Support Fund, please fill out the application form and send it to email@example.com by 17:00 hrs (5:00 PM) on May 18, 2020. We will announce the individual aid awarded no later than May 28, 2020.
The American University in Bulgaria Distinguished Scholarship
Full tuition scholarships for the four-year course of study are available to first-year students. The scholarships are intended for recipients who demonstrate academic excellence evaluated on the basis of their application documents. Scholarship recipients will be required to maintain CGPA of a minimum of 3.50 on a scale of 4.00 during their entire course of study at AUBG to retain the scholarship.
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.
The Gipson Black Sea Scholarship
Two $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.
Aurubis Bulgaria Scholarship
One $5,000 scholarship for the first year of study 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 Chandra Scholarship
One $5,000 scholarship for the first year of study is available for new AUBG Roma student or for applicants who are first-generation students (i.e. neither of their parents went to university).
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.
25 Weeks of Pride Campaign Scholarship
One $3,000 scholarship for the first year of study is available for a new AUBG student based on academic merit (high school grades and TOEFL score).
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.
Yury Zabello Scholarship
Three $2,500 scholarships for the first year of study are available for freshman AUBG students from Belarus.
USIT Colors Scholarship
One $2,500 scholarship for the first year of study is available for a student from Bulgaria or developing country in Eastern Europe or Asia with financial need.
Metcalf / Ramsden Endowed Scholarship
Two $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.
Michael Iovenko Endowed Scholarship
In honor of an outstanding Bulgarian/American, up to two scholarships of $2,500 each for the first year of study will be awarded to Bulgarian first year students based upon academic merit, character, leadership skills, and service to others.
Scholarships for International Students
Three $2,500 scholarships for the first year of study are available to prospective students from the post-communist regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement and demonstration of need.
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. 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 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.
Huwiler / Khamatova Scholarship
Three 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.
Victoria Pavlova-Entwistle Endowed Scholarship
One $2,000 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.
*The scholarships listed are subject to changes due to the availability of funds.
*Listed scholarships may be subject to changes and availability of funds.
The scholarships on this page are for new AUBG students.
- Are you an AUBG student already? See Scholarships for Continuing Students.
- A Bulgarian alumnus? Find the postgraduate scholarship info on the Tchaprachikoff Scholarship Fund page.
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!