Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria Grants: Scholarships for High School Students

Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria Grants: Scholarships for High School Students
The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange are pleased to announce the 2024 competition for the Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria Grants. This prestigious program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, aims to support talented international high school students in grade 11 who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence.

Ten Scholarships for High School Students, each worth $5,000, are available for students who require financial assistance to pursue higher education at accredited institutions in the United States. The Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria Program aligns with the Department’s objectives of broadening outreach to youth, promoting mutual understanding, and supporting social inclusion.

The scholarships can be used to cover various costs associated with the college application process, including test preparation programs, testing fees, application fees to accredited colleges/universities in the United States, visa and SEVIS fees, round-trip transportation to a U.S. embassy or consulate, round-trip international airfare to the U.S. institution, and a one-time settling-in allowance.

To be eligible for the Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria Grants, students must participate in an ongoing cohort advising program with EducationUSA advisers and maintain active participation throughout the application process. Additionally, students should be in the top 5% of their class, demonstrating exceptional grades and leadership potential.

Applicants must submit an application form along with high school transcripts for grades 9 and 10, a parents’ income statement, a statement of household expenses, and copies of average utility bills and rent or mortgage receipts.

For more information and to apply, please contact Snejana Teneva, EducationUSA Adviser at steneva@fulbright.bg or visit the official website of the Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria Program.

EducationUSA Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria Program – U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria (usembassy.gov)

Fund for Cultural Preservation Bulgaria – ngoportal

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