Organization of American States Department of<br />Human Development
OAS - Western University Scholarship Program

NOTE TO ALL APPLICANTS TO OAS SCHOLARSHIPS

ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED

To apply for an OAS – WU scholarship, the applicant must fill out the OAS online application form and attach the following required supporting documentation:

1. Government issued ID – scan a photo of the passport page that contains the applicant’s full name, date of birth, and country of citizenship.

2. Admission letter – unconditional admission letter to WU.

3. Transcript or record of grades – Copy of High school transcript, Bachelor’s Degree Transcript or Master's Degree Transcript. Transcripts must be translated by a sworn translator if English
     is not the original language of the transcript.

4. Certificate or Diploma – copy of High school Diploma, Bachelor's degree diploma, Master's degree diploma or letter of enrollment from current institution.

5. Two (2) Recommendation Letters – one of the recommendation letters should be provided by a university professor and the other should be provided by current
     or most recent employer that includes: the letterhead of the University/Institution, the Professor’s/Employer’s position within the University/Institution, date and
     signature.

     - Applicants with no work experience may substitute the recommendation letter from the employer with a recommendation letter from a second
       professor. The recommendation letters provided for admission consideration to the University can be used for scholarship consideration. However, if
       you choose to provide new recommendation letters directly to the OAS, the letters should be addressed to the OAS Scholarship and Training Programs,
       Department of Human Development, Education and Employment.

6. Essays – applicants are required to write and include two essays in the scholarship application form. The essays should be written in English. Each essay should 
     have a minimum of 800 characters (not words) and a maximum of 2900 characters, including spaces.

  • Essay 1: Describe how acquiring this academic degree will directly impact and enhance your professional skills in your current job position or future
    career.
  • Essay 2: Explain how you intend to apply the acquired knowledge and experience in the specific field of study that you will pursue to the development of
    your country or region.

7. Curriculum vitae – in English and no specific format is required. Do not include copies of diplomas, certificates or awards; only include text.

8.Proof of English Proficiency, if applicable – applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit one of the following as proof of English 
   proficiency:

  • A copy of an official transcript verifying completion of studies in an English speaking university or college in the last five years;
  • A test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 or higher for the paper based test, 237 for computer-based test, or an internet-based TOEFL (IBT) score of at least 92;
  • IELTS 6.5, or the equivalent.

   Note: The date stated on the TOEFL or IELTS certificate must be within two years of your proposed start date.

9. Proof of Additional Funds – Proof that you have sufficient funds to cover remaining tuition and fees and other costs not covered by the scholarship by including one, or a combination, of the   
    following documents with your scholarship application:

  • a copy of a rental agreement on property showing you as the property owner;
  • a copy of a bank statement or bank letter;
  • a letter from an employer showing a monthly or yearly salary to be received based on study leave with pay;
  • a letter showing a student loan or additional scholarship(s), grants, financial aid.

Questions about this scholarship opportunity should be sent to scholarships@oas.org.

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