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FAQs

How are ASSIST Scholars selected?

Every year, ASSIST conducts scholarship competitions in 20+ partner countries. ASSIST representatives in each country review applications and select finalists to be interviewed. A team consisting of ASSIST staff and Board members travels to those countries to meet the finalists for in-person interviews.

ASSIST selects scholars based on their academic record, level of English proficiency, and their abilities and instincts to contribute to their American schools. About 12% of applicants are accepted each year.

Do ASSIST Scholars need ESL support?

No. ASSIST evaluates the level of English proficiency of our candidates and evaluates their spoken English during their final in-person interview. All ASSIST Scholars are proficient enough to succeed at their American schools.

In which grade(s) are scholars enrolled?

Most ASSIST Scholars are enrolled in 11th grade at their American schools. A smaller number are enrolled in the 10th or 12th grades, or as postgraduates.

How can we budget for an ASSIST scholarship?

ASSIST member schools finance an ASSIST scholarship in a variety of ways:

  • If the school has met its enrollment goal, the ASSIST scholar can be added “extra-budget” as a non-matriculating, non-degree-seeking student.
  • The ASSIST scholarship can be added as a separate line item in the budget, as both revenue and expense. This emphasizes that the cost of the scholarship is revenue-neutral, unless they are taking the place of a full-pay student.
  • Member schools can identify a donor willing to fund the scholarship.
Can member schools offer partial scholarships?

Yes. After enrolling one student on a full scholarship, member schools are welcome to offer partial scholarships for other ASSIST Scholars. ASSIST is usually able to select another Scholar whose family is able to pay approximately half of the tuition.

This is a particularly attractive option for schools with enrollment openings who wish to diversify their population.

Does ASSIST handle the visa application process?

Yes. ASSIST manages the J-1 visa application process for member day schools that cannot use the F-1 visa.

Is ASSIST available for support throughout the year?

Yes. We provide continuous access to our support staff during the school year, as well as overseas staff to keep lines of communication open with Scholars’ parents.

Can schools select their student’s home country?

Each school may rank up to five preferred sending countries. ASSIST staff will use this preference list as part of our placement process.

Where do student stay when attending a day school, or during breaks when attending a boarding school?

Students attending day schools live with a volunteer host family or families for the duration of the school year. Students attending boarding schools live with a volunteer host family for shorter periods during school breaks.

ASSIST works with member schools to recruit and build connections with volunteer host families within the school community.