There are 433 international students from 101 countries at ORU. However, unlike domestic students, international students don’t qualify for federal funding such as pell grants or federal loans. Noting this, ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson recently announced a new International Quest Whole Person scholarship and efforts to fund it.
As an extenstion to the current Quest Whole Person Scholarship, this new program fundraised through a dinner held by ORU’s Office of Alumni and Development. Additional funding will come from donors, and all gifts will be matched dollar to dollar up to $4 million as said in a news release issued by ORU on Jan. 26.
“Being an international student is different than being a domestic student,” said ORU International Admissions Representative Katie Lentz. “Most don’t even get the opportunity to come here, and really the best we can do for them is give out the Quest and Merit scholarships.”
Lentz also draws attention to the fluctuation of currency that can cause additional problems for international students trying to pay for school. Two years ago, Nigerian currency deflated by 40 percent. More than 50 Nigerian students were affected by this.
To qualify for the scholarship, you have to have participated in Quest and must apply for it every year. It will vary from person to person depending on their need.
“It will speak volumes to international students and help us draw in international students,” said Lentz.
Drawing in international students is essential to achieve the university’s goal of increasing the number of international students to 1,000, according to ORU’s Five Year Adaptive Plan.
“I am excited for current and new students, because we are all facing challenges, but God brought us here.” said international student from Honduras Julissa Flores.