Western Union Foundation Family Scholarship program

Helping people move up the economic ladder through education.


The Western Union Family Scholarship Program is helping immigrant/migrant fathers and sons, mothers and daughters and brothers and sisters move up the economic development ladder through education. Scholarships are used for college tuition, language acquisition, technical training and GED classes, with two family members receiving a scholarship to help achieve the type of education they need in order to create a brighter future for their entire family.

Eligibility requirements:

  • All applicants for scholarships must be age 18 or older.
  • Both applicants are members of the same family.
  • Applicants must have been in the United States for seven years or less.
  • Both applicants must have been born outside of the United States.
  • Both applicants must be living in the United States currently.
  • The educational institutions for both of the family members must be in the United States.
  • The application must include educational institutions for both the primary and secondary award recipients (the two family members).
  • Scholarships may be used for tuition for college/university education, language acquisition classes, technical/skill training, and/or financial literacy.
  • Scholarships may not be used for advanced degrees (such as Masters, PhD).
  • Scholarships will be made only to accredited higher-education institutions and training/educational providers.
  • Western Union employees, Western Union Agents and dependents are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.


Process for Selection

Scholarship recipients are determined in a selection process independently managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an international non-profit educational exchange organization. All scholarship awards will be paid directly to the educational providers. No payments will be made to individuals.


  • Application open and available: April 25 - May 23, 2014. 
  • Application due date: May 23, 2014 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time)
  • Scholarship notifications made: Starting July 7, 2014

Contact Information

For questions related to this scholarship program, please contact the administering organization, Institute of International Education (IIE) by phone, fax, or e-mail at:

Institute of International Education
1400 K St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202)326-7742
Fax: (202)326-7696
Email: wufoundation@iie.org

Privacy Statement

Information provided through this application will be used only for selection purposes and will be treated with utmost confidentiality. All data will be available only to members of the Institute of International Education and the Western Union Foundation. An application package becomes the property of the Western Union Foundation once it is submitted. The application or any parts of the application package will not be returned to the applicant.

The following elements are used to evaluate scholarship applications:

  • Experience in overcoming barriers to pursue educational goals
  • Family involvement in the community
  • Personal educational goals
  • Plans to attain goals
  • Plans for utilizing the scholarship
  • Demonstrated financial need






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