Global Spartan Scholarship: To recognize and provide financial support to SJSU international students

The inaugural Global Spartan Scholarship was created by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in fall 2020 to recognize and provide financial support to our new and continuing international students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants for this scholarship must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, commitment to globalization/international education, and financial need.

The application is open to students who are seeking to earn a degree from San José State University in F-1 status. Short-term or non-degree seeking students are not eligible. Students must plan to be enrolled full-time with 12 units as an undergraduate or 9 units as a graduate student for the following academic year.

If you have recently applied or been accepted to SJSU, please apply as a new SJSU Student.

If you are currently taking classes at SJSU as an enrolled student, apply as a current SJSU Student.

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How to Apply

The application period is from March 20, 2023 to April 30, 2023.

1. Access the SJSU Spartan Scholarships platform.

2. Complete the "General Application" first.

3. Apply for all SJSU scholarships you might be eligible for, including the Global Spartan Scholarship. 


Scholarship Award

  • Between $3000 - $4000 for first academic year, to be disbursed on a semester basis.
  • Each applicant can only be awarded the scholarship once.
  • Fall 2023 GPA will determine continued eligibility for the scholarship in spring 2024.


Eligibility Requirements

Selection is based on a comprehensive and holistic review of application materials, including written essays, GPA, test scores, and other evidence of scholastic ability and academic achievement.



  • Must be enrolled full-time with 12 units as an undergraduate or 9 units as a graduate student for the 2023-2024 academic year;
  • Must be an active student at SJSU for the following academic year.


Scholarship Qualifications

  • Scholarship Merit and Leadership Impact: Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Leadership Impact: Applicants should demonstrate leadership in their involvement with their current campus and community.
  • Financial Need: Applicants should show how this scholarship will impact and contribute to their continued educational success at SJSU. Please indicate your plans for funding your education for the next academic year. Examples may include, but are not limited to: personal funds, family funds, loans, scholarships, and government funding. Please also describe any personal or family circumstances that may affect your need for financial support.


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Read about previous Global Spartan Scholarship recipients here and here

Hear from a previous Global Spartan Scholarship recipient below: