There are over 600 scholarships available only to international students and historically almost 80% of these scholarships have been awarded to Chinese students in the past. Why such a high proportion? Dawson attributes the admirable achievement to the exemplary study habit of Chinese students who study an average of nine hours more per week than their western counterparts.
Unlike China whose university admissions are determined solely by scores on the dreaded "Gao Kou" Test, admissions in the west give equal consideration to oral interviews, written essays, recommendations, and "social values". "Most scholarship committees want creative students who can contribute new ideas and technology to the world - not just students who memorize text books for testing purposes" Dawson explained.
Indeed, the evaluation process includes a 30 minute written exam followed by a 15 minute interview with a GSG Evaluation Team Member. Scholarships currently available to students range from $5,000 to $50,000 per year and some corporate grants are also available.
Matching students with scholarships is what GSG has been doing since 2005. Over the years GSG has evaluated and recommended over 18,000 students, 76% of which attended a top 100 university. Students who excel in math or science are usually directed towards universities like MIT, Stanford, and Princeton, while business and finance majors are recommended to schools like Harvard, Wharton, Ohio State, etc.
Proper preparation is essential in applying for a scholarship and too many international student only study to obtain a high SAT score and neglect the interview and essay writing skills which are equally important in the eyes of a Scholarship Review Committee. GSG's evaluation results are confidential and only shared with university admission boards, scholarship review committees, and parents.
International students wishing to be evaluated and recommended should have one of their teachers submit a written recommendation of 500 words or less why he/she thinks a student is worthy of a scholarship to study abroad. Those who qualify will be contacted by phone or email.