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International Advocates

Pittsburg State University international students may apply for acceptance into a service group known as International Advocates (IA). The missions of the IAs is to advocate for international students, and intercultural learning and understanding on the Pitt State Campus and community.

International Advocates receive a scholarship of $1,000 in the form of a tuition waiver for the semester they are participating in the program.

Requirements to receive full award

  1. Be available to attend a one-day Orientation Training and participate in Orientation Week;
  2. Belong to one Registered Student Organization outside of the International Student Association, and outside of your own culture; and
  3. Perform at least 10 hours of international- and community-related service. Service must primarily consist of activities that encourage intercultural learning and understanding at Pitt State, promote our international endeavors, provide service as a representative of your country and culture, and volunteer in the community. Service should include things like:
    • Supporting students when they arrive late to Orientation and as they adjust to life here;
    • Create or participate in opportunities for domestic students to engage with internationals to learn about other countries and cultures. Some ideas include:
      • Giving presentations or serving on panels about cultural matters to Pitt State classes, faculty and staff, student organizations, or community groups and schools
    • Assisting in specific programs of the International Programs and Services Office
    • Volunteering in the Pittsburg community
    • Recruiting new international students from your home country

Eligibility Requirements

Students may apply for the scholarship if they meet the criteria listed below:

  • Completed at least one regular semester (Fall or Spring) at Pittsburg State University.
  • Maintained a full-time course load (12 undergrad or 9 graduate credit hours per semester).
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  • Must be a PSU international student on a student visa


Full-time Graduate Assistants and exchange students are not eligible for the scholarship.

Application and Guidelines

SPRING 2017: International Advocate Application

  1. Application page
  2. One-page resume
  3. Two sealed letters of recommendation
  4. Essays

Deadline: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Gonzalez, 118 Whitesitt Hall.