The Balkhi Foundation Higher Education Scholarship is calling for the next generation of passionate students entering college in Fall 2024 to step forward and make their mark on the world.

At the Balkhi Foundation, we believe that talent is everywhere but opportunity is not. The Balkhi Foundation Higher Education Scholarship program aims to improve this by helping students make college more affordable with a $1000 renewable scholarship for any US based college or university.

In addition to the current cohorts of Balkhi Foundation Scholars, we look forward to welcoming a new cohort of ten students entering college or university in Fall 2024. Students with a 3.5 (or equivalent) GPA and financial need are encouraged to apply.

Candidate Requirements

Ideal candidates for the Balkhi Foundation Scholarship is a student who has excelled in academics and shown dedication to their personal goals, whether through community service, entrepreneurship, academic pursuits, or other endeavors. Balkhi Foundation Scholars are self-motivated individuals who persevere through challenges and strive for success. Previous scholars have come from diverse backgrounds and high school experiences, including involvement in community service, writing and publishing, advanced research, earning college credits in high school, or holding leadership roles in their school and community.

Students must attend a US based college or university, have a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) GPA, and must demonstrate financial need. Students that are ineligible to submit a FAFSA are encouraged to apply with alternative sources of aid determination.

Application Information

Since the beginning of the Balkhi Foundation Higher Education Scholarship Program, we have prioritized building an application that is easy for both students and teachers to complete without the burdensome requirements other small scholarships. As such, all of our application material is collected electronically, with a streamlined application and recommendation form.

To ensure a just scholar selection process, all applications are blinded prior to review and ranked by committee prior to selection. While time consuming, this process has allowed us to routinely pick a cohort of talented scholars.

Important Dates: 

Student Applications open April 1, 2024. All students who apply will receive email confirmation of their application within 72 hours of applying. This email will outline next steps, important point of contact information for questions, and confirm teacher recommendation requests have been sent.

Student Applications close Saturday, April 15 at 11:59pm EST. At this time, all student applications are considered final and no additional applications are accepted. All teacher recommendation requests are sent and students are updated via email when a teacher recommendation has been received.  Students are encouraged to independently follow up with their recommending teachers to ensure forms are submitted on time.

Teacher Recommendation forms (sent via email) are due Monday, April 29 at 11:59PM EST. After this time, no additional teacher recommendation forms are accepted. Student applications are blinded and sent to committee for review.

Roughly 50 students will be chosen as finalists and notified of their status in May 2024. Students not selected as finalists will also be notified at this time. Finalists will have one week to submit electronic confirmation of their transcript, FAFSA SAI, and notice of college acceptance.

From these applicants, ten winners will be selected. All finalists and winners will be notified of their status prior to public announcement by the Balkhi Foundation.

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