As part of Laureate’s Commitment to Action initiative, which began in 2009 through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) project, Walden University, in cooperation with Hunan International Economics University (HIEU) and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), is offering 100 full-tuition scholarships to graduating seniors, recent alumni, and faculty from the Laureate International Universities China institutions and partner institution employees enrolling in eligible master’s and doctoral degree programs.

These scholarships will be named Riley Scholarship in honor of Richard W. Riley, an advocate for making higher education more accessible to those in need, and will serve to further Walden’s own commitment to effecting positive social change in communities around the globe.

Eligible Programs

Based on the business and technology focus at the Laureate China universities, 100 full scholarships will be awarded by Walden University for students enrolling in the following programs:

Scholarship Application Process

All 2014 scholarships have been awarded and the application process is now closed.

Scholarship Eligibility

Recipients of the Riley Scholarship must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Chinese citizen, living in China, not already enrolled in a Walden University program.
  • Be fully admitted into one of the aforementioned Walden master’s programs, with the university in receipt of all official documentation for the applicant for the program’s respective start date.
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • Satisfy Walden’s English proficiency requirements:
    • Complete the Walden approved English proficiency tests with a passing score.
    • Candidates are exempt from this requirement when he or she is a permanent resident of one of the published English-speaking countries OR the degree earned was from a program where the primary language of instruction was English (dependent on verification).
    • Candidates may submit a request for a English Language Proficiency Test Waiver by sending a personal statement stating his or her reason for requesting the waiver and including his or her background with the English language AND at least one of the following supporting documents that addresses the applicant’s English proficiency:
      • Transcripts of coursework completed at institutions where English is the language of instruction
      • Two references (professional or academic) that address the applicant’s use of the English language in their day-to-day work or academic program
      • English proficiency exams taken more than two years ago, ESL certificates, verification of English instruction in previous program from a university official (Registrar, Controller of Examinations, etc.)
      • Alternative English Language Proficiency examination for consideration (test scores will be considered)
      • Verification from the university that the degree program was taught in English

Scholarship Selection Process

A scholarship committee comprising faculty and staff from Walden University and representatives from HEIU will review the nominations and select the final recipients. Any applicant who does not meet eligibility requirements will not be considered. Scholarship awards will be determined on the strength of the information provided. Upon notification of the award, the candidate has five days to accept or deny the scholarship offer.

Scholarship Announcements and Publicity

Individuals who receive a Riley Scholarship must affirm that they are willing and able to participate in all publicity efforts promoting the program. Such publicity may include news releases and media advisories, local and national media coverage, media interviews and photos, and other similar public relations activities.
Individuals who participate must sign a release that allows Walden University to use the individual’s participation in the program for publicity purposes without limitation and states that all such materials remain the sole and exclusive property of Walden University.

Scholarship Funding

The university must be in receipt of all of the applicant’s official admissions documentation for scholarship funds to be applied to the student’s account. Students who withdraw from the program or university or change to another degree program not eligible for this scholarship will forfeit the scholarship. Students who take a leave of absence and re-enter the same program will retain the scholarship award. Should the scholarship be forfeited, students need not reimburse Walden. In order for scholarship funding to continue throughout the length of the program, recipients must meet the satisfactory academic progress criteria set forth by Walden University’s current catalog for the duration of their program. If a student is in a new semester and forfeited in the previous semester (due to internal lag time), the student will receive a bill for the current semester.

The cost of books, course materials and the tech fee each term, are included in the tuition for the approved Walden’s programs for this scholarship. Recipients are responsible for all other non-tuition costs, including other university or program fees as applicable. Scholarship recipients enrolling in either the PhD in Education program or the Doctor of Education (EdD) program are also responsible for all associated residency costs.

Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion or creed, marital status, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or other legally protected status.

This scholarship cannot be combined with any other Walden scholarship or tuition reduction.

This scholarship is not managed by Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Please contact the Center for International Programs at with any questions.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association,

Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. Prospective students who reside outside of the United States are advised to review accreditation requirements for their own country to confirm recognition of their Walden program of choice.

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