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Nkechi “NK” Mbaebie International Student Award

Administered by the Office of International Students and Scholars, the Nkechi “NK” Mbaebie International Student Award was created to recognize and celebrate the contribution and achievements made by an international student to Tulane University and the community as a whole. The award was inspired by NK, an inspirational international student.  Learn more about her here.  In addition to recognition during fall 2021 International Education Week, the recipient will receive a $500 cash award.

Students applying for the award must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an international student enrolled full time in F-1 or J-1 status at Tulane University (undergraduate or graduate) 
  • Have completed at least one full semester at Tulane University  
  • Meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0
  • Demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, leadership and community service/engagement. 
  • Applications may be submitted by the student or on behalf of the student by a faculty member, a staff member or another student.

Applicants for the award must submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • 1 letter of recommendation from a Tulane professor or staff member
  • A personal statement/story written by the student: A statement that highlights the student's academic, extra-curricular campus activities and community involvement.  The statement can also consist of challenges/struggles (cultural, academic or otherwise) the international student encountered during their stay in the U.S. and how they overcome these challenges to became successful in their personal, educational and extra-curricular activities. 

A committee of Tulane staff and faculty members will select the award recipient.

The 2022 application will open in August and be announced during International Education week in late fall.