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Western Union Global Scholarship Award Program
Application status: Closed

Western Union has established the Western Union Global Scholarship Award Program to assist employees’ children who plan to pursue post-secondary education in a college program. This program is available to employees globally. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school of the student’s choice.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the Western Union Global Scholarship Award Program must be:

  • Dependent children (age of 24 and under) of active, full-time or part-time employees of the company or subsidiaries who have a minimum of six months of employment with the company as of the application deadline date.
    *Dependent children are defined as natural and legally adopted children or step-children living in the employee’s household.

U.S. Students

  • Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.
  • Students attending United States Military Academies are not eligible.

International and Canadian Students

  • Applicants must be students in the final year of secondary school or secondary school graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in full-time university level studies.

(**Full-time study is defined as full-time enrollment for the entire upcoming academic year.)

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation.

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America.  In no instance does any officer or employee of Western Union play a part in the selection.  All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Scholarship award will be $2,500 (USD).  While awards are not renewable, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The Western Union Company. Payment is made in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE:(U.S. students only) If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

  • English translations for all non-English documents

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 26, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

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