Joe and Anneliese Zauchner Intensive English Study Scholarship

The Zauchner IEP Study Scholarship provides full tuition, student fees, health insurance, textbooks, and on campus apartment style housing and basic meal plan for students to study in the Intensive English Program at Western Washington University. Those eligible for the scholarship must meet the qualifications stated below. 


Applicants must be European citizens of Austrian or German descent, who have completed gymnasium and who demonstrate strong academic or language-learning potential.  Applicants may be current undergraduate or graduate students, although this is not a requirement of the scholarship.

Applicants must be accepted into the Intensive English Program and must be eligible to apply for an F-1 Student Visa for study in the United States.  Applicants must be able to pay transportation costs to and from Bellingham, Washington State, U.S.A., and at least US $1,000 to cover extra meals and personal miscellaneous expenses.

Applicants must demonstrate academic ability.  Preference will be given to students with a Grade Average of 2.0 (equivalent to a U.S. Grade Point Average of 3.0 or B) or higher in gymnasium or university work.  Other criteria, such as financial need, educational and career goals, and participation in school activities and community service will be strongly considered.  

Applicants may apply for one quarter, with the possibility of extending to two quarters after level placement has been determined.  Strong educational and career goals will be a major factor in awarding scholarships of more than one quarter.

Required Documents

  • Complete the Intensive English Program (IEP) application.
  • Prepare the following documents to submit with the IEP application:
    • Unofficial grade transcripts from universities or gymnasiums attended
    • A copy of passport or government ID
    • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from former or current teachers or professors
  • Write a one-page statement, in English (to the best of your ability), about why you want to study in the U.S., and what you hope to do with your English study experience. This statement should be completed on a separate page. 
    • Include your educational and career goals.
    • Include why you want to study English in the U.S. and what you hope to do with your study abroad experience. 
    • Include your need for scholarship funds if applicable.
    • Include any significant activities and/or honors attained while in gymnasium and university.
  • Submit your IEP application using link above and send all other required documents to

Application Deadlines for 2020-2021 Academic Year:

Fall 2020: March 1, 2020
Winter 2021: June 1, 2020
Spring 2021: September 1, 2020

Applications are due by the deadlines listed above. Applications will be reviewed right after these deadlines and scholarships will be offered to selected applicants within 1 week.  Scholarship recipients will have 1 week to accept the offer.

Next Steps:

  1. Upon acceptance, an acknowledgement acceptance letter will be sent to you. Submit a one to two paragraph statement to, formally accepting the scholarship award within one week.
  2. Submit your $75 processing and delivery fee.
  3. Submit your SEVIS I-901 fee payment.
  4. An acceptance letter, IEP acceptance packet, financial guarantee, and I-20 will be mailed to you. Once you receive your I-20, you can make an appointment at the consulate for your visa. 
  5. Take your I-20 and other documents with you to your visa interview.
    • An original I-20 (not a copy)
    • A passport valid for at least 6 months.
    • A copy of your SEVIS (I-901) Fee receipt
    • Proof of financial ability to cover the cost of miscellaneous expenses/extra meals

      The following document is also required for your visa interview, but will be provided by the IEP office:
    • Proof of financial ability to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses.
  6. Apply for housing (apartment style, double occupancy with 95 Meal Plan) and confirm your arrival. These items will be sent via email after acceptance to the IEP. 
  7. For tax purposes, recipients of the scholarship must complete this form: PDF icon and return it to the IEP office. See  PDF icon the instructions on the IRS website or contact the IEP office with questions.

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