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2017 ReachIvy SelfScore Scholarship

ReachIvy is proud to partner with SelfScore for the 2017 Scholarship! The ReachIvy SelfScore Scholarship provides free support to students looking to apply to top-ranked colleges anywhere in the world. Between 5-10 applicants will each receive assistance for 1 full Application or Mentorship Scholarship.

Apply here to work with our experts!

Scholarship Partners

  • SelfScore
  • HDFC Credila

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SelfScore was founded by former international students to provide today’s international students access to fair credit and scholarships. We are the only company that offers credit cards to students studying on F1, J1, and M1 visas without requiring a Social Security Number, security deposit, or co-signer. And we offer the only national scholarship program for international students studying in the U.S.

Exclusive offers for ReachIvy Students

1. SelfScore is extending an Exclusive Offer for ReachIvy students: Get a $30 Statement Credit (Apply here), when you are approved for a SelfScore MasterCard*. When you arrive for your studies in the U.S., or if you are already here, we would like to provide you some extra credit. When you are approved for a SelfScore MasterCard, we will give you a $30 statement credit you can use to offset purchases and start building your credit history.

* Special Limited Offer for ReachIvy students: to qualify for the $30 statement credit, you must meet the following requirements: (1) Click on the link provided by ReachIvy to apply for the SelfScore MasterCard; (2) Be approved for the SelfScore MasterCard; (3) Activate and use the card to make $30, or more, in purchases within your first billing cycle; (4) Pay your first monthly bill on time. Upon meeting these requirements, the $30 credit will be applied to your account within 1-2 billing cycles. This offer is good for Reach Ivy members who are approved by 10/15/2017 and who satisfy all criteria by 12/31/2017.

2. All ReachIvy students can enroll in the 2017 SelfScore Scholarship, which compliments the ReachIvy Scholarship and gives you a second opportunity to receive financial assistance. The 2017 SelfScore Scholarship application window will open this April.

3. All ReachIvy students can enroll in our Financial Literacy program for international students - for FREE. This series of emails and articles will help you understand how the U.S. credit system works and how to build your financial future in America.

4. Finally, the recipients of the 2017 ReachIvy SelfScore Scholarship (Apply here) will all receive a $200 Statement Credit when they are approved a SelfScore MasterCard*.

Learn More about the SelfScore MasterCard

The SelfScore Achieve MasterCard is designed to help you build your credit history in the U.S. and provides the following immediate benefits:

  • No SSN or Deposit Required
  • $0 Annual Fee
  • 1% Cashback on All Purchases
  • 0% Introductory APR for 6 months
  • No Fees on Foreign Transactions
  • Up to $5,000 credit limit

The SelfScore MasterCard is designed to help you build your credit history in the U.S. and provides the following immediate benefits:

  • Up to $1,500 credit limit
  • $0 Annual Fee
  • Car Rental Collision Waiver
  • No Fees on Foreign Transactions

With more than 1M international students studying in the US under F, J, and M visas, SelfScore’s mission is to help these deserving students access a U.S. credit card and start establishing a credit history early. As former international students ourselves, we developed a special approval process that goes beyond standard credit scoring. SelfScore identifies financially responsible international students by examining factors that traditional scoring overlooks including education, source of funding, and future employability, without requiring a Social Security number or a credit history to apply.

Here’s what you need to know:
  • Only for international students studying in U.S. on F/J/M visas
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • No SSN, co-signer, or security deposit required
  • No annual fee

The application requires verification of the following:

  • Proof of a U.S. bank account balance
  • Your passport ID and Student Visa
  • Your I-20 form

Take control of your financial future and Apply Now.


Credila, an HDFC Ltd. Company, is India’s First Dedicated Education Loan Company. HDFC Credila pioneered the concept of a ‘Specialist Education Loan lender’.

Students Don't Downsize Your Dreams!

Students can get their education loan pre-approved even before they start applying to Universities. HDFC Credila enables numerous students to pursue higher education in their dream institute! Thus, Students Don't Have to Downsize Their Dreams!

Unique Benefits of HDFC Credila Education Loan:

  • Loan Approval Before Admission
  • Tax Benefits Under Section 80E
  • Up to 100% Finance
  • Door Step Service!
  • Loan up to Rs. 2.5 Crores
  • Easy Loan Processing
  • Attractive rate of interest

Customized Education Loans, Home Delivered by HDFC Credila!

HDFC Credila understands students’ needs & provides 'tailor-made' solutions as:

  • HDFC Credila has invested time and resources to set up appropriate systems, processes and know-how related to the education industry.
  • HDFC Credila has numerous databases on education sector and their credit scoring model for the approvals of loans is designed specifically for student loans.
  • HDFC Credila, therefore, understands problems, challenges and issues faced by the students and their parents and also the institutes.
  • Our objective has been to work closely with students and parents to try to identify the appropriate education loan programs for them.
  • HDFC Credila provides Tax Benefits on Education Loans under Sec 80-E of Income Tax Act, leading to attractive savings.

Offer for Scholarship Winners:

  • HDFC Credila will offer the processing fee at 0.7% plus applicable taxes to all the recipients of the 2017 ReachIvy SelfScore Scholarship. (Apply here)

HDFC Credila has funded Indian students studying 1000+ different courses, in 2500+ Institutes, across 35 different countries, making us a one of the most trusted and preferred names in the higher education sector.

Click here to know about the Benefits of Availing an Education Loan to Fund your Higher Education Overseas.

Click here to read a guide on - Everything You Need To Know About Getting An Education Loan in India

Apply now

2016 Winners

  • Anjali Mittal
  • Kaushik Muda
  • Akshat Srivastava
  • Vinay Kanchanapally
  • Sudhir Gupta




4th Winner

Suhir Gupta

General Information

What do I get when I win the ReachIvy SelfScore Scholarship?

The ReachIvy SelfScore Scholarship consists of two types of Scholarship. Details of both are given below:

1. Application Scholarship will include

  • Shortlisted colleges based on applicant profile
  • Essays, Resume & Recommendation Letters for one school application
  • One Interview prep session.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must start school/ college latest by September 2018
  • All students applying for the Application Scholarship must submit their official GMAT/ SAT/ ACT score by June 30th 2017

2. Mentorship Scholarship will include

  • Two counseling/ profile building session
  • Eligibility: Applicants must start school/ college between September 2019 to September 2022

3. Title sponsor - SelfScore will award recipients of the 2017 ReachIvy SelfScore Scholarship with a $200 Statement Credit when they are approved a SelfScore MasterCard*

Application Process
  • Scholarship Application form: Complete our application form, available here.
  • Supporting documents: We may request certain additional supporting documents once you have been shortlisted.
  • Interview: Shortlisted candidates may be invited to interview with us.
Important Dates
  • Applications will open on Feb 15th, 2017 (7:30pm IST).
  • Applications will close on July 1st, 2017 (7:30pm IST).
  • We will release application decisions starting on July 15th, 2017 (7:30pm IST) on a rolling basis.
Selection Criteria: What are we looking for?
  • Academic potential: Have you been recognized for your academic achievements? Have you challenged yourself with high-level courses? We will assess your high school/college grades and standardized test scores as well as any other diplomas, awards and recognition that you have earned.
  • Leadership ability: How do you motivate a team under pressure? What are some of the most difficult decisions that you have made? We are looking for evidence of roles that have required you to lead/ /manage a team/organization.
  • Community engagement: What have you done to support a cause you believe in? What initiatives have you undertaken to enhance your community? We are looking for evidence of active and sustained engagement in causes and a commitment to the betterment of your community.
  • Sense of self: Are you an independent thinker? Do you have a unique outlook on life? We are looking for students who are self-aware, have intrinsic confidence and an acute awareness of their own strengths, weaknesses and limitations.
  • Extra-curricular involvement: Do you enjoy wearing multiple hats? What special talents or interests have you developed? We are looking for students who are more than just academically strong and have the ability to seamlessly juggle and excel in a variety of activities.
  • Financial need: Is lack of funds preventing you from achieving your dreams of studying abroad? Are you searching for ways to pay for your education? We are looking for students with strong cases of financial need.
Terms & Conditions

1. The Scholarship is open to applicants of any nationality and age, pursuing any and all degrees and areas.

2. Between 5-10 students will be granted the Scholarship.

3. ReachIvy reserves the right to make final decisions.

4. Winners will be announced on a rolling basis. All final decisions will be released by July 15th 2017.

5. To qualify all applicants must complete the Scholarship application form and the requirements mentioned there.

6. All applicants must register on our website

7. All Scholarship winners must make a refundable deposit of INR 2000 in case of Mentorship Scholarship and INR 5000 in case of Application Scholarship.

8. The validity of all services offered under the Scholarship is 31st December 2017.

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