Welcome to the Bright!Tax Global Scholar Initiative

Bright!Tax, a leading online tax preparation service for American citizens in over 190 countries, is proud to support students who are US citizens worldwide. The Bright!Tax Global Scholar Initiative provides supplemental funds for American students who are already or will be studying abroad under the auspices of an accredited academic institution. Scholarships are available for full semester programs.

The Bright!Tax Global Scholar Initiative. Who Is Eligible?


  • If you are a United States citizen and you currently live outside and will be studying outside the US you are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • If you are a United States citizen and you currently live in the US and will be studying outside the US you are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • You must have a minimum GPA of 3.8 (on a scale of 1.0 to 4.0)
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Bright!Tax Global Scholar Applicants – Evaluation Process

Bright!Tax Global Scholar funding is awarded based on an individual’s merit and financial need. Our selection process takes into account the following factors –

  • Academic achievement, including current and overall GPA
  • Extent of community involvement
  • Leadership skills
  • Achievements in particular fields (debate, performing arts, athletics, etc.)
  • An essay on a topic relevant to the scholarship purpose
  • Academic or non-academic awards and achievements
  • A description of extra-curricular involvement
  • ​Copies of high school and/or college transcripts
  • Financial need
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Bright!Tax Global Scholar FAQ


  • What is the background and purpose of this scholarship?  The Bright!Tax Global Scholar Initiative supports US citizens who are living and/or studying abroad. You may learn more here.
  • Who will select scholarship recipients?  Bright!Tax Global Scholars are chosen by the Awards Committee. The committee is comprised of individuals and professionals who, themselves, are US citizens who are living overseas. They are uniquely aware of both the opportunities and challenges that Americans experience living outside the US.
  • How and when will scholarship funds be distributed?  The Bright!Tax Global Scholar Initiative is open ended and ongoing.  Scholarship funds, of at least $1000, are distributed directly to your accredited university on your behalf.  Scholarships are typically awarded in December and July, just before Spring and Fall university semester cycles. (December/Spring Awards application deadlines are November 1 and July/Fall Awards application deadlines are June 1.) Bright!Tax Scholarships are not offered for Summer study programs.
  • Additional questions may be directed to inquiries@brighttax.com
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Some of Our Previous Bright!Tax Scholars

Erin Moran

Erin is a postgraduate student working towards her PhD at University College London’s Institute of Education. Erin is also working with a group of mothers of autistic children in Kazakhstan on a program to educate teachers as to best practices when educating children with autism, with the aim of changing the perceived stigma of autism in Kazakhstan so that autistic children can be included in mainstream schools.

Kersey Schott

Kersey, who is also a Fulbright Scholar, fended off competition from over 100 other applicants thanks to her academic achievements, ambition, and self-awareness with respect to being an ambassador for America in the local community in Leipzig, Germany. Through her engagement with local groups, she is actively helping to create positive perceptions towards Americans and the US abroad.

Adeel Mufti

As a first generation American, Adeel has a keen awareness of the opportunities and responsibilities that come with being American. He has lived abroad the last couple of years though, working remotely as a computer programmer while accompanying his wife, a Peace Corps volunteer. Adeel is looking to the future though, and is now studying towards a Masters in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh.

Aina Swartz

Aina’s excellent academic record and passion for experiencing life outside the US helped her to triumph over 380 other applicants. In 2016, Aina spent a semester in Sweden which she organized herself. She studied in Swedish having learned from scratch on her own. She has also spent a summer holiday helping to build a school in Ghana. Aina starts a full time honors degree in History and International Relations at London’s King College University in September 2017.

Addison Noel

Colorado resident Addison Noel has become the fifth Bright!Tax Global Scholar. Thanks to Bright!Tax she will be taking up a place at the Tokyo International University to study International Relations in 2018 fall. The Award Committee was particularly impressed by Addison’s appreciation and understanding of the value of her US citizenship, as well as her excellent academic record, her having independently learned Japanese, and her having fought but ultimately overcome anxiety.

Brandon Fathy

With Bright!Tax’ support, Brandon will be returning to the UK’s University of Leicester to pursue a PHD in Archaeology. Brandon completed his undergraduate studies at the same university, assisting in the excavation of England’s King Richard III, and achieving a first class degree while finding time to lecture at local high schools. When at high school himself, Brandon was valedictorian, achieved a perfect GPA, was captain of his school’s academic decathlon team, and as student council president introduced a school-wide recycling program.