Freeman Asian Scholarship Program

The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program provides expenses for a four-year course of study toward a bachelor’s degree for up to eleven exceptionally able students annually from these countries and regions: the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

  • Common Applications must be submitted online by January 1.
  • Students are advised to register now for SAT (or ACT) and TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Notification by April 1.
  • Japan notification by March 1.
  • Read instructions on how to properly apply for the scholarship here.
  • Apply for the Freeman Asian Scholars Program by submitting the addendum here.

After generously sponsoring the program for 20 years, Wesleyan continues to honor the legacy of the Freeman Foundation through this scholarship which aims to improve understanding and strengthen ties between the United States and the countries and regions of the Pacific Rim.  A number of early Wesleyan graduates were influential educators and ministers in Asian countries, and the present-day Wesleyan has formal ties to several prominent universities in Asia.

Learn more about the current Freeman student community on campus, here.

About the Freeman Scholarship

  • History of the Freeman Asian Scholarship at Wesleyan?
    The first Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars enrolled at Wesleyan in September of 1995. The Freeman Foundation, creator of the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program, was established in 1994 through the bequest of Mansfield Freeman, a businessman, benefactor, scholar and longtime resident in Asia who was a member of the Wesleyan University Class of 1916. Mr. Freeman was an insurance executive and one of the original founders of the American International Group, Inc. (AIG). Most affiliates in Asia are part of Chartis Insurance. The New York-based Freeman Foundation, which established the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program in memory of Mansfield Freeman, is administered primarily by the Freeman family; its charitable efforts are directed mainly toward bettering relationships and understanding between the United States and the countries of East Asia. This program’s goal is for Freeman Asian Scholars to become leaders in their home countries.
  • What is the Freeman Scholarship?

    Each Freeman Scholar will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and student fees (called “full tuition scholarship”) regardless of his or her family’s financial situation. In the 2019-2020 school year tuition and fees total $56,704. Families wishing to apply for financial aid to assist with the costs associated with room, board, travel, and books and supplies should submit The Profile TM Form of the College Scholarship Service (CSS) by February 15. Wesleyan’s Financial Aid Office will determine the family contribution. The family contribution is comprised of a parent contribution based on the parent(s) income and assets, as well as a student contribution.

    A scholarship applicant who is not requesting financial aid to cover the costs beyond tuition will need to provide documentation that his or her family has the financial resources to pay those costs by submitting the Certification of Finances Form. The form must show that the family can fund approximately $19,000 per academic year. (The additional budget for new matriculants in the 2019-2020 academic year is $18,719 not including travel; residential comprehensive fee $15,724 plus books and miscellaneous $2,665). For instructions on how to complete the International Certification of Finances form, please go here.


  • Am I eligible?

    Applicants for the academic year beginning in late August must have completed their secondary schooling* (high school) by then and must be citizens or permanent residents of one of these eleven countries or regions: People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam. Preference will be given to those currently living in one of these eleven countries or regions and to those who would otherwise be unable to study in the United States. Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or who are permanent U.S. residents are not eligible. Students who must fulfill a military service requirement may apply in their final year of school but waiting until the year in which one can enroll is preferable.

    *Students following the British O- and A-level system typically will be enrolled in their second year of the A-level program at the time of application. We cannot consider students from Malaysia on the basis of forecast SPM results; students there should be enrolled in the second year of the STPM at the time of application. Students already enrolled in university are not eligible for a Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship. In South Korea, a student may accept a place in a Korean university in February of the entering year, pending our scholarship decision.

  • What are the selection criteria?

    Admission to Wesleyan and the selection process for Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars is extremely competitive. We plan to award the scholarship to one student from each of the eleven countries or regions. Selection criteria include academic achievement; intellectual curiosity; a high level of discipline and commitment; strong personal qualities; extracurricular involvement, especially community service; and English language ability.

    It is our preference to enroll students currently studying and residing in their home countries, but students who are temporarily living elsewhere may apply. Please note that interviews for finalists take place in students’ home countries or regions.

    Freeman Asian Scholars are expected to return to the Asian region upon completion of their degrees. (We understand that some students may wish to continue their education with graduate studies in the United States, which would be at their own expense.)

    Successful applicants will be notified by April 1, except in Japan, where they will be notified by March 1. Alternates also will be chosen in the event that any of those initially selected decide not to accept the offer. Wesleyan will provide the necessary forms for obtaining an F-1 student visa to the United States.

    Given the limited availability of alumni interviews outside of the U.S., international applicants are encouraged to interview with InitialView, a third-party service that conducts interviews in-person in China or via an online video platform for those in other countries. You will be able to share the interview with multiple colleges of your choice. The conversation will be recorded and sent to the Wesleyan Office of Admission for review. InitialView does not rate or grade the interview. The deadline for completing the interview is the application submission deadline date for ED1, ED2, and Regular decision rounds. Please note that the Initialview interview is not Wesleyan-specific and the interviewer will not be able to answer Wesleyan-specific questions. To schedule an InitialView interview, please click here.

    An admission interview (campus, Skype, alumni or InitialView interview) will be evaluated with your application materials. It is entirely separate from the Freeman finalist interviews that are conducted in February in home countries. if you are selected as a Freeman finalist, you will be asked to participate in the Freeman finalist interview even if you have already done one of the admission interviews.

  • What testing requirements are there for the Freeman Application?

    Results of the SAT Reasoning Test of the College Board or the ACT are not required for applicants to Wesleyan if official actual results of national exams or International Baccalaureate exams are available, or predicted results if official results are not available. Applicants in the People’s Republic of China, where the SAT is not available, are exempt from this requirement.

    We highly recommend that applicants living outside the US for whom English is NOT their first language demonstrate proficiency with one or more of the following:

    Exam Minimum Expected Score
    TOEFL 100
    IELTS 7.0
    SAT 700 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    ACT 29 Reading and English section scores or English
    and Language Arts (ELA) combined score
    Duolingo English Test 120
    Cambridge English Assessment 190

    These examinations must be taken by January 1 in order to be submitted as part of your application. Some of these examinations are administered on several dates, with a registration deadline approximately six weeks before the exam. Please be sure to list Wesleyan University (undergraduate) as an official score recipient.

    Please note that if you submit your SAT as proof of English proficiency, you must submit all sections of the SAT, not just the critical reading section. If you plan to use this option, you must select “SAT” as your test to be considered on the Common Application when applying to Wesleyan.

    We encourage students to contact the local EducationUSA office near them for information about registering and taking standardized entrance examinations such as the SAT and TOEFL, as well as for additional assistance applying. A complete list of their locations can be found here.

  • How does the application process work?

    Interested students must submit the Common Application (, that includes background information, essay, a secondary (high) school/junior college transcript, recommendations from two teachers and one counselor, and results (or predictions if available) of any standardized national examinations administered during the secondary school/junior college years.  If you have graduated from or will graduate from a high school outside of the United States and English is not your first language, you will be required to complete an additional writing essay on the Common Application “Questions” section for Wesleyan.

    After applying, applicants must also complete the Freeman Scholarship Addendum, which includes the Freeman Essay and additional academic/personal information. Wesleyan alumni will conduct interviews of finalists in their home countries in February or March. All application materials are to be postmarked or submitted online no later than January 1. You will be notified by e-mail about how to access our new applicant portal to monitor receipt of your application materials, along with login credentials.

    Please note that there is no longer a printed application packet available. Applicants must access the required forms electronically.

  • Can I also apply Regular Decision to Wesleyan?

    It is likely that some highly qualified applicants who would otherwise be admissible to Wesleyan will not be chosen for the highly selective Freeman Asian Scholarship. No financial aid is available to such students, but those who do not require financial assistance to attend are encouraged to apply as “regular” applicants to Wesleyan University. To be considered as a “regular” (non-aided) admission candidate in the event that you are not selected as a Freeman Scholar, please indicate your interest on the Freeman Scholarship Addendum.

    There is no application fee for students applying only for the Freeman Asian Scholarship, but candidates also wishing to be considered as a “regular” candidate must submit the $55 application fee. Dual Freeman Asian Scholarship/“Regular” admission candidates must submit a Certification of Finances form documenting that the family has sufficient resources to fund the entire cost of education, approximately $75,000 in the first year and estimating a 5% increase in each subsequent year.

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