Scholarships for Students

Who Have Successfully Passed the Entrance Exam after Grade 7

The College offers three scholarships to entering students, accepted after Grade 7, two Polansky Scholarships and one Oberbauer Scholarship, described below. These scholarships cover tuition fees for the five years that students are enrolled at the American College. 

All families of Bulgarian seventh-grade students who have successfully passed the Entrance exam and are offered admission to the American College of Sofia may apply for the Polansky and Oberbauer Scholarships. Although the selection committee considers a number of different criteria, financial need is the most important criterion in the selection process. 

The Polansky and Oberbauer Scholarships are funded by the Tianaderrah Foundation of New York.

The Polansky and Oberbauer Full Scholarships 

The American College of Sofia will award two full Polansky scholarships – to one boy and one girl, as well as one Oberbauer scholarship. The Polansky and Oberbauer Scholarships were established in 2008 and they will pay all tuition fees of each recipient for the entire period of his/her enrollment at the College, provided each recipient maintains the minimum academic performance requirements of the scholarships. 

- The Polansky Scholarship 

Named for the Hon. Sol Polansky (1926-2016), former U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria (1987-1990). Mr. Polansky was instrumental in helping the College reopen in 1992. Mr. Polansky has continued his deep involvement with institutions committed to the political, economic, and educational development of Bulgaria. He has served on the Boards of Trustees of The American College of Sofia as well as the American University in Bulgaria. 

- The Oberbauer Scholarship 

Named for Joseph Oberbauer. An engineer and architect, Mr. Oberbauer moved to Sofia in the 1890s from Austria. He was one of the principal architects of the city plan of modern Sofia. He lived in Bulgaria until his death in the 1930s. 

These scholarships were established with a generous grant from the Tianaderrah Foundation. They are intended to foster the concept of civil service in Bulgarian society. 


Criteria for the Evaluation of Applications 

1. Approved documents for financial support. 

2. Evaluation of a composition on a given topic. The candidates will be invited to write the composition at ACS. 

3. Interview with the candidates approved on the basis of their composition results. 

4. The candidates’ overall results from the Admissions Exam.

For more information about Financial Aid or the Polansky and Oberbauer Scholarships, please contact the Alumni Relations, Development, and Admissions Office.