Scholarships and Fellowships
All Honors Program students are encouraged to consider applying for post-graduate scholarships and fellowships which they may be eligible for. Planning for this can be incorporated into the course HONR 211, 311, 411: Personal and Professional Development, which begins in the fall of the sophomore year, but even freshman year is not too early to consider summer projects such as internships or jobs which may make you a better candidate. There are literally hundreds of post-graduate scholarships, but here are some of the more prominent. All of these require considerable thought and effort in order to put together a competitive application. You will need to start developing your strategy for applying no later than second semester freshman year.
This pays all fees and living expenses for a student to take a degree at Oxford University. Applicants should have a 3.8 - 4.0 GPA, have a track record of leadership, and be able to handle themselves well in an interview. Up to 32 Rhodes Scholars are selected annually.
This pays up to $30,000 towards two years' of graduate study at an institution of the student's own choosing. Applicants should intend to pursue a life of public service, changing for the better the way our government serves the people at any level -- local, state, or federal. Candidates apply by Sept. 30 of their junior year and need a 3.7 - 4.0 GPA. Up to 85 scholarships are awarded annually. A record of public service is required for a candidate to be successful. Talk to Dr. Rhodes early about this one.
This pays all fees and living expenses for a student to take a degree at any participating university in the United Kingdom (Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales). Applicants should have a 3.7 - 4.0 GPA and a specific plan for studying in the UK. Up to 40 scholarships are awarded annually.
This pays living expenses for a student to live in a foreign country of his or her choosing for a year. Applicants are required to develop a statement of proposed study to justify their travel to the selected country. Individual countries have specific and varying requirements for their Fulbright participants. Applicants should study these requirements carefully; a detailed list can be obtained from Dr. Rhodes. A 3.3 GPA or so is required; approximately 650 awards are made annually.
National Security Education Program Scholarship
This pays part-to-all fees associated with a study-abroad program for the summer, for one semester, or for an academic year. Applicants should intend a career international in scope, with some government service required. Preference will be given to applications for study in areas of the world deemed critical to national security.
This provides for one year of study in any foreign country where a Rotary Club is located. Rotary Scholars are expected to be "ambassadors of good will" to the people of their host country. For a post-graduate grant, you must apply in your junior year. Talk to Dr. Gary Nichols (History Dept.) about this one, in consultation with Dr. Rhodes. Sometimes these go untaken.
This provides $24,000 towards graduate study in history, political science, or social studies for people interested in pursuing a career in teaching in secondary school.
This pays $15,000 towards graduate study for students intending to pursue a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
National Science Foundation Fellowship
This pays $13,500 in living expenses, plus tuition and fees, for graduate education in the sciences or engineering leading to a master's or doctoral degree.
German Academic Exchange Service. Study and research in Germany: undergraduate and graduate awards. Should have a good command of the German language. Open to all fields, except medicine. Grant dollar amounts vary according to time spent ($3,000 to $7,000).
Awards for study in Asia. Open to all undergraduates, except graduating seniors. Applicants must currently receive financial aid or have verifiable need for financial assistance to study abroad in Asia. Awards vary from $3,000 to $7,000.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
One year post-graduate work or 2nd Bachelor's at the University of Cambridge. Covers: university and college fees at the applicable rates, a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student, a further discretionary allowance and airfare.
Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad
Only available for students receiving federal Pell Grant funding. Awards up to $5,000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.
Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies
Designed to help exceptionally promising students prepare for careers in the teaching field and in humanistic disciplines. Covers: graduate tuition and required fees for the first year of graduate study. Stipend: $17,500.
George J. Mitchell Scholarships
One academic year of graduate study in Ireland. No restrictions on academic field of study. Covers: living expenses, tuition and books.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Supports graduate students in fields important to national defense needs (scientists and engineers). Covers: tuition and fees (not to include room and board). Stipends average $23,000 per year.
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Mainly targeting minority groups in a large spectrum of graduate fields. Maintenance grants of $20,000 and tuition grants of one-half the tuition cost of a U.S. Graduate program.
Morris K. Udall Scholarships
Awards Undergraduate scholarships for American juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment and to Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal policy. Stipend: $5,000.
Four times a year, USA TODAY honors outstanding students and educators with the All-USA Academic and Teacher Teams. The 20 students and educators selected for the All-USA First Teams are featured in the nation's newspaper. Cash award: $2500.