Students with excellent academic records should consider applying for a nationality competitive scholarship or fellowship. The fellowships listed here are intensely competitive, but serious applicants reap plentiful rewards from the process. Students with high academic excellence, and evidence of leadership, community service and/ or research experience should seriously consider applying for a fellowship. If this description fits you, review the websites for those scholarships that seem to match your interests and plans and then schedule an appointment with the fellowship coordinator, Donald Palmer, in the Honors College, to talk about preparing an application.
For Undergraduate Students:
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program honors Senator Barry Goldwater, who served as a soldier and statesman for 56 years. The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is to alleviate a shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
Goldwater Scholarships may cover eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.
The Truman is a competitive national fellowship that funds students interested in public service careers. The foundation reviews over 600 applications for their 60 to 65 awards annually. Students apply as juniors and are funded for the senior year and two years of graduate school.
The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards scholarships up to $5,000 to students who are committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.
The Mitchell Scholars program honors former US Senator George Mitchell's contribution to the Northern Ireland Peace process. Sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance, the scholarship supports one year of graduate study in any field at an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Applicants should have a record signifying academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community.
Mitchell Scholars are provided tuition, housing, living expenses, and an international travel stipend.
For Students Pursuing Graduate Study:
The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program honors Senator Javits, long recognized for his support of education and the arts during his 24 years in the U.S. Senate. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Subject to the availability of funds, a fellow receives the Javits fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of their degree. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment (accepted by the institution of higher education in lieu of all tuition and fees for the fellow) and a stipend (based on the fellow's financial need as determined by the measurements of the Federal Student Assistance Processing System. In fiscal year 2009, the institutional payment was $13,552 and the maximum stipend was $30,000. For fiscal year 2010, the maximum stipend will be $30,000, and the institutional payment is estimated to be $13,755.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Gates Cambridge Scholarships enable outstanding graduates from outside the UK to study at Cambridge. The aim of the program is to create a network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
There is no one template for a Gates Scholar: each scholar is different and brings something unique to the program. However, when selecting Gates scholars, the Trust looks for students with enthusiasm, robustness of intellect, a willingness to engage and an appropriate humility that comes from an awareness that nothing is ever really simple. The Trust expects a good match to be made between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and what Cambridge has to offer. Successful applicants will have the ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline while in Cambridge, with a strong aptitude for research, analysis, and a creative approach to defining and solving problems.
The Fulbright Program has sought the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science" since its founding the 1946. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the program allows for individually designed study or research projects or an English teaching assistantship.
Full support for two years at Oxford University in any field.
Rotary Peace Scholarship
Supports peace studies work at five international institutions.