Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Students with excellent academic records should consider applying for a nationality competitive scholarship. The scholarships 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 scholarship. 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 Nationally Competitive Scholarship advisor, Frank Congin, in the Honors College, to talk about preparing an application.

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which strives to build peaceful, friendly relationships between citizens of the United States and citizens of other countries through academic, cultural, and professional exchanges and partnerships.

Fulbright Scholarship

In 1945, U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill to Congress that called for surplus means from the war to be dedicated to student exchange programs that would benefit international relations, as well as contribute to intellectual
and cultural achievement.

Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission was established by diplomatic treaty in 1948 and is founded on the belief that individuals who experience other cultures will have a deeper understanding of the world and be able to contribute to ventures which mutually benefit multiple nations and which improve the relationship between those nations.

Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established in 1986 to honor the lifetime work of Barry Goldwater, including his service as a soldier and five-time Arizona state senator.

Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship was first devised in a bill proposed to Parliament by Roger Makins, then the Deputy Under Secretary in the Foreign Office supervising the American Department.  

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships were created by the will of Cecil John Rhodes PC and are managed by the Rhodes Trust. Rhodes, who died in 1902, was a British businessman, mining magnate and politician who served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896.

Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation honors the thirty-third president of the United States and his dedication to education and public service.

Udall Scholarship

In 1992, the Udall Foundation was established by the United States Congress to honor the work and accomplishments of Morris K. "Mo" Udall, who served as a Democrat for Arizona in the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1991.