Becoming Competitive for National Scholarships and Fellowships. Presented by the Undergraduate Fellowships Office Laura Clippard Lclippar@mtsu.edu 898-5464. Basic Steps. Keep track of all your activities and the dates. Record your specific leadership roles-how did you make a difference?
Becoming Competitivefor National Scholarshipsand Fellowships
Presented by the Undergraduate Fellowships Office
Keep track of all your activities and the dates.
Record your specific leadership roles-how did you make a difference?
Ask advisors, faculty and even other students about ways to get involved, including study abroad, volunteering, research, etc.
Keep up your grades.
The common goal of all of these scholarships and fellowships is recognizing excellence.
They vary in terms of eligibility requirements, application procedures, and expectations for successful candidates.
It is important to keep in mind that all of these prestigious scholarships and fellowships are investments in excellence from which much is expected of the recipient.
They are not rewards for good work done in the past. You have to have all of that, but you also have to show promise of continued excellence.
A personal statement is an essay, usually consisting of 500 to 1,000 words, which offers understanding of the kind of person you are and the life you want to live.
It should be the product of deep reflection on who you are, how you got to be the way you are, and where you think you’re heading—not just in college or in your chosen career field, but in life itself.
References should know you well.
References should be able to make comments on your work habits and personal qualities.
References should be able to list concrete evidence of your talents and back up superlatives with specific examples.
Give at least a month’s notice to letter writers.
Give each letter writer a resume, information on your goals, and academic passions.
Leadership is more than just a list of activities—more does not equal better.
How have you made a difference?
Are your activities connected to your career goal and interests?
Choose wisely & pursue passionately.
Specific, innovative, meaningful.
Most scholarships want at least a 3.25 GPA or even higher because they want academic excellence.
Typically, most successful applicants have GPAs of 3.7 and higher.
Some scholarships review more for leadership.
Check out requirements before you begin an application.
Review committees for these scholarships tend to be unimpressed with "bookworms.”
They want to see ample evidence of:
Lateral thinkers—thinkers capable of discerning connections among diverse strands of knowledge.
Risk-takers—people who enjoy learning about subjects beyond their comfort zones.
World citizens—people with a broad understanding of national and international events, sensitivity to cultural differences, and a genuine commitment to making a difference in their lifetime.
They want to know: Who are YOU?
Listing too many activities in an essay can confuse them.
There should be an invisible theme. Your answers and essays should be connected.
Depth is more important than numbers.
Ability to know your own strengths.
Many applicants start months or years in advance depending on scholarships.
Be prepared to have at least 6-10 revisions.
Read before your begin.
Don’t just write about your hard life. What have you done with it?
Don’t insult the readers.
Have your essay proofed by a professional (faculty, UFO office, etc).
The U.S. Government’s flagship educational and cultural exchange program.
Focus on recent U.S. college/
university graduates, artists, and young professionals.
Study, research, or teaching assistantship opportunities.
What is a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant?
An award to support self-designed study or research in 150 countries; English language teaching assistantships in over 40 countries.
Who should apply?
Highly-motivated, open-minded individuals
Those who can contribute to and benefit from cultural exchange.
Students should read country requirements before beginning.
Many countries require that you acquire your own affiliation.
Campus interview is required.
Campus Deadline is in September.
You should start application the spring before.
Monthly stipend (for room, board, incidental costs).
Benefits may also include
(varies by country):
(Caleb Kim – South Korea)
Must be junior by hours to apply.
$30,000 scholarships to college students who wish to attend graduate school.
For students interested in careers in government or elsewhere in public service (non-profit organization or educational organizations).
A Truman scholarship nominee must be:
A junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution;
Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her respective institution;
In the upper quarter of his or her class;
A United States citizen, permanent resident or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible;
Career goals involve being a “change agent” in nonprofit, education or government agency;
Plan to pursue master’s, Ph.D., or professional degree.
A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship also:
Has an extensive record of public and community service;
Has an outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
Committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.
Campus Deadline: December 1, 2010
32 U.S. scholarships to study at Oxford for graduate degree.
Various programs; establish why one wants to study at Oxford; not just a study abroad experience.
Application due in early October.
Must be under age 25 and have completed bachelor’s degree before study would commence.
Campus Deadline: December 1, 2010
For sophomores and juniors.
Scholars receive up to $7,500 to cover tuition, fees, books and room and board expenses.
Must want have career research goal in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
Previous research experience needed.
Candidates cannot apply directly but must be nominated.
Campus Deadline: December 1, 2010
$5000 for one year
Applicants must be sophomores or juniors, pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree;
Have a college grade-point average of at least a “B” or the equivalent;
Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident;
Be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy or Native American health care (only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care).
Up to 40 young Americans are selected
each year to study at graduate level in the
High ability; leadership potential to act as
ambassadors between two countries.
Personal & academic fulfillment across
Deadline in early October.
Don’t take it personally if you don’t win. It does not mean you did something wrong.
UK Fulbright had 425 applications and nine winners (2.1%).
University can only nominate a certain number of students.
Many applications ask questions that you may not have thought about before.
Increases intellectual development, insight, and presentation skills.
Makes you think about your long term goals and plans.
Strengthens writing skills and relationships with professors.
Personal growth is important to your future success whatever path you choose.
Undergraduate Fellowships Office list of scholarships: http://www.mtsu.edu/honors/ufo/ufo2.shtml
Click on “Complete list of all fellowships available”.
NAFA website: http://www.nafadvisors.org/scholarships.htm
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