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Becoming Competitive for National Scholarships and Fellowships. Presented by the Undergraduate Fellowships Office Laura Clippard 898-5464. Basic Steps. Keep track of all your activities and the dates. Record your specific leadership roles-how did you make a difference?

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becoming competitive for national scholarships and fellowships

Becoming Competitivefor National Scholarshipsand Fellowships

Presented by the Undergraduate Fellowships Office

Laura Clippard


basic steps
Basic Steps

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.

why apply
Why Apply?

Financial benefits

Academic benefits

Professional benefits

Personal benefits

common goal with varied expectations
Common Goal with Varied Expectations

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.

do you have the right frame of mind
Do You Have the Right Frame of Mind?

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.

what is a personal statement
What is a Personal Statement?

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.

letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation

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.

standing out
Standing Out

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.

grades do count
Grades Do Count!

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.

well rounded students
Well Rounded Students

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.

completing an application
Completing an Application

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.

skills needed
Skills Needed

Time management.


Professional experiences.

Campus involvement.

Excellent references.

Ability to know your own strengths.

Many applicants start months or years in advance depending on scholarships.

benefits of applying
Benefits of Applying
  • Personal Growth
    • Ability to receive feedback.
    • Specialized experiences sharpen skills, improve chances of success.
    • Learn importance of prioritizing; managing time and handling stress.

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).

what is the u s student fulbright program
What Is the U.S. StudentFulbright Program?

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.

the basics
The Basics

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.

grant benefits
Grant Benefits

Roundtrip airfare.

Monthly stipend (for room, board, incidental costs).

Health insurance.

Benefits may also include

(varies by country):

Dependent support.

Research allowance.


Language lessons.

Enhancement activities.

(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).

eligibility for truman
Eligibility for Truman

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.

eligibility for truman20
Eligibility for Truman


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

the rhodes scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship

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.

udall scholarship
Udall Scholarship

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).

marshall scholarships

Marshall Scholarships

Up to 40 young Americans are selected

each year to study at graduate level in the

United Kingdom.

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.

value in the process
Value in the Process

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.

life is a journey not a destination
Life is a Journey,Not a Destination
  • Few athletes ever make it to the Olympics, but hundreds become better at their sport while training for the Olympics.
  • Part of the success is in the journey, the dream, and the effort.
websites resources

Undergraduate Fellowships Office list of scholarships:

Click on “Complete list of all fellowships available”.

NAFA website:

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