Academically motivated students are encouraged to seek national, external scholarships to pursue their long-term academic and professional goals. Successful applications early in one's college career can be used to leverage future scholarship and other opportunities. To be competitive for major scholarships, students should learn about them early on, determine which could help them meet their long-term goals, and then work to develop a track record of academic excellence and other accomplishments.
The application process itself can help clarify a student's long-term goals. Which foreign language really fascinates me and why? What specific area of scientific research do I wish to pursue? What public policy issues am I really passionate about? What, specifically, do I want to study in graduate school, and where is the best program for me?
Students interested in applying for major scholarships should, ideally, contact the Honors Program director and/or the designated faculty adviser for specific scholarships in the second semester of their freshman year or early in their sophomore year.
Some major scholarships require institutional nomination or endorsement. A scholarships committee exists to review requests for institutional nomination/endorsement, provide feedback on draft applications, and, occasionally, provide interview practice.
See links to some of the major scholarships below and to the right.
James Madison Graduate Fellowship: Graduate studies grants for 7-12 grade social studies teachers
Udall Scholarship: Environmental science career grants for sophomores and juniors