Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships events

Astronaut Scholarship: Info Session/Workshop
Thursday, January 24th
12:00-1:00 pm
Slonaker House, Living Room

Personal Statement Workshop
Tuesday, January 29th
5:00-6:00 pm
Slonaker House, Living Room


Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships campus deadlines

Udall Scholarship – Campus Deadline February 8, 2019

Are you committed to conservation, environmental stewardship, or environmental policy? Alternatively, are you a Native American or Alaska Native working towards a career that will enable you to make a difference to Indian country in the areas of policy or health care? The purpose of the Udall Scholarship, funded by the federal government through the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, is to support a diverse group of students united by their interest in America’s heritage: natural resource protection, conservation, and Native American policy, health, and governance. The scholarship offers up to $7,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses. In addition, new Udall Scholars participate in a four-day orientation in Tucson, Arizona, which is a central part of the Udall experience. Finally, Udall Scholars (and Honorable Mentions) gain access to a network of environmental, Native American health, and tribal policy professionals through the alumni listserv.

Udall Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

-         Commitment to a career related to the environment or a Native American/Alaskan Native who is committed to a career in tribal public policy or Native American health care

-         Sophomore or junior who will be a full-time student in the year of the award

-         GPA of at least “B”

-         U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident

Students interested in applying should contact David Neufeld at davidyneufeld@email.arizona.edu to learn more about the scholarship and to obtain access to the application materials. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2019


Astronaut Scholarship - Campus Deadline February 15, 2019

Supported by more than 80 astronauts connected to the US space program, the Astronaut Scholarship attempts to ensure that the US maintains its leadership in science and technology by supporting students in natural or applied science, engineering, or mathematics. Each Astronaut Scholar receives $10,000. Qualifying schools, including the University of Arizona, are able to nominate two students each year for this award. An interdisciplinary, university-wide committee will choose the two strongest candidates as our institution’s nominees.

Astronaut Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

-         Student in engineering, natural or applied science, or mathematics who intends to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree(s)

-         Sophomore or junior

-         Excellent grades

-         Participation in lab and research work in their field

-         US citizen

Successful nominees will have demonstrated initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field. They will have stood out in the eyes of faculty members, enough to secure two strong letters of recommendation. Significant research experience is highly recommended, as is strong academic performance, work ethic, and leadership.

Those interested in applying should contact David Neufeld (davidyneufeld@email.arizona.edu) in advance of the on-campus deadline of Feb. 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.


Beinecke Scholarship - Campus Deadline January 23, 2019

The Beinecke Scholarship seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Current juniors planning to graduate between December 2019 and August 2020 are eligible to apply.

Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of this scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

Students interested in applying should contact David Neufeld at davidyneufeld@email.arizona.edu to learn more about the scholarship. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2019.


Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships announcements

Boren Scholarship and Fellowship Webinars

Overview webinars for the Boren awards are recorded and available to watch anytime at https://borenawards.org/webinars. The foundation will also be hosting live end-of-cycle webinars to address frequently-asked questions as well as any others applicants can think of:

-          LIVE Q&A Webinar (priority given to questions from Boren Fellowships applicants) -  Tuesday, January 22 at 5:00-6:00 pm EST  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4067597483629148428

-          LIVE Q&A Webinar (for Boren Scholarships applicants) - Tuesday, January 29 at 5:00-6:00 pm EST  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5129913732549192204

Scholarship for Native Students

Visit the Udall Foundation’s Facebook page to access video resources that orient students to the Udall Scholarship application process. Topics include an overview of the Tribal policy and Native health care categories (Indian Country) of the scholarship, eligibility requirements, and benefits.


Other Scholarship Opportunities (no campus deadline)

Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Fellowship, Study Abroad, and Literacy Grants

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Pi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

The Literacy Grants program was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. The Society’s commitment to the cause of literacy grows out of and is consistent with its mission, which was expanded to include “and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

For more information on eligibility and the application process please visit the Phi Kappa Phi website.


Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program 2019 – January 31, 2019

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six-week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president just outside our nation’s capital. We offer an all-inclusive six-week program that provides housing, transportation, meals, and a $3,000 stipend.

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program offers a dynamic and stimulating leadership curriculum that encourages students to examine their personal strengths, identify areas for growth, and ultimately take action as a leader. Students are also afforded the opportunity of meeting with and learning from current leaders of national prominence in the government, journalism, business and nonprofits sectors. Leadership Fellows will also learn how to take a personal passion and turn it into a blueprint for action in the form of a Capstone Project. Leadership Fellows spend some of their time working on their individual capstones while at Mount Vernon, culminating in a final presentation at the conclusion of the program.

Applicants must be a currently enrolled college sophomore in good standing, proven leadership ability and involvement, demonstrated interest in the proposed capstone project, have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher, and be a current U.S. citizen. For more information visit the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows website. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.


Mobility International USA Access to Exchange Fellowship – February 15, 2019

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is excited to announce the launch of the “Access to Exchange Fellowship”. The NCDE is seeking college students and recent graduates in the United States who are interested in a career in international exchange! The goal of the fellowship is to provide college students and recent graduates professional and leadership skills related to disability inclusion in international exchange.

The “Access to Exchange” Fellow will spend May-August 2019 working with the NCDE team towards the mission of encouraging and making it possible for more people with disabilities to engage in purposeful travel overseas. The fellow will be based in Eugene, Oregon at the Mobility International USA (MIUSA) office.

The program is intended for an aspiring exchange professional who:

-         Is an enrolled student in a US higher education program including community college, undergraduate, and graduate programs and has residency in the United States, OR

-         Has already completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree and is authorized to work in the USA.

-         Possesses an interest in a career in the exchange field.

-         Demonstrates an interest and passion towards the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.

-         Is able to be self-supporting in Eugene Oregon financially for the duration of the fellowship.

See more: https://www.miusa.org/news/2019/ncdefellowship


Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship – February 15, 2019

The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship was launched by the State Department to address its growing need for technology expertise in the field of diplomacy, in addition to increasing the representation of diverse groups among its service. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate program participants will receive up to $37,000 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees, and some travel expenses for junior and senior years of undergraduate studies related to an Information Technology field. Graduate candidates will receive up to $37,000 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in an IT-related field. Fellowships include two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships; employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service IMS entry requirements.

The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship information and application may be accessed here. The deadline for all materials to be received is at midnight on February 15, 2019.


Gilman Scholarship (Summer and Fall 2019/Academic Year 2019-20) – March 5, 2019

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The Gilman Scholarship Program offers grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs or international internships. Students studying a critical need language could be eligible to receive a grant of up to $8,000.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the online application is open for students participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs and international internships during the Summer and Fall 2019/Academic Year 2019-20 terms. Applications are due March 5, 2019 by 11:59pm (central).

For more information and to check your eligibility, please visit www.gilmanscholarship.org.


Skoll Scholarship – April 1, 2019

The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students to the University of Oxford who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Scholarship provides funding and exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and investors. The Skoll Scholarship covers the cost of tuition for recipients, as well as partial living expenses based on need, and up to an additional £8,000 ($10,000 U.S. dollars).

Candidates must apply to the Oxford MBA program (deadline to apply is Jan. 11, 2019) during specific stages of the School’s application rounds to be considered for the Skoll Scholarship. To see a complete timeline please visit the Skoll Scholarship 'how to apply' page.

The Skoll Scholarship online application deadline is April 1, 2019.  To learn more about the application process please visit the Skoll Scholarship how to apply page

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