Major Scholarship Handbook

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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship has published Opportunities: Scholarships, Fellowships and Research, a handbook to help undergraduate students navigate the process of applying for major scholarships and fellowships.  Contained within this handbook is important information on researching opportunities, application requirements, personal statements, letters of recommendation, interviews and much more. Hard copies are available at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship in RH 115.

Major scholarships and fellowships are among the highest honors that undergraduates or recent graduates can achieve. Many scholarships and fellowships offer recipients the chance to study or conduct research abroad while others fund post baccalaureate education at a significant level.

Major scholarships and fellowships build on a student’s undergraduate achievements in important ways and the benefits of winning such awards are numerous. Major scholarships and fellowships not only reward academic performance and commitment to community, but compliment other areas of life as well. Such awards are gateways to significant career opportunities and personal and intellectual growth.

These prestigious awards are highly competitive at the national and/or international level and require applicants to have more than just an excellent academic record. Students must also possess a solid record of leadership, community service and, often, research.

The applications for major scholarships are exacting and demand attention and creativity. In addition to extensive forms, candidates must provide multiple letters of recommendation, compelling personal statements and, in many cases, undergo a rigorous interview process. Many major awards stipulate that candidates must have their applications endorsed by or be officially nominated by their university.


Researching Major Scholarships and Fellowships

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) coordinates information about opportunities for undergraduates, including major prestigious scholarships and fellowships. Students interested in applying for major scholarships and fellowships should review the Listing of Major Scholarships on this site, and drop by or call the OURS office (786-1086) to schedule an appointment to talk with a staff member.

The internet can be an excellent source of information about scholarships and fellowships.

  • Web sites put up by the major individual scholarships/fellowships are usually the best source for up-to-date information. See the Listing of Major Scholarships for information and sites.
  • Most universities and colleges have information on their web sites designed to help undergraduates in their search for educational opportunities.
  • In addition, professional organizations in the academic disciplines (e.g. American Chemical Society) and the professions (e.g. Association of American Medical Colleges) often have fellowship information and links on their web sites.
  • Faculty members may also have information about opportunities within their discipline.

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