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1 Becoming Competitive for National Scholarships and Fellowships Presented by the Undergraduate Fellowships Office Laura Clippard

2 Basic Steps Keep track of all your activities and the dates. Keep track of all your activities and the dates. Record your specific leadership roles-how did you make a difference? 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. Ask advisors, faculty and even other students about ways to get involved, including study abroad, volunteering, research, etc. Keep up your grades. Keep up your grades.

3 Why Apply? Financial benefits Financial benefits Academic benefits Academic benefits Professional benefits Professional benefits Personal benefits Personal benefits

4 Common Goal with Varied Expectations The common goal of all of these scholarships and fellowships is recognizing excellence. 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. They vary in terms of eligibility requirements, application procedures, and expectations for successful candidates.

5 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. 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. 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.

6 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. 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. 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.

7 Letters of Recommendation References should know you well. References should know you well. References should be able to make comments on your work habits and personal qualities. 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. 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 at least a month’s notice to letter writers. Give each letter writer a resume, information on your goals, and academic passions. Give each letter writer a resume, information on your goals, and academic passions.

8 Standing Out Leadership is more than just a list of activities—more does not equal better. Leadership is more than just a list of activities—more does not equal better. How have you made a difference? How have you made a difference? Are your activities connected to your career goal and interests? Are your activities connected to your career goal and interests? Choose wisely & pursue passionately. Choose wisely & pursue passionately. Specific, innovative, meaningful. Specific, innovative, meaningful.

9 Grades Do Count! Most scholarships want at least a 3.25 GPA or even higher because they want academic excellence. 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. Typically, most successful applicants have GPAs of 3.7 and higher. Some scholarships review more for leadership. Some scholarships review more for leadership. Check out requirements before you begin an application. Check out requirements before you begin an application.

10 Well Rounded Students Review committees for these scholarships tend to be unimpressed with "bookworms.” Review committees for these scholarships tend to be unimpressed with "bookworms.” They want to see ample evidence of: They want to see ample evidence of: Lateral thinkers — thinkers capable of discerning connections among diverse strands of knowledge. Lateral thinkers — thinkers capable of discerning connections among diverse strands of knowledge. Risk-takers — people who enjoy learning about subjects beyond their comfort zones. 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. 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.

11 Completing an Application They want to know: Who are YOU? They want to know: Who are YOU? Listing too many activities in an essay can confuse them. Listing too many activities in an essay can confuse them. There should be an invisible theme. Your answers and essays should be connected. There should be an invisible theme. Your answers and essays should be connected. Depth is more important than numbers. Depth is more important than numbers.

12 Skills Needed Time management. Time management. Writing. Writing. Professional experiences. Professional experiences. Campus involvement. Campus involvement. Excellent references. Excellent references. Ability to know your own strengths. Ability to know your own strengths. Many applicants start months or years in advance depending on scholarships. Many applicants start months or years in advance depending on scholarships.

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

14 Essays Be prepared to have at least 6-10 revisions. Be prepared to have at least 6-10 revisions. Read before your begin. Read before your begin. Don’t just write about your hard life. What have you done with it? Don’t just write about your hard life. What have you done with it? Don’t insult the readers. Don’t insult the readers. Have your essay proofed by a professional (faculty, UFO office, etc). Have your essay proofed by a professional (faculty, UFO office, etc).

15 Undergraduate Research Center The Undergraduate Research Center is an organization that promotes and supports research at the undergraduate level for students and faculty members who mentor them in scholarly and creative activities. An interdisciplinary, campus-wide Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) initiative was implemented at MTSU in This program provides financial support to encourage students to get involved in research and creative projects at all points in their undergraduate careers.

16 Undergraduate Research Center Proposal deadline for the academic year is:  Early October for Spring and Summer Awards  Early March for Summer and Fall Awards For more information, see their Web site at: The Honors College has the largest and most comprehensive list of journals for student publications. Please view our Web site at:

17 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program A program of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Administered by the Council of American Oversees Research Centers (CAORC) and American Councils for International Education

18 1 3 Target Languages Beginning, intermediate or advanced level: Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu. Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level: Arabic, Persian. Intermediate or advanced level: Chinese, Japanese, Russian.

19 Program Structure Academic Program ● 7-10 week fully-funded summer programs ● 20 hrs/week formal language learning ● Peer language partners ● Language-only guidelines Cultural Engagement ● Home-stays or roommates ● Cultural activities with language- learning component ● Roundtables, guest speakers ● Student-driven projects

20 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

21 Gillman Eligibility Requirements Gilman scholarship is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below: Gilman scholarship is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below: Is receiving a Federal Pell Grant or will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad.Is receiving a Federal Pell Grant or will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad. Is applying/has been accepted into a program eligible for credit by the student's institution of higher education in the U.S.Is applying/has been accepted into a program eligible for credit by the student's institution of higher education in the U.S. Is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country.Is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list.Is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State's current Travel Warning list.

22 What Is the U.S. Student Fulbright Program? The U.S. Government’s flagship educational and cultural exchange program. The U.S. Government’s flagship educational and cultural exchange program. Focus on recent U.S. college/ Focus on recent U.S. college/ university graduates, artists, and young professionals. Study, research, or teaching assistantship opportunities. Study, research, or teaching assistantship opportunities.

23 The Basics What is a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant? 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.An award to support self-designed study or research in 150 countries; English language teaching assistantships in over 40 countries. Who should apply? Who should apply? Highly-motivated, open-minded individualsHighly-motivated, open-minded individuals Those who can contribute to and benefit from cultural exchange.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.

24 Grant Benefits Roundtrip airfare. Roundtrip airfare. Monthly stipend (for room, board, incidental costs). Monthly stipend (for room, board, incidental costs). Health insurance. Health insurance. Benefits may also include Benefits may also include (varies by country): Dependent support.Dependent support. Research allowance.Research allowance. Tuition.Tuition. Language lessons.Language lessons. Enhancement activities.Enhancement activities. (Caleb Kim – South Korea)

25 Must be junior by hours to apply. Must be junior by hours to apply. $30,000 scholarships to college students who wish to attend graduate school. $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). For students interested in careers in government or elsewhere in public service (non-profit organization or educational organizations).

26 Eligibility for Truman A Truman scholarship nominee must be: A Truman scholarship nominee must be: A junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution; 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; Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her respective institution; In the upper quarter of his or her class; 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; 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; Career goals involve being a “change agent” in nonprofit, education or government agency; Plan to pursue master’s, Ph.D., or professional degree. Plan to pursue master’s, Ph.D., or professional degree.

27 Eligibility for Truman A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship also: A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship also: Has an extensive record of public and community service; Has an extensive record of public and community service; Has an outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and Has an outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and Committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation. Committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation. Campus Deadline: December 1, 2009 (continued)

28 The Rhodes Scholarship 32 U.S. scholarships to study at Oxford for graduate degree. 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. Various programs; establish why one wants to study at Oxford; not just a study abroad experience. Application due in early October. Application due in early October. Must be under age 25 and have completed bachelor’s degree before study would commence. Must be under age 25 and have completed bachelor’s degree before study would commence.

29 For sophomores and juniors. For sophomores and juniors. Scholars receive up to $7,500 to cover tuition, fees, books and room and board expenses. 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. Must want have career research goal in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Previous research experience needed. Previous research experience needed. Candidates cannot apply directly but must be nominated. Candidates cannot apply directly but must be nominated. Campus Deadline: December 1, 2009

30 Udall Scholarship $5000 for one year $5000 for one year Applicants must be sophomores or juniors, pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree; 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; 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 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). 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). Campus Deadline: December 1, 2009

31 Marshall Scholarships  Up to 40 young Americans are selected each year to study at graduate level in the each year to study at graduate level in the United Kingdom. United Kingdom.  High ability; leadership potential to act as ambassadors between two countries. ambassadors between two countries.  Personal & academic fulfillment across disciplines. disciplines.  Deadline in early October.

32 Competition Don’t take it personally if you don’t win. It does not mean you did something wrong. 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%). UK Fulbright had 425 applications and nine winners (2.1%). University can only nominate a certain number of students. University can only nominate a certain number of students.

33 Value in the Process Many applications ask questions that you may not have thought about before. Many applications ask questions that you may not have thought about before. Increases intellectual development, insight, and presentation skills. Increases intellectual development, insight, and presentation skills. Makes you think about your long term goals and plans. Makes you think about your long term goals and plans. Strengthens writing skills and relationships with professors. Strengthens writing skills and relationships with professors. Personal growth is important to your future success whatever path you choose. Personal growth is important to your future success whatever path you choose.

34 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.

35 Websites/Resources Undergraduate Fellowships Office list of scholarships: Undergraduate Fellowships Office list of scholarships: Click on “Complete list of all fellowships available”. Click on “Complete list of all fellowships available”. NAFA website: NAFA website: Timeline handout Timeline handout Short UFO handout Short UFO handout


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