A few of the best known scholarships for which undergraduates may apply (Boren, Goldwater, Truman, and Udall) support study in mathematics, political or natural science, and foreign languages, but there also are opportunities for students majoring in the humanities and education. Although the application process is intense, the rewards can be great. Obviously, the financial assistance is important, but winning one of these fellowships also results in national recognition and enhances your efforts to win post-graduate grants.

While the highly competitive nature of these grants means that most applicants do not receive an award, just going through the application process helps you focus your goals more clearly and improves the quality of your graduate school applications.