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.

Available Scholarships

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Congress established the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. The Trustees intend to award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships annually.

The applicant must:

  • Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.

Applicants must obtain a nomination from the University faculty representative, Dr. Tami Panhuis at tmpanhui@owu.edu. The deadline for Ohio Wesleyan’s nominating process is in December. For more information, please visit www.act.org/goldwater.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition that challenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. This prize supports all disciplines of study. First Prize, $5,000; Second Prize, $2,500; Third Prize, $1,500; Two Honorable Mentions, $500 each. Essays are due in early December.

  • Applicants must be registered full-time juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the fall semester of their application.
  • Essays may be written in the formal or informal voice, but most importantly, an individual voice should be represented within the essay. In 3,000 to 4,000 words, students are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues, and identify dilemmas.
  • The essay may be developed from any point of view and may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological, or theological. Essays must be the original unpublished work of one student.
  • Only one essay per student per year may be submitted. The essay should be in English, typed in 12-point font, double-spaced with 1" margins, with the pages numbered. Submissions will be judged anonymously.

For more information, please visit www.eliewieselfoundation.org/prizeinethics.aspx.

George Eagle Memorial Scholarships

The Ohio Environmental Health Association offers The George Eagle Memorial Scholarship, which supports Environmental health or a related field of study. The Scholarship consists of a $3000 cash award granted to four students (two undergraduate and two graduate) annually.

The applicant must:

  • Be an Ohio resident enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior, in a program leading to a baccalaureate degree in environmental health or a related field.
  • Express the intent to become employed in environmental health in Ohio following graduation.

For more information, please visit http://www.ohioeha.org/aws/OEHA/pt/sp/scholarship.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or other public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

The Foundation has supported Truman Scholars in many fields of study, including agriculture, biology, engineering, environmental management, physical and social sciences, and technology policy, as well as in traditional fields such as economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, nonprofit management, public health, and public policy. This scholarship awards up to $30,000 in support for graduate studies toward a public service-related degree.

The applicant must:

  • Bea United States citizen or United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Be nominated by his or her current institution.
  • Apply during his or her junior year of undergraduate study.
  • Be committed to a career in public service.
  • Rank in the upper quarter of his or her class.

Applications are due in early February. Ohio Wesleyan has an earlier deadline for submission of materials to Darrell Albon. For more information, please visit www.truman.gov/candidates/candidates.html.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.

Scholarships are offered in any of these three categories:

  • Students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment.
  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy.
  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.

The foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions on the basis of merit to sophomore- and junior-level college students.

A nominee must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Be a matriculated sophomore- or junior-level student at a two-year or four-year institution of higher education.
  • Be a full-time student.
  • Have a college GPA of a least a “B” or equivalent.
  • Be pursuing a bachelor’s or associate's degree.
  • Be committed to a career related to the environment, 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).

Native American students studying tribal public policy or native health do not need to demonstrate commitment to the environment. Likewise, students pursuing environmentally related careers need not be Native American, nor must they demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native health.

The complete nomination package is due in early March. For more information, please visit https://www.udall.gov/ourprograms/scholarship/scholarship.aspx.

NIH Summer Internship Program

This  internship program provides an opportunity to spend a summer working side by side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the new 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; and Detroit, MI. Most summer positions are in research laboratories. The applicant should have successfully completed courses in biology and chemistry.

The awards cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. Students who are selected receive a monthly stipend based on education level and experience.

Applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university. Students who have been accepted into a college or university program also may apply.

Application deadline is March 1st for all participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applications are accepted only from mid-November through March 1. For more information, please visit https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/ugsp.

NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. This program supports the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security. Language study must be a major component of each student’s study abroad program.

NSEP Boren Scholarships are merit based. Award amounts are based on the study abroad costs and financial aid information provided by the applicant. The maximum award is $8,000 for a summer, $10,000 for a semester, or $20,000 for a full academic year. Students must inform IIE/NSEP of any additional outside funding they receive for their study abroad program.

The applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Be a high school graduate (or have earned a GED), and have matriculated as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges, and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.
  • Use the scholarship for study abroad and the study abroad program must end by graduation.

NSEP Boren Undergraduate Scholarships are not for study in the United States. Application Deadline for the NSEP Boren Scholarship is mid-February. Please contact Darrell Albon for additional details. For more information, please visit https://www.borenawards.org/scholarships/program-basics/boren-scholarship-basics

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