National Scholarships

National Scholarships are highly competitive and academic excellence is required for many awards. The role of the National Scholarship officer is to help students develop a strong academic career plan, as well as prepare the strongest application possible for national scholarships.  Many national programs fund graduate study, but some scholarships support undergraduate work. It is not too early to be thinking about how you will fund graduate school and the earlier you begin, the better your results will be.

Check the list below for information on major scholarships. Then make an appointment so that you can talk about your goals, and discuss which scholarships you should consider.

Application materials must be reviewed four weeks prior to scholarship deadline. 

Below is a list of National Scholarships. Please note that these are external fellowships, grants, and academic opportunities. Click on the title of the program for additional information.

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American Chemical Society Scholars Program

  • Description:  Renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students (African American, Hispanic, or American Indian)  pursuing a college degree in the chemical sciences or chemical technology are eligible to apply.
  • Award Amount:  Renewable Scholarship (Based on available funding and financial need)

$2,500 for freshman

$3,000 for sophomores

$5,000 for juniors and seniors

  • Deadline: Early March
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • Age/Classification: High School Seniors and College Freshmen-Juniors. U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
  • Major/Area of Interest: Chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology and teaching


Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

  • Description: One of the most prestigious scholarship programs created to encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields.  Applicant must be nominated by the university.
  • Award Amount: Maximum of $7,500 and will cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board
  • Deadline: January
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 and ranked in top quarter of class.
  • Age/Classification: undergraduate sophomore or junior and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Area of Interest: STEM/Science, mathematics or engineering with intent to pursue a research career in this field.


Boren Awards for International Study

  • Description: Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
  • Award Amount: Boren Award amounts are based on the length of time the Boren Scholar or Fellows spends overseas and the cost of the program. Boren Scholarships can provide undergraduate students with up to $20,000, and Boren Fellowships can provide graduate students with up to $30,000.
  • Deadline: Early February 
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.5
  • Age Classification: Undergraduate
  • Major/Area of Interest: Preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.  Must be a U.S. citizen.


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

  • Description:  Scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.
  • Award Amount:  One-time award based on need

$2,500 to pursue an undergraduate degree

$5,000 to pursue graduate-level study

  • Deadline: Early April
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Full-time college student enrolled the United States or Puerto Rico; must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or lawful work permit for any U.S. employer
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines


DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Description: Undergraduate scholarships for 4 to 10 months of study, thesis research or an internship for students in any academic field.  Scholarships are for graduating seniors to complete one academic year of study or a full graduate degree program in Germany and/or internships in Germany for a 4-10 month period. 
  • Award Amount:€650 monthly stipend for 4-10 months of study, plus additional funds for travel, research expenses, and health insurance.
  • Deadline: January
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: None
  • Age/Classification: College Juniors or Seniors but no fixed age limit for graduate students
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines


Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

  • Description: Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
  • Award Amount: $24,000 annually
  • Deadline: Early November
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • Age/Classification: Predoctoral fellows are required to enroll full-time in a program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in an eligible, research-based (dissertation-required) field of study. Those who accept a predoctoral fellowship must agree to the stipulations in the Terms of Appointment for Ford Foundation Fellows that accompanies the award notification. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Major Area of Interest: Teaching and Research in Discipline.


Fullbright US Student Program

  • Description: Available to graduating seniors and graduate students to conduct research, pursue advanced study or undertake teaching assistantships for one year in a foreign county.
  • Award Amount: Supports one year of research, study or teaching English abroad through the U.S. Fulbright program. Includes travel and living expenses.
  • Deadline: Early October
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • Age/Classification: Graduating seniors and alumni. Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines


Gates Cambridge Scholar

  • Description: Fully funds a second Bachelor’s degree, one-year postgraduate courses, or research leading to a Ph.D. at Cambridge University in the UK. Successful applicants demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Award Amount: Full cost of studying at Cambridge, including all University and College fees, maintenance allowance of £13000 over 12 months, and airfare at beginning and end of the course.
  • Deadline: Early October
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.5
  • Age/Classification: Graduate or Alumni. Cannot be a U.K. citizen.
  • Major Area of Interest: All Disciplines


GEM Fellowship

  • GEM fellows are provided practical engineering summer work experiences through an employer sponsor and a portable academic year fellowship of tuition, fees, and a stipend which may be used at any participating GEM Member Universities where the GEM Fellow is admitted.
  • Award Amount:

$4,000 living stipend per full-time semester up to 4 semesters

Up to two paid summer internships with a GEM Employer Member

Full tuition and fees provided by a GEM University Member

  • Deadline: Early November
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.8
  • Age/Classification: Seniors and Alumni. U.S. Citizen or permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Major/Area of Interest: STEM fields


George J. Mitchell Scholarship

  • Description: The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.
  • Award Amount: 1 academic year of post-graduate study in Ireland and provides tuition, housing, stipend for living expenses, and travel stipend.
  • Deadline: Early October
  • Minimum GPA: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Graduates or Alumni.Must be a U.S. Citizen and between the ages of 18-30.
  • Major Area of Interest: All Disciplines


Golden Key Scholarship & Awards

  • Description: The Golden Key International Honour Society offers numerous scholarships each year; amounts ranging in value from $1,000 to $10,000. Scholarships range from study abroad funding and awards of academic excellence to research grants. These scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students, however students must be a member of Golden Key to apply.
  • Award Amount: Varies from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the scholarship
  • Deadline: Varies by scholarship
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: Varies by scholarship
  • Age/Classification: Undergraduate and Graduate students who are members of Golden Key
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines
  • For information about membership, please contact Dr. Christine Reiser Robbins ( or Sue Nichols (


Harry S. Truman Scholarship

  • Description: Supports graduate study for students with a commitment to a career in public service who are poised to be change agents in their careers. Requires institutional nomination and apply as a junior.
  • Award Amount: Varies with maximum of $30,000
  • Deadline: Early February
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Masters. Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Major/Area of Interest: Masters, Professional Degree: Health Sciences, Professional Degree: Business, Professional Degree: Law


Hispanic Scholarship Fund Program

  • Description: Provides funding for graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students in any area of study.
  • Award Amount: Varies according to need and ranges from $1,000 - $7,500
  • Deadline: Varies based on scholarship
  • Minimum GPA Requirement:  2.5 - 4.0
  • Age/Classification: undergraduate and graduate students.  U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines 


Humanity in Action Fellowship

  • Description: The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world. 
  • Award Amount: Varies by location
  • Deadline: Mid January
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: None
  • Age/Classification: Graduates. Locations for fellowship – Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw
  • Major Area of Interest: Humanities


Marshall Scholarship

  • Description: A highly competitive scholarship, the Marshall provides for one or two years of study at one or two universities in Great Britain. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Candidates must have superior academic ability, a record of service and leadership, and be will-informed on global issues. Candidates must be nominated by the USC committee.
  • Award Amount: Travel grant, tuition and stipend to study for a degree in the U.K.
  • Deadline: Early October
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.7
  • Age/Classification: Graduates and Alumni
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Majors. Must be U.S. citizen


Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

  • Description: Association provides upper-division undergraduate or graduate student with a career focus on public administration or governance finance.
  • Award Amount: $7,000
  • Deadline: Early February
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Undergraduate or Graduate level minority students
  • Major/Area of Interest: Public administration, accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

  • Description: Awards for study and research in the sciences or in engineering leading to master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, behavioral and social sciences, and in the history and philosophy of sciences.
  • Award Amount: Three year annual stipend of $32,000 with addition $12,000 for tuition and fees.
  • Deadline: Fall semester
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Graduates or Alumni. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Major/Area of Interest: Education; Social Sciences; STEM/Research


Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

  • Description: This program honors the contributions of immigrants to the United States.  The program invests in immigrants who are poised to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture or their academic fields.
  • Award Amount: $90,000 over two years
  • Deadline: Early November
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: Good Standing
  • Age/Classification: Must not have reached your 31st birthday as of Nov. 1, 2015. Seniors or Alumni. Must be a naturalized U.S. citizen as an adult or a child. 
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines


Pickering/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

  • Description: The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad.
  • Award Amount: Maximum of $37,000 annually
  • Deadline: September
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.2
  • Age/Classification: Juniors.Must be a U.S. citizen. 
  • Major/Area of Interest: Undergraduates are expected to receive a bachelor’s degree in spring 2016. Winners must enroll in a full-time master’s degree in any academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service.


Rhodes Scholarship

  • Description: The oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world. Program enables students to study for two years at Oxford University. Each year 32 Americans are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements, as well as their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. Requires Institutional Nominee.
  • Award Amount: Two years of study at Oxford University
  • Deadline: Early October
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.8
  • Age/Classification: Seniors and Graduates. Not yet 24 years of age. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines


Rotary Global Grant

  • Description: Scholarships to support one year of graduate level study abroad, with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary's six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development. Applicants must apply to a local Rotary Club for sponsorship to the district level.
  • Award Amount: Minimum 30,000 for graduate level study abroad.
  • Deadline: Early March
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • Age/Classification: Seniors and Graduates
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Majors


Schwarzman Scholars

  • Description: Scholarships are specifically for a master’s degree program at Tsinghua University.  The program provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentors network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars.
  • Award Amount: Covers tuition, fees, room and board, travel, in-country study tour, books and supplies, laptop and smartphone, health insurance and personal stipend.
  • Deadline: Early October
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Seniors and Graduates. Must be proficient in English. Must be at least 18 and not yet 29 by June 30, 2016.
  • Major/Area of Interest: Public Policy, Economics and Business, and International Studies

SMART (Science Math and Research for Transformation)

  • Description: Sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD), the SMART Scholarship provides an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM disciplines) to receive a full scholarship and increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DOD laboratories.
  • Award Amount: Varies between $25,000-$38,000
  • Deadline: Early December
  • Minimum GPA Requirement:  3.0
  • Age/Classification:  Undergraduates and Graduates. Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Area of Interest:  STEM/Research


Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

  • Description: Provides funding for undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing studies in a variety of health-related fields.
  • Award Amount: Ten $10,000 awards and Thirty $5,000 awards
  • Deadline: Late June
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • Age/Classification: Undergraduates. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Major/Area of Interest: Plans to pursue a Professional Degree in Health Sciences.


Udall Foundation Scholarship

  • Description: Awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.
  • Award Amount: $7,000 for tuition, room and board.
  • Deadline: Early March
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: None
  • Age/Classification: Sophomores and Juniors. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Major/Area of Interest: All majors. Plans to pursue a career related to the environment, tribal public policy, or American Indian Health Care. 

This page was last updated on: March 29, 2016