The role of a National Scholarship Officer is to help students develop a strong academic career, as well as prepare the strongest application possible for national scholarships. Check the website for National Association of Fellowships Advisors for information on major scholarships (http://www.nafadvisors.org/scholarships.php) and see which programs are suited to your studies and interests. Then make an appointment so that you can talk about your goals, and discuss which scholarships you should consider. Many national programs fund graduate study, but some scholarships support the last year or two of undergraduate work. In addition to the programs listed here, there are many additional scholarships to be applied for in your senior year. 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.
Tips for Becoming a National Scholar
- Establish a record of academic excellence beyond a high GPA
- Take every opportunity to perform research, write papers for publication, and present at conferences.
- Perform community service on campus, in the community of Kingsville, or in your hometown. Find a problem. Fix it.
- Hone your leadership skills through involvement in student government, community groups, church groups, political involvement.
- Do your own research about national scholarships. Start with: http://www.nafadvisors.org/scholarships.php
- Make the most of your summer with internships (even unpaid internships are very valuable), job shadowing, research (such as Research Experience for Undergraduates), purposeful travel or jobs in your area of interest.
- Cultivate the type of relationships with your professors that will enable them to write recommendation letters for you that are personal, detailed and sincere.
Following are the list of National Scholarships. Click on them for additional information.
JACK KENT COOKE (Seniors and Recent Grads)
TRUMAN (Juniors and Seniors)
RHODES (Seniors and Grads)
MARSHALL (Seniors and Recent Grads)
UDALL (Sophomores and Juniors)
GATES MILLENIUM SCHOLARS (Incoming Freshmen)
FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAM (Seniors and Grads)
This page was last updated on: May 12, 2014