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The number of merit-based scholarships has decreased over the years, so paying for an undergraduate degree can leave some families with massive debt. If you've got a gifted student who is excelling in their undergraduate program - or might be thinking about graduate school already, then this list scholarship and fellowship opportunities might be what you are looking for.

Generally, a fellowship or scholar award provides full tuition, a living stipend, and sometimes even money for travel. Many of these awards are for study in another country and can be used while studying for an undergraduate degree.

Some prestigious scholarships and fellowships require a college to nominate a student. Check with the college you attend to see if they are a participating institution for a particular award. If so, your college will most likely hold information sessions for interested students. They will also have earlier deadlines then the ones listed here.

Be sure to check on age requirements. Some programs require that a student be a senior in college and 18 years old at the time of the application.

  • Boren Fellowship
    Award: Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizen at the time of application and either enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university located within the United States. To receive the award you must provide evidence of admission and enrollment in such a program. Boren Fellows must remain enrolled in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship.

    Deadline: January

  • Carnegie Scholar

    NOTE: No new Carnegie Scholars have been named since 2010.

  • Churchill Scholarship
    Award: The Winston Churchill Foundation awards at least fourteen Scholarships. The one-year awards lead to the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), the Certificate of Post-Graduate Study (CPGS in a only a few fields of study), the Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics (MASM, formerly known as CASM, the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics). The Churchill Scholarship is worth between $45,000 and $50,000, depending on the exchange rate. It covers all University and College fees, a living allowance, and a travel stipend.

    Eligibility: An applicant for the Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized, and must be a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program or a student who has graduated from one of those institutions within the past 12 months. Upon taking up the Churchill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must hold a bachelor's degree or an equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate.

    Deadline: November

  • Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellows and Scholarships

    NOTE: The Graduate Arts Award and the Dissertation Fellowship Award are no longer offered; although the Young Scholars and the College Scholarship Program are still availabl to high school students.

  • Davis United World College Scholar
    Award: The program and our scholars are committed to building cross-cultural understanding across campuses and ultimately throughout the world in the 21st century. The stability of our world, and ensuring America's place in it, demand no less than an initiative this large in scale, innovative in design, and as powerful in impact. We currently support over 2,000 scholars on more than 90 partner colleges and universities throughout the United States.

    Eligibility: The Davis UWC Scholars Program annually reviews those institutions selected for participation in the program. It welcomes letters of request for consideration from the presidents of American colleges and universities, explaining in some detail why their schools would be good candidates for the program. Preference will be given to colleges and universities that have a proven track record of recruiting students of United World College schools.

    Deadline: May

  • Davidson Fellowship
    Award: The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Mathematics, Science, Literature, Music, Technology, Philosophy and Outside the Box.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be: (1) 18 or younger as of mid-October during the academic year they are applying; (2) U.S. citizen residing in the United States, or a Permanent Resident of the United States residing in the United States, or be stationed overseas due to active U. S. military duty; (3) There is no minimum age for eligibility.

    Deadline: January

  • Fulbright Scholar
    Award: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The Program also includes an English Teaching Assistant component. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends American scholars and professionals abroad to lecture and/or conduct research for up to a year. See the website for additional Scholar and Fellow programs. More than 1,500 Americans receive grants to study, research or teach abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program.

    Eligibility: All participants must have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent by the start of their grant. Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university must apply through the Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) on campus, whose deadline may be earlier. Prospective applicants who are not enrolled students may apply at-large or though their alma mater's FPA.

    Deadline: October

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships
    Award: The purpose of the Trust is to enable Gates Cambridge Scholars from any part of the world outside the United Kingdom to benefit from education in the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge Gates Scholars pursue the full range of academic disciplines and are spread throughout all 31 Colleges. All applicants for the scholarship apply for - and must gain - admission to the University of Cambridge. The Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge, namely: The University Composition Fee and College fees at the appropriate rate; A maintenance allowance for a single student; and One economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course

    Eligibility: Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria: Intellectual ability; Leadership capacity; A person's desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others; A good fit between the abilities and aspirations of the applicant and what the University of Cambridge can offer in its graduate programme

    Deadline: October

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
    Award: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program 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. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000. Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000.

    Eligibility: (1) The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad. (2) The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. (3) The applicant is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.

    Deadline: March

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
    Award: 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. The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, in the spring for use during the following academic year. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support. Scholars may opt to study abroad, but their Goldwater funding will be based on their U.S. institution's budget. Scholars must consult with the Foundation prior to signing up for an overseas program, as there may be some costs associated with being overseas that are prohibited from being covered by this scholarship. The Trustees intend to award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships.

    Eligibility: The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students - those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the following academic year-who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class during the 2010-2011 academic year. Two-year institutions may nominate up to two students who are sophomores during the 2010-2011 academic year. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official online nomination process on the Foundation's website.

    Deadline: January

  • Hertz Fellowship
    Award: The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. The Five-Year Hertz Fellowship award (Option 1) is renewable annually (upon a showing of satisfactory progress toward receipt of the Ph.D. degree) for a total Fellowship tenure of no more than five years. Fellows must attend one of the Foundation's tenable schools, or must petition the Foundation to include a school that he/she desires to attend.

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency (see our Moral Commitment section). College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply.

    Deadline: Fall

  • Jacob Javits Fellowship

    NOTE: No new awards have been made since 2011.

  • MacArthur Fellows
    Award: Known as the "genius grant", the MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. The Foundation does not require or expect specific products or reports from MacArthur Fellows, and does not evaluate recipients' creativity during the term of the fellowship. The MacArthur Fellowship is a "no strings attached" award in support of people, not projects. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $500,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.

    Eligibility: There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work. Each year, the MacArthur Fellows Program invites new nominators on the basis of their expertise, accomplishments, and breadth of experience. They are encouraged to nominate the most creative people they know within their field and beyond. Nominators are chosen from as broad a range of fields and areas of interest as possible. At any given time, there are usually more than one hundred active nominators. While there are no quotas or limits, typically 20 to 30 Fellows are selected each year. Nominators, evaluators, and selectors all serve anonymously and their correspondence is kept confidential. This policy enables participants to provide their honest impressions independent of outside influence. The Fellows Program does not accept applications or unsolicited nominations.

    Deadline: Fellows are notified in September of their award.

  • James Madison Graduate Fellowship
    Award: Through a national competition, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers James Madison Fellowships to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the individual period of study, thus making the James Madison Fellowship the leading award for secondary level teachers undertaking study of the Constitution. Fellowship payments cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year.

    Eligibility: (1) Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; (2) Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12); (3) Possess a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying; (4) Wait at least three years from the time that any previous graduate degree was awarded before applying for a James Madison Fellowship.

    Deadline: March

  • Marshall Scholarship
    Award: Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success. The award covers university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

    Eligibility: Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for awards in 2017, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2014.

    Deadline: October

  • Mitchell Scholar
    Award: The Mitchell Scholars 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. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

    Eligibility: Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.

    Deadline: October

  • Rhodes Scholar
    Award: Each year, 32 U. S. citizens are among more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant' undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field. Through the years, Rhodes Scholars have pursued studies in all of the varied fields available at the University of Oxford. Election to the Scholarship is normally for two or three years, depending upon the degree program pursued by the Scholar. A Scholarship, including required University and college fees and a stipend for living expenses, may be renewed, at the complete discretion of the Rhodes Trustees, for a third year for those pursuing a doctoral degree and whose progress is deemed satisfactory.

    Eligibility: There are four basic characteristics that a potential Rhodes Scholar must possess: (1) Literary and scholastic attainments; (2) Energy to use one's talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports; (3) Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and (4) Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings. In the United States, applicants for Rhodes Scholarships must be United States citizens, aged eighteen or over but not yet twenty-four on October 1 in the year of application.

    Deadline: October

  • Truman Scholar
    Award: The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, and The Truman- Albright Fellows Program.

    Eligibility: Students must be a full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing; senior-level standing in a third year of college enrollment; or a senior and a resident of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or a Pacific Island. Students should want to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector to improve conditions of society. Applicants should have participated extensively in any of the following: Student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities; Community service-related activities that were not organized by my school or by my fraternity/sorority; Government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, or military/ROTC. See website for other eligibility requirements.

    Deadline: February

  • Udall Scholarship
    Award: 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. Scholarships are offered in any of three categories: (1) To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; (2) To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or (3) To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care. The Foundation awards around 80 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 to sophomore and junior level college students.

    Eligibility: Applicants must (1) Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent; (2) Be pursuing full-time study during the 2011-2012 academic year; and (3) Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident. Only Native Americans may apply for the tribal public policy or health care scholarships.

    Deadline: March

  • Watson Fellowship
    Award: The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship offers college graduates of "unusual promise" a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel - in international settings new to them -- to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community. The stipend for the fellowship year is $30,000.

    Eligibility: Graduating seniors from participating colleges may submit an application.

    Deadline: November


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