Prestigious International/National Fellowships

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Advice for Students

The recognition and financial rewards for these awards can be enormous, but applications require substantial effort and competition is intense.

Whether students are ultimately successful in winning national awards, the process itself is very rewarding and will be of great assistance down the road in applying for graduate school and professional endeavors.

    Establish a solid grade point average.
  • Most competitive awards require GPAs of 3.75 or higher (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell). Others fall in the 3.0 to 3.7 range.
    Join organizations, activities, and causes that represent issues that are important to you.
  • Seek out leadership positions that are important to you. Get involved in interesting extracurricular activities that are meaningful to you.
    Show intellectual well-roundedness.
  • Pursue a diverse curriculum. Seek extra-curricular involvement, on campus and in the community. Demonstrate a commitment and passion. Search for leadership opportunities. Broaden your horizons. Define your areas of interest for graduate school and careers.
    Develop close relationships with faculty in several disciplines.
  • Get involved through research, internships, service-learning, study abroad, and similar opportunities.
    Stay informed of current events.
  • Develop a global perspective. Expand your knowledge of the world, people, places and events. Read major newspapers; travel; talk to faculty and students who study what you are interested in!

    Start undergraduate research with a faculty member.
  • Beginning research early is especially important if you are a science major. All majors are encouraged to begin research by the beginning of their junior year. For the Goldwater and Udall scholarships, you will want evidence of undergraduate research by your sophomore or junior year.
    Continue your involvement in organizations and with causes.
  • Make unique contributions within these groups and organizations. Determine ways you can improve upon past leadership and initiatives. Find unmet needs on campus and in the community, and determine solutions.
    Show intellectual well-roundedness.
  • Strive for excellence in challenging classes. Consider taking upper-division and graduate-level courses.
    Know your award options.
  • Review scholarship program questions with the Prestigious International/National Fellowships before departing for the summer.

Juniors and Seniors
    Make yourself nationally competitive
  • Start undergraduate research as soon as possible and continue through your senior year.
    Know where you are going and where you have been
  • Consider your future academic goals. Draft a 1000-word personal statement and plan of study, explaining your passion, what led you to this passion and where you hope it takes you.
    Enhance your resume and transcript
  • Seek an active role in organizations and activities that are personal to your interests and goals. Take challenging courses in and out of your major area of study.
    Prepare for senior awards in your junior year
  • Your senior year will offer many options for nationally competitive awards, such as the Marshall, Rhodes, Gates Cambridge and Mitchell. The most successful students begin the application process in their junior year. Meet individually with Prestigious International/National Fellowships or attend a workshop to learn more about each scholarship.