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Scholarships and Fellowships

Major Scholarships for Trinity University Students 

Students selected by a faculty committee may seek nominations for competitive scholarships and fellowships and be elected to academic honor societies. The Office of Academic Affairs and faculty advisors will guide them through the application and interview procedures. 

Beinecke Scholarship 

www.beineckescholarship.org 

Faculty Sponsor : Jennifer Mathews, Department of Sociology and Anthropology 

Summary:

The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in arts, humanities, and social sciences. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 590 college juniors from 100 different undergraduate schools for support during graduate study at any accredited university. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies. Trinity can nominate one student per year for the award. Approximately 125 schools are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship, and 20 new scholarships will be awarded in 2016.

Requirements: 

  • Awards are exclusively for graduate study in the arts, social sciences, or humanities (not for professional school or for study in the natural sciences, neuroscience).
  • Candidate must have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years.
  • Candidate must apply in the junior year (i.e. this year’s applicants should be students who will graduate between December 2017 and August 2018).
  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Candidate must “have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise” during his or her undergraduate career. To be considered to be Trinity’s nominee, candidate should have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above.
  • Final deadline: February 17, 2017

Fulbright 

http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html 

Faculty Sponsor: Jason Johnson, Department of History

Summary: 

The U.S. Government sponsored Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides future American leaders with unparalleled opportunities to study and conduct research in other nations.  Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.  The U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,000 grants annually and currently operates in over 140 countries worldwide.  Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident insurance and full or partial tuition, when appropriate.  Fulbright travel-only grants are also available to limited countries.

The Fulbright program also provides teaching grants overseas to new graduates that are like typical Fulbright fellowships but require half-time English teaching in a wide variety of countries around the world.  Applicants for “English Teaching Assistant” Fulbrights propose to spend the other half of their time learning about the country in which they are placed.  These assignments require ability to teach English and work with secondary school students essential as assistants to regular local English faculty, and an outline of a subject of study.  The timeline and process for the application is the same as for the research fellowship application.  Campus deadline is September 30 of the senior year, and students are encouraged to explore Fulbright possibilities in their junior year.  May 1 is the deadline for juniors to submit a one page preliminary project statement to the campus faculty sponsor.

Requirements: 

Must be U.S. citizen at the time of application and hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. 

  • For research proposals: a project that is solidly grounded in undergraduate training and is aimed at laying the foundation for further advanced work in a graduate program.
  • For Fulbright teaching assistantships (only in certain countries—see the website): willingness to work with a local co-teacher to teach English in secondary schools while also carrying out a limited program of research and/or language training related to the host country.
  • Knowledge of host country and rationale for placement
  • GPA 3.4 or higher

Gates Cambridge Scholarship 

www.gatesscholar.org 

Faculty Sponsor: Carl Leafstedt, Department of Music 

Summary: 

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are relatively recent in origin. In 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave a start-up grant of $210 million to Cambridge University to endow a new scholarship program based loosely on the model of the Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford. In just a few short years the Gates Scholarships have become coveted achievements and vehicles for future success by students worldwide. The program's purpose is to allow students to pursue graduate study at Cambridge University, one of Europe's most celebrated and historic institutions. In recent years the program has funded approximately 230 students at any given time; each year they seek to add another 100, mostly for Masters-level studies in any one of Cambridge's many graduate programs. About 40 students a year are selected from the USA. The program is broadly international in scope.  

Requirements: 

Some idea of the criteria may be gained from the following statement from the program's website: "In selecting Gates Cambridge Scholars, the Trust looks for students of exceptional academic achievement and scholarly promise for whom advanced study at Cambridge would be particularly appropriate. The Trust expects a good match to be made between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and what Cambridge has to offer. Successful applicants will have the ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline while in Cambridge, with a strong aptitude for research, analysis and a creative approach to defining and solving problems."  See www.gatesscholar.org for current program information. 

These scholarships are highly competitive.  f selected, Gates Cambridge Scholars each receive a financial package that covers all tuition, fees, housing, and a "discretionary allowance" of approx. $4,000. One roundtrip airfare to and from England is automatically covered. Selection criteria are broad, and include leadership potential, intellectual ability, and a desire to use your skills "to improve the lives of others" worldwide. 

What is the application process?  Because the scholarships are funded through Cambridge University, students must approach this program by going through the normal application process at the university. Typically, students will apply for a 1-year Masters degree or to a Ph.D. program of their choice. Trinity students will ordinarily apply in the fall of their senior year. You may also apply if you're a year or two out of college. Any area of study is eligible. Application deadlines fall in mid-October of each year. Once you get accepted into Cambridge, you will get short-listed for an interview with the US branch of the Gates Scholarship selection committee. In February of your senior year, you fly out to the East Coast for an interview. 

A list of last year's recipients is available on the Gates Cambridge website. We strongly recommend that you look at this list to see the types of programs and students that the program supports. As of 2015 Trinity has not yet had a student or alumnus receive the scholarship. Four students have applied since 2006, most recently during the 2014-15 academic year. One student ended up being accepted to her MPhil program of choice, and attended Cambridge University as a result, but without Gates funding. Another student drew sufficient attention to make it to the faculty interview stage.

Goldwater Scholarship 

www.act.org/goldwater 

Faculty Sponsor: David Pooley, Department of Physics & Astronomy 

Summary: 

The goals of the scholarship program are to foster and encourage excellence in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Arising from this goal is the desire to protect U.S. leadership in science and technology by educating and training new generations equipped to meet ever-increasing challenges. 

The Goldwater Foundation seeks to support undergraduate students with a strong commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, computer science and/or engineering. Promising candidates show intellectual intensity in these fields and have the potential for significant future contribution. Successful candidates have had the opportunity to participate in research or have demonstrated their intellectual curiosity in other meaningful ways, such as internships or lab assistantships.

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.

The Foundation is supported by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established in the Treasury of the United States. Funding for awards and administrative expenses derives from interest on the Trust Fund, invested in U.S. securities.

Requirements:

  • Sophomore or juniors apply in fall
  • Top 25% of class (overall 3.7 GPA or better to be competitive)
  • Be committed to pursuing a career in natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, or engineering
  • Pre-Meds eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career in private practice
  • U.S. citizen or resident alien

Marshall Scholarship

www.marshallscholarship.org 

Faculty Sponsor: Betsy Tontiplaphol, Department of English 

Summary: 

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. *Highly competitive.

Requirements:

To be eligible for a 2018 Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:

  • be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
  • (by the time they take up their scholarship ie September 2018) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 (or A-) on their undergraduate degree. (Exceptions will be considered only on the specific recommendation of the sponsoring college.)
  • have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2015.
  • not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.

Criteria: 

In appointing Scholars the selectors will look for candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.

The selection criteria are divided into three equally weighted categories:

A .pdf of these criteria can be found here.

The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission promotes an equal opportunities policy. Scholarship awards are based on merit following a fair and transparent selection process. The Marshall Commission seeks and recruits students from all backgrounds.

The one year Marshall Scholarship is aimed at applicants who have strong reasons for wishing to study in the UK, but have a clear post-scholarship plan that would mean a one year Scholarship would work better for them than the two year Marshall Scholarship.  Candidates are only allowed to apply for either the one year or the two year Marshall Scholarship. Any candidate found applying for both will automatically be disqualified.

Additional (Trinity) Requirements:

Interested students must meet with the Institutional Representative no later than March 15 of their junior year.  Before this meeting, it is necessary to read thoroughly through the Marshall Scholarship website to ascertain how competitive a candidate one may be.  Those studying abroad during the spring of their junior year must make alternate arrangements to meet in advance of their departure.  Although the final application deadline is in early October, students must adhere to a strict timetable to receive the required institutional endorsement from Trinity.  For example, a draft of the 1,000-word essay must be submitted in the spring and there will be a campus committee interview at this time.  Seniors can be nominated, as can those who graduated recently.

General:

  • To apply, you must create an account. Please make a note of the e-mail address you have used and your password, as you will need it if you wish to work on your application for more than one session.  Full instructions on filling in the application form are available once you start the process of applying on-line.
  • Before completing the application candidates are advised to consider the objectives of the Marshall Scholarship Programme (see opening paragraph of the Rules for Candidates); the evaluation Criteria and to be aware that the selection committees are seeking candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding.
  • Candidates may apply in one region only - either that in which they have their permanent home address or ordinary place of residence/employment, or that in which they are studying. Any candidate applying in more than one region will automatically be disqualified.
  • Deadline to apply (for 2018) is TBA.

Rhodes Scholarship 

www.rhodesscholar.org 

Faculty Sponsor: Damian Caluori, Department of Philosophy

Applicants are chosen on the basis of the criteria set down in the Will of Cecil Rhodes.  These criteria are high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential leadership, and physical vigor.  These basic characteristics are directed at fulfilling Mr. Rhodes’s hopes that Rhodes Scholars would make effective and positive public contributions throughout the world as well as demonstrate exceptional academic accomplishment and promise.  As he wrote, Rhodes Scholars should “esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim.”  Applicants may apply either through the state where they are legally resident or where they have attended college for at least two years.  There are 16 district committees across the United States; each chooses two Rhodes Scholars from a small pool of those invited for two-day interviews in November.  As part of the initial application, candidates must be endorsed by their college or university.

Additional (Trinity) Requirements:

Interested students must have a GPA of at least 3.9 as well as extraordinary records of leadership and service. Juniors, Seniors, and those who graduated recently can be nominated.  Applicants must meet with the Institutional Representative no later than April 15.  Before this meeting, it is necessary to read thoroughly through the Rhodes Scholar website to ascertain how competitive a candidate one may be.  Those studying abroad during the spring of their junior year must make alternate arrangements to meet in advance of their departure.  Although the final application deadline is in early October, students must adhere to a strict timetable to receive the required institutional endorsement from Trinity. 

Shortly after the initial meeting, applicants must send a list with the names of five to eight people who are willing to write letters of recommendation on their behalf to the Institutional Representative.  At least four recommenders must be members of the Trinity faculty.  One recommender must speak to the applicant’s character. All materials must be submitted to the Institutional Representative mid-August.  In addition to the materials required by the Rhodes Trust, a specific program of studies at Oxford must be included as part of the application. There will be a campus committee interview in late August or early September.

Schwarzman Scholarship

www.schwarzmanscholars.org

Faculty Sponsor: Stephen Field, J.K. and Ingrid Lee Endowed Professor of Chinese and Director of EAST

The Schwarzman Scholarship is designed to train future leaders in politics, business, and science through a one-year Master's Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Students live on the campus of Schwarzman College while pursuing degrees in either Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies. All classes are taught in English. Through formal classes, professional development, and cultural exchange students will acquire a better understanding of China's role in global trends while building leadership skills. This program allows students opportunities to network with leaders in China through lectures, an internship, a mentors network, and travel seminars.

The scholarship funds: tuition, room & board, travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year, the study tour, course books and supplies, health insurance, a laptop and smartphone, and a $3,500 personal stipend.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree: Must have completed an undergraduate degree, or be on track to complete it by August 1, 2017. All majors are welcome to apply.
  • Age: Applicants must be at least 18, but under 29 years of age as of August 1, 2017.
  • Language: Applicants must be proficient in English since all teaching is conducted in English. Official English proficiency exams must be submitted with application if applicant's native language is not English. This requirement can be waived if English was the language of instruction for at least three years in the applicant's academic program. 
  • GPA: There is no minimum GPA requirement.

Application opens during the spring and closes in September. Apply here: http://schwarzmanscholars.org/admissions/application.

Truman Scholarship 

www.Truman.gov 

Faculty Sponsor: David Crockett, Department of Political Science 

Summary: 

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - the federal memorial to our thirty-third President - awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in 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.

Eligibility: 

  • Junior at the time of selection
  • U.S. citizen (or a U.S. national from American Samoa or the Northern Mariana Islands)
  • Plans to pursue an advanced degree to prepare for a career in public service
  • A commitment of three years of public service
  • A record of public and community service
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and communication skills
  • A strong academic record (in the upper quarter of his or her class)
  • An expressed and demonstrated interest and commitment to being a “change agent”
  • Completion of application, which includes the analysis of a policy issue related to career interests
  • Nominated by Trinity University

Anticipated Awards Annually: 60-65 Scholarships 

Additional Information: Truman Foundation website- http://www.truman.gov/candidates

Time to get started: Immediately 

Competition: Approximately 600 applicants nationwide 

Applications due at the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation: by midnight February 7, 2017

Morris K. Udall Scholarship 

www.udall.gov 

Faculty Sponsor: None 
Point of Contact: Michael Soto, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, x8201

Summary: 

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. In 2015, the Foundation expects to award 50 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:

  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities, and other related fields.

Requirements:

  • Strong commitment to improving or preserving the environment
  • Potential for significant future contribution in chosen field
  • For Native Americans or Alaska Natives, a strong commitment to healthcare for tribal public policy.

Application materials include a nominee information form, nominee essay, three independent evaluations, official transcript, and nominee survey.

Application deadline is mid-February.

Program Manager
Paula Randler
Randler [at] udall.gov
520-901-8564

General Scholarships/ Fellowships 

George J. Mitchell Scholarship 

www.us-irelandalliance.org 

Faculty Sponsor: None 

Point of Contact: Michael Soto, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, x8201

Summary:

Applications for the upcoming academic year George Mitchell Scholars Program are available online at the website noted above.

All applications must be received no later than October 1 at 5:00pm EST.  There is no paper application for this program.  The awards are named to honor former Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process.  As such, we are seeking candidates who have achieved academic excellence, a sustained commitment to community and service, and a record of leadership in their fields.  They must be 18 or over but not yet 30 at the time of application.  Scholars receive support for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered at an institution of higher learning in Ireland.  The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, housing, a living expense stipend that includes a travel stipend.  Up to twelve scholarships are awarded each year.  For more information about the Mitchell Scholars selection process, profiles of past and current scholars, and the Irish university system, please go to the Mitchell Scholarship Program website.

If you have any questions, please e-mail wilson [at] us-irelandalliance.org.

Serena Wilson
Director
Mitchell Scholarship Program 

US- Ireland Alliance 
2800 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201 
www.us-irelandalliance.org
facebook.com/MitchellScholars
https://twitter.com/mitchellscholar 

 Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship 

www.scoville.org 

Faculty Sponsor: None 

Point of Contact: Michael Soto, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, x8201

Summary: 

A competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with one of twenty-seven participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues. The program has awarded 141 fellowships since its inception in 1987 and is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. It lasts from six to nine months and provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. The Scoville Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money to students.

Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, education, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Fellows have written articles, blogs, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds and reports, organized talks and conferences, and been interviewed as experts by the media. Former Scoville Fellows work for U.S. and international NGOs, the Departments of State and Defense, members of Congress and academia, and attend graduate school in political science or international relations, following their fellowships.

Those interested in peace and security issues should visit: www.scoville.org. The Scoville Fellowship is a small organization lacking the resources to send staff to college career fairs and to post jobs on individual university websites. Although the majority of Scoville Fellows have received college degrees in political science, government, international relations, history, or peace studies, a specific major is not required.

There is no application form; application requirements are listed on the website, as are links to the websites of each of the participating groups and information on the work of current and former Scoville Fellows.  A flier about the program can be printed from: http://scoville.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Scoville_Peace_Fellowship_Flyer_Sept_2015.pdf.

The next application deadline is January 4, 2016 for the fall 2016 fellowship.

All U.S. citizens, as well as non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. who have an appropriate work permit, are eligible to apply; foreign nationals living outside the United States are not. 

Paul Revsine
Program Director
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
322 4th Street, NE 
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 446-1565
www.scoville.org
Twitter @ScovillePF

National Science Foundation (NSF) Predoctoral Fellowship 

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/

Faculty Sponsor: Michele Johnson, Department of Biology 

Summary:

For graduating seniors who intend to apply to graduate school in the natural or social sciences, NSF offers a highly competitive program called the Graduate Research Fellowships which pays tuition and stipends for a student's first three years of graduate school.  The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission.

Deadlines:

October 26, 2015 - Life Sciences; Geosciences
October 27, 2015 - Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering; Materials
October 29, 2015 - Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning
October 30, 2015 - Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy

Phi Beta Kappa 

Faculty Sponsor: Michele Johnson, Department of Biology 

Summary 

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Each year, PBK elects new student members who have demonstrated broad cultural interests and outstanding scholastic achievement. Trinity University's PBK chapter generally elects approximately 40 seniors and 3 juniors each spring. 

Criteria

  • Candidates pursuing any major, with a minimum GPA of 3.5 for seniors and 3.8 fo juniors, are eligible for election to PBK. 
  • Candidates must have completed a minimum of 60 hours of primarily liberal arts course work at Trinity by the time of graduation. Candidates for election as juniors must have completed a minimum of 75 hours of primarily liberal arts coursework at Trinity at the time of the election. 
  • Candidates must have completed at least one three-hour college-level course in mathematics, logic or statistics that at a minimum introduces the student to mathematical ideas, abstract thinking, proofs and the axiomatic method. The Chapter has determined that the following courses meet this criterion: Any course in MATH at the level of calculus or higher (MATH 1301, 1301, 1330, and 2303 are not accepted); PHIL 2340; PSYC 2401; and SOCI 3360. Advanced Placement and transfer credits are accepted. This requirement is not satisfied by high school experience or pass/fail work.
  • Candidates must have completed at least one course in a foreign language at the intermediate (2301) level or higher. Transfer credit, Advanced Placement Credit and Languages Across the Curriculum Courses are also accepted. This requirement is not satisfied by high school experience or pass/fail work. International students who meet the other criteria for membership, but have not taken a 2301-level course in a foreign language, will be considered to satisfy the language requirement if they can show that their high school education was in a language other than English.

There is no application process to PBK/ The Chapter elects new members by ranking eligible candidates (i.e., those who have met the minimum criteria described above) by grade point average. 

Michele Johnson, President
Epsilon of Texas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

For Further Information on Scholarships and Fellowships: 

Contact Michael Soto, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, x8201

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