List of Scholarships


Astronaut Scholarship

One of the nation's premier scholarships for students majoring in STEM, the Astronaut Scholarship is open to Sophomores and Juniors who are in the process of conducting research and who have achieved academic excellence. The Astronaut Scholarship recognizes top undergraduate researchers in science, technology, engineering, and math with up to a $15,000 scholarship, mentorship, and an invitation to the Awards Gala in Washington D.C. to present their research to other scholars, academics, and industry leaders. Astronaut Scholars are among the best and brightest minds in STEM who show initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field.

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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is offered to students in their junior and senior years to fund their undergraduate education in the field of science, mathematics, or engineering. This scholarship emphasizes the importance of research at the undergraduate level.

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Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship funds and supports STEM students for one year of research and study at the University of Cambridge for a Master of Philosophy (Mphil) or Master of Advanced Study (MASt). Recipients will obtain either the standard Mphil, which is a research degree that entails full-time research in a lab and culminates in a thesis and a viva, or they will obtain a MASt via a taught degree course comprised of lectures and written examinations. A Churchill Scholar must hold a bachelor's degree or an equivalent and may not have attained a doctorate.
The Kanders Churchill Scholarship is a parallel opportunity in Science Policy that was created to address the growing divide between science and science policy. Kanders Churchill Scholars must hold a bachelor's degree (either as a major or minor concentration) in science, mathematics, or engineering and will attend the Cambridge Master's in Public Policy. Applicants must be US citizens who are seniors when they apply or have graduated from any US institution.

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Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate students sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Recipients spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The CLS Program seeks participants from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and career paths, with the goal of increasing the number of people who can fluently speak languages that are critical to U.S. national security and economic prosperity. Participants are selected based on their commitment to further developing their language skills and cultural knowledge and their plan for applying their language skills in their academic or professional pursuits after the CLS Program.

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David L. Boren Scholarship and Fellowship

The Boren Awards fund undergraduate study abroad and graduate research focusing on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to the United States’ national security interests. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines. Still, all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Applicants will identify how their study abroad programs or overseas projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.

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DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in an effort to strengthen the United States' science and technology community in battling terrorism and achieving other objectives, is offering the DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program to college students and graduates. This program is intended for students interested in pursuing innovations of science and technology that can be applied to the DHS mission. Some areas of study include: physical, mathematical, computer and information, life and social sciences, psychology, selected humanities, and engineering.

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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provided over $250,000,000 in 2004 to promote education and research in countries around the world. The Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering about six thousand grants annually to both U.S. and foreign students, teachers, and researchers. Graduating seniors, graduates, and young professionals who are thinking of studying abroad are encouraged to apply.

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Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Lucas Ferguson is MSU’s first recipient of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.  Ferguson is among 36 selected to receive one of the most generous international scholarships awarded by the University of Cambridge.

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George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarships, named in honor of the former Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, are intended to familiarize and engage the next generation of America's leaders with the island of Ireland. These scholarships allow Americans to pursue one year of post-graduate study in any discipline offeered at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The US-Ireland Alliance sponsors this prestigious, competitive, national scholarship to enable American citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 to study at universities on the island of Ireland.

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Govern for America Fellowship

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Harry Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship is the nation’s premiere scholarship for students interested in public service. The Truman Foundation awards $30,000 to students for graduate or professional school in public-service-related degrees. Recipients also participate in leadership development activities and have exclusive access to the Summer Institute, which provides internship opportunities in the government or non-profit organizations in Washington, DC. Academic juniors from various backgrounds and interests are encouraged to apply. Candidates can pursue any field of study which will lead to a public service career. Applicants may be of any age, interested in any graduate degree other than the MBA, and consider either domestic or international programs for their graduate education.

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Humanity in Action Fellowship

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James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

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Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Knight-Hennessy Scholars develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. Every year, up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world will receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs, as well as all joint- and dual-degrees. Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world. Applications for Knight-Hennessy Scholars are due in early September and nominees must also apply separately to their specific Stanford graduate degree program. Review the application requirements for more context.

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Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship is awarded to as many as 40 students for two years of study at one of many British universities. It is also valued at $40,000 to $60,000 and is for graduate studies. The selection criterion is similar to that of the Rhodes.

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Meridian Institute Project Associate & Ruckelshaus Fellowship

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Morris K. Udall Scholarship

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is a $5,000 a year undergraduate scholarship for sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing a career in environmental public policy OR who are Native Americans or Alaska Natives who are interested in health care or tribal policy. They will consider the student's field of study, career objectives, and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field.

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship funds a graduate research fellowship program that awards approximately one thousand $40,000 fellowships to support graduate study. The support lasts three years, and awardees are expected to work towards research-based master's or doctoral degrees. These fellowships are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study.

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New York Urban Fellows Program

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NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides awardees with financial assistance of up to $9,500 for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, summer, full-time paid internship at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have a declared major in a discipline including but not limited to: oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, computer and information science, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission. The program seeks to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities.

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Pat Tillman Scholars Program

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Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

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Payne Fellowship

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Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Scholarship

The Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Scholarship is an award for Phi Kappa Phi members entering a graduate program. The scholarship grants 50 Fellowships worth $7,000 each and 30 Awards of Excellence for $1,000 each annually. The selection is based on the applicant's academic achievement and test scores, promise of success in graduate studies, leadership experience, letters of recommendation, and expression of study and career goals.

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Public Policy International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute

The Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (PPIA-JSI) supports efforts to increase diversity in graduate studies of public policy and international affairs. The PPIA-JSI provides high-potential undergraduate students to chance to participate in an intensive seven-week Institutes the summer before their senior year at six of the nation’s top universities including: Univ. of California-Berkeley, Univ. of Minnesota, Univ. of Michigan, Univ. of Washington, Carnegie Mellon Univ, and Princeton Univ. Fellows are taught the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and, ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

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Rangel Graduate Fellowship

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Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship provides $40,000 to $60,000 for two years of study at Oxford University in England. Thirty-two scholarships are awarded nationally each year. The Rhodes is a post-baccalaureate program based on superior academic achievement, intellectual initiative, creative and aggressive thinking, and the potential for future leadership.

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Schwarzman Scholars Program

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Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

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U.K. Fulbright Summer Institute

The Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes are three-to-four-week programs for U.S. undergraduate students to study at a university in the United Kingdom. Participants can explore the UK's culture, heritage, and history while experiencing higher education at a U.K. university. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.7, have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes, and preference is given to students who have no or minimal travel experience outside North America. The best applications are from well-rounded students who can demonstrate strong academic ability, ambassadorial skills, intercultural sensitivity, a genuine desire to learn more about the U.K., and share aspects of American culture, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and leadership potential.

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