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
For information about Major Scholarships & Fellowships Recipients and Nominees
Other Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities listed by class year
Faculty Sponsor: Dr.
Nicolle Hirschfeld, Department of Classical Studies
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. Since 1975 the program has selected more than
500 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 approximately 20 new scholarships will be awarded in
are exclusively for graduate study in the arts, social sciences, or
humanities (not for professional school or for study in the natural
qualify, a student must have demonstrated financial need (normally this
means they must be receiving need-based financial aid at Trinity).
Students must apply in the junior year (i.e., this year’s applicants should
be students who will graduate in 2014-2015).
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or a United States national from
American Samoa of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Candidates must “have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual
ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise” during their
undergraduate career. To be considered to be Trinity’s nominee, candidates
should have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above.
deadline: Feburary 21, 2014
Dr. Sarah Pinnock, Department of Religion
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.
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
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Carl Leafstedt, Department of Music
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.
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. If 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
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 current
recipients is available on the program website.
As of 2011,
Trinity has not yet had a student or alumnus receive the Gates Scholarship.
Three students have applied since 2006. One of these, however, ended up
attending Cambridge for an M.Phil. degree as a result of the application
Faculty Sponsor: Dr.
Dennis Ugolini, Department of Physics & Astronomy
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.
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.
have had the opportunity to participate in research or have demonstrated their
intellectual curiosity in other meaningful ways, such as internships or lab
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.
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.
- Sophomore or juniors
apply in fall
- Top 25% of class
(overall 3.5 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
- US citizen or resident
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Linda Salvucci, Department of History
Marshall Scholarships finance young
Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.
To be eligible for a 2014 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 2014) 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 2011.
- not have studied for, or hold a degree or
degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.
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:
of these criteria can be found
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
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.
- 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
- 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
will automatically be disqualified. Deadline to apply (for 2014) is
October 1, 2013.
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 Marhsall 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 may be a campus committee interview at this
time. Seniors can be nominated, as can those who graduated recently.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr.
Linda Salvucci, Department of History
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
the Rhodes Scholars would make an effective and positive contribution throughout
the world. 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.
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 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. For
example, a draft of the 1,000-word essay must be submitted in the spring and
there may be a campus committee interview at this time. Seniors can be
nominated, as can those who graduated recently.
Trinity students invited to
interviews have had GPAs in the 3.9 range, as well as extraordinary records of
leadership and service. It is also necessary to develop a very specific program
of studies at Oxford as part of the application.
Dr. David Crockett, Department of Political Science
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.
- 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
- 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
Additional information: Truman Foundation website –
Time to get started: Immediately
Competition: Approximately 600 applicants nationwide
Applications due at the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation: by midnight
February 4, 2014
MORRIS K. UDALL
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. David Ribble, Department
In 2014, 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
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;
- 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.
- Strong commitment to improving or preserving the
- Potential for significant future contribution in
- 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
Application deadline is mid-February.
General Scholarships / Fellowships
GEORGE J. MITCHELL SCHOLARSHIP
Faculty Sponsor: None
Point of Contact: Dr. Sheryl Tynes,
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Applications for the upcoming academic year George
Mitchell Scholars Program are available online at the website noted above.
All complete applications must be
received no later than the annual national deadline, usually in early October.
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 or
Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, housing, a
living expense stipend and an international 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 Scholars Program website.
If you have any questions,
please feel free to e-mail
Mitchell Scholarship Program
2800 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
HERBERT SCOVILLE, JR. PEACE
Faculty Sponsor: None
Point of Contact: Dr. Sheryl Tynes, Associate Vice President for
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
The next application deadline is
October 1, 2013 for the spring 2014 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.
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
322 4th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Michele Johnson, Department of Biology
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.
November 4, 2013 - Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and
Engineering; Materials Research
November 5, 2013 - Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy
November 7, 2013 - Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning
November 8, 2013 - Life Sciences; Geosciences
For Further Information on Scholarships and Fellowships:
Dr. Sheryl R. Tynes,
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northrup Hall