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.

For information about Major Scholarships & Fellowships Recipients and Nominees click here.

For Other Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities listed by class year click here.

BEINECKE SCHOLARSHIP                                  

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 2015.


  • Awards are exclusively for graduate study in the arts, social sciences, or humanities (not for professional school or for study in the natural sciences).
  • 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 in 2015-2016).
  • 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 20, 2015


Faculty Sponsor:  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 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 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 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 process.

GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP                                                    

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. 

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.


  • 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                                             

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. *Highly competitive.


To be eligible for a 2015 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 2015) 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 2012.
  • not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.


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 may be a campus committee interview at this time.  Seniors can be nominated, as can those who graduated recently.


  • 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 2015) is October 1, 2014.


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 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 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.


TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP                                                         

Faculty Sponsor:  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 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 –

Time to get started:   Immediately

Competition:   Approximately 600 applicants nationwide

Applications due at the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation: by midnight February 3, 2015


Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. David Ribble, Department of Biology


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.


  • 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.


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

Serena Wilson
Mitchell Scholarship Program

US-Ireland Alliance
2800 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201 


Faculty Sponsor:  None

Point of Contact:  Dr. Sheryl Tynes, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs


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:  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 6, 2014 for the spring 2015 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


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.


October 29, 2014 - Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering; Materials Research

October 30, 2014 - Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy

November 3, 2014 - Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning

November 4, 2014 - Life Sciences; Geosciences

For Further Information on Scholarships and Fellowships:

Contact Dr. Sheryl R. Tynes, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northrup Hall 410, 999-8201.