Every penny counts when it comes to saving for and paying for college. Therefore, no scholarship is too small to win. Most of the scholarships I post here are in the $1,000 to $5,000 range, but I have posted ones for $300 as well as ones for $12,500. Winning a scholarship is a wonderful feeling because it is something you know you put effort in, and seeing your effort rewarded so directly makes the time you spent worth it.


Today, I want to get you thinking about fellowships and larger scholarships. These programs are highly competitive, but the payoff is absolutely worth it. Some of these offer full tuition plus stipends. Some offer lucrative internships and post-graduation employment guarantees. Others offer you the chance to travel abroad.


I will post a brief description of who is eligible for each of the programs, but it is up to you to thoroughly read the criteria to decide  if you want to apply. These applications are often time consuming and require you to write multiple essays, get letters of recommendation, and be officially nominated by the faculty representative at your school (oh hey, that's me!). If you have questions on these, please let me know. It is never too early to start working on these applications! As stated before, these take time but are often immeasurably worth it (though winning $30,000 is pretty measurable and awesome). Should you decide to apply for any of these programs, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions and particularly with help on/editing of your essays.


(Not this kind of fellowship. But one does not simply do these applications they day before they are due)


Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program - Due December 15th, 2014

  • a U.S. citizen at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2015,
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
  • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and,
  • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page. (Most engineering majors at MSOE qualify)


Whitaker International Program - Due January 20th, 2015

The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.  The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook. Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship - Due January 30th, 2015 (campuses set an earlier deadline, please check with me if interested)

The purpose of the Barry 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.

Truman Scholar Program - Due February 3rd, 2015

This program is for students who wish to be change agents in society. Students who apply should see a problem that they believe can be solved, and will work in the public service sector to help accomplish their goal.

Boren Scholarships - Due February 4th, 2015 (campuses set an earlier deadline, please check with me if interested)

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Udall Foundation Scholarship - Due March 3rd, 2015 for nomination from faculty representative
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.


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Best of luck to those who apply!