Prestigious Scholars

At Oregon State, we are fortunate to have a community of high-achieving students who merit strong consideration for prestigious scholarships. Their contributions to our campus and commitments to their education enable them to be competitive applicants for these national awards.

-Ed Ray,
President, Oregon State University

NEW: 2015-16 Prestigious Scholars and Finalists

Nationally competitive prestigious scholarships such as the Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Goldwater are awards based on academic qualification, research, leadership, service and personal characteristics. Highly selective scholarship programs are available for undergraduate and postgraduate study and research from a broad list of academic programs and Oregon State supports and encourages students to apply.

This web site is designed to support students who wish to explore these possibilities. In addition to tips and links for students and faculty advisors interested in preparing scholarship applications, you will find here a list of the scholarship programs that require that applicants be endorsed by a designee at the university, contact information for the designee, application materials and deadlines.  You will also find a list of scholarships students may apply to directly, without an endorsement from the university, and links to additional information.

Students who are interested in prestigious scholarships are encouraged to begin the process early in your academic career.  Take advantage of the many opportunities that OSU offers, build relationships with the university’s faculty members, and challenge yourself to broaden your experience beyond the classroom. Successful candidates for these prestigious awards must think deliberately about their preparation, and we encourage students to get in touch with faculty representatives before their junior years.

Prestigious scholarships support the aspirations of a growing community of high-performing undergraduates and graduate students at Oregon State, providing them with experiences that support success at OSU and beyond. Applying for these awards can be a gateway to new experiences, new opportunities, and new successes. 




Competitive Scholarships

Welcome to the Prestigious Scholarships website.  

As you browse the available opportunities, please keep in mind that I'm happy to meet with you at any time to learn about your interests, recommend additional programs, and share tips for competitive scholarship proposals.  I welcome you to contact me at and join the Prestigious Scholarships Facebook page for scholarship announcements, deadlines, and advice. I look forward to working with you!

Please also see the list of 2015-16 OSU Scholars, Finalists, and Nominees.


LeAnn Adam

OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships


Barry Goldwater and Excellence in Education Program

Awarded For: $7500/yr for up to two years for students intending to pursue research careers in the fields of science, mathematics or engineering

Majors: Sciences, Math, and Engineering

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Permanent Resident, Sophomore or Junior, intent to pursue research career

Program Details

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

Awarded for: Students with financial need to study or intern abroad

Majors: Any

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen undergraduate students in good academic standing, must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant

Program Details

Boren Undergraduate Award for International Study (NSEP)

Awarded For:  Up to one year of language-focused study in areas critical to U.S. interests

Majors:  Any

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen undergraduate, interested in a career with the U.S. government

Program Details

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Awarded For: One academic year of study, research, or teaching abroad to increase international understanding

Majors: any

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; graduating senior, recent graduate, or graduate student (see program details for other categories)

Program Details

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Awarded For: $30,000 toward graduate school for undergraduate junior level students who plan to go on to careers in public service. 

Majors: Any

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen or U.S. National undergraduate junior with an extensive record of community and public service

Program Details 

Marshall Scholarship

Awarded For: One to two years graduate study in UK to foster ties between UK and American citizens

Majors: Any

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, graduating senior or recent graduate, Minimum 3.7 GPA, must have completed bachelor’s degree prior to Marshall scholarship start date

Program Details

Mitchell Scholarship 

Awarded For: One academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland 

Majors: Any 

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, graduating senior or recent graduate, between the age of 18-30, must have completed bachelor’s degree prior to Mitchell scholarship start date

Program Details 

Rhodes Scholarship

Awarded For: 2 years study at Oxford University for those who offer promise of effective service to the world

Majors: Any

Eligibility: U.S. Citizen between 18 and 24, must have completed bachelor’s degree prior to study at Oxford

Program Details

Schwarzman Scholars

Awarded For: A fully-funded one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University

Majors: Any

Eligibility: Undergraduate, degree seeking students, set to complete their programs before July 2016, 18-29 years of age, and proficient in English

Program Details

Udall Scholarship

Awarded For: Up to $7000 scholarship for undergraduates studying the environment and related fields OR Native American students studying Native American policy

Majors: Environment-related or studies related to Native American health care or policy

Eligibility: Sophomore or Junior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or U.S. Permanent Resident

Program Details

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program


Award Details

Barry Goldwater scholarships are awarded to outstanding undergraduate sophomores or juniors who are studying mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering and who intend to pursue a research career.  The award provides up to $7,500 per year for a maximum of two years to pay for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and housing expenses.  


Please contact LeAnn Adam to discuss your interest in the Barry Goldwater scholarship.  OSU institutional nomination and endorsement is required. 


September: Online application opens

October-November: Prepare application, consult with references

December: Campus deadline (next deadline: December 19, 2016) 

January: References due (January 9, 2017); OSU selects four nominees 

February: Goldwater national deadline

March: Scholars and Honorable Mentions announced 

OSU Contact

LeAnn Adam
OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships   


Year Last Name First Name Field of Study

Goldwater Scholar/Honorable Mention

2016 Josephson Brian Biochemistry and Biophysics Honorable Mention
2016 Kahler-Quesada Arianna Biochemistry and Biophysics Honorable Mention
2016 Moss Alden Bioengineering Honorable Mention
2015 Raper Miranda Bioengineering Honorable Mention
2014 Cade Emily Biochemistry and Biophysics Honorable Mention
2014 Van Why Johnathan Mathematics Honorable Mention
2013 Zhang Justin Biochemistry & Biophysics Goldwater Scholar
2013 Pitts Thomas Mathematics Goldwater Scholar
2013 Hobbs Helen Biochemistry & Biophysics Goldwater Scholar 
2013 Rekow James Biochemistry & Biophysics Honorable Mention
2012 Swanson Annika Biochemistry & Biophysics Goldwater Scholar 
2012 Marquez Loza Alejandra Bioresource Research Goldwater Scholar 
2012 Livesay Brynn Chemical Engineering Honorable Mention
2011 Patel Ishan Bioengineering Goldwater Scholar 
2010 Crimp Caitlin Biochemistry & Biophysics Goldwater Scholar 
2009 Dunfield Elizabeth Biochemistry & Biophysics Goldwater Scholar 
2009 Deatherage Charity Botany Honorable Mention
2009 Lowery Nick Bioengineering/Biochemistry Honorable Mention
2009 Wilson Jenna Bioengineering Honorable Mention
2007 Strycker Noah Fisheries Resources Goldwater Scholar 
2007 Bateman Katherine Microbiology Goldwater Scholar 
2007 Rianprakaisang Tony Biochemistry & Biophysics Honorable Mention
2006 Tan Taralyn Biochemistry & Biophysics Goldwater Scholar 
2006 Reike Erin Bioengineering Goldwater Scholar 
2006 Fallahi Anahita Biochemistry & Biophysics Goldwater Scholar 
2005 O'Donnell, III Edmond Biochemistry & Biophysics Goldwater Scholar 

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship



The Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who are receiving the Federal Pell grant. Over 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award, for a total maximum award of $8,000.


U.S. Citizen undergraduate, must be receiving the Federal Pell grant


OSU certification is required.  Please contact LeAnn Adam to discuss your project proposal and apply online.


Please visit the Gilman website


LeAnn Adam
OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships 


For additional education abroad scholarships, please visit the OSU Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) 

OSU Recipients: 



2016 See story in Life@OSU

Coleman Swenson, Japan

Heather Sheffield, Vietnam

Zoey Corrigan, Chile

Cathy Duong, India

Adriana Sanchez, Spain

Bianca Ramos-Navarro, Taiwan

Victoria Kurtz, Spain

Logan Adams, Guatemala

Griffin Cerva, Japan

Dang Duong, India

Sheridan Jeffries, Namibia

Ashley Nelsen, Costa Rica

Dillon Rhoades, Hungary

Kathleen Roberts, Ecuador

Brianna Santana, Ecuador

Audrey Ali, Morocco

Marwah Al-Jilani, Morocco

Natalie Leon, Bolivia

Mara Rutherford, India 



Alan Bienvenida, Morocco

Sarah Canales, Argentina

Kjerstine Crowder, Thailand

Rebeccah Davis, Ecuador

Mitchell Evers, Chile

Miranda Gleason, France

Xavier Gonzalez, Spain

Justin Knott, South Africa

Luis Meza, Netherlands

Kole Nakamura, Japan

Tyler Richardson, Japan

Josephine Sechrist, Spain

Morgan Thompson, South Africa

Lauren Watwood, Senegal



Brandy Aguirre, South Africa

Charles Baugh, India

Nastassia Donoho, India

Blas Garfias, Argentina

Rebecca Gibbon, Argentina

Edward Joseph Hofschneider, Japan

Jacob Kollen, Chile

Hana Laughton, Spain

Thomas Luong, Japan

Ana Medero, Spain

Jesse Mcginty, Costa Rica

Karl Myers, South Korea

Rachelle Robinson, Dominican Republic

Rebekah Smith, Ecuador

Dacotah Spiichal, Ecuador

Annette Stevenson, Bonaire

Anthony Treas, Ecuador



Ilwaad Aman, China

Meghan Atkinson, Bonaire

Ana Bienvenida, Switzerland

Amanda Caldwell, Namibia

Melissa Carrillo, Argentina

Karla Garcia, Thailand

Jessica Hua, South Africa

Sarah Jacobi, Senegal

Julia Jones, Argentina

Celeste Moen, Bonaire

Amedee Ngarukiye, Morocco/Switzerland

Robert Plascencia, Germany

Ebrahim Siala, Egypt

Natasha Stewart, South Africa

Jacob Tepper, Bonaire

Jonathon Tran, India


Kristin Beem, Bonaire

Jeremy Carter, India

Haley Cox, Madagascar

Jennifer Lund, South Africa

Dylan McDowell, Tanzania

Terri Pugh, Italy

James Staub, Chile

Charlie Ta, United Kingdom







Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

Boren Undergraduate Award for International Study (NSEP)



Boren Scholarships provide U.S. Citizen undergraduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. The National Security Education Program (NSEP) awards David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships to U.S. undergraduates for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, but excluding the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). The maximum awards are $8,000 per summer, $10,000 per semester, or $20,000 per full academic year.


U.S. Citizen, enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program.  Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.


The 2017-18 Boren scholarship OSU campus deadline is January 16, 2017, and the national Boren scholarship deadline is February 9, 2017. As Boren applications require a campus interview and endorsement, applicants are encouraged to contact the Boren campus representative LeAnn Adam early in the application cycle. 

Upcoming webinars


OSU Contact

LeAnn Adam
OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships   


For additional education abroad scholarships, please visit the OSU Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Student Fulbright program. As the OSU campus Fulbright Program Advisor, I welcome you to explore the resources on this website and contact me to discuss your interest in applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student program.  If selected as a Fulbright Scholar, you will represent OSU and the U.S. abroad and join a legacy of scholars who have forged international collaborations for seventy years. I look forward to working with you! 

LeAnn Adam, OSU Campus Fulbright Program Advisor 

OSU Timeline:

Campus deadline: September 6th, 2017

Campus interviews: September-October tbd, 2017

Fulbright National Deadline: October 6th 2017 

For a complete Fulbright application timeline, please visit:


Upcoming Webinars


The Fulbright Personal Statement

The Fulbright Statement of Grant Purpose 

Informational slideshow

OSU Contact

LeAnn Adam
OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships


See: Life@OSU story on the Fulbright 70th Anniversary celebration at OSU  

Year Name   Country Field of Study
2016 Katharina-Victoria Perez-Hammerle Chile Wildlife Science
2016 Chris Foertsch Indonesia Anthropology
2015 Stephanie Rich Germany Engineering
2015 Erin Fedewa   Trinidad  Fisheries Science
2015 Dennis Sweeney   Malta  English Teaching Assistantship
2014 Rose Hickman Mexico Economic Development
2014 Annika O'Dea Senegal Geology
2012 Aryanna Shroyer UK International Relations
2010 Hathai Sangsupan Thailand Forest Ecology
2010 Arthur Bass Norway Fisheries Science
2009 Brooke Peterschmidt Norway Horticulture
2008 Seth White Czech Republic Fisheries Science
2008 Alison Newman Sri Lanka Public Health
2008 Christina Murphy Chile Fisheries & Wildlife
2008 Robert Lamb Ecuador Marine Biology
2008 Matt Hawkyard Norway Fisheries Science
2008 Sarah Gallup France English Teaching Assistantship
2007 Danya Rumore New Zealand Environmental Science
2006 Shannon Wanless Taiwan Human Development & Family Sciences
2006 Alison Hyde Germany Environmental Science
2004 Barbara Han Venezuela Zoology
2003 Elise Granek Panama Zoology/Marine Ecology
2002 Greg Almany Australia Zoology/Marine Ecology
2001 Rainey Rochelle Nepal Public Health
1997 Gary Vaughn Thailand Biology
1995 Kerry Griffin Namibia Agriculture
1993 Jeffery Capizzi Thailand Public Health
1991 Robert Kuhlken Fiji Geography
1989 Randall Keller Poland Geology
1988 Jeffery Connor West Germany Economics
1986 Russell Van Dissen New Zealand Geology
1984 Susan Lewis Finland Scandinavian Languages and Literature
1983 Pamela Dupee Australia Biology
1982 Pamela Dupee Australia Biology
1973 Edwin Brush Phillippines N/A
1972 Tracy Colby Poland Design
1968 Walter Massie Netherlands Engineering
1967 John Markham Denmark Biology
1965 Sheila Roffler New Zealand Chemistry

Gates Cambridge Scholarship



Award Details

A global scholarship at Cambridge University for intellectually outstanding postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.


You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:

  • a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
  • applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
    • PhD (three year research-only degree)
    • MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)
    • One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)

If in doubt, please use the online eligibility checker.  


Applicants apply on a single form for admission to a course and a College and for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Please see the Gates Cambridge website for application details. Contact LeAnn Adam for application review.  Need help finding a course of study in the UK?  Please visit: Postgraduate Study in the UK.


The Gates Cambridge application opens in September and closes in October.  See the full timeline

OSU Contact

LeAnn Adam
OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships


OSU's first Gates Cambridge winner was Evan Miles in 2012.  Read more about Evan. 

Harry S. Truman Scholarship



The Truman Scholarship recognizes future public service leaders by awarding $30,000 toward graduate school. The application is open to junior level students who plan to go on to careers in public service. Successful applicants will have outstanding service and leadership records as well as an academic record that indicates success in the graduate program of the student's choice. 


U.S. Citizen or U.S. National, full time undergraduate student with junior standing. Please visit the Truman Foundation website for a video on how Truman scholarships support the next generation of public service leaders. 


Students must be nominated by their current institution of study and are encouraged to contact their campus representative early in the application process.  Campus deadline: Monday January 9, 2017 


Truman Scholarship Information Meeting: 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

4 PM

LInC 345

Informational slideshow  

OSU Contact

LeAnn Adam

OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships 


Marshall Scholarship


Award Details

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence.  Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, Marshall Scholarships are mainly funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan conceived by General George C. Marshall.  They express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. 

The objectives of the Marshall Scholarships are to:

  • Enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country's future leaders, to study in the UK.
  • Help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporaty Britain.
  • Contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences, and the creative arts at Britain's centres of academic excellence. 
  • Motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives, thus strengthening British American understanding. 
  • Promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each Scholar. 

In appointing Scholars, the selection committee 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 (3.7-4.0 average GPA), leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential. 


For more information, please visit Criteria


The Marshall Scholarship application requires a university interview and endorsement letter.  Please contact LeAnn Adam to discuss your interest in applying.  Need help finding a course of study in the UK?  Please visit: Postgraduate Study in the UK.


OSU Marshall campus deadline: September 4, 2017

Campus interview: September tbd, 2016 

National Marshall deadline: October 3, 2017 

Finalist interviews: Wednesday and Thursday before Thanksgiving

OSU Contact

LeAnn Adam
OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships


Informational Powerpoint

Marshall Scholarship 


Mitchell Scholarship


The George J. Mitchell Scholarship

Award Details: 

The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria:

  • scholarship,
  • leadership, and
  • a sustained commitment to community and public service.

The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodation, a stipend for living expenses and travel. 


Please contact LeAnn Adam to discuss your interest in the Mitchell Scholarship. OSU institutional endorsement is required for currently enrolled undergraduate applicants. 


OSU Mitchell campus deadline: September 5, 2016

Campus interview: September tbd, 2016 

National Mitchell deadline: September 30, 2016 

Helpful Links: 







Mitchell Scholars’ blogs:
Trina Vargo’s blogs:

OSU Contact: 

LeAnn Adam
OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships 

Schwarzman Scholars


Award Details

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. The program is designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China's culture, economy, governance, and evolving role in the world. Up to 200 Scholars chosen annually from around the world for this fully-funded program will have the opportunity to live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attend lectures, travel, and gain first-hand exposure to China, its people, and a global group of promising leaders. Scholars will study for a one-year master's degree with options to focus on:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies

The curriculum was developed in collaboration with academic leaders from Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Duke and other prestigious universities around the world. All courses will be taught in English and are designed specifically for an elite class of students, drawing on some of Tsinghua University’s most accomplished professors as well as visiting scholars from the world’s leading schools. 

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a mentoring program linking them to business, political and civil society leaders and through internships with global and national institutions and corporations based in Beijing.

45% U.S. Scholars
20% China Scholars
35% Scholars from Rest of world


  • Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent
    Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements before orientation begins in July 2016. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.

  • English language proficiency
    Applicants must demonstrate strong English Language skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant's native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of June 30, 2016


Currently enrolled undergraduate students must request an assessment from their university using the Schwarzman Scholars Institutional Assessment Form. Please contact LeAnn Adam to discuss your interest before completing the application. 


OSU campus deadline: August 15th, 2017

Campus interview: September tbd, 2017

Schwarzman national deadline: September tbd, 2017

Schwarzman Scholars videor for prospective applicants, covering the student experience, academics, application, and admission process: 


Live Webinar
Wednesday July 13, 2016 2pm Pacific time

Registration link: 

Here is a good source for news on contmporary China: The Sinocism China Newsletter

OSU Contact

LeAnn Adam 
OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships 


The Rhodes Scholarship


Rhodes Scholars are also selected annually from 32 countries around the world.  Non US-Citizens, please visit: 

Award Details

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowhip awards in the world, and Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements (3.9-4.0 GPA), but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

Informational slideshow. 


U.S. Citizen between 18 and 24, must have completed bachelor’s degree prior to study at Oxford. 


The Rhodes Scholarship application requires a university interview and endorsement letter.  Please contact LeAnn Adam to discuss your interest in applying.  Need help finding a course of study in the UK?  Please visit: Postgraduate Study in the UK.  

Read about Cecil Rhodes' Legacy


OSU campus Rhodes deadline: September 5, 2016

Campus interview: September 26, 2016 

Rhodes national deadline: October 5, 2016 

Finalist interviews: Mid-November, 2016 

OSU Contact

LeAnn Adam
OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships


Debra Walt Johnson, Templeton, 1995

Knute Buehler, Merton, 1988


Udall Scholarship


Award Details

The Udall Foundation awards 50 scholarships to college sophomores and juniors on the basis of their leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.  The Udall scholarship provides up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses. 


In 2017, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 60 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. Up to 20 scholarships may be awarded in Tribal Public Policy and Native Health CareThe Udall application requires an OSU institutional nomination and endorsement letter. Please contact LeAnn Adam to discuss your interest in applying.   

Upcoming webinars: 

Application opens: October 1, 2016

Campus deadline: February 15, 2017

OSU nominations due to Udall: March 15, 2017


LeAnn Adam

OSU Advisor for Prestigous Scholarships


Year Last Name First Name Category Status
2016 Waldron Raven Health Care Scholar
2014 Wiegand Jenna Environment Scholar
2013 Hinkle Nathan Environment Honorable Mention
Stringer Allison Environment Scholar
2011 Finn Elliott Environment Scholar
2010 Adams AnnaRose Environment Honorable Mention
2009 Rogers Shayna Environment Scholar
2008 Rogers Shayna Environment Honorable Mention
2006 Strycker Noah Environment Scholar
2007 Strycker Noah Environment Scholar
2007 Murphy Christina Environment Scholar
2000 Maher Nichole Health Care Scholar
2000 Maher Nichole Health Care Scholar

Additional Opportunities

American Scandinavian Foundation

Awarded for: Individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year.

Majors: Any


  • Applicants must have a well-defined research, study or creative arts project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential

  • Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents

  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia

  • Team projects are eligible, but each member must apply as an individual, submitting a separate, fully-documented application

  • First priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ASF award. Only in exceptional cases will a third award be considered

Deadline: November 1 annually 

Program Details


Amgen Scholars Program

Awarded for: selected undergraduate students to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the nation’s premier educational institutions. Currently, 10 institutions in the U.S. host the summer research program. Opportunities are also available to U.S. students in Japan at Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo

Academic Research Areas: Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biopsychology, Biotechnology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Immunology, Medical Pharmacology, Microbiology, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Physiological Psychology, Physiological Science, Statistics, Toxicology 


  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;

  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories; and

  • Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies)

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above; and

  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.

Deadline: February 1 annually 

Program Details

Critical Language Scholarship

Awarded for: 8-10 week fully funded overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experience in 14 critical need languages for U.S. students in higher education. 

Majors: Any


  • U.S. citizenship
  • Undergraduate or graduate student 
  • No previous language study required for Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu
  • One year of previous language study for Arabic and Persian
  • Two years of previous language study for Chinese, Japanese and Russian
  • More information on eligibility

Deadline: November annually for language institute the following summer

Program Details


DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Undergraduate Scholarship

Awarded for: One semester (4 months) to one academic year (10 months) of study, internship, or research at a German university

Majors: Any


  • Full-time undergraduate students (sophomore and juniors), including non-U.S. citizens

  • Must return to home institution to complete undergraduate degree after scholarship period

  • Must present a well-defined scholarship proposal

Deadline: January annually

Program Details

 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Study Scholarship

Awarded for: One academic year (10 months) of graduate study at a German university. One-year extensions may be available for scholars to complete a full master’s degree.

Majors: Any


  • Graduating seniors/recent graduates or current master’s candidates, including non-U.S. citizens

  • Must present a well-defined scholarship proposal that details how studying in Germany serves future academic and/or professional goals

Deadline: November annually

Find a graduate program in Germany 

Program Details

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) RISE Scholarship (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)

Awarded for: Two- or three-month summer internships to conduct research at a German university. Undergraduate researchers are mentored by doctoral students.

Majors: Biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering


  • Undergraduate students sophomore-senior, including non-U.S. citizens

  • Academic achievement

  • Must present an application that details how the research internship in Germany serves future academic and/or professional goals

Deadline: January 15, 2016 

Program Details


Freeman-Asia (Awards for Study in Asia) 

Awarded for:  U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Summer awards are up to $3,000, Quarter awards up to $5,000, and Academic Year awards up to $7,000

Majors: Any

Eligibility:  Please see Freeman-Asia website

Deadline: March  (summer programs) and April (fall/academic year programs)

Program Details



Fulbright UK Summer Institute

Awarded for: Three- to six-week academic and cultural summer programs in the UK.

Majors: Any


  • U.S. Citizens, at least 18 years of age

  • Undergraduate students in first or second year; must intend to return to home institution to complete bachelor’s degree

  • GPA of 3.7 or higher and otherwise demonstrated academic achievement

  • Little or no experience traveling or studying outside of the U.S.

Deadline: February annually

Program Details

Payne Fellowship

Awarded For:  Two year programs for a graduate degree relevant to the work of the USAID Foreign Service

Majors:  International development


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

  • Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2016 for a two-year program at a U.S. university.  They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2016, or they can be college graduates. 

  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

Deadline: January annually

Program Details 


Pickering Fellowship 

Awarded For:  Undergraduate candidates (10 fellowships available).  Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for the senior year of undergraduate studies, and first year of a master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields. Awardees participate in two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships. Employment in the Department of State Foreign Service is offered to those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements. The Pickering Fellowship is one of the State Department’s premier recruitment programs aimed at increasing diversity among U.S. Foreign Service officers. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. It is a competitive program with an obligation of five years Foreign Service work after graduation.

Majors: Any with interest in the U.S. Foreign Service


  • At the time of application, candidates must be in the junior year of undergraduate studies OR seeking admission to enter a two-year graduate program in the fall of 2016

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale

  • Be a U.S. citizen

Deadline: January annually

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Rotary Global Grant Scholarships

Awarded for: One to four academic years of international graduate-level coursework.  

Majors: Peace studies, conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development


  • Holders of bachelor’s degree in a peace-related field, including non-U.S. citizens

  • Demonstrated professional and/or academic success in peace-related field and clear goals for advancing in the field

  • Intention to maintain a relationship with Rotary beyond the scholarship period

  • Admission to a master's or equivalent program for study in one of Rotary's six areas of focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, Economic and community development 

Deadline: January annually

Program Details

Q & A with District 5110 Rotary 

Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Awarded for: The Soros Fellowships funds (up to 20,000 tuition and up to 25,000 stipend per year) immigrants and children of immigrants to complete a two-year master’s degree in any field at any graduate degree-granting institution in the United States. Online programs, executive MBAs, and combined bachelor’s/master’s programs are excluded.

Majors: Any, with an emphasis on developing creativity and originality


  • College senior, recent graduate, or continuing graduate student

  • Under the age of 31 at the time of application

  • Status as a New American (If born a non-US citizen, then must be a naturalized citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient. If born a US citizen, then both parents must have been born abroad as non-US citizens)

Deadline: November annually

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Whitaker International Scholarship 

Awarded for: International collaboration in the growing field of biomedical engineering, for graduating seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students. 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. In addition to supporting research, it encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting. The award covers airfare, living expenses, and tuition reimbursements up to $10,000 for Fellows.

Majors: BioEngineering


  • Candiates must hold a Bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant or;

  • Recently completed a Master’s degree or;

  • Currently employed, with the most recent degree no higher than an MS

Deadline: Mid-January

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Tips for Competitive Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Essay Writing Tips | Tips for Scholarship Interviews | Tips for Scholarship Providers | Tips for Recommenders

Preparing a competitive scholarship application takes a great deal of time and effort. However, applicants to these awards have stated time and again that the time spent thinking and writing about their future plans was well worth the effort, whether they were awarded a scholarship or not. If you plan to apply to graduate schools or interview with prospective employers, the application process for these awards can provide you with valuable written application materials and interview experience.  When you write your scholarship application essays, you will have to consider and then reconsider and define your future plans and goals.

A strong application is made up of some or all of the following: essays (often including a personal statement and a statement of purpose), references, transcripts, CV/resume, and interviews. Provided here are some guidelines to help you craft your application materials. OSU has staff and faculty available to help you prepare the strongest possible application.

Application Tips by Scholarship Providers

Boren Scholarship


What makes a competitive Boren Application?

Essay guidelines:




Instructions and sample application:


US Student Fulbright


Application tips (including English Teaching Assistantship)


Gates Cambridge


How to Apply (including tips on the references and personal statement)




Application tips




Applicant information and instructions (including essay tips):




Scholar profiles




Resources for Mitchell Scholar Applicants


National Science Foundation GRFP


Applicant resources:




Frequently asked questions:

American Rhodes Scholars elect for 2014:




Advice and guidance (including sample responses)

Tips for preparing an effective personal statement:

Scholar profiles:




Advice for the application:

Sample application:

Insight from a former reader:


Information for Recommenders/Reference Writers

Boren Scholarship

Letters of reference:

UVM The Boren Scholarship: Tips for letter of recommendation writers




Detailed letter prompts:




Instructions for Fulbright reference writers:

Research grant:

English Teaching Assistantship:

Foreign language evaluation:




The Goldwater Scholarship: Tips for letter of recommendation writers




Information for recommenders:



Recommendations and endorsements:

Penn State


National Science Foundation GRFP

Suggestions for reference writers:

Tips for letter of recommendation writers







Letters of recommendation: What selection panel members like to see, and what leaves them cold. By Louis Blair

Penn State                                                                                                    

University of Vermont



Letters of Recommendation: What works, what doesn't



General tips for reference writers



Ethical issues of writing recommendation letters

Scholarship Essay Writing Tips

The Personal Statement

Your Personal Statement should narrate your personal and intellectual development. It should illustrate how the proposed experience is the next logical and necessary step in your life, and how you are qualified to carry it out. It is your opportunity to illustrate what a unique and exceptional individual you are. Here are questions to consider while writing:

  • Overall, is your Personal Statement interesting and easy to read? Does it show, rather than tell, who you are?
  • Does your Personal Statement demonstrate your motivation and ability to work independently?
  • Does your Personal Statement show who you are, and make the reader want to know you better?
  • Do you demonstrate your experience and interest in becoming a leader and innovator in your field?
  • Will the reader feel confident you would represent the funding agency well?
  • Do you maintain a theme or connecting concept throughout your Personal Statement?
  • Does your Personal Statement explore connections between your academic life and the rest of your life?
  • Do you repeat information included in other parts of your application? Omit repeated information unless it is absolutely necessary, e.g., further explanation or emphasis.



Mistakes often made by applicants when writing a Personal Statement:

  • Turning the Personal Statement into an extended version of a resume. Applicants often ask how they should incorporate activities into their essay when they have already listed them separately on the application. Leave out less important things (or limit items that ate not critical to the Personal Statement to other portions of your application—there are sections in the scholarship application for listing honors, awards, and activities).
  • Exaggerating your history and situation. Do not believe that all applicants expand on the truth. Experienced interviewers often uncover exaggeration during interviews. This can be embarrassing and disastrous for an applicant.
  • Being overly clever or cute in writing the Personal Statement. Selection committees have read quite literally hundreds of essays, and they find overly clever essays annoying. This reaction can do nothing but harm the future of your application.


The Statement of Purpose

Statements of Purpose are usually limited in length.  Use your space wisely to fully describe your project or purpose. You should cover the essential details of your project or purpose within the first or second paragraph.

The Statement of Purpose should demonstrate that you are able to plan and implement a successful research project or course of study. Statement of Purpose is your guide to completing your study and meeting your objectives. The Statement of Purpose should be as specific as possible, while also being flexible enough  to allow for adjustments in response to unanticipated circumstances.

Ask yourself the following questions during your writing and editing processes:

  • Overall, is the Statement of Purpose persuasive, direct, concise, and easy to read? Short (three or four-sentence) paragraphs can be very effective.
  • Does the Statement of Purpose emphasize the relevance and significance of the project from start to finish?
  • Does the first paragraph answer who, what, when, where, why, and how?
  • Do the subsequent paragraphs detail what you propose to do and how you will do it?
  • Is the timeline realistic, specific, acceptable, and appropriate? Does it include any pre- and post-grant plans?
  • Are there clearly defined, achievable goals and objectives (the activities/steps to reach your goals), concrete outcomes, and measurable results?
  •  Does the proposal fit within the context of your academic experience and skills?
  • Are the methodology and activities comprehensive, relevant, appropriate, feasible, and approved/approvable, if necessary?
  • Does the proposal include an explanation of your field of study and the context of the project?
  • If applicable, does the proposal describe with whom you will work, the support that they have offered to give you, and the significance of this assistance?
  • Does the proposal demonstrate why the project or study needs to be at the proposed location/university, the resources provided, and how your collaborators will benefit from your work there?
  • Does the proposal demonstrate that you have the academic background necessary for your project?
  •  Does the proposal clearly explain your future plans (immediate and long-term) and how your work will help further your academic and/or professional development?
  •  Does the proposal leave the reader with a sense of why your project should be supported?
  • Does the closing paragraph of the proposal reemphasize what you will achieve and what makes your project exciting, necessary and unique?

Overall, the Statement of Purpose should be compelling and easily understood by both an educated “lay” person and an expert in your field. Since you do not know exactly who will read your application at the national (and/or international) level, write a proposal that is clear and comprehensible to someone who knows nothing about your subject, while also specific and detailed enough to convince an expert. Do not be afraid to use language or concepts specific to your field and to reference the work of other authors. If your project is highly technical, about 75% of your proposal should be easily understood by all readers.


Links to Essay Writing Tips

Writing Scholarship Essays (Kansas State)

Composing a Personal Statement: An Invitation to Frustration by: Kyle Mox

26 Golden Rules for Writing Well (US-Ireland Alliance)

How to Win a Graduate Fellowship

How to Win a Rhodes (NY Times)

Writing Personal Statements Online

Tips for Scholarship Interviews

Your scholarship interview is a chance to introduce yourself to your selection or review committee and present your proposal personally.  This gives the committee a better sense of who you are and why they should be enthusiastic about your plans. It is also an opportunity to have a great conversation about your ideas and to receive useful feedback from individuals who have a wide range of experiences and expertise.

Everyone gets nervous during interviews, but careful preparation can help you to break through that nervousness and present yourself calmly and confidently, as a competitive candidate for any scholarship program.

 (Add link to OSU Career Services, once we have established a process for interview prep)

Yale: Fellowship Interview Tips

The Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships Interview Preparation from Reed College

Practice Questions for Truman Interviews


The Gates Cambridge Interview