Academic Competitions

List of Scholarships


Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship
Rhodes Scholarship
Marshall Scholarship
Goldwater Scholarship
Truman Scholarship
Strauss Scholarship
Udall Scholarship
Mitchell Scholarship
Public Policy Leadership Conference at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
UC LEADS
Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Institute at Princeton
Institute for Responsible Citizenship
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Summer Institute for Emerging Leaders and Managers


Gates Cambridge Scholarship

 

Highly competitive opportunity for graduate study at Cambridge for a research-oriented senior or alumnus/a with a clear sense of how your work, in any field, will contribute positively to the advancement of modern society. Highly prestigious and generous financial support for the full completion of a graduate degree in the U.K.  Learn More »


Goldwater Scholarship

 

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate educational expenses. Sophomores and juniors majoring in mathematics, sciences and engineering who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the upper quarter of their class (typically a minimum 3.5 GPA) are eligible to apply. The Goldwater Foundation seeks students who demonstrate a strong commitment to advanced degrees and careers in these fields, display intellectual curiosity and intensity and possess potential for significant future contributions in their chosen fields. Learn More »


Institute for Responsible Citizenship

Sophomore, male, African-American students with a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA and excellent record demonstrating commitment to leadership and social responsibility may apply. This award offers you two fully funded summers of residency in Washington, D.C., gaining exposure to professional experiences, an internship, networking and mentoring, and training in leadership for lifelong success. Learn More »


Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship funds two or three years of study at any one of nearly 100 colleges and universities in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). Recipients can pursue either a second bachelor’s or a graduate degree. An outstanding academic record is essential. Graduating seniors or recent graduates who are U.S. citizens and have a minimum 3.7 GPA after their freshman year are eligible to apply. Learn More »


Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship funds one year of post-bachelor research or study in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. The award also includes a stipend for European travel. Candidates must have demonstrated academic excellence, a commitment to service and leadership. Graduating seniors or graduates who are U.S. citizens, ages 18-29, are eligible to apply. Learn More »


Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family. This award provides $20,000 per year plus 50 percent of tuition for graduate school to immigrants, documented and undocumented, naturalized citizens and holders of a Green Card. Applications are due at the end of October; graduating seniors may apply. Learn More »


Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Institute at Princeton

This program prepares outstanding students for leadership opportunities as future global policy leaders in both the public and nonprofit sectors. The summer institute prepares participants for graduate school by providing tools for critical thinking, speaking, writing and quantitative reasoning. Students who complete the program are equipped to create, analyze, implement, evaluate and affect policy in a multicultural, multiethnic society. Learn More »


Public Policy Leadership Conference at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

The conference aims to attract students from groups under-represented in public policy and international affairs in an effort to increase the diversity of students receiving these professional degrees. The conference will help prepare future leaders for study in public policy, particularly those from historically underserved communities and people of color. Participants receive paid travel, accommodations and board. Learn More »


Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship funds two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. Scholars can pursue either a second bachelor’s or a higher degree. Candidates must demonstrate a record of academic excellence and leadership potential. Graduating seniors or recent graduates who are U.S. citizens, ages 18-23, in all majors are eligible to apply. A minimum 3.6 GPA is typical. Learn More »


Strauss Scholarship

 

The Strauss Scholarship provides $15,000 for a public service project and educational expenses during junior or senior year. Sophmores and Juniors who want to initiate a public service project during their senior year are encouraged to apply. A project proposal is a major focus of the selection process. Applicants must be in the upper third of their class (typically a minimum 3.7 GPA) and have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in public service. Learn More »


Summer Institute for Emerging Leaders and Managers

 

Freshman management majors, this is a two-summer institute preparing you for admission to top MBA programs, deadline is typically in early March. Learn More »


Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship awards $26,000: $2,000 for the senior year and $24,000 for graduate study for students committed to public service. U.S. citizens of any age who are in the upper quarter of their class (usually a minimum 3.5 GPA) are eligible to apply. Applicants must have outstanding academic and service records and plan to pursue graduate programs geared toward public service. Students must apply during their junior year. (Exception: students who plan to enroll as fifth-year seniors may apply during their fourth year.) Learn More »


UC LEADS

The goal of the University of California's new Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) program is to educate California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM). The program is designed to identify upper-division undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in these disciplines, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study. Students interested in this program should visit the Graduate Division in KL 227. Learn More »


Udall Scholarship

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors who either 1) study the environment and related fields; or 2) are Native Americans or Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. The Udall Foundation seeks outstanding students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who demonstrate, through their areas of study and public service activities, a commitment to and potential for making significant contributions in their fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Learn More »


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