Undergraduate Awards

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American Association of University Women Community Action Grants

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day--educational, social, economic, and political. A vital AAUW program, the Community Action Grant, provides funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and propose projects that have direct public impact, are nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. Applicants may pursue one- or two-year grants for community-based projects. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls.

National Deadline: 15 January 2017

Aspen Institute, Hearst Fellowship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC, offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience. In his or her internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for PSI’s leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings. Candidates for this fellowship are highly motivated, current, non-graduating graduate or undergraduate students from underrepresented communities of color.

National Deadline for Fall 2016 (August-December): 8 September 2016

National Deadline for Spring 2017 (January-May): 22 November 2016

National Deadline for Summer 2017 (May-August): 17 March 2017

Boren Scholarship (also known as the National Security Education Program Scholarship)

Disciplines: intensive language study

Year: any undergraduate year

The NSEP awards the Boren Scholarship to American students for study of world regions critical to US interests including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the NIS, and the Middle East. Applicants must show how pursuing language study and experiencing cultural immersion can help them in their professional goals. Awards may range from 6 weeks in the summer for freshmen and sophomores, to a semester, a year, or 3 years for upper-classmen and graduate students. Through a special STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initative, students majoring in STEM disciplines may also apply for a Boren scholarship that awards up to $8,000 for a minimum of 8 weeks of summer study. Awards cover travel, living expenses, and tuition costs and range from $1,500 to $25,000.

Contact Dr. Frieda Blackwell, Associate Dean for Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences, for more information.

National Deadline: 9 February 2017

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internship Program

Disciplines: diverse

Year: any undergraduate year (full time enrollment)

The purpose of the Congressional Internship Program (CIP) is to expose young Latinos to the legislative process and to strengthen their professional and leadership skills, ultimately promoting the presence of Latinos on Capitol Hill and in Federal Agencies. The CIP provides college students with a paid work placement in a Congressional Office or Federal Agency for a period of twelve weeks (Spring/Fall) or eight weeks (Summer). This unmatched experience allows students to learn first-hand about our nation's legislative process. Promising Latino undergraduates from across the country are selected for this leadership training program. Students gain work experience, participate in a community service project, and receive educational and professional programming provided by CHCI. This comprehensive three-prong approach provides extraordinary learning and networking opportunities for students. In addition to a stipend, housing, and transportation costs, interns may be eligible to receive academic credit at their college or university for participating in the program.

National Deadline, Spring : 6 November 2016

National Deadline, Summer : 20 January 2017

National Deadline, Fall : 21 April 2017

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Undergraduate Scholarship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply. CHCI scholarships provide recipients with a one-time scholarship of $2,500 to pursue an undergraduate degree and are intended to provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.

National Deadline: TBA

DAAD German Academic Undergraduate Scholarship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

Highly qualified sophomores and juniors (with outstanding academic records and personal integrity) are invited to apply for a 4-10 month scholarship that will fund a well-defined study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany during the German academic year.

The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Contact Dr. Andrew Wisely or other professors in the German Division for details.

National Deadline: 31 January 2017

DAR Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship

Disciplines: political science || history || goverenment || economics

Year: rising junior || rising senior

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) award the Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship to two deserving college juniors or seniors enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States who are pursuing a major in political science, history, government, or economics. This is a one-time award in the amount of $5,000.

National Deadline: Postmarked 10 February 2017

Davis-Putter Scholarship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are strongly committed to the progressive movement. Applicants must have participated in activities in the US, and there is a strong preference for applicants who plan on working in this country. Davis-Putter scholars are both graduate and undergraduate students and must be living in the U. S. and planning to enroll in an accredited school. Grantees must receive college credit for the time period covered by their grant, and the maximum grant available from the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is $10,000 per year.

National Deadline: TBA

De Karman Fellowship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: senior

The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who died in 1951. The purpose of this fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect professor von Karman's high standards.

The Trust awards approximately eight fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, for the regular academic year. Study must be carried out only in the United States and all funds must be expended only within this country. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed. DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. Only undergraduate candidates who will graduate the year of the fellowship award are eligible for consideration. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.

National Deadline: 31 January 2017

Gilman International Scholarship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to support U.S. citizen undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year undergraduate institutions for study abroad for a semester or academic year. Students studying a Critical Need Language may receive a $3,000 supplement for a total possible award of $8,000. This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. A number of Baylor students have been successful in this competition.
The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting U.S. citizen undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program encourages students to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. The Gilman scholarship intends to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students of nontraditional age.

National Deadline, Spring Study Abroad: 4 October 2016

National Deadline, Summer Study Abroad: 4 October 2016 (early admission); 7 March 2017

National Deadline, Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad: TBA

Goldwater Scholarship

Disciplines: science || math || engineering

Year: sophomore || junior

The Barry M. Goldwater award encourages excellence in science, mathematics, and engineering. Three hundred are awarded annually. Baylor has been and is always competitive in this scholarship process. Ian Boys and Rebecca Holden were named 2014 Goldwater Scholars; Taylor Kohn was named a 2012 Goldwater Scholar. Candidates should have outstanding potential, a current or planned research experience with a faculty mentor, and intentions to pursue research careers in one of these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to $7,500. Applicants must (1) be sophomores or juniors; (2) have a college grade point average of at least a "B"; and (3) be a US citizen, US national, or resident alien.

Campus Goldwater Workshops: TBD

Campus Deadline: TBD

National Deadline: TBA

Killam Undergraduate Fellowship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The Killam Fellowship provides opportunities for exeptional US undergraduate students to study in Canada for either one semester or a full academic year. The goal of the program is to increase mutual understanding between Canada and the US through a program of residential exchange. The program is open to all undergraduate students in good standing at four-year undergraduate institutions. The Killam Fellowship is competitive and requires a superior academic record for serious consideration.

National Deadline: 31 January 2017

National Institutes of Health Scholarships

Disciplines: health-related academic programs

Year: any undergraduate year

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program awards financial support up to $20,000, paid reserach training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation for approximately 15 winners each year.

National Deadline: TBA

NOAA Hollings Scholarship

Disciplines: oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or science teacher education

Year: sophomore

Established in 1970, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a Federal environmental science agency within the Department of Commerce. NOAA's mission is: To understand and predict changes in Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social, and environmental needs.

The Hollings Scholarship, housed within NOAA, was established to honor retiring Senator Ernest F. Hollings (South Carolina). The purposes of the program are to:
(1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;

(2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;

(3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state, and local levels of government; and,

(4) recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

Hollings Scholars receive a scholarship award (up to a maximum of $8,000) for two academic years of full-time study and participate in a 10-week, full-time internship ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility.

National Deadline: TBA

ORISE Internships & Scholarships

Disciplines: science || engineering

Year: any undergraduate year

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) sponsors more than 50 research programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and other federal research facilities in 24 states and some outside the United States. ORISE programs include research experiences at Department of Energy national laboratories as well as other federal agencies with research facilities located across the country as well some positions outside the United States.

National Deadline: vary according to agency

Pickering Fellowship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: junior

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Program provides academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.

National Deadline: TBA

SMART Defense Scholarship

Disciplines: STEM fields

Year: any undergraduate year

Part of the National Defense Education Program, the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The SMART Program aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the DoD. The program is particularly interested in supporting individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research. As such, the program primarily targets "hand-on-the-bench" researchers and engineers. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian research scientist or engineer. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About Smart page.

National Deadline: 1 December 2016

Truman Scholarship

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: junior

The Truman Foundation awards scholarships to college juniors who have impressive leadership potential, who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and who wish to attend graduate school to help prepare for public service careers.
Baylor is proud to have had outstanding students selected for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007. In 2014 we had four endorsed candidates and two of them became finalists.

The application process encourages candidates to reflect on the needs of society they want to address in their public service, to refine career goals and objectives, and to initiate planning for graduate study. An intense and extensive application process is involved. After carefully reviewing the web pages to understand the eligibility requirements and commitments involved, contact Professor Elizabeth Vardaman (254-710-4176) for more information.

Campus Deadline: TBD

Endorsed Candidate Deadline: TBD

National Deadline: TBA

Udall Scholarship

Disciplines: environmental science || Native American studies

Year: sophomore || junior

The Morris K. Udall and Stuart L. Udall Foundation awards 50 undergraduate scholarships and 50 honorable mentions to American sophomores and juniors committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Typical majors or areas of study include environmental health, environmental science, the natural sciences, resource management, the social sciences, and Native American public policy. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $5,000.

National Deadline: TBA

Wilson Center Research Assistant Internship Program

Disciplines: diverse

Year: junior ||senior
Most interns are at least seniors in the undergraduate level, though strongly qualified juniors (at the time of application) will be considered.

The Woodrow Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.

The majority of interns at The Wilson Center serve as research assistants or scholar interns for visiting scholars. Research assistants are talented college students from universities around the country who combine part-time hours at the Center with their studies and with other activities. A research assistant typically works 12-15 hours a week per scholar. A position as a research assistant is particularly appropriate for a college student planning to move on to graduate studies, or for college students wishing to develop a deeper understanding of their field of study. In addition to assisting with research, interns have the opportunity to network with experts in their chosen fields. The Center has at least 60 research interns at any one time, many of whom are replaced at the end of each academic term. Internship appointments are generally consistent with academic semesters (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer) and last approximately nine to twelve weeks.

Most research assistants do an internship for academic credit and do not receive a stipend. Typical research assistants are students of political science; U.S. government/politics; international relations; history (including US history); foreign languages; international affairs; regional studies; economics; public policy; security studies; journalism and similar disciplines, though students of many other fields of study have sometimes been selected. New scholars are constantly arriving at the Wilson Center, and it can be difficult to predict what specific projects will be carried out in the future. For that reason, all interested students are encouraged to apply.

Priority national deadlines: 15 October for Spring term; 15 March for Summer term; and 11 July for Fall term

Young Explorers Grants

Disciplines: diverse

Year: any undergraduate year

National Geographic Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT). The Committee for Research and Exploration funds hypothesis-based scientific research. The Conservation Trust funds innovative and applied approaches to conservation with potential for global application. The Expeditions Council funds exploration and adventure around the world.

Applicants are not required to have advanced degrees. However, a record of prior experience in the fields of research, conservation, or exploration should be submitted as it pertains to the proposed project. Grants vary in amount depending on significance of the project, though most range between US $2,000 and $5,000 at the maximum. National Geographic Society funds often serve as complementary support--thus the program encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other sources. Applying for a Young Explorers Grant is a two-step process: students must submit a pre-application form online. If the pre-application is approved, the applicant will be sent an email with a link and a password giving him or her access to the full application online.

National Deadline: vary according to awarding trust or committee