Undergraduate Awards

Aspen Institute, Hearst Fellowship

Disciplines: Diverse

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 Spring 2016 (January-May): 20 November 2015

National Deadline for Summer 2016 (May-August): 11 March 2016

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

Disciplines: Language Study in Diverse Languages

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 2016

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 2016

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 (15 December 2014 - 15 April 2015): 6 October 2015

National Deadline, Summer Study Abroad (1 May - 1 August 2015): 6 October 2015

National Deadline, Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad (15 July 2015 - 15 October 2016): 3 March 2016

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:
September 22, 2015, 5-6pm, BSB D.110
October 14, 2015, 5-6pm, Teal Residential College, Room 102
November 5, 2015, 5-6pm, BSB D.110

Campus Deadline: 7 December 2015

National Deadline: 29 January 2016

Killam Undergraduate Fellowship

Disciplines: Majors/Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

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: 1 February 2016

National Institutes of Health Scholarships

Disciplines: Health Related

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: 9 March 2016

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 that support NOAA's programs and mission.

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: 29 January 2016

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 opportunity/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: 15 January 2016

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 2015

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: 4 January 2016

Endorsed Candidate Deadline: 26 January 2016

National Deadline: 2 February 2016

Udall Scholarship

Disciplines: Environmental Science || Native American Concerns

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: 2 March 2016