Rewards of "Going for the Gold"
National and International Scholarships
Housed within the Office of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, National and International Scholarships supports undergraduate and graduate students at Baylor who want to apply for an award--a scholarship, fellowship, internship, research experience--at the national or even international level, such as the Fulbright, Truman, Gates Cambridge, Boren, and Rhodes. Many of these awards, for which undergraduates apply during their junior or senior year, support study and research at the graduate level. Notable awards such as the Goldwater, Pickering, Humanity in Action, Critical Language Scholarship, and NSF REU (all of which you can read about in this website), however, fund student research and study at the undergraduate level--often through summer institutes, internships, and symposiums.
Because these awards are prestigious and therefore highly competitive, we advise and guide students as they consider scholarships in their area of study and germane to their professional goals. We support students as they prepare their application--an intense but satisfying experience. We also help students complete additional requirements frequently essential to the scholarship application: language exams, University endorsements, formal interviews, letters of recommendation, etc.
We are not, however, affiliated with the Financial Aid Office (254-710-2611, Clifton Robinson Tower, Suite 150) at Baylor. Ths office can help you with the FAFSA, loans and grants, and campus scholarship opportunities for funding your Baylor education. The knowledgeable staff members of the FAO are best equipped to help you pursue funding--whether through grants, loans, or scholarships--for Baylor tuition and fees.
GRID OF SCHOLARSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS, & PROGRAMS
To gain a sense of how vast and exciting your options may be review this grid of scholarships and fellowships developed by the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA). Although the grid reflects 2011 deadlines, it itemizes a prodigious number of scholarships (many more than included in this website) and gives useful information on them including descriptions and eligibility criteria.
NAFA OVERVIEW OF SCHOLARSHIPS
NAFA also publishes an invaluable overview of scholarships and fellowships each year, providing students with crucial information on numerous awards: the focus of the award, its deadlines, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and contact information.
Per their website, "Scholarships for Development is an updated listing of international scholarships specifically for people from developing countries, people who would like to pursue development-related fields, and people who seek global and national development through further education. It is our aim to help you find opportunities for higher education and become agents of development in your own countries and the rest of the world." The site, well-organized and informative, is well worth searching if its goals reflect your own.
Additionally, a non-profit called the Institute of International Education (IIE) maintains a directory that allows students to search widely for study abroad programs and in some cases the scholarships and fellowships that fund them.