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Set yourself apart as one of the country’s most promising young minds through the Maryville University Distinguished Fellowships Program. This program is designed to help our most talented students compete for distinguished fellowships, such as the Truman, Goldwater, Udall, and Rhodes Scholarships. Distinguished Fellowship nominees from Maryville are talented, independent, and diverse. Winning one of these awards takes you to graduate study at world-renowned academic institutions or to travel in a foreign country where you will have the opportunity to enhance not only your intellectual ability but also to achieve personal growth.

Colleges and universities are invited to nominate students for many of these highly competitive, meritbased awards for graduate study at campuses around the world. The caliber of Maryville students in the past and the quality of the undergraduate education you receive here is recognized throughout the Midwest and the nation. This program has been developed to identify Maryville students that are strong candidates and assist them in competing for these national awards. Students receive help from faculty members during the application process, so you will be well prepared to compete. Contact Dr. Dohrman to indicate your plans to apply for one of these programs!

Rhodes Scholarship

Award

This award covers tuition and fees at the University of Oxford for 2-3 years of graduate study, plus a stipend for living expenses. Awardees pursue graduate study (masters and doctoral degrees) at the University of Oxford in any discipline. Scholars may not apply for the MBA in the first year, but after completing a different (one-year) master’s degree, they are allowed to pursue a one-year MBA degree. This award also covers the costs of travel to and from Oxford. Students apply through one of the 50 states (either home state or where they attend college).

What Type of Student Qualifies

The best 1% of students overall. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18-24 years old, and seniors or recent graduates at the time of Maryville University nomination. All majors are eligible. Applicants must show demonstrated success in athletics (broadly defined).

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

December 1 of the junior or senior year

Campus Application Deadline

Last week of the spring term of the junior or senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Early October of the senior year or the first year following graduation

How it Applies to Your Major

There are several degree programs at Oxford related to the sciences, such as Global Health, Medical Anthropology, Engineering Science, Physics. For instance, scholars can choose to do a M.Sc. in Global Health Science or in Medical Anthropology. Here is more information from the Rhodes’ Website FAQ: “I am a physics major, plan a career in physics, and have little interest whatsoever in government or politics, although I am very interested in some public issues. Can I still be considered? Answer: Absolutely. We look for people who will be leaders in any field. Leading physicists can certainly contribute as much to the world as leaders in more conventionally “public” professions. But, let me stress that the Rhodes Scholarships are not simply graduate fellowships at Oxford, intended to support the best physicists (or economists or historians or politicians or students of French literature) to come to Oxford. We are looking for the best physicists (or economists or historians or politicians or students of French literature) who are likely to make the most positive contributions to the world—broadly defined.

Application Elements

  • University endorsement form
  • 5-8 letters of recommendation (at least 4 academic)
  • 1000-word personal essay
  • resume
  • transcript
  • passport photograph
  • proof of citizenship

Website

http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Technically unlimited, but practically, two likely Maryville endorsements each year

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Tom Spudich (tspudich@maryville.edu)

Marshall Scholarship

Award

The Marshall Scholarship is an award funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for one or two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom to distinguished young Americans who will become leaders, opinion formers and decision makers in their own country. This award covers travel, tuition, books, and other expenses for graduate study at a university in the UK.

What Type of Student Qualifies

A senior with at least a 3.7 GPA who is interested in graduate study in the UK and who plans a career as a leader and contributor to improving UK-US understanding.Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All majors are eligible.

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

November 1 of the junior year

Campus Application Deadline

September 1 of the senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

October 1 of the senior year

How it Applies to Your Major

There are many science programs at UK institutions that this scholarship can be applied to, though it is important to note that this scholarship cannot be used for a medical degree or a MS degree in Global Health Science.

Application Elements

  • Application form
  • four letters of recommendation
  • transcripts
  • narrative resume
  • first and second choice of preferred graduate programs in the UK
  • three essays (a personal statement, description of graduate program of interest, and question related to your interest in the UK)
  • Maryville endorsement form

Website

http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

: Unlimited, but Maryville Endorsement is Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. John Lewington (jlewington@maryville.edu)

Fulbright US Student Scholarship for Research/Travel

Award

Fulbright grants fund year-long research or travel projects in international locations. The award covers travel costs, language or orientation expenses, some medical insurance, and living expenses.

What Type of Student Qualifies

A senior who has studied or traveled extensively aboard and who has an interest in doing a research project abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must hold a B.S./B.A. degree by the time of the award. All majors are eligible.

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

April 1 of the junior year

Campus Application Deadline

September 1 of the senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Mid-October of the senior year

How it Applies to Your Major

This scholarship includes several programs in virtaully every area of study. Visit the Fulbright website to review programs and find programs in your major.

Application Elements

  • Statement of grant purpose
  • personal statement
  • three reference letters
  • transcripts
  • foreign language evaluations (for some countries)

Website

http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_teaching.html

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited, No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

: Dr. Germaine Murray (gmurray@maryville.edu), Dr. Tammy Gocial, Dr. Larry Grieshaber

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Award

This award offers students three years of support usable over a five-year period for graduation students in STEM graduate programs that are focused on research. For each year of support, NSF provides a stipend of $30,000 to the fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the degreegranting institution.

What Type of Student Qualifies

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national, or permanent resident. Applicants must be graduating seniors; have completed a B.S./B.A. degree in a STEM field; and be pursuing a research-based master’s or doctoral degree at an accredited US institution in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields.

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

September 1 of senior year

Campus Application Deadline

October 1 of senior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Mid-November of senior year

How it Applies to Your Major

This award is for students in STEM fields who are planning to pursue a career in research.

Application Elements

  • Application form
  • personal statement
  • previous research experience essay
  • proposed plan of research
  • three reference letters
  • academic transcripts

Website

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited; No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Award

Awardees get $7,500 per year to cover eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, room & board. Applicants receive funding for up to 2 years (current sophomores) or 1 year (current juniors). Students with promise to pursue careers in science, math, and engineering research are awarded funds to complete their junior and/or senior years of undergraduate studies.

What Type of Student Qualifies

A junior or senior student who has plans to pursue a career in math, natural sciences, or engineering. Students who are pre-med are not eligible unless they plan a research career. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or Permanent Residents, science/math majors, and sophomores & juniors.

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

October 1 of the sophomore or junior year

Campus Application Deadline

November 15 of the sophomore or junior year

Official Deadline for Submission

Late January of the sophomore or junior year

How it Applies to Your Major

This is an award for students in the sciences, math, or engineering who are planning careers in research.

Application Elements

  • 2-page typed essay
  • college transcripts
  • copy of identification card
  • Maryville nomination signature page
  • application form
  • Maryville nomination form
  • three recommendation letters/forms

Website

http://www.act.org/goldwater/

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

4; Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Min Deng (mdeng@maryville.edu)

Morris K. Udall Scholarships

Award

Scholarships of up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses awarded to students who have shown interest in the environment, tribal public policy, or Native health care. Additionally, this award funds a four-day summer orientation program.

What Type of Student Qualifies

A sophomore or junior who is planning a career related to the environment or a Native American who is interested in tribal public policy or Native health care. Applicants must be U.S. citizen, U.S. nationals, or U.S. Permanent Residents, full-time sophomores or juniors (repeat applications OK), and GPA of B or better. All majors are eligible.

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

December 1 of the sophomore or junior year

Campus Application Deadline

January 15 of sophomore or junior year

Official Deadline for Submission

March 1 of the sophomore or junior year

How it Applies to Your Major

This scholarship is for students interested in the environement, which includes many environmental studies students or science students more generally.

Application Elements

  • Maryville nomination form
  • application form
  • 800-word essay
  • college transcript
  • three letters of recommendation

Website

http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

6; Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Linda Pitelka (pitelka@maryville.edu)

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Award

Scholarships of up to $4,000 to defray the cost of study abroad. The program encourages students to study in destinations outside of Western Europe and Australia.

What Type of Student Qualifies

The program tries to support students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, such as students with high financial need, science and engineering students, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Applicants must be US citizens, receiving a Federal Pell Grant, and must be studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country.

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

Rolling

Campus Application Deadline

September 1 (Spring program) and February 1 (Summer and Fall program)

Official Deadline for Submission

October 1 (Spring program) and March 1 (Summer and Fall program)

How it Applies to Your Major

Students in science and engineering are encouraged to apply because they are an underrepresented group in study abroad programs.

Application Elements

  • Online application
  • transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Follow-On Service Essays

Website

http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited; No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)

Boren Scholarship

Award

These scholarships give the recipient up to $20,000 for a full year abroad or $10,000 for a semester abroad to defray the cost of study abroad. The program encourages students to study in destinations critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Study abroad programs to the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. There is also a STEM student only summer award for $8,000.

What Type of Student Qualifies

Applicants must be US citizens enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the US. Applicants must agree to work for at least one year in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities.

Campus Notice of Intent to Apply

Rolling

Campus Application Deadline

Early January

Official Deadline for Submission

Mid-February

How it Applies to Your Major

Students in science and engineering are encouraged to apply because they are an underrepresented group in study abroad programs. Boren has a summer program specifically for STEM students who are interesed in studying abroad.

Application Elements

  • Online application
  • two statements of purpose
  • budget
  • study abroad program description
  • two or three letters of recommendation
  • official college transcripts
  • optional language proficiency form

Website

http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship

Number of Maryville Campus Nominees Allowed

Unlimited; No Maryville Nomination Required

Maryville Faculty Representative

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman (rldohrman@maryville.edu)


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