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Mtsu Dream Scholarship Essay

MTSU Freshman Guaranteed Scholarships Finish Line Scholarship  Buchanan Fellowship  
MTSU DREAM Scholarship  MTSU Foundation and Departmental Scholarships  
State Scholarships, Grants, and Loan Forgiveness ProgramsHOPE Supplemental Scholarships

The 2018-2019 Scholarship Guide provides an outline of all scholarships, and is suitable for printing for your review or to share with family members

MTSU Freshman Guaranteed Scholarships

MTSU awards an array of academic merit scholarship opportunities based on ACT scores and GPA.

To be considered for a Freshman Guaranteed Scholarships, students must be a first-time incoming freshman who plans to enroll at MTSU in the Summer or Fall semester. Students must have ALL of the following on file with the Admissions Office by December 1 to be considered for a scholarship:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee paid
  • Qualifying official ACT and/or SAT test score (without the writing subscore)
    • Only ACT/SAT scores through the December test date are considered
  • Qualifying official sixth-semester high school transcript with cumulative GPA requirement
  • Must be US Citizen or permanent resident 

No separate scholarship application is required for guaranteed academic scholarships. Student will receive notification of the scholarship award offer by February. To take advantage of the scholarship offer, students must accept the scholarship by May 1! Instructions of how to accept the scholarship will be included in the scholarship award notice.

Academic requirements and award amounts for MTSU Freshman Academic Merit Scholarships

Students who will be joining MTSU in the summer or fall semesters, who apply by the priority deadline, and who meet minimum eligibility requirements for the following awards will be offered the appropriate scholarship as long as funding is available. 

Students can receive this scholarship for up to four years (or 8 semesters) as long as the scholarship renewal eligibility requirements are met.

Please note the equivalent SAT scores in the table below. Old SAT scores are used for tests prior to March 2016. New SAT scores are used for tests taken March 2016 and after. SAT equivalent scores include Critical Reading and Math scores.



30 (1320/1390)




28 (1240/1310)



True Blue

26 (1170/1240)




25 (1130/1200)




National Merit and Achievement

National Hispanic Recognition Program Semi-Finalist Scholarship

  • $6000 per year for four years (maximum of eight semesters)
  • Students must submit the letter from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation verifying your Semi-Finalist Status or from the College Board for National Hispanic Recognition Program
  • based on PSAT scores
  • Priority deadline is February 15
  • No separate scholarship application is required for National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarships

The fine print

GPA and test scores on file with the Admissions Office at the time of the scholarship review will be used for awarding purposes. Typically, the 6th-semester cumulative GPA and ACT/SAT scores (without writing sub-scores) through the December test date will be used for scholarship considerations. Students taking a December test should include MTSU as a score recipient to ensure that scores arrive in time for scholarship consideration.

We are happy to accept a weighted GPA if one is provided by the high school, but are unable to calculate a GPA other than what is provided on the official transcript. We will consider your highest test score (without writing sub-scores) on a single national or state test date.

Unless noted, scholarships are granted for a maximum of 8 semesters. Scholarships are not available during the summer term.

Recipients must meet GPA, enrollment, service (where applicable), and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to maintain continuing eligibility. In general, students receiving most MTSU Academic Merit Scholarships must earn a 3.0 cumulative MTSU GPA as measured at the end of each fall/spring semester.

Recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents.

In the event that MTSU offers multiple scholarships to a student, (including scholarships awarded through other departments but funded by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, including the Guaranteed Academic Scholarships, the National Merit Scholarships, Buchanan Fellowship, and Freshman DREAM Scholarship), the student will be awarded the higher of the two. A student may receive a university scholarship in addition to a Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship.

A student's total aid including scholarships cannot exceed his or her budgeted Cost of Attendance. For more information, please contact the MT One Stop.

The awarding of scholarships is based on the availability of funds and the criteria set forth by the appropriate governing bodies, and is subject to change without notice.


Finish Line Scholarship

The Finish Line Scholarship is designed to encourage students to complete all requirements and successfully graduate from MTSU in four years. Research conducted nationally provides evidence that students who take 15 or more credits per semester earn better grades, are more likely to stay enrolled in school, and most important of all, are far more likely to graduate.

The Finish Line Scholarship is a tangible motivation for MTSU students to enroll in course loads of 15 credit hours each term, and/or to use summer sessions wisely to ensure that the 120 credit hours required for completion of most of our academic programs are completed in four academic years. Students who successfully meet this benchmark—successful graduation in four years—will become eligible for a Finish Line Scholarship in their eighth/final semester that reflects tuition increases which occurred during the four-year period of their studies.

To enroll in this program, simply sign into PipelineMT, click on Registration & Student Records in the left menu and then click on Finish Line Scholarship link in the Academic Records box. This will provide you all the details related to the scholarship, and you can then click the SUBMIT button to sign up. There are no negative consequences, and if you go ahead and accept today you will have your scholarship waiting on you in four years.


The Buchanan Fellowship

The Buchanan Fellowship is awarded through the prestigious MTSU Honors College, and is the highest academic award given to an entering freshman at Middle Tennessee State University. Students must plan to enroll for the first time in the summer or fall semester to be eligible for the Buchanan Fellowship.

Buchanan Fellows must complete a separate application process that is administered through the Honors College. Fellows selected for participation enter the university as a part of an elite cohort and participate in a specially designed cohort curriculum of courses. Fellows receive a host of special benefits including a full tuition scholarship for up to 16 credits each semester, special seminars, priority registration, a book allowance, priority consideration for study abroad, and much more. The Buchanan Fellowship award is guaranteed for four years, providing you continue to meet all requirements.

To compete for a Buchanan Fellowship, an applicant must

  • apply for undergraduate admission to Middle Tennessee
  • complete and return the Buchanan application form to the Honors College by December 1 of the year prior to fall enrollment
  • have a high school GPA greater than or equal to 3.5
  • have a composite ACT greater than or equal to 29 (or SAT equivalent)
    • Prior to March 2016- SAT score of 1280 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • March 2016 and future tests- SAT score of 1360 (Critical Reading & Math)
  • provide an official transcript of all high school work completed

Successful applicants generally possess qualifications that equal or surpass those required for other MTSU academic scholarships. For more information and scholarship application, visit the website of the Honors College. 

MTSU DREAM Scholarship (Diverse Representation and Educational Access at MTSU)

Middle Tennessee State University values the richness of learning opportunities brought to our campus through diversity in our student body and faculty. To demonstrate that commitment and encourage the enrollment of students from populations underrepresented at MTSU, scholarships are offered to freshmen who will contribute to the creation and education of a diverse student body. For the purpose of this scholarship, diversity is considered to include (but is not limited to) any of the following: Veterans, Non-Traditional students, Disability status, First-generation college students, Gender identity/expression, Personal hardships, Race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or Special gifts or talents.

Through  state funds, recipients of the DREAM Scholarship will receive $2,000 per year for up to four years (maximum of eight semesters). 

MTSU DREAM Scholarship eligibility requirements

  • An incoming freshman joining the university in the summer or fall semester
  • A Tennessee resident, and US citizen or permanent resident
  • A graduate of Tennessee high school or Tennessee homeschool

In addition, you must:

  • Meet current academic and other eligibility requirements for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship as of the February 15 scholarship application deadline
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 12,000 or less on FAFSA
  • Enroll full-time for every fall and spring semester
  • Students may apply for this scholarship by submitting the online 2018-2019 Scholarship Application by February 15, 2018 to be considered for a scholarship to be awarded during the Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 academic year. Students will need to login using their PipelineMT username and password. Once logged in, students will need to complete the “Profile Information” section to be considered for scholarships. 
  • Meet diversity requirements

MTSU DREAM Scholarship renewal requirements

The DREAM Scholarship will be available for fall and spring semesters only and will be renewable for up to eight semesters, dependent on available funding. Students must meet the following requirements to retain the award: 

  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 hours) every fall and spring semester
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 15,000 or less on FAFSA
  • Meet all renewal requirements for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship, including but not limited to the following:
        • Complete the FAFSA annually, by February 15 of each year, and complete the verification process, if selected
        • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
        • Meet GPA and enrollment requirements for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program.                            

MTSU Foundation and departmental scholarships

MTSU offers approximately 700 endowed and other scholarships to approximately 2000 students each year through special programs sponsored by various academic and administrative departments. Application processes vary from department to department. Many of these Foundation and departmental scholarships require online applications or paper applications.

Foundation and departmental scholarship deadlines

Most scholarships have an application deadline of February 15. After a scholarship deadline has passed, the application for that scholarship will no longer be accepted.

To apply for a Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 MTSU Foundation and/or departmental scholarship, please complete the online 2018-2019 Scholarship Application  by February 15, 2018 to be considered for a scholarship to be awarded during the Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 academic year. Students will need to login using their PipelineMT username and password. Once logged in, students will need to complete the “Profile Information” section to be considered for scholarships.

Departmental scholarships of special interest 

Information regarding four of our most popular areas of interest are noted below. Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list, so you should contact departments of interest to ask about scholarship opportunities and search the website for other opportunities.

  • Army ROTC Scholarships - Awarded to ROTC program participants by the Military Science department. For more information, visit the above website or call 615-898-2470.
  • Music Scholarships - Competitive music scholarships are awarded to both music and non-music majors for instrumental or vocal performance. Band scholarships are also available. For audition dates and requirements, please visit the above web site or call (615) 898-2469.
  • Scholarships through the June Anderson Center Scholarship for Women and Non-traditional Students
  • Student-Athlete scholarships at MTSU are awarded by the coaches of that particular sport. For more information, please contact the appropriate coaching staff.

State scholarships, grants, and loan forgiveness programs

In addition to the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program (TELS), Tennessee residents may qualify for state-based aid programs, which include a need-based grant, several scholarships based on merit or other factors, and loan forgiveness programs for students in certain majors. These programs are administered through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.


MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship

As part of the Student Success Advantage, the MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship was created by MTSU for new Lottery eligible incoming freshman who stay on track to graduate in four years.

These supplements will offset the state's recent reduction of the TN HOPE scholarship from $4,000 a year to $3,500 a year for freshmen and sophomores enrolling at a four-year university. This reduction was announced by Gov. Bill Haslam to help finance the Tennessee Promise, the statewide plan to offer free technical college and community college to high school graduates starting in 2015.

MTSU will partner with entering freshmen who qualify for the TN HOPE Scholarship to off-set this reduction in funding. Students who, at the completion of their first academic year, have successfully met all eligibility requirements to retain their TN HOPE scholarship will receive a $500 MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship. This MTSU Hope Supplemental Scholarship will be applied against tuition due at the beginning of their second year of enrollment.

Similarly, students who, at the completion of their second academic year, have successfully met all eligibility requirements to again retain their TN HOPE scholarship will receive a second $500 MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship. The second MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship will be applied against tuition due at the beginning of their third year of enrollment.

If a new freshman brings dual enrollment, AP, ACT, etc., type credit, the amount of the MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship will be adjusted accordingly based on when the student earns 60 credit hours.

Please review the MTSU HOPE Supplemental Scholarship Q&A for additional information. 

Please click here for more information regarding Tennessee HOPE renewal criteria.


Please contact the MT One Stop!

Benjamin Franklin Travel Award | Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship | Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) | DAAD Rise Award | David L. Boren | Foreign Language Area Studies Award (FLAS), Vanderbilt University | Fulbright | Gilman International | Goldwater | Harold Love Community Award | Marshall Scholarship | National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship | Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) | Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) | Princeton in Asia, Africa, and Latin America Fellowship Program | REU and Science Awards | Rhodes | Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) | SMART Grant | Truman

Benjamin Franklin Travel Award

A man of the Enlightenment, philosopher and scientist Benjamin Franklin was also a great diplomat and friend of France. This travel grant is named after him and aims at giving students enrolled in an American university an opportunity to discover France. It is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students who are enrolled in a double major including one major in French and one major in another discipline. Consideration will also be given to students enrolled in a minor/certificate in French and majoring in another subject.

Applications from students who are in a course combining French and a non-humanities major such as pre-med, law, engineering, sciences, computer sciences, mathematics, business, and management are encouraged.

Check website for application details and contact the program manager if you have questions:

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship

The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.

There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy.

Internal Deadline: Typically December
External Deadline: Early February

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. Over the course of an eight to ten week program, CLS covers approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework. CLS offers instruction in fourteen critical languages: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Swahili, Azerbaijani, Hindi, Bangla, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu.

Except for Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian, most languages offered by CLS do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits. Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language and cultural enrichment program.

Internal Deadline: Meet with Laura Clippard for details.
External Deadline: Mid-Late November

DAAD Rise Award

DAAD RISE Germany offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In their internships, students are carefully matched with doctoral students, whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. Interns receive a monthly stipend to cover every day costs. About 300 scholarships are available each year.

The DAAD RISE objective remains to promote student exchange to Germany in the fields of natural science, engineering, and life sciences, and to motivate undergraduate students to learn more about Germany’s research landscape and study opportunities.

Internal Deadline: Typically December
External Deadline: Mid-Late January

David L. Boren

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students studying in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Awards require rigorous language study and the majority of awardees spend a full academic year overseas. The Award stipend/benefit is up to $20,000 for the Boren Scholarship and $30,000 for the Boren Fellowship. In exchange for funding, Boren Award recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Internal Deadline: Typically December. Contact Education Abroad for more information.
External Deadline: Late January

Foreign Language Area Studies Award (FLAS), Vanderbilt University

The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University receives funding from the Department of Education to support Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Awards for Intensive Studies of Portuguese or indigenous Latin American languages. Fellowships provide tuition expenses for the study of Portuguese, Kˈicheˈ Mayan, or another indigenous language (up to $5,000) and a stipend of $2,500. Any graduate or undergraduate student with Luso-Brazilian or indigenous language-related interests and who is a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident is eligible to apply.  Fellowships are for one year, but can be extended provided the student remains in good standing and successfully completes the FLAS re-application process. There are also FLAS fellowships for summer programs which support students enrolled in formal domestic and overseas programs of intensive language study.

Internal Deadline: Typically January
External Deadline: Early-Mid February


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

Internal Deadline: Typically September
External Deadline: Early-Mid October

Gilman International

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The eligibility requirements for the Gilman include the following:

  • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will receive the Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study.
  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution.
  • The applicant is studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks (28 days) in one country and no more than one academic year.
  • The applicant is studying or interning abroad in any country except those on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.

Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs. In addition, applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award, for a total award of $8,000. All awarded scholarship money must be used to defray the cost of studying/interning abroad.

Internal Deadline: Contact Education Abroad office. Laura Clippard is available for proofreading of applications.
External Deadline:

  • Spring Programs: Early October
  • Summer Programs: Early October
  • Fall and Academic Year Programs: Early March


The purpose of the Goldwater Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. The Scholarship—the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences—is awarded to about 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide. A maximum of $7500 per academic year is granted. The scholarship is awarded based on merit, and the actual amount given is based on financial need. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees considers the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. This is judged by letter of references, essays written by the student, and prior research experience.

Internal Deadline: Typically late October
External Deadline: Late January

Harold Love Community Award

The Harold Love Community award is $1,000 cash prize awarded to five students and five faculty/staff members who have shown outstanding community service. In order to be eligible for the award, each participant must be recommended to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Internal Deadline: Typically February
External Deadline: Mid-March

Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty scholars are selected each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study.

Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for the awards tenable from October 2016, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2013. Up to 40 Scholarships are awarded annually. Each Scholarship covers fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

Internal Deadline: Typically August
External Deadline: Early-October of year preceding tenure

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance (this excludes dental and vision insurance).

Internal Deadline: Typically November
External Deadline: Mid-December

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)

Omicron Delta Kappa (ΟΔΚ), also known as The Circle and ODK, is a national leadership honor society. It was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, by 15 student and faculty leaders. Chapters, known as circles, are located on more than 300 college campuses. Membership in the Omicron Delta Kappa Society is regarded as one of the highest collegiate honors that can be awarded to an individual, along with Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa. In order to be selected as a member of ΟDΚ, one must be in the top thirty-five percent of students on their respective campuses and hold a leadership role in one of the five phases of campus life.

Every year, the ODK Foundation awards scholarships to more than 20 collegiate members to continue their educations through graduate and professional study. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,000 and generally help defray the cost of graduate and professional school expenses. Eligible applicants must be an inducted member of ODK; plan to, or be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate/professional program; and have earned a GPA of 3.5 on all academic work.

Internal Deadline: Typically February
External Deadline: Late March

Phi Kappa Phi (PKP)

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (or simply Phi Kappa Phi or ΦΚΦ) is an honor society established in 1897 to recognize and encourage superior scholarship without restriction as to area of study and to promote the "unity and democracy of education."  It is the third academic society in the United States to be organized around recognizing academic excellence, and is the oldest all-discipline honor society. Membership is by invitation only, by an established campus chapter, and is restricted to students with integrity and high ethical standards and who are ranked scholastically in the top of their class, regardless of field of study: the top 7.5 percent of second-semester university juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.

PKP offers various and sundry grants and awards, both national and local. Specific details for each award are available on their website. Basic eligibility requirements include active membership in PKP and general academic excellence.

Internal Deadline: Typically January
External Deadline: varies depending on grant/award

Princeton in Asia, Africa, and Latin America Fellowship Programs

Princeton in Asia, Africa, and Latin America acts as a mediator for students who are looking to study, intern, or teach abroad on one of those specific continents. It arranges fellowships and internships with host organizations who advertise a specific need. Those needs can include everything from teaching ESL, journalism internships, international development, health services, or other service projects. From the Princeton website, you’ll notice that each program has its own specific web page. If you are interested, you’ll need to visit a specific website to learn more about what internships and fellowships are currently available in each country. Applicants, however, cannot apply for a specific fellowship post or host organization, but rather they must apply to the Princeton program they are interested in (Africa, Asia, or Latin America) in order to be considered for all available fellowship opportunities in a given year.

Internal Deadlines: Typically October
External Deadlines: Early-Mid November

REU and Science Awards

National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites (REU) program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. An REU site may be at either a US or foreign location.

Students participating in an REU outside of their home university (i.e. international) are generally provided with a modest stipend ($4,000 to $6,000 for ten weeks of work), housing, transportation to and from the site, and often arrangements for food. REU’s located at a student’s home university pay at about the same pay rate as off-site REU’s but does not include housing, transportation, or food.

Internal Deadline: Varies—contact Laura Clippard for more details
External Deadline: Varies depending on program


The Rhodes scholarship, named for the British colonialist, mining magnate, and South African politician Cecil John Rhodes, is an international postgraduate award for non-British students to study at the University of Oxford. The award is widely considered to be one of the world's most prestigious scholarships.

Rhodes Scholars may study any full-time postgraduate course offered by the university, whether a taught master's program, a research degree, or a second undergraduate degree (senior status). In the first instance, the scholarship is awarded for two years. However, it may also be held for one year or three years. Applications for a third year are considered during the course of the second year. University and college fees are paid by the Rhodes Trust. In addition, scholars receive a monthly maintenance stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses. Although all scholars become affiliated with a residential college while at Oxford, they also enjoy access to Rhodes House, an early 20th-century mansion with numerous public rooms, gardens, a library, study areas, and other facilities.

Internal Deadline: Typically July or August
External Deadline: Early October

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May – August) or 16 weeks in duration for the fall (August – December) and spring (January – May) terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the fall and spring terms.

Internal Deadlines: Varies—contact Laura Clippard for more details
External Deadlines:

  • Spring Program: Mid-October
  • Summer Program: Mid-January
  • Fall Program: Late-May


 The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. Participants in the SMART Scholarship for Service Program receive full tuition and education related fees, stipend paid at a $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree, and summer internships. The employment obligation to the Department of Defense (DoD) civilian Science and Technology workforce upon graduation is a one-to-one commitment. For each academic year of a Participant's award, he/she is required to commit to one year (12 months) of civilian employment with the DoD.

Internal Deadline: Typically November
External Deadline: Early December


The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive federal scholarship granted to U.S. college juniors for demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service. The scholarship is awarded to approximately 55-65 U.S. college juniors each year on the basis of four criteria: service on campus and in the community, commitment to a career in public service (government, uniformed services, research, education, or public interest/advocacy organizations), communication ability and aptitude to be a "change agent," and academic talent that would assure acceptance to a first-rate graduate school. More broadly, Truman Scholars possess intellect, leadership skills, and passion that would make them a likely force for the public good in any field. The scholarship, in the amount of $30,000, is to go towards a graduate education.

Internal Deadline: Typically October
External Deadline: Early February