Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards winter scholarship search and application workshops for undergrads

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will be offering upcoming sessions for undergraduates (and alumni) on scholarships for graduate study in the UK, searching for scholarships generally, writing personal statements, writing CVs/resumes, and getting great recommendations. And as always, undergraduates applying for any scholarships are encouraged to use our advisers for application support and feedback.

UK + Ireland Scholarships Information Sessions

•                    Thursday, January 23, 2014, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., 173R MGH Conference Room

•                    Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., 173R MGH Conference Room

•                    Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., 173R MGH Conference Room

•                    Monday, March 3, 2014, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., 173R MGH Conference Room

•                    RSVP to attend any of these sessions at

The UK + Ireland Scholarship application process provides students with the opportunity to present their qualifications for the campus nomination for scholarships that support graduate studies at colleges and universities in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.  These scholarships are the Churchill, the Marshall, The Mitchell and the Rhodes.  The Gates Cambridge does not require a campus endorsement or nomination; however, notifying the Office of your intentions to apply allows us to connect you with resources and to support the development of a competitive application.

Winter Quarter Scholarship Workshops

Scholarships 101: Getting Started in the Search for Scholarships

•                    Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 2:30-3:20, MGH 171

•                    Monday, January 27, 2014, 4:30-5:20, MGH 171

Specifically designed for freshmen or first-quarter sophomores, this introductory workshop provides students with information to begin the scholarship search and to develop a competitive edge for merit-based scholarships. RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Scholarships 201 for Continuing Students

•                    Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 3:30-4:20, MGH 171

•                    Thursday, February 6, 2014, 4:30-5:20, MGH 171

This workshop provides assistance to continuing undergraduate students looking to fund undergraduate academic years and graduate school. This will include information on discipline specific scholarships, campus funding opportunities, scholarship search sites, and tips to develop competitive applications. RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

CV/Resume Writing

•                    Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 12:30-1:20, MGH 171

•                    Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 4:30-5:20, MGH 171

Develop your undergraduate CV/Resume for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications! A Curriculum Vitae (“CV” or “vitae”) is a comprehensive, biographical statement emphasizing your professional qualifications and activities. A CV is similar to a resume, but an advantage to the CV format is the significant freedom to choose the headings and categories for your information and the strength reflected in their arrangement. Bring a working draft, such as an existing resume, and a list of activities including: Honors, Awards & Prizes received no longer than 5 years ago, Academic and Research Activities, Community Service Involvement, Work History, and Activities outside of the Academic Environment. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards staff to develop and strengthen a draft of your CV! RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Personal Statement Writing

•                    Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 3:30-4:20, MGH 171

•                    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 2:30-3:20, MGH 171

The Personal Statement is an important part of an application package. Applying for scholarships, internships, and graduate/professional programs often requires a personal statement or application letter. This type of writing requires you to outline your strengths confidently and concisely, which can be challenging. Personal Statement workshops will provide students with essential information to develop an understanding of not only writing about their interests, eligibility and suitability for applications, but also to learn how their statements provide evidence of their achievements that aren’t reflected in other parts of an application. RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

•                    Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, 2:30-3:20, MGH 171

•                    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 3:30-4:20, MGH 171

Strong letters of recommendation can give your applications an edge, but many students wonder who to ask for letters and what is the best way to ask for a strong letter.  Getting great letters of recommendation requires thought and planning, and this workshop will guide students through the process.  Getting Great Letters of Recommendation Workshops provide tips and strategies for developing strong relationships with potential letter writers, an overview of the necessary materials and information needed by letter writers, strategies for asking for a letter, and advice on follow-up.  RSVP to attend at, though drop-ins are also welcome.

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