Undergraduate Scholarship Information Sessions & Workshops

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Undergraduate Scholarship & Fellowship Fair 2014

October 30  ·  10AM – 2PM  ·  Mary Gates Commons

Selected Fall Scholarship Deadlines

Visit expd.uw.edu/scholarships for additional upcoming deadlines

Mary Gates Endowment Leadership Scholarship

·       Campus deadline Oct. 13, 2014

YMA Fashion Scholarship

·       Campus deadline Oct. 15, 2014

Mary Gates Endowment Research Scholarship

·       Campus deadline Oct. 20, 2014

DAAD Graduate Study or Research in Germany Grants

·       Campus deadline Oct. 20, 2014

Public Policy & International Affairs Program

·       National deadline Nov. 1, 2014

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

·       Campus deadline November 4, 2014

GO! and Fritz Study Abroad Scholarships

·       Campus deadline Nov. 6, 2014 for winter/spring 2015 study abroad programs

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

·       Campus deadline November 6, 2014

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

·       Campus deadline November 6, 2014

Carnegie Endowment Jr. Fellowship

·       Campus deadline November 18, 2014

Fall Quarter Scholarship Information Sessions

All information sessions will provide students with essential information needed to determine interest, eligibility and suitability for these competitive scholarship programs. Sessions will also contain information about the campus application processes for those scholarships requiring nomination. Additional information sessions will be held throughout fall quarter. 

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Information Sessions – Campus deadline: Nov. 4, 2014

  • 3:30 – 4:20 p.m., Tuesday, October 7, 2014, MGH 173Q (inside MGH 171)
  • 2:00 – 2:50 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, MGH 173Q
  • 4:00 – 4:50 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, MGH 173Q
  • 2:30 – 3:20 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 MGH 173Q
  • RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/241

The Goldwater Foundation awards undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students with demonstrated potential for and commitment to careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.  The one or two year scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Beinecke Scholarship Information Sessions – Campus deadline: January 8, 2015

Through the Beinecke Scholarship Program, 20 college juniors of exceptional ability and achievement will be chosen this year to receive up to $34,000 for the first two years of graduate school. The UW is able to nominate one student per year for this award. Applicants will be considered for superior strength of character, intellectual ability, and sense of purpose. They must give evidence of creativity and leadership, and are expected to have well-formulated, although not necessarily immutable, ideas about the direction of future studies and subsequent careers. There should be evidence that a nominee’s financial circumstances warrant assistance and that a Beinecke Scholarship will encourage pursuit of a program of graduate education most likely to fulfill the individual’s potential.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Information Sessions – National deadline Oct. 7, 2014 for winter, spring and summer 2015 study abroad programs

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Only students eligible for Pell Grants may apply.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Information Sessions – Campus deadline: Jan. 8, 2015

  • Tues., Oct. 14, 2014, 2:30-3:20pm, 171 MGH hosted by Hannah Grossblatt, Boren Program Coordinator (this session will also cover Graduate Fellowships)
  • Wed., Nov. 12, 2014, 3:30-4:20pm, 173R MGH
  • Tues, Dec. 2, 2014, 4:30-5:20pm, 173R MGH
  • RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/239

Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded. The Boren Scholarship provides undergraduate students up to $20,000 for an academic year abroad. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship Information Sessions – Campus deadline: Nov. 18, 2014

 Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $3,083 per month ($37,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.

Charles B. Rangel Graduate International Affairs Program Information Sessions – National deadline: Jan. 14, 2015

  • During the Scholarship Fair on Oct. 30!
  • 2:00-2:50 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2014, MGH 173R
  • 3:30-4:20 p.m., Thursday, December 4, 2014, MGH 173R
  • RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/311

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. Application by members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need is encouraged.

Critical Language Scholarship Information Sessions – National deadline: Nov. 12, 2014

The Critical Language Scholarship Program provides fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for eight to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Languages included are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

GO! and Fritz Scholarships Information Session – Campus deadline: November 6, 2014 at 5pm for winter and spring study abroad programs; late April 2015 for summer, early fall, and fall study abroad programs

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 3:30 – 4:30pm, MGH171E

The GO! and Fritz Scholarships are competitive study abroad scholarships open only to UW students. Funded by the WA State Legislature, the GO! Scholarship is open to students of all majors who are eligible for Husky Promise or Pell Grants. Funded by the Chester Fritz Endowment, the Fritz Scholarship is open to declared social science and humanities majors with at least a 3.0 average GPA.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Information Sessions – Campus deadline: Nov. 6, 2014

  • 4:00 – 4:50 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014, 173Q MGH
  • 3:00 – 3:50 p.m., Monday, October 13, 2014, 173Q MGH
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2014, 173Q MGH
  • RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/137

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship looks to support students currently actively engaged in leadership activities on campuses and/or in their communities. The Truman Scholarship awards students who are juniors or seniors with one year of undergraduate work left to complete beginning fall 2015.  The scholarship is awarded to students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service.

Humanity in Action Information Sessions – National Deadline: January 8, 2015 

The Humanity in Action (HIA) programs are designed to facilitate an ongoing trans-Atlantic dialogue about the challenges that democratic societies encounter as they experience new degrees and forms of diversity. The goal is to promote the growth of future decision makers through rigorous inquiry, discussion and research; to reinforce the HIA Fellows’ commitment to democratic values and human rights; and to foster a growing international community bound together by these commitments. Fellows will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to minority rights, evidence of leadership potential, and outstanding academic achievement.  All Majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Morris K. & Stewart L. Udall Scholarship Information Sessions – Campus deadline: Nov. 6, 2014

  • 3:00 – 3:50 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014, 173Q MGH
  • 4:00 – 4:50 p.m., Wednesday, October 13, 2014, 173Q MGH
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2014, 173Q MGH
  • RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/143

The Udall Scholarship awards undergraduate scholarships of up to $5000.  Selected students must have strong commitment to improving or preserving the environment; or a strong commitment to health care or tribal public policy and potential for significant future contribution in his or her chosen field.  The Foundation will award approximately 75 scholarships plus 50 honorable mentions.

Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Program Information Sessions – National deadline: Nov. 1, 2014 

Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate & Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Information Sessions – National deadlines: January 2015 

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. The goal of the Fellowship Program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master’s degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.

The Pickering Graduate Fellowship selects individuals seeking admission to graduate school for the following year. Undergraduate students in their junior year may apply to the Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program Information Session – National deadlines: January 20, 2015

  • During the Scholarship Fair on Oct. 30!

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

Fall Quarter Scholarship Workshops

Scholarships 101: Getting Started in the Search for Scholarships

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, 5:30-6:30pm, MGH 171
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm, MGH 171
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, 4:30-5:30pm, 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.

Please RSVP to attend any of the sessions at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/244, though drop-ins are also welcome!

Scholarships 201 for Continuing Students

  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, 3:30-4:30pm, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm, MGH 171
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, 4:30-5:30pm, 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.

Please RSVP to attend any of the sessions at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/245, though drop-ins are also welcome.

CV/Resume Writing

  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171
  • Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, 3:30-4:30pm, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm, 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!

Please RSVP to attend any of the sessions at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/237, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Personal Statement Writing

  • Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171
  • Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, 3:30-4:30pm, 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.

Please RSVP to attend any of the sessions at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/236, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

  • Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, 3:30-4:30pm, MGH 171
  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm, 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.

Please RSVP to attend any of the sessions at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/289, though drop-ins are also welcome.

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