Nationally Competitive Scholarships
What is a Nationally Competitive Scholarship?
There are many opportunities for highly-motivated students to engage in fully-funded scholarly programs, worldwide. Participation in these Nationally Competitive Scholarship Programs can launch your career, enhance your qualification for graduate school, and serve as extremely solid building blocks in your academic career planning.
Nationally Competitive Scholarships can provide funding to help with:
- undergraduate education (Udall, Goldwater, Elie Wiesel)
- study abroad (Benjamin A. Gilman, Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant, Boren, Freeman-Asia)
- intensive summer programs (Critical Language Scholarships, Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, DAAD Rise)
- intensive year after graduation, before applying to graduate school (Fulbright research or English Teaching)
- graduate school (Davies-Jackson, Truman, Rhodes, Pickering)
Who should consider applying for Nationally Competitive Scholarships?
You! Applying for these national awards programs will give you experience 1) researching opportunities to find the right path for your own skillset and goals; 2) writing, re-writing, and submitting a national application; 3) working with mentors and advisors to craft your goals for the future; and 4) understanding your own strengths and unique qualifications to do amazing things.
We cannot tell you in advance if you will get a scholarship once you've applied. However, we CAN tell you for certain that you will not receive a scholarship if you do not apply!
Which programs might be well-suited to you?
- Undergraduates who are interested in scientific research: Barry Goldwater Scholarship
- Undergraduate students who are interested in conservation and environmental issues: Udall Environmental Scholarship
- Undergraduates who are interested in a science or engineering summer research internship in Germany: DAAD Rise
- Undergraduates interested in urgent ethical issues: Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
- Undergraduate students who are Native American or Alaska Natives who are interested in careers in Tribal Policy or Native Healthcare: Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
- Undergraduate students who are interested in careers in Foreign Service, National Security, the Military, etc, who want a cultural and language immersion program.: Critical Language Scholarship, Boren Scholarship
- Undergraduate students who represent a diverse US population of students under-represented in study abroad programs (first-generation college student, Pell-Grant-recipient, student of color, LGBT student, STEM majors, etc.) who want to study abroad but cost would be prohibitive: Benjamin A. Gilman, Generation Study Abroad
- Undergraduate students who wish to study in Asia: Freeman-Asia
- Sophomores and Juniors, who are looking for a scholarly year between undergraduate and graduate schools, and want to engage in research or teaching abroad: Fulbright US Students' Program
- Juniors, who know they want to apply for graduate school working toward careers in public service, such as Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International Affairs: Truman Scholarship
- Seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.7, who are among the first generation in their family to attend college, who wish to pursue a two-year post-baccalaureate degree at The University of Cambridge in England: Davies-Jackson Scholarship
- Extremely high-achieving students who wish to pursue graduate school at the University of Oxford in England: Rhodes Scholarship
Who is the Nationally Competitive Scholarships Program Advisor?
The Nationally Competitive Scholarships Program was created to help Carroll College students with demonstrated intellectual ability, leadership and character to engage in life-changing educational opportunities and earn distinguished honors as scholars. We know that students who work closely with advisors and mentors to draft, write, and submit their applications, have much higher rates of success in winning these Nationally Competitive Scholarships and Awards.
The Nationally Competitive Scholarships Program is located in the Saints Success Center (102 Borromeo Hall). Cheri Long is the Nationally Competitive Scholarships Program Advisor, and is here to assist you as you 1) begin to investigate this academic and career possibility; 2) choose which programs are the best fit for you and your goals; 3) work closely together with you to ensure you are writing and submitting the most competitive application possible; and 4) collaborate with professors in your area of study to help you be prepared for this type of national application process.
The Nationally Competitive Scholarships Advisor has served as a selection evaluator for Critical Language Scholarship Program and the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship (both programs sponsored by the U.S. State Department); advised students who have won scholarships; attended national conferences and workshops to learn more about effective fellowships advising; is the campus representative for these national awards programs; and is available to work with you to ensure that your application is competitive. She successfully applied for, and received, a US Department of State Professional Fellowship in Laos.