Nomination through Honors

These competitions require institutional nomination and endorsement through the Honors Program. Each scholarship therefore requires a local "pre-application" by a campus deadline, which in some cases will be followed by an interview. See the left menu for up-to-date deadlines and the dates of informational sessions.

From these applicants, the KU nominees are selected. Nominees then work with the Coordinator for National Scholarships and Fellowships and other Honors Program staff before applying to the national organization by the national deadline.  Nominees need not be members of the University Honors Program.

 

Goldwater Scholarship
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for tuition, fees, room and board for undergraduate students in STEM fields. Students can apply during their “sophomore” or “junior” year (as determined by time left to graduation). Selection criteria include extensive research experience and a high GPA (usually 3.8 or higher). KU may nominate up to four students each year. The campus deadline is usually in late October. The national deadline is in late January.

KU will use the national application system for selection of campus nominees. Until the system opens for the next application cycle, students may refer to the materials available on the national website to prepare their applications. Students should not use the national application system for campus-level letters of recommendation. Please contact Dr. Anne Wallen at annewallen@ku.edu with questions.

Truman Scholarship
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is the federal memorial to President Truman. The Truman foundation awards 60-65 scholarships annually to juniors* interested in careers in public service and with the potential to be “change agents.” Applicants should :

 

  • U.S. citizens
  • be excellent students (strong GPA, typically 3.7 or higher)
  • have strong records of both public service and leadership.

The Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in support for graduate study and the opportunity to participate in a Truman Scholars Leadership Week and a Summer Institute in Washington, D.C. Truman Scholarship

*“Junior” Criteria: “At the time I apply, I will be a full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree with junior-level academic standing; I have senior-level standing in my third year of college enrollment; or I am a senior and a resident of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or a Pacific Island. Note: Students who have completed their bachelor's degree or are already attending graduate school are not eligible for the Truman Scholarship.”

KU students apply for nomination in the fall of their junior years. KU may nominate up to four students. The national deadline is in early February.

For the campus nomination process, KU will use the online application system of the Truman Scholarship website. Please refer to the website's information for candidates. Contact Dr. Anne Wallen, Truman campus representative, by email at annewallen@ku.edu to get access to the application. Letters will be submitted using the Campus Reference form.

Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill
These prestigious scholarships to the United Kingdom and Ireland are some of the most competitive awards open to U.S. undergraduates and recent graduates. At the University of Kansas, the Office of Fellowships & Scholarships maintains a combined committee and application process for these awards, as the same students are often interested in pursuing more than one of them. Students interested in studying in the United Kingdom are also encouraged to consider the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which is open to citizens of all countries except the UK, and the Chevening Scholarships, open to citizens of many countries outside the US or UK.

Starting in Spring 2015, the KU nomination process will be coordinated via a Blackboard site. Please email Dr. Wallen at annewallen@ku.edu to get access!

Rhodes Scholarship

Each year 32 American Rhodes Scholars are selected. The Scholarship fully funds two years (sometimes three) of study at Oxford University. According to the Rhodes Trust, “Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.” KU students apply for nomination in the spring of their junior year, as seniors, or after graduation, though they must be 18-23 years old on October 1 in the year of application.

Students who wish to be endorsed by the University of Kansas must register intent to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship with Dr. Anne Wallen and submit a preliminary application.  Campus deadline for KU nomination: April 25, 2015.

Contact Dr. Anne Wallen (annewallen@ku.edu) for more details.

Students interested in applying for this scholarship are advised that the Rhodes Trust requires that the following statement be included on their personal essay in their application: "I attest that this essay is my own work and is wholly truthful.  Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it to provide me with suggestions to improve it. I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application." We refer you to the Rhodes Trust's website information on this rule. For more information on the scholarship, please see the national website for the Rhodes Trust.

Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships are awarded to up to 40 Americans to fund two years (sometimes one year) of graduate study in any field at any university in the United Kingdom. Scholars typically earn one two-year degree or two one-year degrees; extension for a third year is possible. Selection criteria include an exceptional academic record, leadership, and potential to serve as a citizen ambassador to the UK. Scholarship pays for tuition, living expenses, and travel costs. KU students apply for the nomination in spring of their junior year or up to one year after graduation. Contact Dr. Anne Wallen (annewallen@ku.edu) for more details.

Campus deadline for KU nomination: April 27, 2015.

National deadline for KU nominees: early October 2015. For more information see the website of the Marshall Scholarship.

Mitchell Scholarship

The George Mitchell Scholarship funds one year of study in any field at a university in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Scholars, who must be U.S. citizens, typically complete a one-year graduate degree. Up to 12 scholars are selected each year; selection criteria include an exceptional academic record, leadership, and public service. The Mitchell Scholars Program pays for tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend. KU students apply for nomination in the spring of their junior year or up to age 29 (as of October 1 on the year of the competition). The new application will be available in the spring, with the campus deadline being in late April of each year.. Contact Dr. Anne Wallen (annewallen@ku.edu) for more details.

Campus deadline for KU nomination: April 27, 2015.

National deadline for KU nominees: early October 2015. For more information see the national website of the Mitchell Scholarship.

Churchill Scholarship

At least 14 Winston Churchill Scholarships are awarded annually to graduating seniors or recent graduates in science, engineering, or math fields for graduate study at Churchill College at Cambridge University. Students apply directly to a specific program at Cambridge and concurrently for the Churchill Scholarship. The scholarship provides full financial support, including living expenses, tuition and fees, travel expenses, and qualified research expenses. KU may nominate up to two candidates.

Campus deadline for KU nomination: April 27, 2015.

Contact Dr. Anne Wallen (annewallen@ku.edu) for more details.

 

Udall Scholarship

The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation awards 50 Udall Scholarships each year in three categories:

  • The Environment: U.S.-Citizen students of any ethnicity with a commitment to environmental and a good academic background are eligible for the scholarships in the environmental category.
  • Tribal Public Policy: Native American or Alaskan Native students who plan careers related to Tribal Public Policy.
  • Native Health Care: Native American or Alaskan Native students who plan careers related to Native Health Care.

Each scholarship provides $5,000 for undergraduate study to sophomores or juniors and participation in a Udall Scholars Orientation in Tuscon, Arizona. The Orientation is a conference that gives all the new Udall Scholars the opportunity to network with each other and national leaders in their fields, attended educational workshops and information sessions, and learn more about the Udall legacy. Up to 50 students are also named Honorable Mention each year.

Carnegie Endowment for Peace Junior Fellows Program
8-10 fellowships awarded annually to graduating seniors or recent graduates to work and do research with Associates at the Carnegie Endowment foreign-policy think tank in Washington, D.C. The program provides a salary and benefits. Selection criteria include an excellent academic record with a strong background in international studies, political sciences, history, and the like. KU may endorse up to two candidates. The national deadline each year is January 15. For more information see the national website. Applications are available from Dr. Anne Wallen in mid-October; in accordance with the wishes of the Fellowship sponsors, they will not be posted online. Students must discuss their intention to apply with Dr. Wallen by filling out the scholarship interest form or emailing her at annewallen@ku.edu.

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