Thursday, September 29, 2011

October scholarship deadlines and information sessions


(See our website for additional upcoming deadlines.)

·         Gates-Cambridge Scholarship: National deadline Oct. 15, 2011

·         Mary Gates Endowment Leadership Scholarship: Campus deadline Oct. 17, 2011

·         Carnegie Endowment Jr. Fellowship: Campus deadline: Oct. 27, 2011


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.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship & Critical Language Scholarship Information Sessions:
  • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, Mary Gates Hall 258
  • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 20, 2011, Mary Gates Hall 171 Multipurpose Room

National deadline for Critical Language Scholarship: Nov. 15, 2011

Campus deadline for Boren Undergraduate Scholarship: Jan. 12, 2012

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. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, fields of study, federal service commitment and application procedures can be found at

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, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. Languages included are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Additional information is at


Merage American Dream Fellowship Information Sessions:

·         Oct. 6, 2011, 2:30pm, MGH 171 Team Room

·         Oct. 12, 2011, 3:00pm, MGH 171 Team Room

Campus deadline: Oct. 18, 2011

The Merage American Dream Fellowship is dedicated to promoting expanded opportunities for immigrants to achieve their American Dream. Each year, the Foundation will choose a number of promising immigrant students in their graduating year of college to participate in the Merage Foundation Fellows Program. The selected Fellows will be immigrant students who reflect both a strong desire and a real capacity to achieve leadership roles in business, science, education, public service, culture, and the arts. Each Merage Foundation Fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend per year for two years. Fellows may spend the funds on the following kinds of activities: graduate education; strategic travel related to professional development; participation in specific skill building training programs; use of consultants to develop and carry out business or professional plans; personal or family support associated with internships, etc. 


Carnegie Endowment Jr. Fellowship Information Sessions:

·         Oct. 5, 2011, 4:30pm, Thomson 317 

·         Oct. 11, 2011, 4:30pm, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room

Campus deadline: Oct. 27, 2011

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 $3,000 per month ($36,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.


Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Information Sessions:

·         Oct. 3, 2:30pm, MGH 171 Conference Room

·         Oct. 11, 4:00pm, MGH 171 Conference Room

  • Oct. 27, 3:30pm, MGH 171 Conference Room

Campus deadline: Nov. 8, 2011

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.


Morris K. Udall Scholarship Information Sessions:

·         Oct. 11, 2011, 1:30pm, MGH 171 Team Room

·         Oct. 19, 2011, 3:00pm, MGH 171 Team Room

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 2:30pm, MGH 171 Team Room

Campus deadline: Nov. 8, 2011

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. 


Harry S. Truman Scholarship Information Sessions:

·         Oct. 11, 2011, 1:30pm, MGH 171 Team Room

·         Oct. 19, 2011, 3:00pm, MGH 171 Team Room

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 2:30pm, MGH 171 Team Room

Campus deadline: Nov. 8, 2011

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 2011.  The scholarship is awarded to students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. 


Scholarships 101: Getting Started in the Search for Scholarships

  • 3:30-4:20pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2011, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room
  • 2:30-3:20pm, Wednesday, November 2, 2011, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room
  • 4:30-5:20pm, Thursday, November 17, 2011, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room

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, though drop-ins are also welcome!

Scholarships 201 for Continuing Students: The Search for Undergraduate Scholarships & Graduate Fellowships

  • 1:30-2:20pm, Thursday, October 27, 2011, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room
  • 12:30-1:20pm, Monday, November 14, 2011, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room
  • 4:30-5:20pm, Tuesday, November 29, 2011, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room

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, though drop-ins are also welcome.

CV/Resume Writing Workshops:

·         3:30-5:00pm, Monday, October 24, 2011, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room
·         2:30-4:00pm, Tuesday, November 15, 2011, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room
·         1:30pm to 3:00pm, Wednesday, November 30, 2011, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room

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 at

Personal Statement Writing Workshops:

  • 3:30-5:00pm, Tuesday, October 25, 2011, MGH 258
  • 3:30-5:00pm, Wednesday, November 16, 2011, MGH 171 Multipurpose Room
  • 1:30-3:00pm, December 1, 2011, MGH 136

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


Study Abroad Fair

Come see us at the UW Study Abroad Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10am-2pm in the MGH Commons! A workshop on Funding Your Study Abroad will be held from 1-2pm in MGH 206.