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National Scholarships


National Competitive Scholarships

Check the list below for information on major scholarships.  Then make an appointment with Dr. Tom Spencer so that you can talk about your goals and discuss which scholarships you should consider.  Call 361-593-4410 to make the appointment.

Below is a list of National Competitive Scholarships. Please note that these are external fellowships, grants, and academic opportunities. Click on the program link for additional information.

Help Pay for Undergraduate Studies at TAMUK

Help Pay for Graduate Studies at TAMUK

Undergraduate Studies in Another Country

Graduate Studies in Another Country

Language Immersion

 

 

 

HELP PAY FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES AT TAMUK

 

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

  • Description: One of the most prestigious scholarship programs created to encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. Applicant must be nominated by the university.
  • Award Amount: Maximum of $7,500 and will cover tuition, fees, books, room and board
  • Application Opens: First Tuesday in September
  • Deadline: Last Friday in January by 5:00pm CT
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 and ranked in the top quarter of the class.
  • Age/Classification: Undergraduate sophomore or junior and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Area of Interest: STEM/Science, mathematics or engineering with intent to pursue a research career in this field.

 

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

https://www.truman.gov/

  • Description: Supports graduate study for students with a commitment to a career in public service who are poised to be change agents in their careers. Requires institutional nomination and apply as a junior.
  • Award Amount: Varies with maximum of $30,000
  • Applications Open: Not listed
  • Deadline: February 1, 2022
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: College junior and must be a U.S. citizen
  • Major/Area of Interest: Masters, Professional Degree: Health Sciences, Professional Degree: Business, Professional Degree: Law

 

SMART (Science Math and Research for Transformation)

https://www.smartscholarship.org/smart?id=kb_article&sys_id=3db0a713dbbd0300b67330ca7c96197c

  • Description: Sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD), the SMART Scholarship provides an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM disciplines) to receive a full scholarship and increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DOD laboratories.
  • Award Amount: Varies between $25,000-$38,000
  • Applications Open: August 1, 2021
  • Deadline: December 1, 2021
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 0
  • Age/Classification: Undergraduates and Graduates. Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Area of Interest: STEM/Research

 

Udall Foundation Scholarship

https://www.udall.gov/ourPrograms/scholarship/scholarship.aspx

  • Description: Awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.
  • Award Amount: $7,000 for tuition, room, and board.
  • Applications Open: September 21, 2021
  • Deadline: March 1, 2022
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: None
  • Age/Classification: Sophomores and Juniors. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Major/Area of Interest: All majors. Plans to pursue a career related to the environment, tribal public policy, or American Indian Health Care.

 

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship (The Washington Center)

https://twc.edu/programs/foreign-affairs-information-technology-fellowship

  • Description: Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.
  • Award Amount: Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for junior and senior years of undergraduate studies related to an Information Technology field. Includes a 10-week domestic internship plus a 10-week overseas internship. FAIT Fellows enter Foreign Service as Information Management Specialists
  • Applications Open: September 2021
  • Deadline: February 2022
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.2
  • Age/Classification: Applicants must be United States citizens. Applicants must be in the sophomore year of undergraduate study or graduate student at a U.S. undergraduate institution.
  • Major Area of Interest: Public service and information technology

 

HENAAC Scholars Program (Great Minds in STEM)

http://www.greatmindsinstem.org/scholarships/

  • Description: The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the United States has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing STEM role models for future generations and securing the country's place as the finest technological leader in the world.
  • Award Amount: Varies
  • Applications Open: January 2022 for 2022-23
  • Deadline: April 30, 2022
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • Age/Classification: Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community. Recipients must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program for the preceding fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.
  • Major Area of Interest: Science, technology, engineering or math degree

 

National Health Service CORPS

https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html

  • Description: Students pursuing a career in primary health care are eligible to receive funding for their education in exchange for practicing in rural, urban, and frontier communities with limited access to care, upon graduation and licensure.
  • Award Amount: Funding for a maximum of 4 years: Tuition, Required fees, Reasonable educational costs, and Monthly support stipend
  • Applications Open: March 2022
  • Deadline: mid- May 2022
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: Good Academic Standing
  • Age/Classification: U.S. citizen (U.S. born or naturalized) or U.S. national
  • Major Area of Interest: Primary Care Physician (MD or DO), Dentist (DDS or DMD), Family Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), and Primary Care Physician Assistant (PA)

 

 

 

HELP PAY FOR GRADUATE STUDIES AT TAMUK

 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

https://www.nsfgrfp.org/

  • Description: Awards for study and research in the sciences or in engineering leading to Masters or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, behavioral and social sciences, and in the history and philosophy of sciences.
  • Award Amount: a Three-year annual stipend of $32,000 with an additional $12,000 for tuition and fees.
  • Applications Open: Late July/Early August
  • Deadline: mid-October - dates varies based on field of study
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Graduates or Alumni. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Major/Area of Interest: Education; Social Sciences; STEM/Research

 

SMART (Science Math and Research for Transformation)

https://www.smartscholarship.org/smart?id=kb_article&sys_id=3db0a713dbbd0300b67330ca7c96197c

  • Description: Sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD), the SMART Scholarship provides an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM disciplines) to receive a full scholarship and increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DOD laboratories.
  • Award Amount: Varies between $25,000-$38,000
  • Applications Open: August 1, 2021
  • Deadline: December 1, 2021
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 0
  • Age/Classification: Undergraduates and Graduates. Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Area of Interest: STEM/Research

 

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship (The Washington Center)

https://twc.edu/programs/foreign-affairs-information-technology-fellowship

  • Description: Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.
  • Award Amount: Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for junior and senior years of undergraduate studies related to an Information Technology field. Includes a 10-week domestic internship plus a 10-week overseas internship. FAIT Fellows enter Foreign Service as Information Management Specialists
  • Applications Open: September 2021
  • Deadline: February 2022
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.2
  • Age/Classification: Applicants must be United States citizens. Applicants must be in the sophomore year of undergraduate study or graduate student at a U.S. undergraduate institution.
  • Major Area of Interest: Public service and information technology

 

HENAAC Scholars Program (Great Minds in STEM)

http://www.greatmindsinstem.org/scholarships/

  • Description: The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the United States has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing STEM role models for future generations and securing the country's place as the finest technological leader in the world.
  • Award Amount: Varies
  • Applications Open: January 2022 for 2022-23
  • Deadline: April 30, 2022
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • Age/Classification: Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community. Recipients must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program for the preceding fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.
  • Major Area of Interest: Science, technology, engineering or math degree

 

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

 

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship

https://daadscholarship.com/

https://daadscholarship.com/daad-scholarship-application-deadlines-2021/

  • Description: Undergraduate scholarships for 4 to 10 months of study, thesis research or an internship for students in any academic field.
  • Award Amount: €650 monthly stipend for 4-10 months of study, plus additional funds for travel, research expenses, and health insurance.
  • Applications Open: Intake every two years (last one done in 2021/2022) - variety of programs with different deadlines.
  • Deadline: Varies by program
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: None
  • Age/Classification: College Juniors or Seniors
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines

 

Humanity in Action Fellowship

https://www.humanityinaction.org/

  • Description: The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.
  • Award Amount: Varies by location
  • Deadline: January
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: None
  • Age/Classification: Graduates and undergraduates (sophomores, juniors, and seniors). Locations for fellowship – Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw
  • Major Area of Interest: Humanities

 

Schwarzman Scholars

https://www.schwarzmanscholars.org/

  • Description: Scholarships are specifically for a master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The program provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentors network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars.
  • Award Amount: Covers tuition, fees, room and board, travel, in-country study tour, books and supplies, laptop and smartphone, health insurance and a personal stipend.
  • Application Opens: Class of 2022 already selected
  • Deadline: October
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Seniors and Graduates. Must be proficient in English. Must be at least 18 and not yet 29 by June 30.
  • Major/Area of Interest: Public Policy, Economics and Business, and International Studies

 

 

 

GRADUATE STUDIES IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

 

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

https://www.us-irelandalliance.org/mitchellscholarship

  • Description: The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.
  • Award Amount: 1 academic year of post-graduate study in Ireland and provides tuition, housing, stipend, for living expenses, and travel stipend.
  • Applications Open: July 1, 2021
  • Deadline: September 24, 2021
  • Minimum GPA: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Graduates or Alumni. Must be a U.S. Citizen and between the ages of 18-30.
  • Major Area of Interest: All Disciplines

 

Marshall Scholarship

https://www.marshallscholarship.org/

  • Description: A highly competitive scholarship, the Marshall provides for one or two years of study at one or two universities in Great Britain. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Candidates must have a superior academic ability, a record of service and leadership, and be well-informed on global issues. Candidates must be nominated by the USC committee.
  • Award Amount: Travel grant, tuition, and a stipend to study for a degree in the U.K.
  • Applications Open: July 1, 2021
  • Deadline: September 28, 2021, 5pn, CT
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.7
  • Age/Classification: Graduates and Alumni
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Majors. Must be U.S. citizen

 

Rhodes Scholarship

https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/office-of-the-american-secretary/

  • Description: The oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world. The program enables students to study for two years at Oxford University. Each year 32 Americans are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements, as well as their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. Requires Institutional Nominee.
  • Award Amount: Two years of study at Oxford University
  • Applications Open: July 1, 2021 for 2022
  • Deadline: October 6, 2021; 23:59 ET
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.8
  • Age/Classification: Seniors and Graduates. Not yet 24 years of age. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines

 

Fulbright US Student Program

https://us.fulbrightonline.org/

  • Description: Available to graduating seniors and graduate students to conduct research, pursue advanced study or undertake teaching assistantships for one year in a foreign country.
  • Award Amount: Supports one year of research, study or teaching English abroad through the U.S. Fulbright program. Includes travel and living expenses.
  • Application Opens: July 1, 2021 for 2022-2023
  • Deadline: October 12, 2021, 5:00pm ET
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • Age/Classification: Graduating seniors and alumni. Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines

 

Gates Cambridge Scholar

https://www.gatescambridge.org/about/the-trust/

  • Description: Fully funds a second Bachelor’s degree, one-year postgraduate courses, or research leading to a Ph.D. at Cambridge University in the UK. Successful applicants demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Award Amount: Full cost of studying at Cambridge, including all University and College fees, a maintenance allowance of £13000 over 12 months, and airfare at beginning and end of the course.
  • Applications Open: September 2021
  • Deadline: October 14, 2021
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.5
  • Age/Classification: Graduate or Alumni. Cannot be a U.K. citizen.
  • Major Area of Interest: All Disciplines

 

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/apply/sponsorship-programmes/programmes-a-z

  • Description: Our research fellowships and research awards allow you to come to Germany to work on a research project you have chosen yourself together with a host and collaborative partner. Multiple programs with varying time lengths
  • Award Amount: A monthly fellowship of € 2,150, €2,450 or €2,750, depending on your qualifications
  • Application Opens: Varies per program  (Ex:  the German Chancellor Fellowship opens March 2021
  • Deadline: Varies (Ex: German Chancellor Fellowship closes October 15, 2021)
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: The applicant must be a national of the United States, the Russian Federation, The People’s Republic of China, Brazil or India • Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree completed less than twelve years before the beginning of the fellowship (1 October of the year following application)
  • Major Area of Interest: Politics, economics, the media, administration, and culture

 

Schwarzman Scholars

https://www.schwarzmanscholars.org/

  • Description: Scholarships are specifically for a master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The program provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentors network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars.
  • Award Amount: Covers tuition, fees, room and board, travel, in-country study tour, books and supplies, laptop and smartphone, health insurance and a personal stipend.
  • Application Opens: Class of 2022 already selected
  • Deadline: October
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Seniors and Graduates. Must be proficient in English. Must be at least 18 and not yet 29 by June 30.
  • Major/Area of Interest: Public Policy, Economics and Business, and International Studies

 

DAAD Graduate Scholarships

https://www2.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/?detail=50026200

  • Description: Scholarships are for graduating seniors to complete one academic year of study or a full graduate degree program in Germany and/or internships in Germany for a 4-10 month period.
  • Award Amount: €650 monthly stipend for 4-10 months of study, plus additional funds for travel, research expenses, and health insurance.
  • Applications Open: Intake every two years (last one done in 2021/2022) - variety of programs with different deadlines.
  • Deadline: Varies by program
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: None
  • Age/Classification: No fixed age limit for graduate students
  • Major/Area of Interest: All Disciplines

 

Humanity in Action Fellowship

https://www.humanityinaction.org/

  • Description: The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.
  • Award Amount: Varies by location
  • Deadline: January
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: None
  • Age/Classification: Graduates and undergraduates (sophomores, juniors, and seniors). Locations for fellowship – Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw
  • Major Area of Interest: Humanities

 

 

 

LANGUAGE IMMERSION

 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program (U.S. Department of State)

https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/

  • Description: Study in countries outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand Tailored for Pell Grant Recipients. Critical Need Languages – Arabic Chinese, Bahasa, Japanese, Turkic, Persian, Indic, Korean, Russian, Swahili
  • Award Amount: Up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need.
  • Applications Opens: mid-August 2021 for December 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022.
  • Deadline: October 12, 2021, 11:59pm Pacific Time
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: N/A
  • Age/Classification: Undergraduate and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Area of Interest: Critical Language (Summer Overseas Language and Cultural Immersion) Critical Need Languages – Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkic, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian

 

Boren Awards for International Study

https://www.borenawards.org/

  • Description: Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
  • Award Amount: Boren Award amounts are based on the length of time the Boren Scholar or Fellows spends overseas and the cost of the program. Boren Scholarships can provide undergraduate students with up to $20,000, and Boren Fellowships can provide graduate students with up to $30,000.
  • Application Opens: Fall
  • Deadline: January 27, 2022 (Boren Fellowship) or February 3, 2022 (Boren Scholarships)
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.5
  • Age Classification: Undergraduate and graduate. Must be U.S. citizen.
  • Major/Area of Interest: Preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security. Must be a U.S. citizen.