There are a number of elite scholarships for which qualified students of The King’s College may apply. These scholarships have been carefully selected by the Student Affairs Committee as the best opportunities for students in the King’s community. Note that all but one (the Gilman International Scholarship) are for graduate study.
Top students with a high GPA are encouraged to pursue these scholarships with the understanding that at times the application process is lengthy (up to 100 hours) and there is no guarantee that a student will be awarded one of these highly competitive scholarships. Details on individual scholarships appear below, but it is essential that students visit each scholarship’s website for a comprehensive and definitive description prior to considering an application.
Due to the involved processes surrounding applications and nominations for these awards, most of which involve significant participation on the part of multiple faculty members, King’s students desiring to apply must contact the Academic Affairs Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss their applications at least three months prior to the application deadline, and earlier if possible.
Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship
General Description: Offers awards for undergraduate study abroad for U.S. students who are receiving Federal Pell grant funding. Maximum award is $5,000.
Deadline: Deadlines are in March for study in the summer and fall, and in October for spring studies.
General Eligibility: U.S. citizens and Pell Grant recipients who plan to study and intern abroad.
James Madison Graduate Fellowship
General Description: Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.
Deadline: The 2016 deadline is 5:00 pm, central time, on March 1st.
Eligibility: United States citizen, be a teacher or planning to become a teacher of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12), possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship
General Description: Up to $30,000 for a public-service related graduate degree leading to at least three years of (broadly-defined) public service work in the first seven years after completing the degree. Approximately 600 students are nominated each year; 200 are named finalists; 60 are awarded scholarships.
Deadline: Nomination package must be submitted by February 3; finalists are notified approximately two weeks later; finalists are interviewed (by region) at the end of March; winners are announced the second week of April.
Eligibility: Full-time student; pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the academic year; nominated by faculty representative at school; in upper quarter of class; U.S. Citizen. Ideal candidates: have an extensive record of public/community service, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, and are committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service.
General Description: The Fulbright mission centers on the principle of international partnership. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. Grant lengths and dates vary by country but include all costs associated with travels and study.
Deadline: Online applications are open May 1-October 15, 5 p.m. EST.
General Eligibility: U.S. Citizen at the time of application. A conferred bachelor’s degree or equivalent before start of the grant in the creative and performing arts (four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement); must be in good health; sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and carry out the proposed study/research.
Study/Research Grant: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-grants/study-research
- William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-grants/fulbright-clinton-fellowships
General Description: Created to honor Secretary of State George C. Marshall, this 1-2 year scholarship enables an intellectually distinguished Americans to study at a UK university. These students act as leaders who will act to improve understanding between the US and UK.
Deadline: All materials must be submitted by October 1st (the submission and authorization of the student application must be by the President, Provost, or Academic Dean; academic transcripts and three letters of recommendation are also required by October 1st).
General Eligibility: U.S. citizens, degree from an accredited 4-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.7. Candidates will be evaluated on academic potential, leadership, and ambassadorial potential.
George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program
General Description: Named in honor of US Senator George Mitchell and his contribution the the Northern Ireland peace process, this scholarship provides tuition, accommodation, and a stipend for living/travel expenses for a year of postgraduate study in Ireland, supported by the US-Ireland Alliance.
Deadline: Application opens in April, and applications are due by October 5th at 5:00pm EST, including four letters of recommendation (two academic) and an institutional endorsement. Video interviews will be conducted via Skype the week of October 27th, finalist weekend is November 21 and 22 in Washington, DC, and the selection announcement is November 23rd.
General Eligibility: Scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.
General Description: Full financial support to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Oxford.
Deadline: Applicants apply during the spring and summer of the preceding year; the application deadline for 2015 for the U.S. is 1 October 2015 at 11:59pm EST.
General Eligibility: U.S. Citizen, between the ages of 18-24, and a bachelor’s degree with academic standing sufficiently high enough to ensure admission into the University of Oxford.
Rotary Foundation Global Grant
General Description: Graduate-level coursework for one to four academic years in six specific areas of focus related to development (applicants pursue the scholarship through local chapters of Rotary).
Deadline: Applications are on a rolling basis (but local clubs can have more specific guidelines).
General Eligibility: Must have proof of admission to a graduate program. Program of study must apply with one of six areas of interest: peace and conflict, prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; economic and community development.