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Distinguished Scholarships

About

The national grants, fellowships, and awards that are characterized as “distinguished” awards are highly competitive and demand extensive preparation. For example, gearing up for an undergraduate-level award involves an application process that typically begins as early as the freshman year. For more information about distinguished scholarships please visit distinguished scholarships

Boren

Description

The National Security Education Program’s Boren Scholarships represent an opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. (Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded as well as countries in Western Europe.)

Eligibility

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, please consult the Boren Awards website. In general, students should:

  • Be U.S. citizens.
  • Be an undergraduate during the grant period.
  • Be in good health.

Fulbright

Description

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards 1-year study abroad grants for seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students who will perform an individually designed study or research project or who will enter a English Teaching Assistant program.

Eligibility

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, please consult the Fulbright website. In general, students should:

  • Be U.S. citizens.
  • Have a conferred bachelor’s degree before the start of the grant.
  • Be in good health.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research.

Gilman

Description

Gilman awards are for undergraduate study abroad and made to students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities. By supporting students who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints, Gilman awards were created to diversify the types of students who apply to study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

Rhodes

Description

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. As explained further by the website of the American Rhodes Scholarships, 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars each year based on outstanding scholarly achievements, character, leadership potential, and commitment to others and to the common good. Full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom is provided by the Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes.

Eligibility

NOTE: WSU will select students for endorsement through WSU review processes. Students will be notified in early September if selected for endorsement.

For eligibility requirements, please see the Rhodes Scholarships webpage. In general, students should:

  • Be U.S. citizens.
  • Be a senior undergraduate or less than 24 years old at the time of application.