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A history major is a good preparation for many careers. If you are interested in career paths such as public service, foreign service, or Ph.D.-level research, and there are national fellowships and scholarships, available to college students as early as their sophomore year in college and extending beyond the receipt of the B.A., for which Hope College students can apply. Other fellowships, such as the Fulbright Fellowship, fund recent graduates for a year of research or for teaching English abroad after they receive their undergraduate degrees.
Boren Awards for International Study: The Boren Awards for International Study support students who are U.S. citizens, high school graduates, and students enrolled at colleges and universities in the United States. They are to support study abroad in Africa, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. (The Boren Awards will NOT support study abroad in Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.) Boren Scholars must study a foreign language during their study abroad; check the Boren Web site for preferred languages. The on-line application is released in late August, and the final application is due in early February. Note that you must finish your study abroad before you graduate; you may not hold this grant after graduation. Check the Boren Scholarship Web site: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/application.html. You should also contact the Hope College advisor, Amy Otis-DeGrauw (email@example.com).
The Goldwater Scholarship: While directed at students intending to pursue careers in mathematics, engineering, or the natural sciences, this scholarship may be of interest to students with a double major including history, or to history minors with a major in the natural sciences, math or engineering. The fellowships provide up to $7500 annually, to go toward tuition, fees, room and board, and books. Sophomore winners are funded for two years as long as they maintain sufficient standards. Seniors are funded for one year. Students may not apply independently, but must be nominated by the College. You may find more information on the Goldwater Web page. http://www.act.org/goldwater/index.html. Hope College’s faculty representative, with whom you should consult if you are interested in a nomination, is Dean Moses Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline is in January of the sophomore or junior year.
The Udall Scholarship: The Udall scholarship is for sophomores or juniors who intend to pursue careers in environmental public policy, or Native American/Alaskan Native students who intend to pursue careers in health care or tribal policy. The scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board to a maximum of $5,000 for one academic year. College endorsement required for each candidate. Deadline: mid-February. About 75 awards are made annually. http://www.udall.gov or e-mail: email@example.com
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship provides up to $50,000 annually to cover tuition, mandatory fees, living stipend, books and travel for students in their senior year of college and first year of graduate school in a two-year masters program. The fellowship is directed toward students who plan a career in the Foreign Service of the United States. There are also summer internships connected with the fellowship. Acceptance of the fellowship carries an obligation of three years’ service in the Foreign Service. Deadline is in early February of the junior year. http://www.woodrow.org/fellowships/foreign_affairs/pickering_undergrad/index.php
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is intended for students who plan careers in public service. Applicants must be college juniors. The scholarship provides a $30,000 scholarship, $3000 of which is payable in the senior year of college. The balance is payable for graduate studies in a public service-related field. Criteria include community service and government involvement, leadership, academic performance, analytical ability and writing skills, suitability of the candidate’s program for a career in public service, and the likelihood that the candidate will make a difference in public service. Candidates must be nominated by the College. You may find more information on the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Web page: http://www.truman.gov/. The campus representative, with whom you should consult if you are interested in a nomination, is Professor Marc Baer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications are due in very early February of the junior year.
The Rhodes Scholarship: Rhodes Scholarships fund two-year graduate programs at Oxford University. They are tenable in any field of study. Applicants must present very strong academic records, evidence of leadership ability, and participation in athletics (or another activity which provides evidence of “physical vigor.”) Applications are due very early in the fall semester of the senior year, so interested students must begin the application process in the spring of their junior year. An official nomination from Hope College is required. Check the Rhodes Web site: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/ and contact the Hope College Rhodes Scholarship Representative, Professor David Cunningham (email@example.com). The Hope Rhodes Scholarship page is here: http://www.hope.edu/crossroads/RM.htm
Gates has it's own page now and no longer on the Rhodes / Marshall page:
The Marshall Scholarship: The Marshall Scholarship funds students for one- or two-year masters degree programs at British universities. Unlike the Rhodes Scholarship, which is limited to Oxford, and the Gates Scholarship, which is limited to Cambridge, the Marshall may be used at any British university. Fellowships may be awarded for any subject areas. Applications are due very early in the fall semester of the senior year, so interested students must begin the application process in the spring of their junior year. An official nomination from Hope College is required. Check the Marshall Scholarship Web site: http://www.marshallscholarship.org and contact the Hope College Marshall Scholarship Representative, Professor David Cunningham (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Hope College Marshall Scholarship page is here: http://www.hope.edu/crossroads/RM.htm
Fulbright Fellowships: Fulbright Full grants provide travel, health insurance, and living expenses for one academic year for U.S. citizens with a B.A. degree or its equivalent to pursue study in a foreign country. Candidates must propose a specific project and must generally demonstrate proficiency in the language of the host country. There are also English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) available in many countries. For ETA Fulbrights, some countries require knowledge of the local language, but many others (especially countries whose language is not often taught in American schools) do not. Deadlines are very early in the fall semester of the senior year. Interested students should begin the application process in the spring of their junior years. Enrolled students must apply through the Hope College Fulbright advisors, Professor David Cunningham (email@example.com) and Professor Janis Gibbs (firstname.lastname@example.org.) More information is available on the Fulbright web site: http://www.us.Fulbrightonline.org and on the Hope Fulbright Web site: http://www.hope.edu/crossroads/fulbright.htm.
Note well: because many fellowships have deadlines early in the senior year, juniors should prepare early if they intend to apply for any of the fellowships listed below. Discuss your graduate school plans and your applications with your advisors and mentors well in advance.
Lenore Annenberg Teaching Fellowship: This fellowship is intended for students committed to teaching. It provides a $30,000 one-year fellowship to support students in the completion of a yearlong master’s program at one of four of the nation’s top teacher education programs—Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington. In exchange, the candidates must agree to teach for three years in high-need secondary schools. During these first three years in the classroom, Fellows receive intensive onsite mentoring and support. Further details are available at the Annenberg Fellowship Web site: http://www.woodrow.org/fellowships/teaching/annenberg/index.php
Davies-Jackson Scholarship: This scholarship provides full support for two years of graduate study at St. John's College in the University of Cambridge, England. Fields supported include Archaeology & Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, History, Modern & Medieval Languages, and Music. Only one of these scholarships is awarded annually, and only students from selected private colleges (including Hope) are eligible to apply. Applications require an essay explaining why you wish to pursue a proposed course of study at Cambridge. Deadline: Mid-November. http://www.cic.edu/caphe/assistance/davies.asp or email@example.com
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities: Three-year $20,000 annual awards (plus $2,000 to the college in lieu of tuition and fees) for ethnic minority students at or near the beginning of their graduate work in all fields. These fellowships are designed to increase the presence of under-represented minorities on the nation's college and university faculties. About 60 are awarded annually. Application deadline: early November of the senior year. http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fordfellowships/
Harvey Fellowship: A $16,000 stipend for graduate work at any top-rated Ph.D. program, renewable for two additional years. Law students may also apply. Provides financial support to Christian graduate students with a unique vision to influence society through their field and who are pursuing graduate studies at premier institutions in their discipline in the United States or abroad. All recipients must affirm and sign the Lausanne Covenant, or must provide a written explanation of how their understanding and belief differ from the covenant. https://www109.safesecureweb.com/harveyfellows/index.cfm?FuseAction=Application.LausanneCovenant. Application deadline: Open August 1, and due by Nov. 1. Further information is available on the Harvey Fellows Web site: https://www109.safesecureweb.com/harveyfellows/index.cfm?FuseAction=About.Home
Javits Fellowship: In the Javits Fellowship program administered by the federal government, over 40 fellowships of up to $43,000 are awarded annually to students in humanities arts, and social sciences for pursuing a doctoral or MFA degree. Fellowship is renewable for up to four years. Application deadline is in early October. http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsjavits/index.html
James Madison Fellowship: Two-year James Madison Fellowship awards of up to $24,000 are granted to U.S. citizens who aspire to be secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies. Awards are intended to support master's level graduate study of the roots, principles, framing, and development of the U.S. Constitution. Students may study for an MA, an MAT, or an MEd. Recipients must agree to teach full time in a secondary school for at least one year per year of fellowship support. At least one award is available annually in each state. Thisaward is funded by the James Madison Foundation, an independent arm of the executive branch of the federal government. Application deadline: March 1. Call 1.800.525.6928; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.jamesmadison.com.
Mitchell Scholarship: The Mitchell Scholarship supports a year of graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Prospective Scholars apply directly to the US-Ireland Alliance that administers the Mitchell Scholarship program. Applications are due in early October. There are no restrictions as to academic field of study. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to public service and community. Scholars receive tuition, room, support for travel to and within Ireland and a stipend to cover other necessary expenses for the term of study. 12 awards made annually. An institutional endorsement from Hope College is required. http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/scholarships.html
Boren Fellowships: Boren Fellowships, funded by the National Security Education Program, provide awards of up to $12,000 for domestic study and between $12,000 and $24,000 to support overseas study for U.S. graduate students who will pursue the study involving one of 40 languages and 75 geographic areas deemed critical to national security. (This means a maximum of $30,000 over two years, and a maximum of two years’ support.) Recipients of these fellowships must fulfill a service obligation by working for the federal government in a position with national security responsibilities for a maximum of two years. Application deadline: Very early February. http://www.borenawards.org/
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships: The NSF awards around 900 three-year fellowships of $15,000 per year (plus $10,500 to the university) for study that leads to an advanced degree in the history of science, as well as in mathematical, physical, medical, biological sciences and engineering. Application deadline: November. http://www.nsfgrfp.org/. Another gateway is via http://www.nsf.gov. Click on “Opportunities for Funding” and then click on “For Graduate Students.”
OAS Scholarships for Academic Studies: The Organization of American States offers students from member countries scholarships to support one or two years of study in either masters or doctoral graduate programs. to be undertaken in any of the member countries. The OAS Schoalrship may not be used for medical studies, or for the study of languages. The fellowship provides round-trip air travel, monthly subsistence allowance, tuition and fees, an allowance for books and study materials, and health insurance. Deadline January 15. http://www.educoas.org/ Click on “Educational Portal of the Americas” and then click on “OAS Scholarships—Academic Studies.”
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships: The Rotary Foundation gives 1,000 awards of up to $25,000 to study or train for one academic year in another country where Rotary Clubs are located. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the language of the host country. Initial application must be made through a local Rotary Club in the community where the applicant has legal or permanent residence. Deadlines vary from March to June; contact your local Rotary Club for details or The Rotary Foundation, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201. http://www.rotary.org/en/StudentsAndYouth/EducationalPrograms/AmbassadorialScholarships/Pages/Howtoapply.aspx. In Holland the deadline is in March; call 392.7186 for an application form.
Soros Fellowship for New Americans: The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans fund up to 30 students each year in support of up to two years of graduate study in the United States for resident alien, naturalized U.S. citizens, or children of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. The applicant must either have a bachelor's degree or be in her/his final year of undergraduate study. Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow. A Fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field (e.g., engineering, medicine, law, or social work) or scholarly discipline in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and fine and performing arts. Deadline is November 1. http://www.pdsoros.org/
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