Fellowships for Sophomores and Juniors

Many national fellowships cater to seniors and recent graduates, but some programs provide opportunities for distinguished underclass students. Awards generally range from $5,000 to $30,000.

Four notable fellowships - the Boren, Goldwater, Udall, and Truman - are geared toward interested in public policy, governmental service, and technology. Other opportunities extend to undergraduates majoring in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

These awards, while important in their own right, are also stepping stones toward larger, more lucrative scholarships designated for seniors and recent graduates: some foundations favor candidates with a proven track record of academic achievement and institutional support. Students applying for a Gates Scholarship, for example, have a better chance of winning if they have already won a Goldwater Fellowship.

Applying for these fellowships, grants and scholarships is free. Applications require both a compelling personal statement and letters of recommendation from at least three faculty members. The application process - identifying opportunities, drafting personal statements, and lining up letters of recommendation - is a valuable educational experience in itself.

W&L offers students ample help in fellowship application processes. To get started, please

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Certification Form for Fellowship Applicants.

Useful Resource in Leyburn Library: Schall, Joe. Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Application Essays, A Student Handbook. Eden Prairie, MN: Thomson, 2006.

Contact Dean Marcia France to gain access to the Fellowships Sakai site, where you can find information on writing personal statements, resumes, requesting letters of recommendation, and other aspects of the application process, and to be put on the email distribution list for notices about upcoming deadlines, new opportunities, and workshops.