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Competitive Opportunities

Below is a listing of highly competitive scholarships available to undergraduate students.  Many of these scholarships require the College's endorsement of a student's candidacy.   If you are interested in applying for one of the scholarships listed, please contact the Liberal Arts in Practice Center so that we can connect you with the appropriate campus resources in developing your application.  Students interested in competitive scholarships at the graduate level should visit the Opportunities After Beloit section of this site. 

Barry Goldwater Foundation Scholarship Program
This scholarship is awarded to sophomores and juniors who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue advanced degrees in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. This scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, room and board up to $7500 annually. Sophomores receive two years of support, juniors receive one. Students must be nominated by a faculty member.

Boren Scholarships
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.   

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The NIH scholarship program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. NIH scholars receive 1-year grants which may be renewed for up to 4 years. Grants cover tuition and reasonable educational and living expenses up to $20000 per academic year. In return, recipients commit to two types of service obligation for each year of scholarship: a 10-week summer service term as a paid employee in an NIH research laboratory and, after graduation, a full year of paid employment in an NIH research laboratory.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Scholarship Program
The NOAA scholarship program is "designed to: (1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; (3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and (4) recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States." Students receive academic awards of up to $8000 for a year, a 10-week, full-time internship position during the summer at an NOAA facility (at $650/week), and have the opportunity to seek a second year of funding. Other awards may include travel and housing subsidies.

Northwestern University
Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nanotechnology

Experience hands-on research, seminars, field trips, and workshops in nanotechnology during a 9-week program with access to world-class facilities as well as opportunities to submit your work for possible publication at Northwestern University.  There is a $4,500 stipend plus round-trip airfare and dormitory housing.  Open to undergraduates majoring in science or engineering who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Rhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarship provides full postgraduate scholarships for up to three years of study at Oxford, one of England's oldest and best-respected universities. Scholarship years may be used toward a second undergraduate degree, a masters degree or Ph.D study. For more information on the application process and particulars, see the scholarship's website.

Truman Scholarship
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation -- the federal memorial to our thirty-third President -- awards 60-65 merit-based scholarships annually to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of the selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference. All candidates should be aware that the Truman Scholarship has a service requirement -- selected Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds.

Udall Scholarship
Sophomores and juniors may apply for this scholarship. The scholarship is awarded based on merit to two groups of individuals: students with outstanding potential in environmental studies and related fields, and Native American or Alaska Native students in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Scholars receive $5000 toward their/ tuition, fees, books, room and board.