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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

First Year Students

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First Year Students should concentrate on adjusting to college life and transitioning to a new academic environment. This is the time to figure out how you want to spend your time at Minnesota State Mankato. Take a unique course that gets you out of your comfort zone. Talk to your faculty and consult the Undergraduate Research Center about participating in undergraduate research. Develop professional relationships with faculty and staff on campus. Talk to the Kearney International Center about study abroad opportunities. Get involved on campus with student organizations. Pursue community engagement opportunities in Mankato. 

Reflect on these new experiences - what are you learning from them? How can you build upon the skills you are learning and apply them to your future career? What are your passions? Are there pressing local, national, or global issues that you want to help solve?

It is a good idea to make an appointment with the Fellowship Office during this academic year and to plan ahead for future opportunities in your sophomore year. The Fellowship Office encourages you to consider the awards listed below and the awards in the "Sophomore Year" tab and plan ahead as to how you might become a competitive applicant for one or more of these opportunities.

Opportunities Abroad

*Boren Scholarship: The Boren Award provides opportunities for U.S. undergraduates to study less commonly taught languages, in areas of the world critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Scholars represent a variety of disciplines, but all have an interest in national security and a commitment to future federal service. 
The campus deadline for this award is December. 
The national deadline for this award is early February.

*Gilman Scholarship: The Gilman Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
The deadline for spring study abroad programs is early October.
The deadline for summer, fall and academic year study abroad programs is early March.

*Freeman Awards for Study in Asia: Created to assist U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad.
The deadline for spring study abroad programs is late October.
The deadline for summer study abroad programs is March.
The deadline for fall and academic year study abroad programs is April.

*Fulbright Summer Institutes for U.S. Undergraduates: The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three-to-four week programs for US undergraduate students. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. Applicants must have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete.
The deadline for these awards is February 7.

Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarships and Internships: The OPC Foundation offers various scholarships and internships for American college students who aspire to become foreign correspondents at some point in their careers. Foundation fellowships pay for travel and living expenses for awardees to intern in foreign bureaus at leading news organizations, and at foreign English-language media companies.
The deadline for these awards is December 1.

*Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant: Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year (fifty for Session A, twenty-five for Session B).
The Session A deadline is February 15.

The Session B deadline is September 15.

Domestic Summer Opportunities

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship: The SMART Scholarship is a US Department of Defense program that provides full scholarships (including stipends, summer internships, and post-graduation employment) to undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields. 
The deadline for this award is December 1.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): The National Science Foundation sponsors REU experiences in various disciplines at universities across the nation. Visit the hyperlinked site to search for opportunities by discipline or by key word.
The deadline for these awards is typically August. Make an advising appointment for more details. 
Note: Students should engage in undergraduate research at Minnesota State Mankato to become competitive for these awards.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships: Summer research opportunities for students who want to pursue a career in medicine or scientific research. There is not a comprehensive list available for students, so you should work with the Fellowships Office to investigate within your discipline and/or at specific universities.
Deadlines vary based on site. Make an advising appointment for more details. 
Note: Students should engage in undergraduate research at Minnesota State Mankato to become competitive for these awards.

Future Global Leaders Fellowship: The Future Global Leaders Fellowship annually selects the world’s top first-generation university students and, over the course of a 3-year program, primes them for induction into the Fortis Society – the world’s first private network of diverse leaders committed to one another’s success and to a better world. Applicants must be first-year, first-generation or low-income university students with a track record of academic excellence and proven leadership abilities.
The deadline for this award is January 31.

Funding for Undergraduate Study

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program: Every fall, Thermo Fisher Scientific awards two $10,000 and four $5,000 awards to undergraduate and graduate students with declared majors of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life science field. All candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The deadline for this award is May 31.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship: The SWE Scholarship Program awards scholarships to women studying engineering, computing, or technology full-time in ABET-accredited programs, who have not received full funding for tuition, fees, and books. First-years must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Sophomores-graduate students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The application for first-years closes May 1.

Wilhelm-Keiffer Student Research Award: The Wilhelm-Keiffer Student Research Award will provide undergraduate students, and recent undergraduates with the opportunity to compete for a research award in the field of material culture studies. The award winner will receive: $250, free conference registration (including the awards banquet), a one-year ISLPMC student membership, and an engraved plaque recognizing his/her work.
The deadline for this award is August.


*This award requires a university endorsement; please contact our office for more information.

For more award opportunities, please visit the Office of University Fellowships in Morris Hall 265.