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After reflecting on your first year, consider some of the awards listed below. Consider what local, national, or international issues you might be passionate about solving. Consider how you might continue to develop your leadership skills. Continue to pursue undergraduate research and build key relationships with faculty and staff on campus. 

In addition to the scholarships listed below, there are several scholarships that are available to juniors or rising juniors, but require preparation during your sophomore year. Please look for awards on the junior page that might interest you.

Opportunities in Public Service/Human Rights

*Udall Scholarship: The Udall Scholarship awards sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. This award assists in funding a student's undergraduate study.
The campus deadline for this award is January.
The national deadline for this award is March.

*Humanity in Action Fellowship: The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. Students will spend approximately four weeks abroad during the summer months.
The deadline for this award is January.

FireScienceOnline: This site is a useful resource for discovering various careers in public service, and includes a list of public service internship opportunities. 
Deadlines vary.

Opportunities in Study Abroad

*Critical Language Scholarship: The CLS is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the U.S. and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the U.S. at every level of language learning.
The deadline for this award is November.

*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

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program: This six-week summer program is designed to provide undergraduates with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.
The deadline for this award is February.

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.

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program: This six week summer institute offers learning and networking opportunities at George Washington's home in Virginia.The program provides housing, transportation, meals, and a $3000 stipend. The institute culminates in a Capstone Project, which they present at the end of the summer. All majors are welcome to apply.
The deadline for this award is January 31.

Opportunities in STEM Disciplines

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.

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 deadline for sophomore through graduate students is February 15.

*Goldwater Scholarship: The Goldwater Scholarship awards up to $7,500 to sophomore and junior level students who intend to pursue a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The award helps cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board.
The campus deadline for this award is November.
The national deadline for this award is January.

DAAD RISE: Research Internships in Science & Engineering (RISE) is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for two to three months.
The deadline for these awards is December.

Department of Homeland Security STEM Summer Internship Program: The DHS sponsors a 10-week summer internship for rising juniors, seniors, and graduates majoring in STEM fields with interest in homeland security research. Benefits include a $500 weekly stipend and development of professional networks with leading scientists and laboratories.
Due to the uncertainties of the federal budget, the Department of Homeland Security Office of University Programs has decided not to open the HS-STEM Summer Internship Program competition for summer 2018. Please visit the link for updates.

ONR Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program: This 10-week internship program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research under the guidance of an appropriate research mentor at a participating Navy laboratory. Stipends will be paid monthly, May through August: $5,400 for sophomores; $8,100 for juniors and seniors; $10,800 for graduate students.
The application for this award opens in August.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program: The purpose of the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is to provide scholarships to nursing students in exchange for a minimum 2-year full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent), at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. Scholarships are awarded competitively and consist of payment for tuition, required school fees, and a monthly support stipend.
The deadline for this award is May.

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program: The program awards five Fellows with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service. Undergraduate Fellows receive up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for junior and senior years of undergraduate studies related to an Information Technology field.
The deadline for this award is February.


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


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