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Student Award Opportunities Outside The University

The Faculty Development Center assists Bellarmine students and alumni in their applications for a variety of grants, fellowships, and awards that are offered by entities outside the University. Faculty are in the best position to talk with and recommend students for many of these awards and fellowships. In cases where the award requires nomination or sponsorship by the University, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Faculty Development Center and other faculty and/or administrators, screen and recommend the final applicants for consideration. Some of the more well-known awards are listed below, with additional information available on their respective websites.

What is the Fulbright U.S. Student Program?

According to its program website, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. For additional information, see http://us.fulbrightonline.org/.

What is the Truman Scholar Program?

Based on an initiative begun by President Harry S. Truman, the Truman Scholarship Foundation has fulfilled the mission of supporting the potential of terrific young people from across the United States committed to public service – for over forty years. The Truman Scholarship Foundation, initially only a source of scholarship support, today nurtures, supports and sustains the ideals and ambitions of young leaders. Along with providing scholarships for graduate school, the Foundation operates a week-long program for each new class of Truman Scholars that builds community among them and ensures deep mentoring from more seasoned Scholars. Truman Scholars are brought to Washington, DC, for anywhere from three months to two years—after college but before graduate school—and placed in positions with the federal government or with nationally focused nonprofit organizations. Applicants must be college juniors. For more information, see http://www.truman.gov/.

What is the Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship?

Endowed by a gift from the Cralle Foundation, named to honor Joan Cralle Day, the Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship is available for graduate or professional study at the University of Kentucky for an entering student who is a graduate of one of the 20 four-year independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth affiliated with the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. The eligible independent institutions are: Alice Lloyd College, Asbury College, Bellarmine University, Berea College, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, Centre College, Georgetown College, Kentucky Christian University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College, Mid-Continent University, Midway College, Pikeville College, Spalding University, St. Catharine College, Thomas More College, Transylvania University, Union College, and University of the Cumberlands. Preference will be given to candidates graduating from Bellarmine College, Georgetown College, Lindsey Wilson College, or University of the Cumberlands. For more information, see http://www.gradschool.uky.edu/studentfunding/fellowship_opportunities.html#Cralle.

What is Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program?

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This 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 Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study and intern abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. For additional information, see http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.

What are the Boren Awards?

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Fellowships encourage U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education, and can include language study, research, and academic internships. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Boren Award amounts are based on the length of time the Boren Scholar or Fellow spends overseas and the cost of the program. Boren Scholarships can provide undergraduate students with up to $20,000, and Boren Fellowships can provide graduate students with up to $30,000. For more information, see http://www.borenawards.org/.

What is the Davies-Jackson Scholarship?

The Council of Independent Colleges offers the Davies-Jackson Scholarship to graduating seniors, supporting up to two years of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge in England. Valued at approximately $50,000, the fellowship is available to seniors who possess exceptional academic records, who are the first in their families to graduate from college, and who will study in one or more of the following subjects: Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, and Social and Political Sciences. Applications are reviewed by a U.S. Selection Committee, with the most promising applications forwarded to Cambridge for review by admissions personnel in each subject matter. For more information, see www.cic.edu/DaviesJackson.

What are the Marshall Scholarships?

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. The awards are open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. To qualify for awards tenable from October 2014, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university after April 2011.

University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse are included in the awards. For more information, see http://www.marshallscholarship.org/.

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