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The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will be offering upcoming sessions for undergraduates (and alumni) on scholarships for graduate study in the UK, searching for scholarships generally, writing personal statements, writing CVs/resumes, and getting great recommendations. And as always, undergraduates applying for any scholarships are encouraged to use our advisers for application support and feedback.

Click here for a list of upcoming scholarships: Scholarship announcements Winter 2014

UK + Ireland Scholarships Information Sessions

  • Thursday, January 23, 2014, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., 173R MGH Conference Room
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., 173R MGH Conference Room
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., 173R MGH Conference Room
  • Monday, March 3, 2014, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., 173R MGH Conference Room
  • RSVP to attend any of these sessions at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/200.

The UK + Ireland Scholarship application process provides students with the opportunity to present their qualifications for the campus nomination for scholarships that support graduate studies at colleges and universities in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.  These scholarships are the Churchill, the Marshall, The Mitchell and the Rhodes.  The Gates Cambridge does not require a campus endorsement or nomination; however, notifying the Office of your intentions to apply allows us to connect you with resources and to support the development of a competitive application.

Winter Quarter Scholarship Workshops

Scholarships 101: Getting Started in the Search for Scholarships

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 2:30-3:20, MGH 171
  • Monday, January 27, 2014, 4:30-5:20, MGH 171

Specifically designed for freshmen or first-quarter sophomores, this introductory workshop provides students with information to begin the scholarship search and to develop a competitive edge for merit-based scholarships. RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/244, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Scholarships 201 for Continuing Students

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 3:30-4:20, MGH 171
  • Thursday, February 6, 2014, 4:30-5:20, MGH 171

This workshop provides assistance to continuing undergraduate students looking to fund undergraduate academic years and graduate school. This will include information on discipline specific scholarships, campus funding opportunities, scholarship search sites, and tips to develop competitive applications. RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/245, though drop-ins are also welcome.

CV/Resume Writing

  • Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 12:30-1:20, MGH 171
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 4:30-5:20, MGH 171

Develop your undergraduate CV/Resume for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications! A Curriculum Vitae (“CV” or “vitae”) is a comprehensive, biographical statement emphasizing your professional qualifications and activities. A CV is similar to a resume, but an advantage to the CV format is the significant freedom to choose the headings and categories for your information and the strength reflected in their arrangement. Bring a working draft, such as an existing resume, and a list of activities including: Honors, Awards & Prizes received no longer than 5 years ago, Academic and Research Activities, Community Service Involvement, Work History, and Activities outside of the Academic Environment. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards staff to develop and strengthen a draft of your CV! RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/237, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Personal Statement Writing

  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 3:30-4:20, MGH 171
  • Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 2:30-3:20, MGH 171

The Personal Statement is an important part of an application package. Applying for scholarships, internships, and graduate/professional programs often requires a personal statement or application letter. This type of writing requires you to outline your strengths confidently and concisely, which can be challenging. Personal Statement workshops will provide students with essential information to develop an understanding of not only writing about their interests, eligibility and suitability for applications, but also to learn how their statements provide evidence of their achievements that aren’t reflected in other parts of an application. RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/236, though drop-ins are also welcome.

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

  • Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, 2:30-3:20, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 3:30-4:20, MGH 171

Strong letters of recommendation can give your applications an edge, but many students wonder who to ask for letters and what is the best way to ask for a strong letter.  Getting great letters of recommendation requires thought and planning, and this workshop will guide students through the process.  Getting Great Letters of Recommendation Workshops provide tips and strategies for developing strong relationships with potential letter writers, an overview of the necessary materials and information needed by letter writers, strategies for asking for a letter, and advice on follow-up.  RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/289, though drop-ins are also welcome.

 

American Indian Scholarship

Due December 5th.   Students are able to self-select and  apply on line…

https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/f95e434c-1466-4949-a028-0f12fab13d2c

MERCK PROGRAM DETAILS

OPEN DATE::  9/16/2013 10:00 AM EST
CLOSE DATE::  12/5/2013 11:59 PM EST
PROGRAM TYPE::  Scholarship, Internship, Career Prep, Minority Students Scholarship
DONOR::  The Merck Foundation
NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS::  15
INDIVIDUAL AWARD::  $25,000

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
MINIMUM GPA:  3.3
ETHNICITIES:  African American
RESIDENCY STATUS:  U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident / Foreign National
COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES:  4-Year Colleges
ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION:  College Junior

MAJORS:  Environmental Engineering, Animal Science, Psychology, Biochemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Material Science, Agriculture, Pre-Pharmacy, Microbiology, Science Technology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biomedical Research, Physical Sciences, Pre-vet, Medicine, Aerospace Engineering, Kinesiology, Engineering, Science, Pre-Medicine, Biology, Comp Biology, Forestry, Ecology, Environmental Science(s),, Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering

The Beinecke Scholarship provides $34,000 for graduate study in arts, humanities and social science fields to juniors (based on graduation date) of exceptional ability and achievement. Students must be nominated to compete for this scholarship, and the UW is allowed to nominate one student per year to compete for this national award.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2013-2014 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2014 and August 2015.
  • Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.
  • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship. Also, students who plan to pursue graduate study in professional programs (law school, business school, etc.) should not apply.

To learn more about this opportunity and the campus application and nomination process, please attend a Beinecke Scholarship Information Session:

  • Thurs., Nov. 14, 2013, 4:30 – 5:20 pm, 173R MGH
  • Tues., Nov. 19, 2013, 3:30 – 4:20pm, 173R MGH
  • Wed., Dec. 4, 2013, 12:30 – 1:20pm, 173R MGH
  • RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/238, though drop-ins are always welcome.

 The UW application process for those seeking nomination will open by Nov. 14, 2013 and the deadline for submission will be January 9, 2014. Details and the UW application (when it opens on Nov. 14) are at http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships/search/search-results.html?page_stub=beinecke.

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Up to three $4,000 awards will be made for Spring quarter, 2014. This scholarship is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students currently enrolled at any UW campus.

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TEMPLATE_CENTERFall 2013 Scholarship Workshops

 Freshman Scholarship 101 – Getting Started in the Search for Scholarships – MGH 171

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 3:30-4:20
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, 2:30-3:20
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 4:30-5:20

 Scholarship 201 – The Search for Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships – MGH 171

  • Tues., Oct. 22, 2013, 3:30-4:20
  • Tues., Nov. 5, 2013, 2:30-3:20
  • Thurs., Nov. 21, 2013, 4:30-5:20

 Personal Statement Writing – MGH 171

  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 2013, 2:30-3:20
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2013, 3:30-4:20
  • Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 2:30-3:20

 Curriculum Vitae or Scholarship Resume Writing – MGH 171

  • Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 3:30-4:20
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 2:30-3:20
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2013, 3:30-4:20

 Getting Great Recommendation Letters – MGH 171

  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 2:30-3:20
  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, 3:30-4:20
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 1:30-2:20

http://expd.washington.edu/scholarships/upcoming-information-sessions-workshops.ht

Undergraduate and graduate students in all fields interested in studying critical languages may be interested in applying for the Critical Language Scholarships for intensive summer institutes offered by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers in any field.

Last year, 10 UW students were selected to participate and studied languages in Jordan, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Tajikistan, India and Russia.

Languages offered:

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • At the time of application, applicants must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate’s, bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s, doctoral, or professional degree) level.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution that is physically located in the United States or its territories. U.S. students enrolled in a degree-granting program at a foreign college or university are not eligible for the scholarship. Students currently on a semester or yearlong program abroad are eligible as long as they are still currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student at their home college or university, or if they intend to return to their degree-granting program and institution in the U.S.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least one academic year of study at the college level by the program start date (two semesters or three quarters).
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the start of the summer program.
  • Applicants must be in acceptable mental and physical health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Information Form and Physician’s Statement.
  • Ability to participate in the CLS Program is contingent upon an applicant’s ability to receive a visa to the CLS institute host country. Although the CLS Program will work with awarded students to secure a visa for the CLS institute host country, the program cannot be held responsible for other countries’ visa requirements and/or the denial of a student’s application for a visa. CLS awards are contingent upon the participant securing a host-country visa, and all awardees must meet deadlines and host country requirements set for obtaining a visa.

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards supports undergraduate students applying for this program and will hold information sessions for interested students on:

Deadline to apply for summer 2014 programs is Nov. 15, 2013! Complete details and the online application are available at http://clscholarship.org/.

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The 2013 Undergraduate Scholarship & Fellowship Fair is an opportunity for UW undergraduates and alumni to learn about and explore the variety of scholarships, fellowships, and other funded programs to consider for undergrad, graduate, and postgraduate years. Program representatives from UW, local and national organizations, agencies, departments, etc. will be tabling throughout the day, as well as offering specific workshops & information sessions.

http://expd.washington.edu/scholarshipfair

RSVP is highly encouraged for specific Information sessions here:

http://expd.washington.edu/scholarshipfair/forstudents

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Application & deadlines

The fall deadline for GO! and Fritz Scholarship applications is Thursday, November 7 at 5pm.  The application is available online starting October 1 at http://goglobal.uw.edu/apply.php.  It requires an 800-word essay (see http://goglobal.uw.edu/faqs.php) but no letters of recommendation.  Students studying abroad in winter or spring 2014 should apply at this deadline; those studying abroad in summer, early fall, or fall 2014 will apply at our late April 2014 deadline.  We expect to be able to notify November applicants about whether they have been selected to receive a scholarship by early December. You can find more information at our website, http://www.goglobal.washington.edu/index.php and at facebook.com/UWGlobalOpportunities

Information sessions & events

We’re offering 2 information sessions this fall:

  • Tuesday, October 15 from 3:30 – 4:30pm in MGH171
  • Wednesday, October 30 from 3:30 – 4:30pm in MGH171

We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of the application and discuss tips for crafting a competitive personal statement.  Students may email me at goglobal@uw.edu to schedule an advising appointment if they can’t attend an information session.

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Study Abroad Meet & Greet on Wednesday, October 30 from 4:30 – 5:30pm in MGH171.  GO! and Fritz Scholars just back from their studies abroad will be there to share stories and answer questions.  Delicious international snacks will be served!

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Eligibility requirements

Fritz Scholarship: 1) UW undergraduate, 2) Declared social sciences or humanities major by the application deadline (see http://goglobal.uw.edu/faqs.php for a list), 3) at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA

GO! Scholarship: 1) UW undergraduate, 2) Resident of Washington state, 3) Eligible for Pell Grants or Husky Promise for the academic year in which the application deadline falls

**Please note a slight change in the GO! eligibility requirements.  Previously, students were required to be eligible for Pell Grants or Husky Promise for the quarter of their study abroad.  This change will not impact most applicants, but will remove uncertainty about eligibility for students who apply for the GO! in spring of one academic year for funding to study abroad in the following academic year.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this change.

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