In the last year of your undergraduate career, you probably have a strong sense of where you want your education to take you. There are a host prestigious scholarships available to seniors and recent alum who are looking at graduate school, including:
Rhodes, Marshall, George J. Mitchell, Fulbright, Schwarzman, Yenching, English Speaking Union, James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program, James Madison, Donald M. Payne, Thomas R Pickering, Paul and Daisy Soros, Gates Cambridge, David L. Boren (NSEP), Critical Language scholarships.
If you are applying for Rhodes, Marshall, George J. Mitchell, Fulbright, Schwarzman, and/or Gates Cambridge, you will start your application at the end of your third year. You must also apply for admission to the relative University in early fall.
Stay focused! You want to make sure your grades stay competitive. You will also want to consider:
- Writing an honors thesis, if you're in an honors program.
- Publishing research
- Continuing community involvement at a leadership level.
- Preparing for interviews by reviewing tips and attending an interview skills workshop.
- Completing on campus interviews for prestigious scholarships (if applicable).
- Participating in mock interviews and finalist interviews (if selected).
- Contacting the prestigious scholarship advisor once you have been notified of your candidacy status.