Scholarships and Funding – Week of Oct. 31

It’s Not Too Early to Begin Preparing for a Prestigious Scholarship:
Prestigious scholarships are offered based on national, and sometimes global, competition against other students from the best academic institutions in the world. They are high in prestige as well as remuneration. These are intensely competitive scholarships and are very difficult to win. Candidates must excel in all areas considered for a given scholarship (and to be competitive, most require applicants to have a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0).

While specific requirements vary with each scholarship, advanced preparation is required to create a competitive portfolio. Students typically need at least a year or two to amass the credentials required to apply. As you might expect, prestigious scholarship applications require a serious commitment of time and energy to complete. They should be prepared well in advance of the stated deadlines. Many of the scholarships require an institutional nomination and only allow each institution to nominate a few applicants each year. The Lee Honors College staff can provide assistance and advice to students interested in pursuing prestigious scholarships. Many of these scholarships require finalists to participate in oral interviews, and the honors college staff and alumni can help finalists to prepare for them. We also recommend Penn State’s Writing Personal Statements website for excellent advice on writing personal statements.  Although they are difficult to win, Western Michigan University students have been the recipients of many prestigious scholarships, and we are confident that many more of our students will win them in the future. If you are considering applying for a prestigious scholarship, please contact Scott Friesner at scott.friesner@wmich.edu or Jane Baas at jane.baas@wmich.edu for more assistance.

Prestigious national scholarship weekly highlight:

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship: Applicants must be committed to careers related to the environment or must be Native American or Alaska Native with a demonstrated commitment to a career related to tribal public policy or must be a Native American or Alaska Native with a demonstrated commitment to a career related to Native health care.

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