Elite Scholarship Opportunities

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Augustana University is committed to nurturing potential, challenging the intellect, and recognizing scholarly achievement among all of its students. For those students who aspire to the highest levels of academic achievement, the faculty offers this special invitation to consider the elite scholarship opportunities listed below.

Students are encouraged to approach faculty representatives as early as possible. The sooner a student enters the information-gathering and application process the more likely a successful result will be achieved. Many other prestigious scholarships exist. If a student wishes to take the initiative to find one of these, we would stress the importance of forming a relationship with a faculty advisor to assist in the application process.

All of these opportunities require high minimum GPAs, well thought-out applications and, in some cases, developed research proposals and/or personal interviews. The application process for all of these opportunities is challenging and applicants will face formidable competition. Successful students gain access to significant financial awards, academic prestige, and unparalleled opportunities for career and intellectual advancement. Are you up to the challenge?


Domestic Scholarship Opportunities

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Faculty Representative: Dr. Andrew Klose | andrew.klose@augie.edu | 605.274.5008

Available to: Outstanding sophomores or juniors who possess high potential in and intent to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. It should be noted that historically, a GPA of 3.85 and above is the norm. Students are nominated by their institution (up to four per school) using the official materials provided to each institution during the month of October. More information available at www.act.org/goldwater.

South Dakota NASA Space Grant Fellowships

Faculty Representative: Dr. Drew Alton | drew.alton@augie.edu | 605.274.4924

The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Project (USRP) is a program to allow undergraduate students in the STEM disciplines an opportunity to work with a NASA mentor at one of the 10 NASA Centers. Usually done over the summer for Augustana students, this program offers a 10-week stay at the selected NASA Center with a stipend to cover living and travel expenses. Students participate in a hands-on, real project that will complement and expand the academic coursework here at Augustana. Students must be US citizens, classified as sophomores, juniors, or seniors by the start of the internship, and enrolled in one of the STEM disciplines. Visit http://usrp.usra.edu for more information.

The Truman Scholarship

Faculty Representative: Dr. Joseph Dondelinger | joe.dondelinger@augie.edu | 605.274.5315

Available to: Candidates must be nominated by Augustana’s Truman Faculty Representative; be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals; submit an application and policy recommendation; be in their junior year by credits; have extensive records of public and community service, be committed to careers in public service; and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. Realistically, a GPA of 2.85 or higher is expected. Augustana has had 9 Truman Scholarship recipients. The deadline is December 15 of your junior year. Find more information at www.truman.gov or speak with Dr. Joseph Dondelinger.


International Scholarship Programs

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Staff Representatives: Erin Kane & Heather Reed | 605.274.5050 | erin.kane@augie.edu and heather.reed@augie.edu

Designed to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations, the Gilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy. It is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funds.

Davies-Jackson Scholarship

Staff Representative: Billie Streufert | 605.274.4123 | billie.streufert@augie.edu

Sponsored by the Council for Independent Colleges, the Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are among the first generation in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. Scholars are admitted as affiliated students and have the opportunity to take the more advanced parts of a Cambridge degree course and qualify for a Cambridge BA in two years instead of the usual three. Following the completion of their first year of study some Scholars have opted into a one year M. Phil program at the discretion of the Senior Tutor at St. John's. The deadline to apply is usually in October. Visit www.cic.edu/programs/davies- jackson-scholarship to learn more.

Davis Projects for Peace

Staff Representative: Dr. David O’Hara | 605.274.4890 | david.ohara@augie.edu

Opportunity to receive $10,000 to implement a summer project advancing peace anywhere in the world. For more info see www.davisprojectsforpeace.org.

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

Faculty Representative: Dr. Michael Nitz | 605.274.5474 | michael.nitz@augie.edu

Available To: U.S. citizens who are graduating seniors or who already hold a B.S./B.A. (or equivalent) degree and are thinking of studying, teaching, conducting research or doing art abroad. Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. All applicants must meet with the Fulbright Program Advisor (Dr. Nitz) prior to submitting an application. Timeline is to submit research proposal by September of senior year. Notification of awards are given out in the spring of senior year, with the Fulbright occurring the first year after graduation. Learn more at http://us.fulbrightonline.org.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Faculty Representative: Dr. Margaret Preston | 605.274.5325 | margaret.preston@augie.edu

Available To: Candidates should be under the age of 30, meet the academic criteria for admission specified by the University of Cambridge, have studied in another recognized university, and have an excellent transcript with a high GPA. The deadline is in October. For more information see http://www.gatesscholar.org/.

George Mitchell Scholarship

Faculty Representative: Dr. Margaret Preston | 605.274.5325 | margaret.preston@augie.edu

Available To: Individuals ages 18 to 30 who have shown academic distinction, commitment to service, and potential for leadership. Universities waive tuition and board. Scholars are given an $11,000 stipend and a travel stipend to travel Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe. Twelve applicants are selected each year and applications are due mid-March. Visit www.us-irelandalliance.org/scholarships.html to learn more.

Marshall Scholarship

Faculty Representative: Dr. Patrick Hicks | 605.274.5434 | patrick.hicks@augie.edu

Available To: Graduate study in any university in Britain, field of study unrestricted, for up to two years. To be eligible, student must have a 3.7+ GPA. (40 Scholarships annually). For more information go to www.marshallscholarship.org. Important deadlines occur at the beginning or middle of October, with finalists selected at the end of November.

Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University

Faculty Representative: Dr. Patrick Hicks | 605.274.5434 | patrick.hicks@augie.edu

Available To: Thirty-two exceptional students are provided the opportunity for further study of every field with a proposed course of study while in Oxford. The scholarship covers all educational expenses, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, as well as travel costs to and from Oxford. Each scholar also receives a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The deadline is mid-October and applications are available at www.rhodesscholar.org.

Rotary Foundation Scholarships

Staff Representative: Billie Streufert | 605.274.4123 | billie.streufert@augie.edu

Rotary District 5610 awards a $33,000 global grant to individuals interested in graduate study abroad. The program of study must address one of Rotary's six areas of focus. Applicants must demonstrate a need and international focus. Visit www.rotary5610.org for more information.

Schwarzman Scholarship

Staff Representative: Dr. Joel Johnson | 605.274.5319 |  joel.johnson@augie.edu

The Schwarzman Scholarship seeks to prepare future leaders in politics, business or science by promoting an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Schwarzman Scholars pursue a one-year Masters in Global Affairs at prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. The MA degree has concentrations in public policy, economics and business, and international studies. For more information, see www.schwarzmanscholars.org.


Direct-Apply Scholarships

Critical Language Scholarship

Staff Representatives: Dr. David O’Hara | 605.274.4890 | david.ohara@augie.edu & Dr. Joseph Patteson | 605.274.5472 | joseph.patteson@augie.edu

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness. The U.S. Department of State sponsors the program with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by American Councils for International Education. For more info, see clscholarship.org.

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program

Staff Representative: Marcia Entwistle | 605.274.5495 | marcia.entwistle@augie.edu

The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring).  All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from an NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for an NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree. For details, see ncaa.org/ncaa-postgraduate-scholarship-program.