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National Scholarships and Fellowships

What are National Scholarships?

National scholarships are highly competitive awards that provide opportunities and support for undergraduate and graduate study, research, study abroad, public service, teaching, and employment in non-profits, city and federal government. There is a wide range of prestigious national scholarship programs for undergraduates and recent graduates.

In addition to high academic achievement, national scholarship selection committees generally look for students with demonstrated and sustained leadership, research experience community and/or public service, and participation in professional activities or internships in their fields of study. See advice on becoming a strong candidate for competitive scholarships


Applying for National Prestigious Scholarships


City College students have been highly successful in winning major national scholarships. Among these are the Rhodes, Goldwater, Truman, Fulbright, Udall, and Watson, in addition to many others.
If you have a 3.6 GPA or higher, you may be eligible to apply for national prestigious scholarships. In addition to high academic achievement, national scholarship selection committees are looking for students with demonstrated and sustained leadership, research experience (for some programs), community and/or public service, and participation in professional activities or internships in their fields of study.Strong, detailed faculty letters of recommendation are essential to compete for these awards. Many of these fellowships require official endorsement from City College, which entails an additional on-campus selection process.
By clicking on any individual scholarship, you can visit its website, get more information about scholarship requirements, deadlines, and benefits, and view the current application. City College's internal campus deadlines are often months before foundation deadlines, so interested applicants should prepare well in advance
The National Scholarships Coordinator mentors students through the application process and assists students in developing the personal statements and essays required for the applications. The office also helps coordinate the overall application process with students and recommending faculty. After researching national scholarships of interest contact Jennifer Lutton, National Scholarships Coordinator at jlutton@ccny.cuny.edu, 212.650.6726


Benefits of competing for national scholarships

Applying for a national scholarship is challenging and comes with many benefits, whether you win or not. Going through the application process will help you clarify your academic and career goals; develop greater awareness of your strengths, interests, and commitments; improve your thinking and writing; identify the most appropriate graduate or professional study paths for you. In general, applying for nationally competitive scholarships can encourage reflection on academic plans, internships, study abroad, service activities, work and graduate study and can help you make well-informed decisions about your future.


Announcements

Campus deadline for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge scholarships, and the  Soros Fellowship for New Americans: August 1, 2014

Information Session for overview of these programs and the application process will be held on April 10th, from 12:30-2pm. NAC 7/312.