Please be advised of the following deadlines for applying for prestigious scholarships requiring an institutional endorsement from Montana State University.  You are welcome to schedule an appointment to discuss these anytime.  Please thoroughly review the scholarship website to make sure you understand the requirements of each, prior to your meeting.



Barry M. Goldwater Math and Science Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship is open to sophomores and juniors (students with one or two years remaining until graduation) who intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, engineering, or computer science and who have demonstrated potential, focused research interests, and a GPA of 3.8 or higher.  Goldwater Scholars are eligible to receive up to $7,500/year for tuition, fees, books and room and board.   Institutional nomination required.  (For MSU endorsement: 3.8 GPA or higher; publication submitted or near submission).

Deadlines:  Internal submission:  November 1, 2019; External submission:  January 31, 2020.

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Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship is open to full-time junior-level students, i.e., a student who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2020 and August 2021. Candidates must have demonstrable leadership abilities and potential for influencing public policy, a record of public service, potential to perform well in a premier graduate or law school and intent to pursue a career in public service.  Truman Scholars are eligible to receive up to $30,000 in funding to pursue advanced studies.  Scholars also receive priority admission to premier graduate or professional schools, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Approximately 65 are awarded annually.   

Deadlines:  Internal submission: December 13, 2019; External submission: February 4, 2020.  Institutional nomination required.

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Morris K. Udall Scholarship

The Udall Scholarship is open to sophomores or juniors.  Awards are offered to two groups of students: those who demonstrate a commitment to pursue a career in environmental public policy and/or outstanding Native American and Alaska Native students who intend to pursue a career related to health care or tribal public policy.  The scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $5,000 for one year.  

Deadlines:  Internal submission: January 24, 2020; External submission: March 5, 2020.  Institutional nomination required.

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The Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. This scholarship covers all college and university fees at the University of Oxford, including a stipend for living expenses, transportation to and from England. 

Internal submission: August 15, 2020; External submission: Early October 2020.    Institutional nomination required.

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The Marshall Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship finances young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence.  Selectors seek candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, as leaders and contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Assessment will be based on academic merit, leadership and ambassadorial potential.  

Internal submission: August 15, 2020; External submission: Early October 2020.   Institutional nomination required.

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The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates-Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time post-graduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The selection criteria are outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others, a good fit between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations, and a good fit between the post graduate program at Cambridge for which they are applying.  

Internal submission: September 1, 2020 ; External submission: Mid-October 2020.

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The Schwarzman Scholarship

The Schwarzman Scholarship Program is designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China's culture, economy, governance and evolving role in the world. Scholars will study for a one-year Masters degree, with options to focus on public policy, international relations, or economics and business at Tsinghua University. Successful candidates will demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity and exemplary character. 

Internal submission: August 15, 2020; External submission: Early October 2020.   Institutional nomination required.

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Fulbright US Student Program

The Fulbright US Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the US. Key characteristics include the quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose, academic or professional record, and language preparation if applicable.  

Internal submission: August 15, 2020; External submission: Mid October 2020.

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The George Mitchell Scholarship

The George Mitchell Scholarship enables American graduates to pursue a year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. They characteristics sought by the review committee include academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to community or Public Service.

Internal submission: August 15, 2020; External submission: Mid October 2020.  Institutional nomination required.

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Please feel free to contact the Honors Office, by calling 994-4110 to schedule an appointment to discuss the application process for all the above awards.