Before and after spring break, I will be holding two information sessions about the most competitive post-graduate study abroad scholarships. Among the awards I will discuss are the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Gates Cambridge Scholarships to the UK and Ireland. I will also introduce the new Schwarzman Scholarship to China. More details about each of these scholarships are available on the NSO blog:
The first of these two information sessions will be held Wednesday, March 4, at 1p, and the second will be held, Thursday, March 19, at 12:30p. Both sessions will be held in the conference room (1210) here at the National Scholarship Office (NSO). The NSO is located in the Honors College (701 W. Grace Street).
I will also mention Fulbright during these information sessions, but will not go into much depth on this opportunity. The reason for this is that we will be holding several Fulbright information sessions in the weeks ahead. I will invite everyone who attends these two information sessions to also attend one of the upcoming Fulbright info sessions. If you’d like to host a Fulbright info session, and we haven’t already been discussing possible dates, please let me know.
While it is fine for you to share this message, and especially the link to the NSO blog, with your strongest juniors and seniors (and recent alumni), in my experience very few students will self-identify for these awards. For that reason, I would encourage you to share this with your faculty and advisors, especially those who are in regular contact with your upper class students.
If you or other faculty in your department/college/school know students (or recent alumni) who might be strong candidates for any of these post-graduate awards, please send me the names of those students/alumni. Please also reach out to these students and let them know that you (or other members of your faculty) think they should investigate these opportunities.
The students I am looking for with regards to these awards are your very best (top 5%) students. They need to have excellent communication skills–both written and verbal–and both breadth and depth when it comes to academic interests and experience. Generally, these top candidates will have GPAs over 3.7, and often there will be something about him/her that makes her/him a favorite of almost every faculty and advisor s/he encounters.
If you forward the names of your very best students to me, I will also reach out to them. Often it requires a significant nudge to get even our top students to consider applying for one of these awards.
I look forward to receiving your nominations and hope to meet some of the students you recommend at these upcoming information sessions.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Fulbright Program Advisor
Director, National Scholarship Office
The Honors College
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 843010
701 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23284-3010