As many of you already know, the National Scholarship Office works with VCU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, to assist them with their applications for nationally competitive scholarships. Annually, we oversee the application processes for 20 different scholarship and fellowship opportunities, which are geared towards applicants in numerous different fields and with many different interests – from independent research, to studying or even teaching English abroad.
You will find below a calendar listing of our upcoming sessions followed by brief descriptions of each award.
Wednesday, Sept 7:
– Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), 1-2pm at VCU Globe (830 W. Grace Street), Room 1030C
Thursday, Sept 8:
– Goldwater Scholarship, 2-3pm in the Honors College (701 W. Grace Street), Room 1303
Thursday, Sept 15:
– CLS, 12:30-1:30 in the Student Commons, Alumni Board Room
– Truman Scholarship, 2-3pm, location TBD
Friday, Sept 16:
– Boren Awards, 2-3pm at VCU Globe, Room 1030C
Thursday, Oct 6:
– Boren Awards, 2-3pm in the Student Commons, Alumni Board Room
Wednesday, Oct 19:
– RISE/SMART, 12-1pm in the School of Engineering, East Hall, Room 2219
Tuesday, Oct 25:
– RISE/SMART, 2-3pm in School of Engineering, West Hall, Room 104
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded through the National Security Education Program (NSEP). They provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. Boren awards are targeted at geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad
The CLS Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. The CLS Program provides fully-funded seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (for U.S. citizens—both undergrads and grad students).
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these STEM fields. For this scholarship, eligible sophomores and juniors are expected to write a research proposal in the discipline of their choice. Four nominees from each participating university are then chosen to compete nationally for a chance to become a Goldwater Scholar. This scholarship pays full tuition, as well as fees, up to $7,500.
RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering):
RISE is a summer internship for undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. Students are offered the opportunity to work with research groups at top research institutions and universities across Germany (the working language is English). The scholarship covers living expenses abroad, such as housing, food and health insurance.
SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation):
This scholarship aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers engaged in research with the Department of Defense. Those who apply should be earning a degree (undergraduate or graduate) in a STEM discipline. Students will be required to work on a research project with the DoD each summer. Recipients also agree to work for the DoD after graduation for one year per each year of funding received. In addition to full tuition and fees, an annual stipend of $25,000-$38,000 will be provided.
The Truman Scholarship awards up to $30,000 to college juniors who plan to pursue graduate study in fields of public service, such as government, education, nonprofits, and public interest. Recipients must commit to work in public service for three of the first seven years after completing their graduate degree. Beyond the financial award, the Truman foundation also provides services to recipients to assist with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.