Category Archives: Scholarships

General Information Sessions about National Scholarship Opportunities

Two upcoming general information sessions are being offered by the National Scholarship Office (NSO). These info sessions will introduce students to a range of (inter)nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. We will also share with students how the NSO can support them during the application process. A third component of these info sessions focuses on steps that students can take to make themselves more competitive candidates for these awards.
These sessions are geared specifically to first- and second-year undergraduates, transfer students, and new graduate students.
Both information sessions will be held in the Multipurpose Room (1303) here at the Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) at the following times:
Friday, October 27, at noon-12:50p, and
Tuesday, October 31, 2-2:50p.

Study Abroad Funding Tips and Tricks Workshop

The VCU Education Abroad Office will be holding a Study Abroad Funding Tips & Tricks Workshop focused on funding options for study abroad, how to strategize applying for multiple scholarships, and tips for creating competitive applications. This is great for students who are thinking about or planning for to study abroad at some point in their academic career at VCU. The VCU Financial Aid office will be presenting as well and can offer answers to students’ questions about how aid is applied.
2 February
Forum Room, Commons

Information Sessions – VCU National Scholarship Office

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
Scholarship Descriptions:
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.

Awards and Scholarships from the Global Education Office

The Global Education Office is pleased to announce the following awards and scholarship opportunities available to students:

VCU Education Abroad Incentive Awards

The VCU Education Abroad office is offering three easy ways to receive a $500 award to be used for studying abroad:

1) Be one of the first 20 to enroll in VCU programs at one of the following locations:

  • American College of Greece in Athens, Greece
  • Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy
  • Fudan University in Shanghai, China
  • University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • University of Cordoba in Cordoba, Spain

2) Be one of the first 20 to enroll in the International Consulting Program through the School of Business:

  • University of Cordoba in Cordoba, Spain
  • American College of Greece in Athens, Greece
  • Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • The University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS) in Würzburg/Schweinfurt, Germany

3) Be one of the first 10 to enroll in any short term program (winter break, spring break, or summer) administered by the Global Education Office.

Randi Buerlein Scholarship

The Randi Buerlein Service-Learning Scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University was established in 2013 upon the retirement of Ms. Randi Buerlein in honor of her commitment to international service-learning. Ms. Buerlein directed education abroad programs to the Dominican Republic and Ghana during her tenure as a faculty member in the School of Social Work.  This scholarship is designed to support VCU students who intend to participate in service-learning projects abroad.

Eligible students will meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least a 2.75 GPA (cumulative)
    • Participate in a service-learning program abroad

Access the Randi Buerlein Scholarship

Presidential International Education Award

The Presidential International Education Award was established in 1988 to increase opportunities for undergraduate students at VCU to internationalize their education.  This award is open to undergraduates in any major with a commitment to international education.


Eligible students will meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA (cumulative)
    • Must be a degree-seeking undergraduate
    • Participate in an approved program abroad
    • Register the academic program with VCU Education Abroad prior to departure

Want to get started?  Attend a First Advising Session in our office Monday through Friday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of 912 W. Grace Street.

Richmond Teacher Residency Program Recruitment

Please share with your senior STEM advisees


Know someone passionate about becoming an urban teacher ? 
Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR) is an innovative partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Richmond Public Schools (RPS).  Coordinated by the Center for Teacher Leadership (CTL), RTR recruits, trains, and supports teachers—preparing them to meet the distinct challenges of urban school systems.  Residents learn side-by-side with top RPS teachers for an entire year while earning a master’s degree from VCU.  RTR’s support doesn’t end at graduation either:  our graduates receive one-on-one training from a content-specific coach throughout the first two years of their teaching career. In addition to this strong preparation and support, teaching residents receive:


  • $24K stipend during the residency year; additional $4K for science and math candidates
  • special reduced tuition rate
  • 100% placement record post-residency with full benefits and salary as a full-time RPS teacher
  • support for National Board Certification after teaching for 3 years

Application deadline:  March 15, 2016

Want more information? Check out our website:
Richmond Teacher Residency

Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Writing Workshop

Dear colleagues and campus partners,
The Education Abroad Office, in collaboration the National Scholarship Office, is hosting a writing workshop for students interested in applying for the Gilman Scholarship. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program awards over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 (plus an additional $3,000 for critical language study) to undergraduates who study or intern abroad for a summer, semester, or academic year.
The Gilman Scholarship Writing Workshop will be this Friday, February 5, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in Classroom 2121 at the Grace Street Center (912 W Grace St). Advisors will help students craft an application that maximizes their chances of receiving Gilman funding and continues VCU students’ track record of success in writing nationally-competitive Gilman applications.
​Education Abroad would appreciate your help in promoting the workshop to your students. I’ve attached a digital flyer (as a pdf and jpeg) that can be distributed to students. If you’re interested, you could also post the following blurb and flyer into your social media accounts:
​Calling all Pell Grant recipients! Are you interested in studying abroad for a summer, semester, or academic year? The Gilman Scholarship offers awards up to $5,000 to fund international study for Pell Grant recipients. Come to the Gilman Scholarship Writing Workshop this Friday, February 5 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 912 W Grace Street, Room 2121 to gain tips and advice on how to craft a competitive application. Please contact with questions.

Thank you very much for your support and assistance!

Hannah Moon
Education Abroad Advisor
(804) 827-7882 (office)

Virginia Commonwealth University
Global Education Office
Grace Street Center, 4th Floor
912 West Grace St.
PO Box 843043
Richmond, VA 23284

National Institutes of Health (NIH) / Undergraduate Partnerships Program (UGSP)

Dear Colleagues,

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive academic scholarships up to $20,000 per academic year to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed for up to 4 years.  Please encourage scholars to visit our website at: for additional information. We ask that you share this announcement with your colleagues or candidates who may be interested in this award.

UGSP offers:

Scholarship support

Paid research training at the NIH during the summer and after graduation

Eligibility requirements:

U.S.A. citizen or U.S.A. permanent resident

Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States of America

Undergraduate University Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or within the top 5 percent of your class

Having ‘Exceptional Financial Need’ as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office (Federal Register: Vol. 80; Thursday, January 22, 2015) – see table (updated September 30, 2015).


(Dates updated September 30, 2015)

  • January 4, 2016 – Application Opens
  • March 14, 2016 at 11:59pm ET – Application Deadline
  • March 28, 2016 at 11:59pm ET – Letter of Recommendation Deadline
  • May 9, 2016 – EFN Form with 2015 Tax Year Information Deadline
  • Mid-June, 2016 – Invitations to Phone Interview Distributed
  • Mid-July, 2016 – Phone Interviews for Admission
  • Late-July, 2016 – Selection of Scholars


Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the UGSP award or Dr. Darryl Murray (Director of the UGSP),

Thanks in advance,

Adrian D. Warren

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Office of Intramural Education and Training



National Scholarship Information Sessions

Please spread the word about two upcoming information sessions regarding a broad range of (inter)national scholarships and fellowships. These sessions are specifically designed for first-year undergrads, sophomores, transfer students, and new graduate students. However, everyone is welcome to attend. I will be covering a broad range of national scholarship opportunities, and I will be talking about strategies for how students can make themselves more competitive for these opportunities.
Please encourage your faculty and advisors who work with first- and second-year undergrads to encourage their most outstanding students to attend one of these information sessions. This is the best way to learn about the National Scholarship Office and the services that we provide to current students and recent alumni.
Both sessions will be held here at the National Scholarship Office (701 W. Grace Street).
These sessions are scheduled for:
Friday, October 30, noon-1p, Multipurpose Room (1303); and
Tuesday, November 3, 2-3p, Conference Room (1302)
For those who are not familiar with the location of the National Scholarship Office (NSO), our office is located in the Honors College at 701 W. Grace Street. Please note that there are two entrances into 701 W. Grace Street. Only one will get you to the NSO. You want to enter from Grace Street, not from the corner of Grace & Laurel. If you see signs for the Physics Department, you are at the wrong entrance. At the Grace Street entrance, across from Bookholders and Sally Bell’s Kitchen, you will see the security desk as you enter the building. Tell the security officers that you are coming to a meeting at the NSO and ask them to point you towards our offices. (The security officers may ask to see a photo ID as our offices are located on the ground floor of the Honors College residence hall.) As you cross the lobby and approach the mailboxes/mail room, the NSO reception area will be directly in front of you. The Multipurpose Room (1303) is right next door (to the right of the water fountain). There will be signs pointing you in the right direction.
Thanks for helping us advertise these information sessions to everyone at VCU!
Jeff Wing
Director, National Scholarship Office
The Honors College
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 843010
701 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA  23284-3010

SMART STEM scholarship – Deadline Dec 1st

Please see the scholarship opportunity below. The application due date for this opportunity is December 1, 2015. Please forward to any students you know that may be interested.

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

Participants in the SMART Scholarship for Service Program will receive full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking), a stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 depending on degree pursuing, access to summer research internships, mentoring, and other allowances and benefits including employment placement upon graduation.

Students pursuing degrees related to the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Physics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Information Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering (technical tracks only)
  • Mathematics
  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry (technical tracks only)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Sciences

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All awardees must be;
    • a U.S. citizen at time of application,
    • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2016,
    • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
    • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
    • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award and,
    • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.
  • Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED.
  • Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2016 term.

Application Deadline:December 1, 2015

How to Apply:
Click Here To Find Out More Information And Apply to this highly competitive opportunity.

Information sessions on 2 undergraduate research scholarships

The School of Engineering will be hosting the National Scholarship Office for two upcoming information sessions for the SMART and RISE programs on Tues., Oct. 20 at 2pm in the School of Engineering West Hall (601 W. Main St.) Room 104 and Wed., Oct 28 at Noon in the School of Engineering East Hall (401 W. Main St.) Room 2219.

Please share these two opportunities with your students:

  • The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. More information on SMART:
  • RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduates in the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences (geology) and related disciplines to conduct research in Germany during the summer. More information on RISE:

Attached is an informational flyer for both information sessions, if you can post them where interested students might see them (or share them via social media). I have also attached an informational flyer from the SMART program.

Interested students who cannot attend either information session can contact our office ( to get more information about these opportunities.

Thank you for your support in ensuring we reach as many potential applicants as possible!


Jeff Wing
Director, National Scholarship Office
The Honors College
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 843010
701 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA  23284-3010
(804) 828-6868
(804) 827-1669 – fax