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National Scholarship General Information Sessions

National Scholarship General Information Sessions
The National Scholarship Office (NSO) will be holding two general information sessions on Friday, March 23, at 3p, and Tuesday, March 27, at 2p.Both sessions will be held in the Multipurpose Room (1303) at the Honors College (701 W. Grace Street). These general information sessions are designed for first- and second-year undergraduates and any students who are new to VCU. A variety of national and international scholarship opportunities will be discussed. Strategies for creating a competitive profile and application will also be covered in these sessions. Bring a friend(s). Students who are not able to attend either session are welcome to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Meredith Sisson or Mr. Jeff Wing in the NSO. There is a link to schedule appointments on the NSO website.
Thanks for helping to publicize these information sessions to your students.

Jeff Wing
Fulbright Program Advisor
Director, National Scholarship Office
Assistant Dean, VCU Honors College
Virginia Commonwealth University
701 W. Grace Street, Room 1212
Box 843010
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3010
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Life Sciences Research Scholarships and Fellowships

The VCU Rice Rivers Center ( offers the following funding opportunities for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Student Research Scholarships: Competitive awards of $600 (undergraduate), $1,200 (masters) and $1,500 (doctoral) are available for field projects conducted at the Center and environs. Priority is given to projects that will advance our understanding of riverine ecosystems inclusive of their aquatic and terrestrial components. Collaborative (joint) proposals are welcomed, may request up to $2,000, and should clearly define individual roles and contributions to the overall project. Prior Scholarship recipients may apply for travel awards (up to $500) to present their findings at a national or regional meeting.

Graduate Fellowships: Up to three Summer Stipends ($6,000 each) will be awarded to support graduate student research in wetlands or restoration ecology. Candidates must be a current VCU graduate student in good standing or a recently-graduated undergraduate who has been accepted into a VCU graduate program for Fall, 2018. Projects conducted at the VCU Rice Rivers Center and environs are encouraged; however, proposals for relevant work in other locations will be considered. Proposals that add new value to existing and ongoing research (e.g. thesis, dissertation) are especially encouraged. Recipients should not hold a second VCU job during the
period of the Fellowship (mid-May thru mid-August) and there may be other requirements, which will be outlined in the award letter.  Applicants may also submit to the Student Research Scholarship program (see above) as a separate proposal.

Applications for research awards and graduate fellowships must be submitted as an attachment to by 28 March, 2018. Research proposals will include: a) cover letter, b) letter
of support from a faculty mentor, and c) 3-4 page proposal that includes project title, brief introduction, objectives/hypothesis, methods, expected results, schedule of activities, and a detailed budget. The budget may include funds for equipment, supplies, laboratory analyses and travel costs, and should indicate all funding sources, including those requested from the Center. Applications for graduate fellowships should include: a) cover letter, b) CV or Resume, c) personal statement explaining how the fellowship will advance our knowledge in the areas of wetlands or restoration ecology, and d) letter of support from faculty advisor. Decisions will be made in April and funds will be available in May. Questions may be directed to Dr. Cathy Viverette at or Dr. Greg Garman at

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Internship: CBF is collaborating with the Rice Rivers Center to offer a paid internship position ($6,000) in Summer, 2018. The Intern will assist the CBF Virginia Senior Scientist with projects related to the conservation and restoration of the Bay, including: review of current regulatory and voluntary nutrient reduction programs, evaluating approaches for achieving nutrient load reductions, assisting with GIS database creation and maintenance, assisting with oyster restoration efforts, and participating in educational boat trips. The successful candidate must be a current VCU student (graduate or undergraduate) with completed coursework in ecology and/or environmental studies. This internship is a part-time CBF position which will consist of 30 hours per week during the summer (start and end dates are negotiable). Applicants for the Internship should electronically submit a) cover letter, b) CV or resume, and c) letter of support from faculty advisor by 28 March to Dr. Joe Wood at

HI USA’s Explore the World travel scholarship program

Richmond Hostel is offering $2,000 travel scholarships exclusively for Richmond area residents.

The program is called Explore the World, and it’s administered by the nonprofit organization, Hostelling International USA (HI USA). HI USA is committed to creating a more tolerant world, and these scholarships are for young travelers inspired to make the world a better place, but lack the financial means to go abroad.

The scholarship is open to individuals, ages 18-30, who will engage in an educational or service learning component during their trip.  Eligible candidates must also meet specific financial need requirements. More information can be found at

Explore the World Flyer 2018

Application deadline: March 2, 2018

Announcing the Lafayette Frederick Underrepresented Minorities Scholarship

The Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) Committee on Human Diversity is pleased to announce the inaugural offering of this prestigious scholarship named for long-time member, Past President, and John Herr Lifetime Achievement Awardee Dr. Lafayette Frederick.

At this time, the award is intended to support one outstanding undergraduate student to attend the annual ASB meeting, receiving mentoring onsite from a faculty member in a discipline related to the interests of the student, and attending many networking opportunities such as the Plenary Social, the Diversity Luncheon, the Thursday Night Social, and the Friday Night Banquet. This scholarship ($1200) is intended to cover society membership and meeting registration (including the ticketed events mentioned above), as well as travel and lodging.

Download the full announcement here, and contact Dr. Loretta Ovueraye or Dr. Alfredo Leon, Committee Co-Chairs, regarding submissions. Deadline for receipt of applications is 16 February 2018.

If you would like to donate funds in support of this award so that we may be able to expand the number of students supported in future years, please contact me directly.

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