What are these scholarships and fellowships?

These prestigious awards recognize the nationís best students.  They offer considerable support either for continued education at the graduate level or for other significant post-graduate work, such as service to the nation or the community.  Academic fellowships provide full tuition, fees, living expenses and a stipend.  Non-academic honors include a stipend and other benefits.

Many of the best known of these scholarships and fellowships, such as the Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship and the Fulbright Scholarship involve international work overseas, although some, such as the National Science Foundation fellowships allow you to pursue your graduate work at the university of your choice in the U.S.

Some of these, such as the Truman Scholarship, the Udall Scholarship, and the Goldwater Scholarship can be held when you are an undergraduate, with the award carrying over to your graduate studies as well.

Am I eligible?

These scholarships and fellowships generally go to students with the highest academic achievement (3.75 GPA and above).  However, some do emphasize other achievements and qualifications, such as leadership, service, and research or language abilities.  It is best to check directly with the SOAR advisors if you would like to know whether there is a fellowship or scholarship that might be a good match for you.

How Do I Get Started?

The best advice is to start as early as possible - even if you are a first-year or sophomore that is not too early to get started thinking about how these fellowships and scholarships might fit into your post-graduate plans. Keeping your grades high, as well as seeking out significant opportunities for research, service and leadership are the best ways to prepare yourself. 

Check out the fellowships available to you either at Creighton's web page, and feel free to contact the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

If you are interested?

  1. Check out Creighton's Scholarships and Fellowships Web Page
  2. Contact the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS)
  3. Talk to faculty - be sure to talk to faculty whom you respect.  Your advisor and mentors in your major are especially important.  They can offer specific guidance and may also be willing to serve as recommenders when you apply. CURAS may also connect you with other faculty in the College specifically designated as advisors for the particular scholarship or fellowship you are applying for.