Undergraduate Scholarships Requiring a Fairfield University Endorsement

prest_academic10aThe following directory lists only those scholarships, grants, fellowships, and loans that require a Fairfield University endorsement. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2778. For rules, eligibility, application deadlines, and more, follow the links to the websites of interest to you.

Freeman-ASIA - no current funding
This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students for study in Asian and Southeast Asian countries for summer, semester, and academic-year programs. The primary goal of Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) is to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia, by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need. Award recipients are expected to share their experiences with their home campuses to encourage study abroad in East and Southeast Asia by others, and to spread greater understanding of Asian peoples and cultures within their home communities. Scholarships are awarded based on financial needs.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. The 14 international offices provide information as well as financial support to over 67,000 highly-qualified students and faculty per year for international research and study in Germany for varying lengths of time. One of the largest of those international offices is in New York. The DAAD New York office, founded in 1971, supports academic exchanges between the U.S., Canada, and Germany and offers a broad range of scholarships, grants, fellowships and internships in Germany for U.S. and Canadian citizens, from undergraduate students to post-doctoral scholars as well as faculty and higher education professionals.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship
The Foundation expects to award 50 scholarships of up to $5,000 for one year of study and 50 honorable mentions annually on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior level college students. The competitive scholarships are offered in any of 3 categories below:

  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care

The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. The Foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development, and education.

NSEP/David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad for 8 weeks up to one year in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

St. Andrew's Society Scholarship Programs
The St. Andrew's Society offers scholarships to American students of Scottish descent to study at a Scottish university for one year. Candidates must reside or attend school within 250 miles of New York State. In recognition of the benefits of higher education, the Society provides significant funding for 2 Scottish graduate students to study in the United States and 2 Scottish-American students to study in Scotland. Initiated by the Society at its 200th anniversary, in the past 50 years the program has consistently attracted top students from the most competitive institutions of learning. The scholarship provides funds to a total of $30,000 to be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation, and other expenses. It is the national committee's usual practice to invite 6 finalists to a luncheon in New York City during February or early March. Following this meeting, 2 of these finalists will be awarded a scholarship for graduate study in Scotland.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. They seek to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy and who are committed to pursuing a graduate degree at a U.S. institution. The Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This program awards prizes of up to $40,000 annually over a 2-year period to cover tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees during senior year of college and during the first year of graduate study.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. This scholarship provides awards for students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. Award amounts vary depending on length of study, which is between one month and one year, and student need. Overall though, over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded yearly.

Amgen Scholars Program
The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students interested in science and biotechnology with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation's leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities in the U.S. host the 8-10 week summer research program. Amgen scholars will take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science. They will also interact with and receive guidance from world-renowned faculty mentors and attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events. The Amgen Foundation has committed $34 million over 8 years to this global initiative to make this opportunity possible to more than 2,400 students. The award varies depending on each host university. 

Truman Scholarship
The Truman Scholarship supports the potential of terrific young people from across the United States committed to pursuing a degree to further a career in public service at any graduate institution. The belief is that a better future relies on attracting to public service the commitment and sound judgment of bright, outstanding young leaders. This competitive national scholarship receives over 600 applications for 55 to 65 Scholarships awarded annually. Scholars are awarded up to $30,000 for 2 years of graduate study.

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