What are Fellowships?

Fellowships and scholarships are competitive awards for graduate study, personal enrichment, travel, and research while you're still at the undergraduate level. These awards recognize excellence, initiative, and a drive to make an impact in the world. You can see that Hampden-Sydney men have done very well in competing for these awards, so we encourage you to stretch your goals and aspirations and represent Hampden-Sydney on a national and international stage! 

The awards are sorted by when students are eligible to begin applying for them, NOT by when you should start considering them. Fellowships require several months of planning an application, let alone the time it takes to build a competitive candidacy.

Here is a handy flow chart that organizes major scholarships by GPA requirement.

Graduating Seniors and Recent Alumni

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program
Fulbright Scholarships
Gates-Cambridge Scholarships
Marshall Scholarship
George J. Mitchell Scholarship
Presidential Management Fellows Program
Rhodes Scholarship
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship - contact Ms. Snyder (223-6105) for more information
IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise

Sophomores and Juniors, with certain restrictions

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
Truman Scholarship
Morris K. Udall Scholarship
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Educational Program
Fulbright UK Summer Institute Program
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program (for students interested in becoming a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department)

Scholarships to fund study abroad experiences

Boren Awards
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Scholarships for specific academic areas

SMART Scholarship (Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation)
Boren Scholarships also offer funding for science and math students
(although you must apply under the general Boren application process)
Department of Homeland Security Science Scholarship Program

Scholarships specifically for international students

Most of these programs either have deadlines in early to mid October, February, or March.  Visit with Dr. Frye and Ms. Snyder early, preferably in your sophomore year.  If that's not possible, visit as soon as you begin to think seriously about any of these programs.  Ms. Snyder can explain the various opportunities, help you decide which ones match with your interest, and give you advice on how to plan for an application.  Dr. Frye can assist you with building, writing, and revising a personal statement.  He can also assist in crafting all parts of your application. 

Ms. Becca Snyder Shelton, Associate Director of Career Education and Vocational Reflection
Bagby 216
(434) 223-6105 or rshelton@hsc.edu

Dr. Lowell Frye, Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities
Morton Hall 016
(434) 223-6215 or lfrye@hsc.edu