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Scholarships & Stipends
Citrone Economics and Business Student/Faculty Summer Research Program - funded by Robert K. Citrone '87 and an anonymous donor
Who: each year the Citrone Grant funds collaborative student/faculty summer research in areas on economics. Student and faculty receive a summer stipend for their research that is later presented, often at professional conferences.When: each summer; applications are typicall due in March to Dr. Townsend in the Economics Department.
How: eligible students (juniors with a 3.0 cumulative GPA) must (a) write a brief description of a research project to be shown to a potential collaborative faculty supervisor within the Econ Dept., and (b) the faculty member then draft a cover letter endorsing the project description and detailing the faculty member's anticipated contributions to the research project. These documents are then forwarded to Dr. Ken Townsend at email@example.com.
McIntire Business Institute (MBI) at the University of Virginia
Who: MBI is designed for those with little or no business background who want to gain a fundamental understanding of the business world and gain valuable skills that expand their career opportunities.
When: summer program that offers an abridged version of the world-class business curriculum of the McIntire School of Commerce. Classes meet all day Monday - Friday for 4 weeks.
Why: build and develop your critical and strategic thinking and leadership abilities, and teamwork skills
How: Applications are due April 15 for the summer program on a first come, first serve basis.
H-SC CEPE Senior Research Fellowship
The Center for Entrepreneurship & Political Economy accepts applications for a year-long, collaborative research project with a supervising H-SC faculty member. Accepted students receive a stipend for original research in the broad areas of economy. Eligible applicants will be junior standing, and possess a 2.7 cumulative and 3.0 major GPA.
For more information and the application: visit the webpage, and contact Dr. Justin Isaacs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boinest Student Research Assistantship - funded by William C. Boinest
What: The H-SC Economics Department invites applications from all junior Econ majors. The recipient will conduct directed research in the economics or business field the summer prior to his senior year, and during his senior year. The recipient also completes a senior honors project, and graduates with Honors in Economics. The Assistantship is $3,000.
How: eligible students submit an essay describing their interest in conducting research in economics or business, with possible topics of research interest by the beginning of April to Dr. Ken Townsend at email@example.com.
The Martin Agency Student Workshop
What: a 10-day workshop series at the Martin Agency headquarters in Richmond, VA where students interested in advertising are introduced to the field and how the Martin Agency operates. Student groups will conceptualize, create and present a marketing campaign, from brief to execution, as well as present to agency executives. Students also attend meetings where agency management across all disciplines will lead seminars about their specific disciplines, the creative process and the industry as a whole.
Who: any undergraduate student very interested in the advertising careers
When: 10-days during the summer; typically end of May - beginning of June
How: students submit applications by January 15 for acceptance to the summer program. Make extra time for the application, as it includes several short answer and drawing exercises.
Summer Journalism Program at NYU
What: Various summer classes at NYU in the journalism field.
Who: Any students interested in the jourlism field.
When: Two sessions offered. The first session starts May 26th. The second session runs from July 7th-August 13th.
How: Apply through their website (linked above).
What: training program for those wanting to work with youth, and especially education
Who: undergraduate students
When: each summer in various locations throughout the United States
How: for more details and to apply, see their online application
Richmond Teacher Residency
What: teacher residency program in Richmond, VA in which you work in Richmond Public Schools and earn a graduate degree from VCU. If successful, Residents will earn a Master of Teaching, become a salaried teacher, and earn National Board Certification. Two tracks available: secondary content, and special/exceptional education.
Who: seniors graduating in May with at least a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework
When: application deadlines are early November (Cycle 1), and March (Cycle 2) to start afer graduation. Candidates are encouraged to apply early to qualify for financial support with the Praxis exams.
How: visit them online for more important details, or contact Ann Cherry, Recruiter, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program
What: a mutual understanding program started in 1987 that allows participants a one-year experience abroad in Japan, as either an Assistant Language Teacher, Coordinator for International Relations, or a Sports Exchange Advisor. Read more about the appointments.
Who: recent graduates with a Bachelor degree. For more necessary information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
When: begins with a one-year appointment, and can be extended for one more year, twice more.
How: application deadline is November 21 (or around that date), and is mailed to the office.
Marshall University - Teach in China program
What: this program is part of a larger non-profit organization designed to build educational and business relationships between the Appalachian region and China, and encourages applicants who have the desire and qualifications to be a teacher and goodwill ambassador.
Who: graduating seniors, with at least a 2.8 GPA, who can commit to teaching English for 11 months in China
When: an 11 month commitment beginning in August
How: applications are done online and are due by the end of March, for an August departure. Be sure to visit their website (above) for important application details.
CIEE Teach Abroad Programs
What: The Council on International Education Exchange is a world recognized organization for providing quality teach abroad programs for students in a wide variety of countries.
Who: CIEE accepts applications from recent college graduates to mid-career professionals and retirees. Applicants with a kind, patient, and enthusiastic attitude that inspires are welcome to apply.
When: applications are accepted for Summer, Fall, and Spring terms to teach abroad. Details can be obtained by contacting CIEE via email on their website.
How: through an online application
Georgetown Preparatory School: English as a second language Summer Program Counselor
What: This is a six week summer program that aids international student, ranging in age from 14-17, build their english language skills.
Who: Any college students are welcome to apply. College juniors and seniors are encouraged especially to apply. No foreign language skills are required.
When: The program dates are June 22nd-August 12th.
How: Send resume, transcripts and a letter of reccomendation to email@example.com.
American Education and Culture Ambassador Program (teaching English in China)
What: teach English in China for one or two semesters, or the summer, with options to renew contracts for extension. Compensation varies depending on experience level, but it is a livable salary. Student loans can be deferred.
Who: must have received undergraduate degree by time of starting the program.
When: several options on length of stay
How: apply online through above website.
Jesse Ball Du Pont Fund: Southern Education Leadership institute
What: leadership development program of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) to advance excellence and fairness in education in the American South. During the last ten years, SEF has maintained a program to recruit and support a select, diverse group of college students to work during the summers with a wide range of effective organizations and non-profits to understand how to develop systemic strategies for advancing educational equity and achievement in education.
Who: college students from all eligible liberal arts colleges.
When: summer 2016 and 2017.
How: aplly online through the above link.
Duke Law - D.C. Summer Institute
What: Duke Law School offers this summer enrichment program for undergraduate juniors and seniors who wish to better understand how the law shapes policy and regulation in the U.S. Participants will learn from premier faculty from Duke Law and attend short courses on topics such as constitutional and regulatory law, the legislative process, and legal framework for public policy.
Who: college juniors and seniors, and graduate and professional students, who are considering law school and/or careers in the public sector.
When: Typically in July, this summer program offers 2 two week sessions in Washington, D.C.
How: For more information and the online application visit their website. Admission is rolling, but those interested are encouraged to apply by April.
Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) at Virginia Commonwealth University
What: an intensive, six-week, inter-professional academic enrichment program designed to enhance the academic preparation of junior and senior undergraduate students, and post-baccalaureate students actively purusing enrollment in a VCU health professions school.
Who: SAEP is available for upper level undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and recent graduates interested in attending one of VCU's Health Professions Schools.
When: May; check website for specific dates each year.
Why: program places a strong emphasis on enhancing the academic preparation of students approaching the application process
How: students apply by February 15 to one of 4 tracks: dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or physical therapy. Participants are provided with housing and a stipend to cover program expenses.
EVMS 2015 Summer Scholars Program
What: A competetive summer research internship working with a faculty member at Eastern Virginia Medical School for 11 weeks on one of their current research projects.
Who: This internship is available to undergraduate seniors, or graduates on an undergraduate program who have completed no more than two years of medical school.
When: May 18, 2015 - July 30, 2015
Why: To gain experience in graduate level research, also to gain experience in presenting the research.
How: students to submit application and all other documents by January 30th, 2015. Stipend is provided to cover costs of program expenses.
For further information, you may contact Lovisa Romanoff at (770) 488-0192, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNCF/Merck Science Initiative
What: an innovative approach that creates opportunities in the biological, checmical, and biomedical engineering sciences for African American students. Scholarships range up to $25,000.
Who: college juniors who are studying science with a 3.3 cumulative GPA or higher
When: applications are typically due in early December, for a May notification of awards
How: apply online, includes leadership and community service activities, letters of recommendation, an essay, and your resume.
VCU Health Professions Career Exploration
What: summer program designed for college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are interested in any of the nine fields of study offered at the VCU School of Allied Health Professions
Who: college freshmen and sophomores
When: 2 weeks during the beginning of June
How: apply online; application materials needed: online form, 2 letters of recommendation, and official college transcripts. Deadline is April 3rd.
Commonwealth Fellows Program
What: is a 9 month (September - May) leadership development and training program for recent grads, and prepares them for future vocations as professionals in the marketplace and as staff in the local church.
When: see above
Who: recent college graduates
How: applications are submitted online
For more information, or for questions about the program, contact Mrs. Jill Rich, at St. Matthew's, at email@example.com, or (804) 288-1911
The John Jay Institute & Fellows Program
What: this program seeks out the best and brightest of tomorrow's creators and writers, teachers, lawmakers and pastors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists providing them with the intellectual, spiritual, and professional training for transformational cultural leadership.
When: post-graduation program based in Philadelphia for one year, with either a fall or spring semester start date; no associated cost and is merit-based, tuition free, and offers a stipend of $2,400 and a free housing benefit during its academic residency.
Who: candidates are based upon demonstrated Christian commitment and leadership potential, and should be well-rounded in general knowledge and experience, completed college, maintained a 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average, and have strong abilities in oral and written communication.
The John Jay Fellows Program
What: We seek out the best and brightest of tomorrow's creators and writers, parents and teachers, lawmakers and pastors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. We provide them with the intellectual, spiritual, and professional training for transformational cultural leadership. And then we give them membership in a close-knit professional fraternity of alumni to facilitate their strategic placement, continued growth, and lasting impact on American culture.
Who: College graduates with academic interests in theology, society, politics, and law. The John Jay Fellows Program is multidisciplinary in scope and college graduates of all academic disciplines are welcome to apply. Applicants compete for 16 available seats each spring and fall term. Criteria for selection are based upon the applicant's Christian commitment, articulated calling to public life, leadership potential, scholastic aptitude, and teachable disposition. Candidates for the Fellowship should be well-rounded in general knowledge and experience and capable in oral and written communication. They must have completed a bachelors degree by the time of their enrollment, as well as maintained a cumulative 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average
When: Any academic semester.
How: Apply online by clicking the link above.
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
What: the College Leaders Program (CLP) provides intensive training in state and local government, politics, leadership, and public service to students from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The CLP gives students the practical skills and political knowledge to become effective advocates in government and business. The cost of CLP is $1,800, which covers all instructional materials, events, room, board, meals, and field trips. Tuition assistance is available.
Who: All undergraduates at Virginia colleges and universities, or Virginia residents attending a college out of state, are eligible to participate.
When: The CLP is held each summer for two weeks on grounds at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
How: student apply online (includes an essay), and send in college transcripts, one letter of recommendation, and resume. Eligible applicants have an interview, and are informed of decisions by mid-April. For questions, contact Lauren Gilbert at 434-243-2844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Service Fellows Internship Program (Summer, Fall & Spring program through the Partnership for Public Service)
What: The Partnership strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. Fellows work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment across various internal teams, including event planning and execution, research, correspondence, and outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities. Opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals are offered throughout the program.
Who: seeking extraordinary undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with a strong commitment to public service, strong written and oral communication, analytical thinking, and strong teamwork
When: The Partnership offers 3 sessions (Summer, Fall & Spring), and participants must be willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the entirety of the program.
How: applicants must apply to only one internship position per term, however interest in other internship positions can be indicated. Application questions should be directed to email@example.com
Applications for the summer session are due by Feb. 27th, 2015.
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
What: multi-summer opportunity preparing students for a career in the intelligence field
Who: college freshmen and sophomores with a 3.0 and above cumulative GPA
When: on summer breaks between academic years at school
Why: this program offers unmatched professional experience in the intelligence field
How: apply by mid-October for the next year on their website. Read the website carefully for application instructions and important details.
Washington Semester Program & D.C. Summer Internship Program (through American University)
What: both programs aim to provide innovative, active, and experiential education opportunities for students to learn and live in the D.C. area.
Who: undergraduate students enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university
When: various times of the year, depending on the particular program
How: all application information is available online
Capital Semester program (through The Fund for American Studies)
What: program combines academics (12 hours from George Mason University) with a guaranteed internship (30 hours/week) for the fall or spring semester in D.C.;tuition and fees apply - most students will receive a scholarship award to attend.
Who: undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
When: either the fall or spring semester
How: online application with a Nov 5 final deadline
Virginia Capital Semester
What: one semester program located in Richmond, VA
Who: undergraduate students (sophomore, junior, senior) with a strong work ethic
When: each Spring semester, starting in January corresponding with the calendar of the Virginia General Assembly.
Why: this program offers qualified students the opportunity to experience an internship in the state government while continuing their studies on a full-time basis through course work at Virginia Commonwealth University.
How: early applciation deadline (recommended) is October 1. Submit application and supplemental documents through the mail to the given address.
PPIA Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University
What: a few week summer institute that provides college juniors a rigorous training in policy analysis. Similar summer programs are offered at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Maryland and Michigan with some difference in eligibility.
Who: PPIA is open to eligible college juniors
When: June - check website for specific dates each year
Why: the goal of the program is to prepare students for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs, and is a springboard for careers in public policy and international affairs.
How: students apply by November 1 through the PPIA online application
DCInternships.org Internship Placement
What: A program that places students in a variety of interships in Washington DC, which come with 12 transferrable credit hours from George Mason University.
Who: Open to any students interested in the fields of public policy, international affairs, business, journalism, communications, and the nonprofit sector.
When: Fall and spring internships available.
How: Nomination is required- meet with Ellen Masters to discuss potential nomination. Applications for spring 2016 are due early in November.
The Gloucester Institute - the Moton Fellowship Program & Emerging Leaders Program
What: programs offered that provide a safe environment for African Americans of divergent views to work to resolve social, economic, and political issues in the African American community.
Who: African American students in a college or university enrolled full-time as a rising sophomore, junior, or senior. The Emerging Leader program seeks applicants with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
When: times of the program vary, but typically held during the summer.
How: applications for both programs are online.
Virginia Governor's Fellows Program
What: experience first-hand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Who: rising college seniors are encouraged to apply; participants are placed in different positions in the Governor's Office and in various agencies throughout the Executive Branch. The program attempts to match Fellows with compatible assignments according to background, interests and future goals.
When: an 8 week summer program each year from June until July.
How: application details are online (website link above) and due in early March each year.
Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
What: The Department of Homeland Security is now accepting applications for its Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions. This program provides faculty and student research teams from Minority Serving Institutions with the opportunity to conduct research at the University-based DHS Centers of Excellence to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions.
Who: The program requires teams to be composed of one faculty member and up to two students (undergraduate and/or graduate level). Awards will not be made to teams with no student member(s) or to teams without a faculty member. Be at an eligible Minority Serving Institution (MSI) at that time of application. Be a United States citizen by the application deadline. Evidence of U.S. citizenship (such as a photocopy of a U.S. passport, birth certificate, Certificate of U.S. Naturalization, or Certificate of U.S. Citizenship) must be submitted to ORISE at the time award is accepted. Participate in the program for ten consecutive weeks during the same period as other team members. Full-time on-site participation at the DHS Center is required.
When: The program is during the Summers and 10 weeks long.
Serve A Year
What: campaign launched by Jimmy Kimmel & Chelsea Clinton giving graduates the opportunity to serve for a year in a community, in a variety of capacities, while earning a salary.
Who: recent college graduates with a passion for community service and making a meaningful difference.
How: apply for more information through the above website.
AmeriCorps with Impact America
What: Impact's initiatives provide an opportunity for college students and recent graduates to engage with individuals unlike themselves in a meaningful way, broadening their perspectives and making a real impact in their communities.
Who: college students and recent graduates interested in giving back to communities in the U.S.
How: online application accepted on a rolling basis, and includes your resume, academic transcript, and the opportunity to upload an additional document (great space for a cover letter or personal statement).
America's Unofficial Ambassadors: Summer Service Internship Program
What: Over a period of 5-8 weeks, each unofficial ambassador performs at least 180 hours of direct service and 60 hours of indirect service. Internship placements include schools and community-based organizations that address challenges in education, women's empowerment, youth leadership, and environmental conservation. As interns and citizen diplomats, our unofficial ambassadors form the type of people-to-people partnerships that are the future of international relations, and specifically America's relationship with the Muslim World. Earn academic credit while you make a difference, represent America, and gain hands-on professional experience in Indonesia, Morocco, Tajikistan, or Zanzibar.
Who: Graduates and Undergraduates.
How: Applications are accepted - and internship placements will be filled - on a rolling basis. So apply early for the best chance to receive your first choice country and placement.
CSIIP - Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program
What: to keep up with demand for STEM talent in Virginia the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) has CSIIP. CSIIP links companies and students in STEM, including but not limited to high-need areas such as Information Technology, Information Security, Big Data, Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity.
Who: undergraduate students with a 2.7 cumulative GPA and above
When: internships take place during the summer and fall/spring semester
How: apply online; you submit your information to the online system once during your academic career and update as your information changes
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) - Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) program
What: qualified students can apply to participate in hands-on research in a real-world laboratory setting; work alongside experts in your field
Who: students in a STEM field with a minimum 2.5 GPA who are U.S. Citizens or a Legal Permanent Resident; appointment includes a stipend and housing allowance
When: full or part-time appointments
How: apply online with a rolling deadline; applications for summer appointments are recommended to be in by Feb 1
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
What: this government sponsored program offers participants the chance to intern and work on focues research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. Participants receive a stipend throughout the summer to help with living costs.
Who: applications open to college sophomores and juniors who are U.S. citizens with at least a 3.0 GPA. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program studying science, technology (computer science), engineering-related, or math degrees.
When: this is a 10-week summer internship program in various locations around the U.S. The website (above) has more information on locations.
How: applications are submitted online from mid-November through mid-January each year.
Nordson Builds Scholarship Foundation
What: A scholarship program available to students who's residence, college is located near a Nordson Facility (locations on website).
Who: Eligability relies on the student's proximity to a Nordson Facilty, intened for students interested in pursuing careers in the engineering/manufactering industry.
When: Applications are due in mid-May each year.
How: Applications are submitted online through the above website.
Fantasy Sports Daily Scholarship
A general scholarship of $1,000 awarded to eligible students enrolled in a two year, four year, or graduate program. See website for eligibility details and to apply. Deadlines vary.
Dolman Law Group College Scholarship
The Dolman Law Group out of Clearwater, FL offers a $1,100 scholarship to any undergraduate student enrolled in classes full-time, and in good academic standing with his/her College. Entry requires a video-essay. Deadline is mid-March.
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute.
Money Geek (scholarships to fund graduate study)
Money Geek covers several scholarships that fund study for graduate-level coursework, many abroad institutions, such as the Rhodes Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, and Marshall Scholarship, to name a few.
The Reeves Law Group Annual Scolarship Award
The Reeves Law Group offers a $3,000 scholarship to future law students in their senior undergrad year and students currently in law school. Each year The Reeves Law group awards this scholarship to a deserving student and future lawer who delivers a winning presentation of authors a winning essay in their annual scholarship contest. Apply online by email using the link above.
The Reservation Counter Private Scholarship Oppotunity
Reservation Counter is offering a scholarship program for US students enrolled in colleges, universities and private institutions. This need-based scholarship program is designed to support and motivate students to value and make the most of their education. Reservation Counter looks to give scholarship awards to deserving students to achieve higher quality education, and are actively promoting education to encourage students to improve their knowledge and strive for excellence.
The Council of Independent Colleges: Davies-Jackson Scholarship
The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are among the first generation in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St. John's College at the University of Cambridge. Scholars are admitted as affiliated students and have the opportunity to take the more advanced parts of a Cambridge degree course and qualify for a Cambridge BA in two years instead of the usual three. Following the completion of their first year of study some Scholars have opted into a one year M. Phil program at the discretion of the Senior Tutor at St. John's. Established in 1990, the Scholarship, valued at approximately $50,000, is offered annually and is administrated by the Council of Independent Colleges on behalf of an anonymous donor.
Scholarships for Criminal Justice majorsCriminal justice careers typically fall into one of two categories: law enforcement or legal. The call to uphold the law and defend its integrity is a calling for a select group, that's why we at BestColleges.com have curated a scholarship and financial aid resource for those students pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Our scholarships for criminal justice majors guide takes a look at college financing options for CJ majors and includes: a look at federal student aid, a glimpse into student loan forgiveness programs, $75k in featured and segmented scholarships.