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Have you ever thought about traveling to a foreign country to learn something about yourself? Pursuing a research project over the summer? Working to serve a community in need or to gain practical experience? Continuing your studies after you graduate?

The challenge of competing for these scholarships is enormous. Whether or not they eventually win, students who seriously undertake the process of preparing and applying for a major scholarship are in for a life-changing experience. Because you will be competing against the very best college students from across the nation, it's natural to think that the odds are against you. As you read through, the tone at times may seem a bit uninviting, perhaps even discouraging. While we certainly want qualified students to apply, it's important for prospective applicants to understand that these programs are highly selective. With increasing numbers of students competing for major scholarships, letters of recommendation are extremely important and factor heavily in the selection process. Scholarship boards and foundations stress that applications should be encouraged from students who have a good chance of advancing in the competition.

Students interested in Major Fellowships and Scholarships should do the following:

  1. Make an appointment to meet with Michael LeMahieu, Interim Director of Major Fellowships in Suite 180 (D) Core Campus, 864-656-4762 or submit the Major Fellowships Interest Form.
  2. If applying for the Rhodes Scholarship, British Marshall Fellowship, Cates Cambridge Scholarship and the Mitchell Scholarship see the Statement of Intent and Pre-Application Instructions.

Major Fellowships & Scholarships


Who May Apply

Study Abroad

British Marshall Scholarships Seniors or graduates with any major Yes
EPA Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship Sophomores with any major No
Fulbright Grants Seniors or graduates with any major Yes
Gates Cambridge Scholarships Seniors or graduates with any major Yes
George J. Mitchell Scholarships Seniors or graduates with any major Yes
Goldwater Scholarships Sophomores or Juniors majoring in Math, Science, or Engineering No
Hertz Foundation Fellowship Seniors or graduates in the Physical Sciences or Engineering No
James Madison Memorial Fellowships Seniors or graduates who plan to teach high school History No
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships Seniors or graduates majoring in Science or Engineering No
National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnerships Program Ph.D. students in Biomedical disciplines No
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Seniors or early graduate students in Math, Engineering, or Social Sciences No
Rhodes Scholarships Seniors or graduates in any major Yes
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Seniors or graduates in any major No
Truman Scholarships Juniors in any major No
Udall Scholarships Sophomores or Juniors in any major No