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Green Mountain College is committed to helping our students apply for nationally competitive scholarships for research, service, leadership and scholarship. Faculty advisors and students interested in searching for awards are encouraged to create a profile and search through our funding database. (accessible only on the GMC campus)

What follows is a select group of scholarships, fellowships and research experiences that may be of special interest to students. Some of these awards require that students submit their applications to GMC first as part of a preliminary screening. If you are interested in applying for any of these awards, or would like any further information about academic awards in general, please contact Jennifer Guinn Sellers, Ph.D. via e-mail or at (802) 287-8072. All of us here at Green Mountain College are interested in our students' success. We can work together to help you put together the best possible application. Call or e-mail to schedule an appointment.

American Graduate Fellowship
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The Council of Independent Colleges is a major national organization the services small and mid-sized private liberal arts colleges. The CIC initiates American Graduate Fellowships to foster student success in doctoral study in the humanities, including history, philosophy and fine arts. Two fellowships will be awarded to students from eligible colleges who enroll in doctoral programs at any of the 23 leading research universities in the US, Ireland and Britain annually through 2011. Fellowships are worth up to $50,000 each and are renewable for a second year.

Annie’s Homegrown Scholarship
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The program assists undergraduate or graduate students who are environmental advocates and are focusing on classes in environmental studies. The program gives 25 awards annually of $1000 each. This money can be used for tuition, books, and other educational expenses.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program

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The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, and to foster excellence in those fields. Up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships are awarded each year, for up to $7,500.

Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their nomination materials a statement of interest in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. Most Goldwater Scholars plan to pursue Ph.D.'s in their chosen field. Students who intend to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice.

A strong candidate will have had the opportunity to participate in research, either at their own institution, in local industry, or in a national research facility. Students who have not participated in formal research can demonstrate intellectual curiosity through independent investigation of a theory or issue related to their fields of interest.

Boren Award
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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program
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Each year the Endowment offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 300 colleges. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates. We are unable to consider anyone who has started graduate studies. The Endowment's nomination deadline is January 15 of each year.

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
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The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.

This year's Suggested Topics are as follows:

  • What does your own experience tell you about the relationship between politics and ethics and, in particular, what could be done to make politics more ethical?

  • Articulate with clarity an ethical issue you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.

  • From a personal viewpoint, how does globalization impact your view of the Other in society and in the world?

  • Clearly analyze the relationship between religion and ethics in today's world.

  • Examine the ethical implications of a decision, dilemma, or situation related to the current economic crisis.

Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship
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The scholarship, in the amount of $10,000, will be awarded annually to a qualified applicant. Candidates must have studied early childhood education, child development/child psychology, film/television production, music, animation, or some combination of at least two of these fields. In addition to the cash stipend, the recipient will receive mentoring support from members of the Academy's Children's Programming Peer Group, who will work with the recipient during the course of the academic year.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
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The Fulbright Program aims to foster mutual understanding among nations through education and cultural exchanges. Administered by the U.S. Information Agency, assisted by the Institute of International Education, each year the program allows more than 800 Americans to study and conduct research in over 150 countries.
The Fulbright program offers you the chance to go to any one of more than 150 participating countries for nine months or more, depending on the program. You may pursue a one-year degree, simply take classes, teach, pursue independent research, or carry out a creative project. Each of these possibilities carries with it a set of guidelines and requirements. 

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

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The Mitchell Scholarships were created in 1998 to interest the next generation of American leaders in the island of Ireland. It is hoped that Mitchell Scholars will develop an understanding of the relationship between Ireland and Britain as well as Ireland's relationship with Europe. Prospective Scholars must have a demonstrated record of intellectual distinction, leadership, and extra-curricular activity, as well as personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, fairness, and unselfish service to others that indicate a potential for future leadership and contribution to society. There are no restrictions as to academic field of study, although the proposed course must be available at the university elected by the applicant, and the applicant's undergraduate program must provide sufficient basis for study in the proposed field. Scholars will be eligible to attend institutions of higher learning in Ireland, including the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland, for one academic year of graduate study.

The universities participating in the Mitchell Scholarships are generously contributing tuition and room for the Scholar. In addition, each Scholar will receive a stipend of $12,000 to cover other necessary expenses for the term of study.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
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As the federal memorial to our thirty-third president, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards up to $30,000 scholarships to college juniors who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and wish to attend graduate school to help prepare for their careers. Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

The Truman Foundation seeks future "change agents" who aspire to leadership positions in federal, state, or local governments or in the not-for-profit and education sectors where they can influence public policies and change public programs. Truman Scholars should have:

  • Extensive records of public and community service

  • Commitment to careers in government and elsewhere in the public sector

  • Desire to influence public policies or education programs

  • Outstanding leadership potential and communication skills

Former Truman Scholars serve as managers of government programs, legislators and aides for legislative bodies, foreign service officers, staff members in policy analysis and research organizations, attorneys for government agencies, public defenders, and professional staff in advocacy organizations and not-for profit institutions.

Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program
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This program represents an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to gain hands-on experience in stem cell research while working in a Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) laboratory under the supervision of an experienced researcher.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
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This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Eligibility is limited to individuals who at the time of application:

(1) will be entering a doctoral program in academic year 2011-2012 and/or who, at the time of application, have not yet completed their first full year of study in the doctoral program for which they are seeking support;

(2) will be entering a Master of Fine Arts program in academic year 2011-2012 where the master’s is the terminal highest degree awarded in the selected field of study.

Twenty percent of the fellowships shall be awarded in the social sciences, twenty percent in the arts, and sixty percent in the humanities. A minimum of sixty percent of the awards shall be made to students who have no graduate credits.

Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents of the U.S., or citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States. Applicants must be eligible to be accepted to or currently attending a graduate program leading to a doctorate or a terminal master's degree in an eligible field of study at an institution of higher education approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the Department of Education. Applicants attending a foreign institution are ineligible.

Eligibility is limited to individuals who, as Javits fellows, will be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance pursuant to Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Students who have already received a Javits fellowship in previous years are not eligible.

Marshall Scholarship

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Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953, the scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the European Recovery Program, and are an expression of thanks from the British people to America for the Marshall Plan. The objectives of the scholarship are:

  • To bring for study in the United Kingdom intellectually distinguished young Americans who will one day become leaders, opinion formers, and decision makers in their own country

  • To enable them to gain an understanding and appreciation of the British way of life and British social and academic values;

  • To encourage them to be ambassadors to the United Kingdom for their own way of life, and to establish long-lasting bridges and ties between the peoples of the U.K. and the U.S. at a personal level.

In appointing Scholars the selectors look for distinction of intellect and character, as evidenced both by their scholastic attainments and by their other activities and achievements. Preference is given to candidates who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society. Selectors also look for strong motivation and seriousness of purpose, including the presentation of a specific and realistic academic program.

Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
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The Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, sponsored by Mayo Graduate School, is a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research. Each year, 70-80 undergraduate students from around the United States come to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to work beside both young and established scientists on a broad range of biomedical research questions. Up to ten fellowships also are available at Mayo's campuses in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Jacksonville, Fla. The program begins at the end of May and ends in early August.

Morris K. Udall Award
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In 2011, the Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships and 50 honorable mentions on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior level college students. Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:

  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or

  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or

  • 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.

NOAA - OEd Hollings Scholarship
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to:

  • increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;

  • increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;

  • recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and

  • recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year.

NPR Kroc
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The NPR Kroc Fellowship was established to identify and develop a new generation of extraordinary journalists for the public radio system. NPR is looking for a diverse pool of applicants who aspire to work in public radio. Candidates must be just completing college or graduate school, or be out of school for one year or less as of December 31. They do not need journalism or radio experience, but must demonstrate exceptional potential and drive. Three Kroc Fellows will be accepted into the program this year. The Fellowship begins in August, and lasts one year. It includes a stipend of more than $37,000, plus benefits, which include paid vacation. Fellows will get rigorous, hands-on training in every aspect of public radio journalism — writing, reporting, producing and editing, for both radio and the Web. Kroc Fellows will work primarily at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C., though each Fellowship will include an assignment to an NPR member station.

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The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the U.S. and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 900 graduate fellowships each year, including awards for women in engineering and computer and information science. Fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering that are supported by the NSF, and are intended for students in the early stages of graduate study. The approximate yearly worth of the scholarship is $27,000.

In considering applications, reviewers are asked to assess: intellectual merit, which includes intellectual and scientific ability; the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently; and the ability to communicate, and to plan and conduct research, the broader impact of the applicant's contributions to society, and commitment to diversity.

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The National Science Foundation makes possible a number of opportunities for undergraduates to join research projects each summer. This allows students to experience first-hand how basic research is carried out, and to contribute consequentially. The principal support by NSF of such activities is through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.

REU "Sites" are established in all fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Each Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates, who work in the research programs of the host institution. Students are in general accepted from throughout the country. Each student is assigned to a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. In addition, seminars, lunch meetings, and social functions are organized to facilitate interaction between the undergraduates.

Students are granted stipends, and in some cases assistance with housing and travel. Students who are in those groups traditionally under-represented in science (women, members of under-represented minorities, and those with disabilities) are particularly urged to apply. Students with special personal needs or requirements, or who can attend a Site only under special conditions, are also encouraged to apply, and to discuss this with Site Directors in advance of the application dates.

Rhodes Scholarship
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The oldest international fellowships, the Rhodes Scholarships were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902. Thirty-two Americans and outstanding students from around the world are elected each year to pursue two years of study at the University of Oxford. Graduating seniors and alums under the age of 24 are eligible to apply.

Rhodes Scholarships are investments in people; applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic study or career plans, although their proposed course must be available at Oxford. Intellectual distinction is the principal quality required of applicants, but they will also be required to show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full. Scholars are more than "mere bookworms"; it is expected that they will play an influential part in the betterment of society, wherever their careers may take them.

SHEAR/Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program
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Founded in 2005, the program is dedicated to providing talented, motivated undergraduate scholars the opportunity to pursue original primary source research in some of the finest archival collections relevant to early American history.
 Ten highly competitive fellowships are awarded annually to rising seniors preparing to undertake thesis projects at liberal arts colleges. Undergraduate fellows receive generous stipends, housing for the duration of the seminar, and reimbursement for travel expenses to Philadelphia to fund three weeks of intensive seminar sessions in historiography and critique and individual archival research.

Websites for Medical-Oriented Summer Internships
Association of American Medical Colleges
AAMC Summer Program Database

Website for Biology-Oriented Summer Interships
Rochester Institute of Technology

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