Eligibility for returning student scholarships depends on a number of criteria determined by the various donors of the scholarships. Criteria vary widely but typically include grade point average, financial need, major, hometown or other specific requirement. Please check the application deadlines carefully, as they vary by university.
Special College Scholarships
The SUCCESS Scholars Program (Students United in Classes, Community, Engineering, Service and Study Abroad) offers competitive scholarships and academic/career-building support activities--including opportunities to study abroad and conduct undergraduate research--to academically talented, economically disadvantaged students from underrepresented populations, rural communities, and Nebraska's six community colleges who pursue an engineering degree at UNL. Nearly $600,000 in grant funds from the National Science Foundation's Undergraduate Education Division provide 89 additional scholarships for underrepresented students during the next four years at Nebraska Engineering.
Goldwaters are for high ability sophomores and juniors (GPA of 3.9 or higher) studying and planning a research career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering. Students should be interested in pursuing the Ph.D. and be already engaged in research. Sophomore scholarship recipients receive $15,000 (over 2 years) and junior scholarship recipients receive $7,500 (for one year only) towards expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Students who are primarily interested in attending Medical school should not apply. UNL is limited to FOUR applicants. Campus Deadline: November 15 National Deadline: early February
The Truman Scholarship is a $26,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students, who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. Candidates must be in the upper quarter of their junior class and be nominated by the university's Truman Faculty Representative. The Truman Foundation is looking for candidates who have extensive records of public and community service, are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. Campus deadline: November 1; National deadline: early February.
The Udall scholarship honors the legislative legacy of Congressman Morris K. Udall and promotes future scientists and policymakers in areas impacted by his efforts, in particular students seeking careers in environmental policy and/or environmental science OR Native American/Native Alaskan students seeking careers in healthcare or tribal policy. Candidates should apply in their sophomore or junior years. There are 80 awards made annually. Students are selected based on their commitment to career in environmental science or policy and relevant leadership, service or research is highly valued. Campus deadline: November 15 National deadline: early March.
Scholarships are intended for rising juniors and seniors who are expected to graduate within two years of receiving the award; U.S. Citizenship is required. Only students majoring in physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences including science policy, engineering, mathematics, or computer science are considered. Students must have career and employment goals aligned with the mission and objectives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. There is a monthly stipend of $1000/month for 9 months and full tuition and fees are paid. Appointments are for one year with renewal for one additional year. There is a required Practicum (Research Internship) at a DHS-designated facility. It is expected that this research experience will occur during the summer, but could occur during the academic term. During the research internship, the stipend will increase to $500/week and you will be paid one round-trip travel allowance. Deadline: Early January (January 7 last year)
The highly competitive Churchill Scholarships offer American students of exceptional ability, the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics and the sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge. The scholarships also provide the opportunity to experience life in Britain, to forge friendships with British students and those from many other lands who are enrolled at Cambridge. At least eleven Churchill Scholarships, tenable for one year, are offered annually. Campus deadline: early September National deadline: November
Those eligible to apply for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. The awards are three-year full fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in the areas of science, mathematics, and engineering. NSF Graduate Fellowships are open only to individuals who are, at the time of application, citizens or nationals or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Eligibility is limited to those individuals who, at the time of application, have completed no more than 20 semester hours or equivalent of graduate study in the fields supported by this program. Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who meet the eligibility requirements above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awards. Awards carry a $30,00 stipend for each and an annual cost-of-education allowance of $10,500, pending availability of funds. Approximately 900 awards are given annually. Deadline: early November
The Department of Defense is committed to increasing the number and quality of our Nation's scientists and engineers. Toward that end, the DoD annually supports approximately 8,000 graduate students in fields important to national defense needs. The DoD supports graduate students in a number of ways. First and foremost is the support of thousands of graduate students who are members of research teams funded through DoD contracts and grants. The students, selected by the research faculty, engage in fundamental studies under the leadership of a senior researcher and commensurately earn advanced degrees. Usually, these students are supported wholly by the DoD grant or contract. This program seeks to identify individuals whose scientific and engineering credentials will support study through doctoral degrees. The prevailing goal is to provide the United States with talented, doctorally trained American men and women who will lead state of the art research projects in disciplines having the greatest payoff to national defense requirements. This program is highly competitive. Deadline: Early January.
Fulbrights are for graduate study or research abroad. Grants are awarded to seniors and graduate students in all academic fields and in the creative and performing arts. One-year English teaching assistantships are also available. Applicants must hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and carry out the proposed study. Such proficiency is especially important to students wishing to undertake projects in the social sciences and the humanities. Fulbright full grants provide round-trip airfare, language or orientation courses (where appropriate), tuition (in some cases), book and research allowances, maintenance for the academic year, supplemental health and accident insurance, and, in some cases, funds for spousal support. Campus deadline: mid-September; National deadline: late October.
A Rhodes scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford. It may be held for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years. Scholars are required to be full-time students at Oxford for the duration of their undergraduate or graduate degree programs. The Rhodes scholarship consists of a direct payment to the Scholar's College of all tuition fees (such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory fees, and certain other set charges), plus a maintenance allowance paid directly to the Scholar in installments during the two-year term of the Scholarship. The Rhodes Trustees will assist successful applicants with their traveling expenses to and from Oxford. Scholarships are awarded to seniors, graduate students, and alumni between the ages of 18 and 25. Proven intellectual and academic quality of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but applicants 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 fullest. Campus deadline: April 15-early September; National deadline: early October.
Marshall Scholarships cover two to three years of study at any British university in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British university degree. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university and have obtained after their freshman year a grade point average of not less than 3.7. Scholarships are awarded to seniors, graduate students, and alumni who are 26 or younger (35 if you wish to read business studies) and are citizens of the United States. Forty scholarships are given, and the award covers all tuition and other fees, a personal allowance to cover residence and cost of living expenses, round-trip airfare, an annual grant for approved travel in connection with studies, payment (in certain circumstances) of necessary daily travel expenses, an annual book grant, a thesis allowance, if required, and a married person's allowance, depending on circumstances. Selectors look for distinction of intellect and character. Preference will be given to candidates who combine high academic ability with the capacity to play an active role in the life of the UK University to which they go, and to those who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society. Campus deadline: April 15-early September National deadline: early October
The Mitchell Scholarships allow students who are U.S. citizens, aged eighteen or over but not yet thirty, to pursue one year of graduate study in any field at the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and the two universities in Northern Ireland. 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, which indicate a potential for future leadership and contribution to society. Applicants must be graduating seniors. Scholarship recipients receive tuition, room, airfare to and from Ireland, travel expenses, and an $11,000 stipend. Twelve scholarships are awarded annually. Campus deadline: April 15-early September National deadline: early October
The Gates Cambridge provides full scholarships for 160 graduate students from all over the world to study in any discipline at the University of Cambridge in England. The scholarships will cover tuition, room, board, travel and stipend for study at Cambridge. Between 60 and 80 awards will be made each year to students resident in the United States. The scholarships may be held for 1 to 4 years, depending on the course of study and are conditional on the student gaining admission to Cambridge by the University's regular application process. Campus deadline: April 15-early September National Deadline: October 15