Preparing to Apply
All students are encouraged to take a close look at the scholarship/award database maintained by our office. There are opportunities available to graduate students, undergraduate students, and even recent alumni. These awards cover a broad range, from recognition for research accomplishments to paid employment in Washington and the opportunity to pursue graduate study or teach English outside the United States.
The process of applying for a nationally competitive scholarship is, in itself, a learning experience. It challenges the student to think through his or her career plans, to set ambitious long-term goals, and to imagine how they can use their talents to shape and change the world. In order to be a successful candidate for one of these highly competitive awards, you need to begin as early as your freshman year, building your extracurricular and leadership background, as well as participating in community and public service and maintaining a high grade point average.
Application preparation should begin well before the application deadline. For scholarships requiring university endorsement, there is a campus deadline for receipt of materials around one month prior to the final submission date.
The true value of these awards lies not in the financial benefit or even the prestige that comes with selection, but the lifelong connection to a community of scholars and leaders and the opportunity these awards can provide to open yourself to the world and make you aware of career opportunities you might not have otherwise considered.
The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards can help you determine if you are eligible for a particular award, assist you in crafting written materials and guide you through the nomination process. Our goal is to increase the number of UK students and alumni who apply for, and receive, these nationally and internationally prestigious awards.