Starting Your Search For Prestigious Scholarships

By: Tiffany Fung and Claudia Tischler

If you are interested in exploring the different scholarship programs that are available, log onto the Scholarship Connection website which is managed by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships (OURS) Prestigious Scholarships Office. These competitive awards may be local, national, or international in scope and may vary in eligibility and major requirements.

Starting your application for the prestigious scholarship programs

  1. If you are interested in applying to any of the scholarship programs that Mrs. Alicia Hayes represents, you should contact and meet with her first. During that initial meeting, she will discuss the application process, the campus selection process, and answer any questions you may have. She is available to review drafts of the student's application and provide feedback before they submit their application.

  2. You will ultimately submit a copy of your application by the campus deadline. Applications are then sent to a faculty selection committee, who reviews them and determines whom to nominate from the submitted pool of applicants.

  3. Nominated applications are then forwarded as nominees to the scholarship foundation.

  4. Some competitions will select winners based solely on the submitted application. Other foundations will select candidates for interview. For competitions that have an interview, Mrs. Hayes will prepare the candidate for interview.

 

A snapshot of prestigious scholarships

 

1.Marshall Scholarship

Award description: Funds 1-2 years of post-bachelor study at any college or university in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Area of study: Arts, Humanities, Business, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Minimum GPA: 3.70

Class level: Senior, Graduate Student

 

2. Churchill Scholarship

Award description: Funds graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at Churchill College, the University of Cambridge

Area of study: Engineering, Mathematics, Natural Sciences

Minimum GPA: suggested 3.70

Class level: Senior, Graduate Student

 

3. Sciences Po Michel David-Weill Scholarship

Awards description: Funds graduate studies at Sciences Po, an international research university which specializes in the social sciences and offers multidisciplinary programs taught in English and French

Minimum GPA: 3.70

Class level: Senior

 

4. Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Award description: Awards $30,000 for graduate study to students committed to public service.

Area of study: Arts, Humanities, Business, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Public Service, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Minimum GPA: N/A

Class level: Junior

 

5. Rhodes Scholarship

Award description: Funds 2-3 years of post-bachelor study at Oxford University

Area of study: Arts, Humanities, Business, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Minimum GPA: N/A

Class level: Senior, Graduate Student

 

6. Udall Scholarship

Award description: Awards up to $7500 to students who either 1) study the environment and related fields; or 2) are Native Americans or Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal public policy

Area of study: Natural Sciences, Public Service

Minimum GPA: 3.o0

Class level: Sophomore, Junior

 

7. Boren Scholarship

Award description: Funds undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East

Area of study: Arts, Humanities, Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Class level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

 

8. Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Award description: Awards $7,500 a year to students majoring in mathematics, sciences, and engineering

Area of study: Engineering, Natural Sciences

Minimum GPA: 3.500

Class level: Sophomore, Junior,

 

9. Donald A. Strauss Scholarship

Award description: Awards students $15,000 to pursue a public service project during their senior year

Area of study: Arts, Humanities, Business, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Public Service, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Minimum GPA: 3.30

Class level: Sophomore, Junior

 

10. Beinecke Scholarship

Award description: Awards students $34,000 to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences

Area of study: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Minimum GPA: 3.50

Class level: Junior

Financial Aid: Received need-based financial aid as an undergraduate

 

11. Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Award description: The U.S. Department of State CLS Program funds students to participate in group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for 7-10 weeks overseas.

Area of study: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Minimum GPA: N/A

Class level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student

 

12. Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Award description: Funds students who are enrolled to pursue a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (JD, MA, MBA, MD, MS, or PhD)

Area of study: Law, Medicine, etc.

Minimum GPA: Depends

Class level: Senior, Graduate Student

 

To find more scholarship opportunities, please see the OURS page, where you will be able to filter all of UC Berkeley’s possible scholarship opportunities by your criteria.