Most Scholarships and Fellowships are administered by the University Honors Program office, 3rd Floor, College Hall, in conjunction with the Faculty Senate-appointed members of the Scholarship and the Fellowship committees. Interested students are encouraged to contact the Assistant Director of the Honors Program for additional information on how to apply for these awards. While many scholarships and fellowships are available, below is a partial list of those for which La Salle students are especially competitive, and with which our staff members are familiar.
For Rising Freshmen and Rising Sophomores
Fulbright Summer Institutes for U.S. Undergraduates: The Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for current undergraduate students to go to the United Kingdom for a three, four, five, or six week academic and cultural program.
Amgen Scholars Program: The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on summer research experience at some of the world's leading institutions in the U.S. and Europe. The focus is on scientific research, and the amount of the award varies depending on the host institution selected.
- Requirements include: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, sophomores (with at least three semesters of university work) completed, juniors, or non-graduating seniors are eligible. Applicants to U.S. program must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or an MD/Ph.D. degree.
- How to Apply: Students apply directly for the scholarship. For more information and the current application deadline, please visit < http://www.amgenscholars.com//>.
Morris K. Udall Scholarship Program: The Udall Scholarship provides undergraduate students with up to $5000 to cover eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, room, and board. Sophomores and Juniors who are interested in careers in environmental public policy, and Native American and Alaska native students who intend to pursue careers in health care or tribal public policy are invited to apply.
- Requirements include: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, sophomores and juniors, and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in the top quarter of their class.
- How to Apply: The Udall scholarships require a campus interview. La Salle may nominate up to 6 students. Please see the Assistant Director of the Honors Program during the fall semester of your sophomore or junior year for campus and Udall deadlines.
For Rising Juniors and Graduate Students
Fulbright U.S. Student Program: This Fulbright Scholarship provides funds sufficient for college graduates to complete a proposed study/research project or an English Teaching Assistantship for one year. Applicants submit a personal statement and a statement of grant purpose which may include a year of graduate study, original dissertation research, a creative or performing arts project, or a teaching assistantship. Because the project is undertaken abroad, applicants must have sufficient maturity, character, and literacy to work within the host country.
- Requirements include: Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application, possess a conferred bachelor’s degree by the time of the grant, be in good health, and possess proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
- How to Apply: The Fulbright Commission requires all applicants to be interviewed by members of the La Salle University Fellowship Committee, which then forwards the candidate’s application along with a Campus Evaluation Form to the Fulbright Commission. The campus deadline for applications is much sooner than the Fulbright deadline, so lease check with the Honors Program office for the campus deadline. For more information on the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, please visit their website < http://us.fulbrightonline.org/>.
Carnegie Junior Fellows Program: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. It is known for excellence in scholarship, responsiveness to changing global circumstances, and a commitment to concrete improvements in public policy. Each year the endowment offers approximately ten, 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 400 participating colleges. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration.
- Requirements include: Applicants must be enrolled in a participating institution (which La Salle is), and eligible to work in the United States for a full 12 months (August 1 through July 31) following graduation. Graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the past academic year are eligible to apply.
- How to Apply: Carnegie requires that you be nominated by your university. Please contact the Assistant Director of the Honors Program for additional information. La Salle may only nominate two students. The deadline for the application set by Carnegie is January 15 or the Friday that precedes it. Our campus deadline is mid-November. For more information and a list of its current projects, please visit < http://carnegieendowment.org/about/?lang=en>.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship: Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
- Requirements include: Applicants must be admitted to one of the degree programs at the University of Cambridge, possess outstanding intellectual ability (3.7 – 4.0 GPA), leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others, and be a good fit between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate program at Cambridge for which they are applying
- How to Apply: Students apply directly for the scholarship. For more information and the current application deadline, please visit < http://www.gatescambridge.org/>.
George Mitchell Scholarship Program: The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a nationally competitive award sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Named in honor of the former U.S. Senator's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the Mitchell is designed to introduce and connect upcoming generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering scholarship, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.
- Requirements include: Applicants must be U.S. citizens under the age of 30 and have a bachelor’s degree before beginning the Mitchell award. Applicants must have a record of intellectual distinction, leadership, extra-curricular activity, and service to others. There is no stated GPA requirement, but a GPA of lower than 3.7 is not competitive.
- How to Apply: La Salle requires that you be endorsed by the university. Please contact for additional information. The deadline for the application set by Mitchell is usually very early in October, so interested students should contact the Assistant Director of the Honors Program in no later than the spring semester of their junior year. For additional information about the Mitchell scholarship, please visit http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/3/en/George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program%20%7c%20US-Ireland%20Alliance.html.
The Davies-Jackson Scholarship: The Davies-Jackson Scholarship provides the opportunity for graduating seniors with exceptional academic records to be admitted to post-graduation study at St. John’s College, Cambridge University in the following areas: Archeology and Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, and Social and Political Sciences.
For additional information, please contact:
Michael J. McGinniss, FSC