Don’t get bored over winter break. Work on a competitive scholarship application!

Tags: Scholarship applications, personal statements, Boren, Beinecke, Udall

December 16, 2015

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of finishing up a semester of college: The joy of handing in that last paper or project,  the sudden absence of finals week stress, and those glorious weeks of freedom stretching out in front of you.

Your mind and body deserve a rest, and we hope you have a recuperative break full of fun, family, friends, good food, and more.

BUT…don’t lose sight of those national and international scholarships you’ve had your eye on since the beginning of fall semester!  With several key deadlines coming up in January and February, winter break is a wonderful time for you to focus, free of campus stressors, on those all-important personal statements and other application materials. 

Here are a few upcoming scholarships to work on in your downtime:

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Campus Deadline: January 19, 2016

The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship is for freshman through seniors who are U.S. citizens. The Boren provides students up to $20,000 to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The applicant should have a broad interest in national security.

Beinecke Brothers Memorial

Campus Deadline: January 25, 2016

The Beinecke is for current juniors who are U.S. citizens. This is a merit- and need-based award of $34,000 to students seeking to gain a graduate degree in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. 


Campus Deadline: February 3, 2016

The Udall awards $7,000 to 60 U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents who are sophomores or juniors committed to a career related to the environment, or to Native American sophomores or juniors interested in tribal policy or health care.  


So, how do you get started?  Read through all of the information at the scholarship pages linked to above, and visit the foundations’ websites as well.  Peruse the tips and resources they provide for applicants.  For example, Boren’s website features links to multiple webinars and informational videos.  Udall’s Website provides advice from the Udall Foundation, Udall alumni, and our own Top Scholars director, David Schug!  They also link to the collection of Udall papers at the University of Arizona.  And the Beinecke website provides a helpful, in-depth program brochure.

Delve into profiles of recent scholars for your targeted program to get a sense of what an ideal candidate looks like.  Make a list of the experiences, accomplishments, and attributes that make you a great fit for the program. 

Next, get writing! Check out our page on presenting yourself effectively in a personal statement. In short, think of your personal statement as your intellectual biography, and give the selection committee a reason to root for you!

Finally, don’t forget that the National and International Scholarships advisors are here to help over break. Our office will be closed from December 24-January 3, but outside of those dates, we are available to meet with you—via phone or Skype if you are away from campus—to review your application materials and answer any questions.

Don’t let an excellent opportunity pass you by!  We hope that the quiet moments over winter break allow inspiration to strike as you craft your competitive scholarship application.  We wish you happy holidays and good writing!