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National Scholarship Opportunities

Faculty Contacts:
Erik Fritsvold, PhD, Assoctiate Professor - Serra Hall, Room 223, ext. 4026, (
Jonathan Bowman, PhD, Associate Dean - Founders Hall, Room 114, ext. 7787, (

For a more complete list of national scholarship opportunities, please visit USD's National Scholarship website.

Truman Scholarship

Faculty Contact: Casey Dominguez, PhD - ext. 7925, (

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a $30,000 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.

The Foundation awards 75-80 Truman Scholarships annually.

Candidates must:

  • attend an accredited U.S. college or university and be nominated by the institution's Truman Faculty
  • must be nominated by the Campus Representative,
  • be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals,
  • complete an application and write a policy recommendation,
  • be in the upper quarter of their junior class, except for residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Northern Marianas who must be in their senior class.

The Foundation seeks 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.

Nomination Deadline

The complete nomination package must be received by late January, by the:
Truman Scholarship Foundation
712 Jackson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Visit the Truman scholarship website for more information.

Marshall Scholarship

Faculty Contact: Cynthia Caywood, PhD - ext. 4252, (

The George C. Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. The Scholarships are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree.


Open only to United States citizens who (by the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA (after freshman year) of 3.7. To qualify for awards tenable from next fall, candidates must have graduated from their undergraduate college or university no more than three years previous to this date (although this restriction may be waived in the case of those wishing to read business studies or an allied subject).

N.B. Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship.


University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

Number of Awards:

Up to 40 Scholarships awarded annually.

Closing date:

(For receipt of applications in appropriate regional centre in US) mid-October of year preceding tenure. Due Date: Early October.

Visit the Marshall scholarship website for more information.

Fulbright Scholarship

Faculty Contact: James Gump, PhD - ext. 7787, (

The Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, masters and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. The Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Must hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant.
  • Must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out proposed study.
  • Must be in good health.

Selections are affected by:

  • Extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the program aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations.
  • Ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange supervision.
  • Requirements of programs in individual countries. In many countries, only advanced degree candidates may apply, and in some countries, certain fields of study are closed. Check with IIE before filing an application if you do not meet country specifications.
  • Ratio between the number of awards offered in a given country and the number of applications received. For example, the competition for some countries is especially keen, and many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated. Therefore, if your project can be accomplished in a less competitive country, your chances for success in the competition will be enhanced. Consult the competition statistics for comparative numbers.
  • Desirability of achieving wide institutional and geographic distribution.
  • Other qualifications being equal, veterans receive preference.

Deadline is late October.

Visit the Fulbright scholarship website for more information.

Rhodes Scholarship

Faculty Contact: Erik Fritsvold, PhD - ext. 4026, (

The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes, who wished to improve the world through the diffusion of contemplative, dutiful, and energetic leaders. His hope was to bring able students from the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University. Each year, 32 U.S. students are among the more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who are selected to take up degree courses at Oxford. The criteria which Mr. Rhodes set forth in his Will continue to guide the Committees of Selection in their assessment of applicants. The Will contains four standards by which prospective Rhodes Scholars should be judged:

  • literary and scholastic attainments;
  • energy to use one's talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports;
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.

Because Rhodes Scholars are selected for their potential over a lifetime, importance is properly attached to their capacity to meet the demands for physical fitness imposed by an active career. Satisfying the second standard does not require evidence of outstanding achievement in organized sports. All applicants, however, should be able to demonstrate the physical vigor that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the world around them. Moreover, American and other foreign students who are prepared to participate in sports played in the English amateur tradition have typically derived additional benefits from their Oxford experience. Many lifetime international friendships have been formed as by-products of the athletic competition among Oxford's colleges.

In the United States, applicants for Rhodes Scholarships must be U.S. citizens, aged eighteen or over but not yet twenty-four on October 1 in the year of application. They must also have academic standing sufficient to assure completion of a bachelor's degree before going into residence in Oxford the following October in the event of election to a Scholarship. No allowance is made for the expenses of a married applicant's spouse. Moreover, spouses who are not British citizens will find it very difficult to obtain permission to undertake paid work in England.

USD Rhodes Scholarship Procedures

Additional details about Oxford and the Rhodes Scholarship selection process can be found in the FAQ section of the United States Rhodes Scholarship web site. 

Visit the Rhodes scholarship website for more information.

Udall Scholarship

Faculty Contact: Michel Boudrias, PhD - ext. 4794, (

The Morris K. Udall scholarships are awarded to honor the career of Congressman Morris Udall who made major contributions to the preservation and protection of the environment and for the rights of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. In keeping with this, the Udall Foundation, established by the U.S. Congress in 1992, welcomes applications from outstanding students who are either:

  • Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields; or
  • Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy.

Students who study the environment often include those in the natural sciences, but may also include those in the social sciences or humanities. In fact, qualified students with environmental interests from any field are encouraged to apply.

The Foundation grants 75 scholarships annually; these scholarships provide $5,000 toward tuition or other related costs. Minimum qualifications include a 3.0 grade point average and status as a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or, for nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a U.S. national. The definition of Native American or Alaska Native is available from the Udall Faculty Representative on campus; it is broad, but documentation must be provided.

Nomination materials include:

  • An Institution Nomination Form available from the Udall Faculty Representative or from the web; it must be signed by the faculty representative;
  • Nominee Information Form;
  • An essay citing a significant speech, legislative act, or public policy statement by Congressman Udall and its relationship to the nominee's interests or career goals;
  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which must come from faculty members, possibly including the Udall Faculty Representative; and
  • Complete official transcripts.

Visit the Udall scholarship website for more information.

Strauss Scholarship

Faculty Contact: Chris Nayver, PhD - ext. 4798, (

The Strauss Scholarship Foundation will award scholarships to Junior class level students at pre-selected 4 year California colleges or universities who:

  • have demonstrated an interest in public service
  • have outstanding leadership potential
  • have developed and can demonstrate effective communication skills
  • wish to 'make a difference' in local, regional, or national communities.

The Strauss Foundation will award at least fifteen $10,000 scholarships each year, which will be used to pay for some of the costs of the public service project as well as for tuition, fees, books, room and board. Recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support to be used in their Senior year.

The deadline for all nominations to be received by the Foundation is early March.

Visit the Strauss scholarship website for more information.

Goldwater Scholarship

Faculty Contact: Lukasz Pruski, PhD - ext. 4035, (

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.

General Guidelines

The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, every spring semester for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students -- those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the next academic year -- who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials provided to each institution.

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support. The Trustees intend to award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships.

Conditions of Eligibility

To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, a student must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the current academic year. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  • Be a United States citizen, a resident alien, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national

Nomination Procedures

USD's Goldwater Scholarship Committee solicits potential nominees beginning in September each year. The Committee reviews application materials beginning in October to decide on nominees to send forward to the Goldwater Foundation. Final nominees refine application materials for review by the Committee in November and December. Institutions must submit complete nominations for Goldwater Scholarships to be received in mid- to late-January.

Visit the Goldwater scholarship website for more information.