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Scholarships & Fellowships

Honors College students are provided a wonderful resource to discuss scholarship and fellowship opportunities with Dr. Todd Fraley, director of EC Scholars Award Program. Dr. Fraley serves Honors students as the Honors College Scholarship and Fellowship Advisor and can assist students at any stage of the scholarship process.  These services are in addition to those that ECU students can receive from scholarship advisors (as referenced for some awards below) and the office of university scholarships.

Rhodes Scholarship

This scholarship offers the opportunity to study at Oxford University for two years, with all tuition fees paid and a living allowance provided. 32 American Rhodes Scholars are selected from all over the nation to pursue a course of study of their own choosing at Oxford, such as a Master’s degree or a second Bachelor’s  degree. Students are selected on the basis of intellectual distinction, leadership and service. To apply, contact ECU’s Faculty Representative Dr. James Gehlhar at

Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research in an international setting.  For a full list of programs and descriptions, visit the link above. If interested in applying, contact the ECU Faculty Representative Dr. Birgit Jensen at

Goldwater Scholarship

This scholarship is given to rising college juniors and seniors students who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Scholars receive up to $7,500 annually. To apply, contact ECU Faculty Representative, Michael Bassman at

Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success. The Marshall Scholarship program is open only to United States citizens who (at 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 of 3.7.

The Duke Endowment Fellowship Program

The Endowment is looking for applicants who have demonstrated an interest in the nonprofit sector and exhibited leadership potential in their civic and/or professional lives. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position for those who aspire to be leaders in the philanthropic or nonprofit sector.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers scholarships to students entering graduate programs. The Graduate scholarship requires the institution to nominate no more than two students for the award. The scholarship is given to approximately 65 students each year.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

The Foundation provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. It also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions and professional development. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection.

Udall Scholarship

Udall Scholars are selected based on the commitment to careers in the environment, health care, or tribal public policy, their leadership potential, and academic achievement. Scholars receive $5,000 annually. To apply, contact ECU Faculty Representative Mr. Randy Gilland at

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad.  For more information on how to apply, contact the ECU Faculty Representative Dr. Holly Hapke at

Herbert Scoville Jr. Fellowship

This national fellowship program gives recent college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington D.C. at an organization of their choosing for 6-9 months. The graduates are paid and are full-time junior staff members at their choice of a participating organization. Fellows are picked twice yearly, for both the spring and fall semesters.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Scholarships and Fellowships

Phi Kappa Phi currently awards 51 Fellowships of $5,000 each and 5 at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. PKP Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. The ECU Phi Kappa Phi Chapter website may be found by following the link above.

The International Scholar Laureate Program

The International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP), is the product of an educator-led initiative founded over 25 years ago, and continues to educate, motivate, and inspire accomplished students through interactive, experiential and engaging programs that encourage high-achievers to reach higher and achieve more in their lives and careers. All scholars have strong academic records and leadership skills. Also, everyone must be at least 18 years old at the start of the Program and currently enrolled in a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student or be a recent graduate. Students must be nominated by an educator or self-nominate.

Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity founds multiple programs domestically and internationally. Here in the U.S., the Foundation organizes The Prize in Ethics Essay Contest for college juniors and seniors. Prizes range from $500-$5,000 and are awarded to essays that are well written, range from 3,000-4,000 words, and analyze a current ethical dilemma in the world. The contest ends during December.

Teach for America

Teach For America recruits a diverse group of dedicated leaders, regardless of major, who want to expand educational opportunities in low-income communities. The window to apply is open from August to February, but early application is encouraged. Corps-member must commit to two-years of teaching and will receive full salaries and health benefits.


AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. For a full list of program descriptions, benefits, and examples of the work performed by AmeriCorps, visit the link above.

White House Fellows Program

Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis. -

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.

Summer ORISE Fellowship

A candidate chosen by the CDC will work on a project associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. Current undergraduate and graduate students may hold appointments during the summer or part-time appointments during the semester.

The Autry Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates. It provides an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC. The Autry Fellowship supports the mission of MDC--to help organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity--by developing a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit this region.

The Nebraska Summer Research Program

Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to an interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program aimed at conducting cutting edge social and behavioral research into understanding and reducing health disparities and in diversifying minority health researchers. A complete listing of faculty mentors and research project descriptions can be found on our website at Students can also find information about program benefits including a competitive stipend, room and board, travel expenses, and more.

National Science Foundation

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars. Their reasons for doing so were several. They wished to "give back" to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at critical points in their educations was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to call attention of all Americans to the extensive and diverse contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country. In 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Soros contributed an additional $25 million to the charitable trust that funds their Fellowships for New Americans.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Class of 2016 application is open now. Apply here. Join us for a webinar to learn more about the application, the Fellowship and to ask questions.
  • Applications are due on November 1, 2015 (11:59 pm EST)
  • Finalists will be notified in January of 2016
  • 2016 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows will be announced in April of 2016.

Humanity in Action American Fellows

Humanity in Action Fellows are selected on a highly competitive basis for their high academic standing, active civic participation and outstanding recommendations. We received a record 688 applications from 253 American colleges and universities for the 2015 Fellowship.   Humanity in Action supports all Fellows financially for the duration of their programs, allowing for the merit-based selection of diverse applicants. These young leaders are dynamic, entrepreneurial and passionate about changing the world.  Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent university graduates to explore different national histories of discrimination and resistance to injustice, as well as examples of contemporary issues affecting minority groups. The objective is to promote a dialogue about understanding and responding to the challenges that democratic countries face as they become more diverse societies. 

For more information on scholarships, Honors students should contact Dr. Todd Fraley, Honors College Scholarship and Fellowship Advisor.  Additional information is also available on the website for the office of university scholarships.

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