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National Scholarships and Fellowships


Numerous organizations, foundations and individuals have created special funding opportunities to support outstanding students who would like to continue or expand their studies beyond the Millsaps campus. Some of these scholarships and fellowships are available to students while they are completing a Bachelor's degree; other are designed to support postgraduate study, whether or not it leads to a formal degree.

General Criteria

  • academic excellence, e.g., GPA: 3.5 or better, demonstrated accomplishments in research, writing, or the arts
  • significant, meaningful extracurricular activities; some require campus and community service
  • ability to complete a lengthy application, including statements of purpose
  • need multiple, strong letters of reference
  • self-motivated individuals, who possess a certain amount of confidence and charisma
  • students who have plans for the future, which include making a difference in the world
  • being from the Deep South, Mississippi in particular, a plus!

Find out more at the online resource area for students who have been invited to pursue scholarships.


Apply as a Sophomore or Junior

The Freeman-Asia Awards: were designed to encourage more American undergraduate students to pursue study abroad in East and Southeast Asia. The Program was launched in 2000 and has supported over 2,000  students to study abroad in 15 sponsoring destinations since then. The funding comes from the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, and the Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the award  program. Application and program information are available on-line. Completed application packages are due to Dr. Julian Murchison by March 1.

The Gilman Scholarship Program: This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its Southern Regional Center in Houston, TX. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Amount Awarded: up to $5000; an additional $3000 available for students studying "critical need languages" (Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Swahili; Indic, Persian, or Turkic languages).

Application Requirements:  Must be studying abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in one country, although preference is given to semester- or year-long program participants.  Must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application OR during the term of study abroad (i.e. has full financial need).

Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement.

Deadlines and Contacts: Students wishing to apply should consult and work with Tanya Newkirk and have applications ready by October 1st (for Spring study abroad) or March 1st (for Summer, Fall, and Academic Year programs).

Goldwater Scholarships: The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

Amount Awarded: Up to $7,500.

Application Requirements: Major in Math, Science, or Engineering and planning a career in Math, Science, or Engineering.

Minimum GPA: 3.0 and upper 25% of class.

Deadlines and Contacts: Students wishing to apply should consult with Dr. Lee Maggio and complete all application requirements by December 10.  

NSEP Scholarships: 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. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad.

Amount Awarded: $10,000 a semester or $20,000 a year.

Application Requirements: Must do Study Abroad and be willing to do government service for one year following graduation.

Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement.

Deadlines and Contacts: Students wishing to apply should consult with Dr. Julian Murchison. The Millsaps Deadline is December 1st. The NSEP deadline is February 10th.

Udall Scholarships: The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.

The Udall Foundation seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in Native American health care and tribal public policy. Tribal policy includes fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities. Native American health care includes health care administration, social work, medicine, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities.

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Application Requirements:  Must be planning a career in environmental study. Native American students should study a career in tribal policies and health. Must also continue in an environmental/Native American tribal policy or healthcare career plan.

Minimum GPA: Must have at least a 3.0.

Deadline and Requirements:  Students wishing to apply should consult with Dr. Debora Mann. The Millsaps Deadline is February 1st. The Udall Scholarship deadline is February 5th.


Apply as a Senior or Recent Graduate

Fulbright Scholarships: The Fulbright Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State., and is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. It was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

Amount Awarded: Graduate fees and cost of living, research support.

Application Requirements: Must be a Graduate wanting to Study Abroad and must be willing to represent the US at a few functions.

Minimum GPA:  3.6

Deadlines and Contacts: Students wishing to apply should consult with Dr. Julian Murchison and have applications into Millsaps by April 1st. Fulbright deadline is October 21st.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship: This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability - selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise - to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Amount Awarded: Tuition and fees, stipend for up to 48 months.

Application Requirements: Must be entering a Doctoral program and/or not completed first full year of doctoral program for which you are applying.

Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement.

Deadlines and Contacts: Students wishing to apply should consult with Dr. R. Britton Katz. There is no deadline for Millsaps, but Javits Fellowship requires application by early October.

James Madison Awards: The Fellow's proposed plan of graduate study should contain substantial constitutional coursework. Fellows are encouraged to choose institutions that offer courses that closely examine the origins and development of the U.S. Constitution, the evolution of political theory and constitutional law, the effects of the Constitution on society and culture in the United States, or other such topics directly related to the Constitution.

Amount Awarded: $12,000 a year.

Application Requirements: Must pursue a graduate studies in Education and teach social studies/history.

Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement.

Deadlines and Contacts: Students wishing to apply should consult with Dr. Iren Omo-bare. There is no deadline for Millsaps, but the Madison Awards require the application by March 4th.

Marshall Scholarships: Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty 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 programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.
Amount Awarded: Living expenses, tuition and fees, international travel, book grants, thesis grants, etc. 

Application Requirements: Must do graduate study at a British University.

Minimum GPA: Must have at least a 3.7.

Deadlines and Contacts: Students wishing to apply should consult with Dr. Damon Campbell. There is no Millsaps deadline, but the Marshall Scholarships require that the applying graduate study at a British University.

Mitchell Scholarships: The Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

Amount Awarded: Living expenses, tuition and fees, international travel, and stipend.

Application Requirements: Must do graduate study in Ireland.

Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement.

Deadlines and Contacts: Students wishing to apply should consult with Dr. Pat Taylor. The Millsaps Deadline is September 1st. The Mitchell Scholarship deadline is April 15th.

Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford: The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.

Amount Awarded: Living expenses, some travel, and full tuition.

Application Requirements: Must have a Community Service record. Athletic ability is a plus.

Minimum GPA: Must have at least a 3.75.

Deadline and Requirements: Students wishing to apply should consult Dr. Robert McElvaine. There is no deadline for Millsaps. Rhodes deadline is early October.

Truman Scholars: The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service, and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Amount Awarded: Up to $30,000

Application Requirements: Must be pursuing graduate  study for careers in government, non-profit, or public service sector.

Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement. Four students are chosen by Millsaps annually.

Deadline and Requirements: Students wishing to apply should consult with Dr. Iren Omo-Bare. The Millsaps deadline is October 1st. There is no deadline for the Truman scholarship. 

Apply as Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Recent Graduate

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships: The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

Generous contributions from Rotarians worldwide represent a continued faith that today's Ambassadorial Scholars will be tomorrow's community and world leaders.

Amount Awarded: $25,000 a year.

Application Requirements: For Study Abroad only, and must have a strong list of extracurricular activities.

Minimum GPA: Must have at least a 3.5.

Deadline and Requirements: Students wishing to apply should consult with Dr. Julian Murchison. The Millsaps deadline is March 1st. The Rotary deadline varies depending on district.

Scholarships and Fellowships Committee contact information:

Name & Email Phone Building
Damon Campbell 974-1275 MH Annex 126
Eric Griffin 974-1312 English House
Brit Katz 974-1206 Boyd 334
Lee Maggio 974-1409 OH 169
Debora Mann 974-1415 OH 219
Robert McElvaine 974-1291 CC 28
Julian Murchison 974-1437 SH 346
Iren Omo-Bare 974-1439 SH 168
Pat Taylor 974-1274 MH 112-C