Nationally Competitive Scholarships

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What is a Nationally Competitive Scholarship?

There are many opportunities for highly-motivated students to engage in fully-funded scholarly programs, worldwide. Participation in these Nationally Competitive Scholarship Programs can launch your career, enhance your qualification for graduate school, and serve as extremely solid building blocks in your academic career planning.

Nationally Competitive Scholarships can provide funding to help with:

Who should consider applying for Nationally Competitive Scholarships?

You!  Applying for these national awards programs will give you experience 1) researching opportunities to find the right path for your own skillset and goals; 2)  writing, re-writing, and submitting a national application; 3) working with mentors and advisors to craft your goals for the future; and 4) understanding your own strengths and unique qualifications to do amazing things.

We cannot tell you in advance if you will get a scholarship once you've applied.  However, we CAN tell you for certain that you will not receive a scholarship if you do not apply!

Which programs might be well-suited to you?

  1. Undergraduates who are interested in scientific research: Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  2. Undergraduate students who are interested in conservation and environmental issues: Udall Environmental Scholarship
  3. Undergraduates who are interested in a science or engineering summer research internship in Germany: DAAD Rise
  4. Undergraduates interested in urgent ethical issues: Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
  5. Undergraduate students who are Native American or Alaska Natives who are interested in careers in Tribal Policy or Native Healthcare: Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
  6. Undergraduate students who are interested in careers in Foreign Service, National Security, the Military, etc, who want a cultural and language immersion program.: Critical Language Scholarship, Boren Scholarship
  7. Undergraduate students who represent a diverse US population of students under-represented in study abroad programs (first-generation college student, Pell-Grant-recipient, student of color, LGBT student, STEM majors, etc.) who want to study abroad but cost would be prohibitive: Benjamin A. Gilman.
  8. Undergraduate students who wish to study in Asia:  Freeman-Asia
  9. Sophomores and Juniors, who are looking for a scholarly year between undergraduate and graduate schools, and want to engage in research or teaching abroad: Fulbright US Students' Program. Carroll's internal deadline this year is  5 p.m., Monday, September 23, 2024. The national deadline is in October 2024.
  10. Juniors who know they want to apply for graduate school working toward careers in public service, such as Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International Affairs: Truman Scholarship
  11. Seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.7, who are among the first generation in their family to attend college, who wish to pursue a two-year post-baccalaureate degree at The University of Cambridge in England: Davies-Jackson Scholarship
  12. Extremely high-achieving students who wish to pursue graduate school at the University of Oxford in England: Rhodes Scholarship

Who is the Nationally Competitive Scholarships Program Advisor?

 The Nationally Competitive Scholarships Program was created to help Carroll College students with demonstrated intellectual ability, leadership and character to engage in life-changing educational opportunities and earn distinguished honors as scholars.  We know that students who work closely with advisors and mentors to draft, write, and submit their applications, have much higher rates of success in winning these Nationally Competitive Scholarships and Awards.

Amy Honchell is Carroll's Nationally Competitive Scholarship Advisor, and she is located in the Academic Affairs Office (113 St. Charles Hall). Amy is here to assist you as you 1) begin to investigate this academic and career possibility; 2) choose which programs are the best fit for you and your goals; 3) work closely together with you to ensure you are writing and submitting the most competitive application possible; and 4) collaborate with professors in your area of study to help you be prepared for this type of national application process.

Shannon Ackeret, Director of Global Learning, is the advisor for all international competitive scholarship (i.e., Boran, Gilman, etc.) and she may be reached at (406) 447-4469 or


Amy Honchell
Phone: (406) 447-5437

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