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What Makes a Good Candidate?

  • Who should apply?

    • Undergraduate students interested in junior or senior year scholarships
    • Undergraduate students interested in graduate study
    • Graduate students interested in ongoing funding
    • Students interested in financial help based on academic and community service achievements
    • Students willing to take their time to find their "fit"

    Why should I apply?

    • Financial assistance to further your life's education goals
    • Self-identity and goal discovery
    • Preparation for graduate school applications
    • Can't win if you don't apply
    • Many scholarships want candidates who are well-rounded, not solely super brain power

    How many awards are there and why should I go through the process?

    • Many big scholarships have long odds, but you can't win if you don't enter the race
      • Rhodes (32yr/1000 apps)  Marshall (40 yr/1000 apps)  Mitchell (12 yr/250 apps)  Truman (80yr/800 apps)  Goldwater (310 yr/1120apps)  Udall (80 yr/500 apps)  NSF (900 yr)  Gates (35 yr/500 apps)  Madison (54 yr)  Mellon (85 yr/800 apps)
    • Excellent graduate school application preparation
    • Institutional nominees/finalists/honorable mentions may enhance other application's chances of success

    When should I begin the application process?

    • Each scholarship has specific deadlines; paperwork needs to start 3 months before institutional deadline
    • Best odds are a result of an early start
    • Sophomore year for domestic undergraduate / Junior for foreign 2nd undergraduate and graduate programs
    • Best odds = careful transcript/volunteer preparation
    • Best odds = building resume through summer internships, study abroad, and non-academic development

    What are scholarships committees looking for?

  • Honest candidates
  • Candidates who demonstrate strong academic ability
  • Candidates not just in it for the money; candidates who are looking for a broader life experience
  • Interesting people: people with potential and curiosity, people with the promise of leadership
  • Candidates who are not self-centered

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Searching for Scholarships?

The most effective way for you to take advantage of our extensive database of scholarships might be to spend a few minutes browsing though this list to pinpoint scholarships that are most relevant to you.

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Undergraduate study

The first step toward undergraduate scholarship money is identifying programs that are open for application.  Some scholarship money actually goes out to high-school and middle-school students, so it is never too early to be proactive about securing educational aid.

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graduate study

When most people think of college scholarships, they think of awards given to college freshmen based on applications submitted during their senior years of high school. While many scholarships do fit this description, this is by no means the case for all awards: In fact, there is free money awarded to students at level.

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candidate characteristics

You may be wondering how to distinguish yourself from your competition. While every scholarship has it’s own list of eligibility requirements, applicants need to go above and beyond the bare minimum to impress the committee — and win the award. Not sure how to do that? Here are four qualities almost every scholarship committee is looking for:

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contact the advisor

Lynne Fallwell, Ph.D.                     Director of National and International Scholarships/Fellowships             Texas Tech University                  Honors College                            McClellan Hall 209                                 Box 41017                                      Lubbock, TX 79409-1017                                            Tel: (806) 834-0486

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