These prestigious awards recognize the nationís best students. They offer considerable support either for continued education at the graduate level or for other significant post-graduate work, such as service to the nation or the community. Academic fellowships provide full tuition, fees, living expenses and a stipend. Non-academic honors include a stipend and other benefits.
Many of the best known of these scholarships and fellowships, such as the Rhodes Scholarship or the Fulbright involve international work overseas, although several, such as the Javits Fellowships, Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships, or the National Science Foundation fellowships allow you to pursue your graduate work at the university of your choice in the U.S.
Some of these, such as the Truman Scholarship, the Udall Scholarship, and the Goldwater Scholarship can be held when you are an undergraduate, with the award carrying over to your graduate studies as well.
These scholarships and fellowships generally go to students with the highest academic achievement (3.75 GPA and above). However, some do emphasize other achievements and qualifications, such as leadership, service, and research or language abilities. It is best to check directly with the Fellowships Coordinator, Dr. Keegan, if you would like to know whether there is a fellowship or scholarship that might be a good match for you.
The best advice is to start as early as possible - even if you are a first-year or sophomore that is not too early to get started thinking about how these fellowships and scholarships might fit into your post-graduate plans. Keeping your grades high, as well as seeking out significant opportunities for research, service and leadership are the best ways to prepare yourself. Check out the fellowships available to you either at Creighton's web page, and feel free to contact the Fellowships Director, Dr. Elizabeth Elliot-Meisel.
The process of putting together a successful application is a demanding one, and needs to be considered and planned for well in advance of the deadline. Dr. Elliot-Meisel, your mentor, and the individual fellowship and scholarship faculty advisors will help you in a variety of ways, from assisting you in discerning whether you are a good candidate and which fellowships might be right for you - to writing the personal statement and putting together a good application packet - to conducting mock interviews to prepare you for the interview phase of many of the competitions.