Low-Income and First-Generation

NOTE: The awards below appear in alphabetical order. This list is not comprehensive. Use the databases on our Resources page and your own independent research to find awards not represented here.



Beinecke

Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies. Potential applicants must have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Third-year students who are US citizens are eligible to apply.
Campus deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017



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B1G Academic Alliance Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The SROP is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. Selected participants will work 40 hours each week for eight to ten weeks and be paid a stipend. First-, second-, and third-year students who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017


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Caltech WAVE Fellows

This program fosters diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech’s programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. This summer research program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. Second- and third-year students with at least a 3.2 GPA who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Tuesday, January 10, 2017



Freeman-ASIA

Freeman-ASIA

The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States. First-, second-, and third-year students are eligible to apply.
National deadline: multiple deadlines

 

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Gilman International Scholarship

Funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman Scholarship offers grants of up to $5,000 to US students of high financial need participating in a credit-bearing study abroad program or internship. The Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries where they go by supporting US undergraduates who might otherwise not consider these unique and valuable opportunities due to financial constraints.
National Spring deadline: Tuesday, October 4, 2016; National summer, fall, and academic year deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017



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Hosteling International Explore the World Travel Scholarship

The Explore the World Travel Scholarship is for aspiring global travelers who want to give back while they experience another culture. Scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 to support a trip that includes an educational or service component. Students who are at least 18 years old and US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017