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Scholarships for Juniors

Below is a list of scholarship programs available to juniors and rising seniors.  Also, please be aware that many of the most prestigious scholarships for post-graduate study, such as Fulbright, Marshall and Rhodes, have deadlines in early September.  So, even though these scholarships cover expenses for after you graduate from DePaul, the applications are due very early in your senior year and you must start working on them as a junior.
  1. Bunche Summer Institute: Introduces minority juniors to the world of graduate study and encourages applications to PhD programs in political science.
  2. Coro Kansas City Summer Internship in Public Affairs: Develops future community leaders through exposure to community issues, skill development, civic leaders and organizations.  For sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  3. Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund: Provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work while actively participating in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues.
  4. DeKarman Fellowship:  DeKarman fellowships are open to juniors in any discipline, including international students, with special consideration given to applicants in the Humanities. Applicants should have exceptional recommendations and grades plus a compelling record of original research or scholarship. 
  5. Critical Language Scholarship: The Critical Language Scholarship is a program of the United States Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages.
  6. DAAD: Offers a variety of programs and provides semester and year-long opportunities for internships/research/study in all fields in Germany.
  7. Fund for Education Abroad (FEA). This scholarship is for students who are seeking to study abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. Fund for Education Abroad will award up to $10,000 to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the academic year or summer.
  8. Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program: A five-week scholarly research program in American history based in New York City for outstanding college sophomores and juniors.
  9. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides a wide array of scholarships for Latino students including those for students transferring from community colleges.
  10. Gilman International Scholarship: Offers grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The program aims to encourage students to choose nontraditional destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia. It aims to support students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, with diverse ethnic backgrounds, with disabilities, and of nontraditional age.
  11. Goldwater: Awards undergraduate scholarships to outstanding sophomores and juniors who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Scholarships cover eligible expenses for tuition, books, r&b, etc. up to $7500 annually.
  12. Harriman Foreign Service: The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships are offered annually to three outstanding undergraduates from across the nation, chosen from students serving in a summer professional position with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris.
  13. Hollings: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings)  provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.
  14. Horizons Foundation Scholarship Program: For juniors and seniors. Established by Women in Defense to encourage women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the US and to provide development opportunities to women already working in national security and defense fields.
  15. Humanity in Action: Domestic and international experiences focus on minority issues that affect cultural and national assumptions, political and educational institutions and human rights standards.  For sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  16. Morgan Stanley Richard B. Fisher Scholarship Program: a competitive undergraduate scholarship program established to provide outstanding Black, Hispanic, -Native American and LGBT students with a financial award for a summer internship based on exceptional academic achievement. Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior at an accredited four-year institution at the time of their application with a competitive grade point average. Students with all majors are eligible.
  17. New Sector Alliance Summer Fellowship program: An intensive, 11-week leadership development program for individuals interested in the social impact sector.
  18. NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program: Offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in bio-medical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Priority is given to juniors and seniors.
  19. Pickering: The Pickering Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Fellowship has both an Undergraduate and Graduate Program. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in the fall of 2014. 2014 Fellows will receive financial support of up to $40,000 annually* for tuition costs (first priority), room and board, books, mandatory fees, one round trip ticket between Fellow's residence and his/her academic institutions.
  20. Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program: PPIA is a national program that prepares young adults, primarily from underrepresented groups, for graduate studies in public policy and/or international affairs and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. The Fellowship consists of successfully completing one of PPIA’s Junior Summer Institutes (JSI), opportunities for paid internships, a minimum of $5000 scholarship, and a network of 3000 Fellows/Alumni.
  21. Rangel International Affairs: The Rangel Program offers a few different programs, both for undergraduates and graduates, that may be of interest to students interested in pursuing international affairs. The programs have generous benefits for those who want careers in international public service.  For undergraduates, there is a six-week summer enrichment program that involves two courses and a writing seminar in Washington DC.  Participants are also introduced to a wide-range of professionals working on global issues.  The program aims to prepare students for careers in international affairs.  The program covers tuition, travel, room and board, and provides a small stipend.  The program particularly encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.
  22. Star  Fellowship Running Start Program: Each spring and fall, seven Running Start/Walmart Star Fellows are selected through a highly competitive application process.  Star Fellows intern for a female Member of Congress Monday through Thursday and each Friday are trained by political experts in Running Start’s office and then mentored by high level political mentors.  Star Fellows live together in a house on Capitol Hill, free of charge, and are provided with a $2,000 living stipend for the semester.  Applicants must be college juniors or seniors or have graduated from college within a year of the Star Fellowship start date.  Women who have already started graduate school an ineligible to apply. Running Start looks for Star Fellow applicants who have proven that they are motivated in the classroom and involved in extracurricular activities. Priority will be given to women who can demonstrate their involvement with their community and their school.
  23. State Department Foreign Internship Program: The US Foreign Service is seeking applicants for a new internship program that lets students intern for two summers, first in DC and then at an embassy overseas. This is PAID, and would be a great foot in the door for anyone thinking about going into the Foreign Service.
  24. For Study Abroad scholarships, click here and here.
  25. Truman: The  Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 toward graduate study in the U.S. or abroad in a wide variety of fields.   Priority is given to candidates proposing to enroll in graduate programs oriented to careers in public service (e.g., law, public administration, public health, international relations, economics, social services, conservation and environmental protection).
  26. Udall: $5,000 to sophomores and juniors with the potential to make significant contributions to the fields of environment, tribal health, or tribal governance.