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Nationally Competitive Scholarships

All WSU students, including Honors students, have the opportunity to receive valuable mentoring as they apply for highly competitive national scholarships. Some of the most prestigious awards are listed below:


» Critical Language Scholarship (Undergraduates):  The Critical Language Scholarship Program seeks participants from a variety of career paths with the goal of building a cadre of Americans who speak critical languages at high levels in government, business, arts and culture, science and engineering, health and medicine, education, research, and other fields. The thirteen CLS languages are Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

» Fulbright U.S. Student Program (Seniors): This grant offers post-bachelor's scholars the chance to go beyond the U.S. borders to promote an intercultural exchange of ideas. Student grants are awarded for both research and English teaching assistantships abroad.

» Goldwater Scholarship (Sophomores & Juniors): The purpose of the Goldwater Scholarship is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

» James Madison Fellowship (Juniors & Seniors): The Madison provides graduate school funding for students who plan to pursue high school teaching careers in American history, American government, or social studies. Fellows must teach American history, American government, and/or social studies in grades 7-12 for one full year for each academic year of aid received under a fellowship.

» Marshall Scholarship (Seniors): Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability in any field to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty scholars are selected each year and provided full cost to study at the graduate level at an educational institution in the UK.

» Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (Seniors): Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study—in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the US. Each award is up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition and fees. Must already have a bachelor’s or be a college senior and be 30 years of age or younger.

» Rhodes Scholarship (Seniors): The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The Rhodes provides full cost to attend Oxford for one or two years.

» Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (Juniors): The 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 and whose academic and professional interests include management, political and economic analysis, administration, and science policy.

» Truman Scholarship (Juniors): The foundation seeks future “change agents” who have a strong desire to improve the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public. Truman Scholars are usually interested in pursuing a law degree, a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or a Master of International Affairs. Scholars must commit to work in public service for three of the first seven years after completion of a grant.

Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Stephens at jeffrey.stephens@wichita.edu for more information about these and other nationally competitive scholarship opportunities.