General Overview

To become an even stronger national scholarship candidate, follow these suggestions throughout your time as an undergraduate:

  • Take courses that will both enrich your academic career as well as satisfy graduation requirements. Don't just take any course that will fit into your schedule to satisfy requirements.
  • Avoid large lecture classes whenever possible. If you must take a large lecture class, be sure to take advantage of the professor's office hours.
  • Take charge. Don't wait for others to come to you; it's up to you to make sure that you are not just another student face in the crowd. Network, attend faculty office hours, and develop mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, and others.
  • Participate in brown bag seminars and attend departmental and public lectures.
  • Carve a unique niche for yourself, exploring and developing your various interests and talents. Don't be shy, and don't let unique or interesting opportunities pass you by.
  • Get involved in significant extracurricular and service activities that interest you.
  • Find ways to present your own research, significant public service, or internship experiences to others.
  • Put your name on various electronic newsletters around campus. This is a great way to find out what's going on, learn about funding or unique educational opportunities, and meet faculty and others who share your interests.
  • Use your summers wisely. Partake in research, internships, and community service projects in the U.S. or abroad. Consider applying for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).
  • Apply for various scholarships, departmental awards, and so on.
  • Have fun!

Director David Schug discusses why to apply for a variety of scholarships.