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Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Kansas State University
215 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1113


College of Education

Scholarship parameters do not always align cleanly with departmental/college divisions at K-State. For that reason, some awards are listed on more than one college page, and a few others may not appear on every page they should. Please also review the pages of other colleges where interests might overlap.

Undergraduate Scholarships

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
AllHoratio Alger Military Veterans ScholarshipFor Iraq/Afghanistan veterans only 
Physics EdAmerican Association of Physics Teachers: Barbara Lotze Scholarship  
AllAmerican Indian Education FoundationNative Americans/Alaskans only 
AllBridging Scholarships for Study in Japan  
AllBrown FoundationMinority students only 
AllChoctaw Nation Higher Education and Grant ProgramChoctaw affiliation 
AllCircle K ScholarshipsLimited to Circle K members 
AllCouncil on International Education ExchangeCIEE study abroad participants only 
AllJames J. Davis Memorial ScholarshipFor study abroad 
AllDiversityAbroad.comFor study abroad 
AllFederal Employee Education & Assistance FundFederal civilian employees and depentents only 
AllFund for Education AbroadStudy abroad to any country 
AllGilman International ScholarshipStudy abroad. Students with Pell Grants only. 
AllGlamour Top 10 College Women CompetitionJuniors only 
Science EdErnest F. Hollings Undergraduate ScholarshipBy the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
AllKansas BPW Scholarships  
AllKansas Ethnic Minority ScholarshipMinority students only 
AllKansas Teacher Service ScholarshipCommitment to teach in Kansas 
VarKappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity  
AllKSU Social Club: First Ladies ScholarshipPart-time nontraditional students only 
AllKSU Social Club: Ruth Ann Wefald ScholarshipFinancial need 
AllKSU Social Club: Edna S. Young ScholarshipNontraditional students only 
AllKirmser Undergraduate Research AwardAwarded by K-State Libraries 
AllLeague of United Latin American CitizensHispanic students only 
VarLeague of Women Voters: Stella Harriss ScholarshipNontraditional students only 
AllMarine Corps Scholarship FoundationChildren of current/former U.S. Marines only 
AllMcNair Scholars ProgramSeveral demographic restrictions on eligibility 
AllAllison McQuilliam Memorial ScholarshipKSU award for nontraditional students only 
AllMensa Foundation Scholarship  
AllMilitary Order of the Purple HeartFor descendants of purple heart winners 
AllNational Association for the Self-EmployedDependents of NASE members only 
Nonprofit Leadership MinorsNext Generation Nonprofit Leadership AllianceFunding for nonprofit internships 
AllNon-Commissioned Officers AssociationChildren/spouses of members only 
VarPearson Prize for Higher EducationNSCS membership not required 
AllPhi Kappa Phi Study Abroad GrantsSophomores and juniors only. PKP membership not required. 
AllPhi Kappa Phi: KSU Chapter$500 awards for PKP members 
BizEdPi Omega PiMust be a Pi Omega Pi member 
AllJeannette Rankin FoundationWomen 35+ years of age only 
AllSoroptimist International: Women's Opportunity AwardFor female heads of household 
VarTalbots Women's Scholarship FundWomen 10+ years out of high school only 
VarTaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea)Funding to teach English in Korea as a Jr or Sr 
AllTillman Military Scholars ProgramFor veterans, active duty military or spouses thereof 
VarDorothy and Chuck Thompson ScholarshipAdult women interested in public service 
VarMorris K. Udall ScholarshipCareers related to the environment. Six nominees/year. 
AllUnited States Bowling CongressBowlers only 

Tenable at Undergraduate or Graduate Level

AllAG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of HearingStudents with hearing loss 
AllAmerican Foundation for the BlindLegally blind only 
AllAmerican Indian College FundNative American students only 
AllAmerican Indian Graduate CenterNative American students only 
AllAmerican Women's Club StockholmFor study in Sweden 
AllAmericorpsVolunteers get educational stipend ex post facto 
AllArmy Emergency ReliefArmy spouse and dependents only 
VarAssociation of American Indian AffairsNative American/Alaskan students only 
VarLaura W. Bush Traveling FellowshipFunds proposal designed by the applicant 
AllChina's University and College Admission System(CUCAS)For study abroad in China 
VarCongressional Black Caucus Foundation  
AllCongressional Hispanic Caucus InstituteHispanic students only 
AllCritical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes 

AllDAAD: German Academic Exchange ServiceStudy in Germany 
AllJosephine de Karman Fellowship  
AllFostercare to SuccessSupports unadopted individuals 
AllFrontier Farm Credit ScholarshipFor FFC borrowers or their dependents 
AllFund for Theological EducationInterest in Seminary/ Christian ministry 
VarGolden Key ScholarshipsMany different awards. For GK members only. 
AllHispanic Scholarship FundHispanic students only 
VarInstitutes for Humane StudiesPromotes libertarian tradition . Also internships. 
AllJapanese American Citizens LeagueJACL members only 
VarJapanese Government Monbukagakusho ScholarshipsTo study in Japan 
AllKansas National Education Association (KNEA)Must be a KNEA member 
AllKappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society  
AllLilly Reintegration ScholarshipAssists students being treated for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. 
VarMcKelvie ScholarshipPublic Service Careers 
AllMorse Family and Community Public Policy ScholarshipFor summer internship funding 
AllNAACP ScholarshipsNAACP membership is required 
AllNational Italian American Foundation Scholarship ProgramStudents of Italian heritage OR students studying Italian 
AllNational Federation of the BlindFor legally blind students only 
AllNational Society of Collegiate ScholarsFor members. Merit & study abroad awards 
AllPhi Eta Sigma National Honor Society  
AllThe Point FoundationLGBT and/or committed to LGBT issues 
AllRotary Humanitarian GrantOne year abroad 
AllLeopold Schepp FoundationInterview in New York is required 
AllSMART Defense Scholarship for Service ProgramCareers working with individuals with mental disabilities 
AllUCT Retarded Citizens Teachers ScholarshipPlanning to teach students with mental retardation 
Special EdUCT Scholarship  
VarThe United Methodist ChurchMostly for Methodists 
AllUnited Negro College FundApparently not limited to African-American students 

Graduate Fellowships

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
AllAmerican Educational Research AssociationDissertation support 
VarAmerican Institute of Indian Studies FellowshipsFor PhD study focused on India 
AllAmerican-Scandinavian FoundationFor study in Scandinavia 
AllAustralian Federation of University WomenFor graduate study in Australia 
AllBoard of Regents: Kansas Distinguished Scholar ProgramFor Kansas winners of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Fulbright, Madison, Mellon and Cheevening 
AllBoettcher Teachers ProgramFor urban teachers 
AllBritish Chevening ScholarshipFor international students only 
AllConfucius China Studies Fellowship ProgramFor China-related research in China 
AllLady Davis FellowshipFor doctoral study in Israel 
AllDorot Fellowship in IsraelFor future Jewish leaders 
VarEducational Testing ServicesVarious opportunities for students researching educational assessment, including ESL/TOEFL 
VarEndeavour Scholarship ProgramFor grad study in Australia 
VarErasmus MundusFor graduate study in EU countries 
VarFord Foundation International Fellowships ProgramInternational students only 
AllFulbright Post Baccalaureate FellowshipOne year of research abroad 
AllGates Cambridge Scholarship1-3 years at Cambridge 
AllGerman Chancellor ScholarshipStudy/research in Germany 
VarHarvey Fellows ProgramChristian award to top graduate schools 
VarSaltire ScholarshipFor Masters degree study in Scotland 
AllSamuel Huntington Public Service AwardFor service project after BA/BS 
VarIFESH International Fellows ProgramFunds service in developing nations 
VarInstitute of Current World Affairs FellowshipFunds 2+ years of independent, international study 
VarInterAmerican Agency for Cooperation and DevelopmentFor study in the Americas 
AllJames Madison Memorial FellowshipMA in history, political science or teaching 
AllMarshall ScholarshipTwo years in the United Kingdom 
AllGeorge J Mitchell ScholarshipOne year in Ireland or Northern Ireland 
AllMortar Board National FoundationFor members only 
VarPearson Fellowship  
AllPEO International Peace ScholarshipFemale international students only 
AllPEO Scholar AwardMust get nominated by PEO chapter 
AllPhi Kappa Phi Graduate FellowshipSeniors in PKP only. One nominee/year. 
AllRhodes ScholarshipTwo years at Oxford 
Var.Rotary Peace FellowshipMasters degree abroad 
AllSoros Fellowship for New AmericansSome unique eligibility rules 
VarSchwarzman Scholars ProgramFor graduate study in China.  Inaugural class in 2016. 
VarSpencer Foundation: Dissertation FellowshipFunds PhD work related to education 
AllSwedish InstituteFor study in Sweden 
VarTeach for ChinaFunding to teach multiple subjects (in English) in China 
VarHarry S Truman ScholarshipCareers in public service. Four nominees/year. 

Selected Competitive Internships/Research Opportunities

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
VarWilliam J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in IndiaMust have completed bachelor’s degree 
VarCoro Fellows ProgramBig brother to KC internship 
VarCoro Kansas CityFunds summer internships in KC 
VarJames H. Dunn FellowshipsGovernment internship in Illinois 
AllEchoing GreenFull-time funding for projects of social entrepreneurship 
VarEl Pomar FellowshipNon-profit experience.
Must have a connection to Colorado
VarFriends Committee On National Legislation InternshipPaid internship in DC
(1 year)
VarFriends of the National Zoo  
VarGrants for North American Language and Cultural Assistants in SpainWork in classrooms in Spain 
AllHumanity in Action: John Lewis FellowshipSummer program in Atlanta, GA re: race and civil rights 
AllSamuel Huntington Public Service AwardFor service project after BA/BS 
AllInterexchange FoundationGrants for work or service abroad 
VarJ.W. Saxe Memorial FundingStipend for low-pay/no-pay public service internships 
AllMountbatten Internship Program in London  
AllNational Wildlife FederationGrants for campus projects and internships 
VarOak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)Research internships 
AllPresidential Management Fellows ProgramMust be nominated at campus level 
VarPrinceton in Africa FellowshipTwelve month work placement in Africa 
AllPrinceton in Asia FellowshipsTeach or intern in Asian country 
VarSmithsonian InstitutionAssorted internship and fellowship programs 
VarTeach for America  
AllUS State Department  
AllWREI Congressional Fellowship ProgramFunds legislative work in DC 

Essay Contests/Prizes

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
AllForeclosure.com Scholarship ProgramEssay about how to solve foreclosure crisis 
AllFreedom From Religion FoundationEssay contest 
VarTransitions AbroadSometimes offers writing contests related to travel/study abroad. 
AllElie Wiesel Prize in EthicsEssay contest about ethical issues 

Disclaimer: I compile this list to help you identify suitable opportunities. However, it is not comprehensive. Independent review of other sources is encouraged.