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Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

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


College of Human Ecology

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 
AllAmerican Indian Education FoundationNative Americans/Alaskans only 
AllBridging Scholarships for Study in Japan  
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 dependents only 
AllGilman International ScholarshipStudy abroad. Students with Pell Grants only. 
AllGlamour Top 10 College Women CompetitionJuniors only 
Interior DesignInternational Interior Design Association  
AllKansas BPW Scholarships  
AllKansas Ethnic Minority ScholarshipMinority students only 
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 Harris 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 or purple heart winners 
HRMThe National Association of College and University Food ServicesCareer Interest in foodservice. Also several competitions. 
AllNational Association for the Self-EmployedDependents of NASE members only 
HRMNational Restaurant Association Educational FoundationHotel/restaurant management majors only 
Nonprofit Leadership MinorsNext Generation Nonprofit Leadership AllianceFunding for nonprofit internships 
NUTSCNIH Undergraduate Scholarship ProgramUnderrepresented demographics only 
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 
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 
Apparel DesignTwo Ten Footwear FoundationStudents interested in footwear design 
VarMorris K. Udall ScholarshipCareers related to the environment. Six nominees/year. 
AllUnited States Bowling CongressBowlers only 
Art/ArchitectureWorldstudio FoundationInterior Design 

Tenable at Undergraduate or Graduate Level

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
AllAG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of HearingStudents with hearing loss 
Therapy FieldsAMBUCSCareers in PT, OT or Speech Pathology 
VarAmerican Association of Family & Consumer SciencesFunds proposal designed by applicant 
DieteticsAmerican Dietetics AssociationNutrition science/public health nutrition also eligible 
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 Fellowship  
AllChina's University and College Admission System(CUCAS)For study abroad in China 
AllCongressional Hispanic Caucus InstituteHispanic students only 
AllCritical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes  
AllDAAD: German Academic Exchange ServiceStudy in Germany 
AllJosephine de Karman Fellowship  
FSHSFinancial Planning Association of Greater KCSeeking careers in financial planning only 
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 
HRMHospitality Sales & Marketing Association International  
VarInstitutes for Humane StudiesPromotes libertarian tradition. Also internships. 
HRMInternational Facility Management Association FoundationCareers related to facility management 
HRMInternational Food Service Editorial Council  
AllJapanese American Citizens LeagueJACL members only 
VarJapanese Government Monbukagakusho ScholarshipsTo study in Japan 
VarKappa Omicron Nu (KON)Must be a KON member 
IntDes/HRMKansas City International Facilities Management Associaiton  
AllLilly Reintegration ScholarshipAssists students being treated for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. 
VarMcKelvie ScholarshipPublic Service Careers 
AllNAACP ScholarshipsNAACP membership is required 
AllNational Italian American Foundation Scholarship ProgramStudents of Italian heritage OR students studying Italian 
VarNational Athletic Trainers Association  
AllNational Federation of the BlindFor legally blind students only 
AllNational Society of Collegiate ScholarsFor members. Merit & study abroad awards 
Athletic Training/NUEXNational Strength and Conditioning FoundationCareers in strength/conditioning training 
VarRuby Newhall Memorial ScholarshipInternational students only 
AllFostercare to SuccessSupports unadopted individuals 
AllPhi Eta Sigma National Honor Society  
VarPhi Upsilon OmicronPUO members only 
FSHSPilot International FoundationCareers working with disabilities/brain-related disorders 
AllThe Point FoundationLGBT and/or committed to LGBT issues 
HRMProfessional Convention Management AssociationStudent membership required. 
Early ChildhoodFred Rogers Memorial ScholarshipInterest in chidren's media 
AllRotary Humanitarian Grant One year abroad 
AllLeopold Schepp FoundationInterview in New York is required 
VarTeach for AmericaCompetitive opportunity 
VarThe United Methodist ChurchMostly for Methodists 
AllUnited Negro College FundApparently not limited to African-American students 
SciencesUNCF / Merck Science Initiative FellowshipsAfrican-American students only 

Graduate Fellowships

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
VarAAUW International FellowshipsFemale international students only 
VarAAUW Selected Professions FellowshipWomen only. JD/MD/MBA/Arch/Eng only 
VarAmerican Institute of Indian Studies FellowshipsFor PhD study focused on India 
AllAmerican-Scandinavian FoundationFor study in Scandinavia 
CSDAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation  
AllAustralian Federation of University WomenFor graduate study in Australia 
VarBoard of Regents: Kansas Distinguished Scholar ProgramFor Kansas winners of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Fulbright, Madison, Mellon and Cheevening 
AllBritish Chevening ScholarshipFor international students only 
VarEndeavour Scholarship ProgramFor grad study in Australia 
VarErasmus MundusFor graduate study in EU countries 
AllKappa Omicron NuActive members of KON. Funds Masters and PhD awards. 
AllLady Davis FellowshipFor doctoral study in Israel 
AllDorot Fellowship in IsraelFor future Jewish leaders 
FSHSFahs-Beck Doctoral Dissertation GrantAlso perhaps Dietetics or NUTSC 
AllFulbright Post Baccalaureate FellowshipOne year of research abroad 
AllGates Cambridge Scholarship1-3 years at Cambridgetd> 
AllGerman Chancellor ScholarshipStudy/research in Germany 
AllSamuel Huntington Public Service AwardFor service project after BA/BS 
VarInstitute of Current World Affairs FellowshipFunds 2+ years of independent, international study 
VarInterAmerican Agency for Cooperation and DevelopmentFor study in the Americas 
AllMarshall ScholarshipTwo years in the United Kingdom 
AllGeorge J Mitchell ScholarshipOne year in Ireland or Northern Ireland 
AllMorse Family and Community Public PolicyScholarshipFor summer internship funding 
AllMortar Board National FoundationFor members only 
VarNational Institutes of HealthVaried grants/award/internships related to health research 
NUTSCNational Science Foundation Graduate ResearchFellowshipAlso for social sciences. Promotes research careers. 
VarPearson FellowshipFor graduate research abroad 
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 
VarPat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program(PRISP)  
VarRotary Peace FellowshipMasters degree abroad 
VarSaltire ScholarshipFor Masters degree study in Scotland 
VarSchwarzman Scholars ProgramFor graduate study in China.  Inaugural class in 2016. 
NatSciSelf Graduate Fellowship at KUFor Biomedical/pharmaceutical Research directions 
AllSoros Fellowship for New AmericansSome unique eligibility rules 
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
NutrSciAmgen ScholarsSummer research in science/biotechnology at selected schools 
VarCBS News  

CDC Public Health Associates Program

2-yr public health training with CDC and local agencies 
Pre-HealthChild Family Health InternationalGlobal health-related service opportunities 
VarWilliam J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in IndiaMust have completed bachelor’s degree 
TextilesCooper-Hewitt National Design MuseumInternships 
VarCoro Fellows ProgramBig brother to KC internship 
VarCoro Kansas CityFunds summer internships in KC 
AllEchoing GreenFull-time funding for projects of social entrepreneurship 
VarJames H. Dunn FellowshipsGovernment internship in Illinois 
VarEl Pomar FellowshipNon-profit experience.
Must have a connection to Colorado
VarFreeman Indonesia Nonprofit Leadership ProgramSummer internship in Indonesia 
VarFriends Committee On National Legislation InternshipPaid internship in DC
(1 year)
VarGrants for North American Language and Cultural Assistants in SpainWork in classrooms in Spain 
FSHSHumanity 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 
VarMayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship  
AllMountbatten Internship Program in London  
AllNational Wildlife FederationGrants for campus projects and internships 
NUTSCNSF Research Experience for Undergraduates(REU)Summer research programs. Also in social science. 
VarPasona Summer Internship Program to JapanInternship with Japanese company. Applicants should speak Japanese. 
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 Institution  
VarStudent Award for the Health and Dignity of WomenSponsored by Americans for UNFPA 
AllUS State Department  
VarUS Supreme Court: Judicial Internship Program  
AllWREI Congressional Fellowship ProgramFunds legislative work in DC 

Essay Contests/Prizes

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
VarAcademy of Television: College Television AwardsFor student film/video productions 
Apparel/TextileAmerican Association of Textile Chemists and ColoristsPaper and design contests 
IntDesAmerican Society of Interior DesignersDesign competition 
AllThe Christophers Video ContestInterpreting the theme: "One person can make a difference" 
AllForeclosure.com Scholarship ProgramEssay about how to solve foreclosure crisis 
AllFreedom From Religion FoundationEssay contest 
AllAyn Rand Essay ContestOn the novel "Atlas Shrugged" 
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.