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Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

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


Prestigious Undergraduate Scholarships

I encourage you to talk with me as early as possible in your college career if you have an interest in any of the opportunities listed below.  Just e-mail me at jimlth@ksu.edu or call (785) 532-3422 to set an appointment.

Note that domestic and study abroad opportunities are listed separately.  Also note that many Graduate Programs will require application while you hold undergraduate status. 

Domestic Funding

Cargill Global Scholars Program

Deadline: March 1, 2019                        Campus Deadline: None

Funding and mentorship for fields that impact Cargill and its industrial/policy/technological context.

Cargill Website / Cargill Fact Sheet

Goldwater Scholarship

Deadline: January 25, 2019              Campus Deadline: October 15, 2018

For engineering, mathematics, or natural science students interested in research careers. 

Goldwater Website / Goldwater Fact Sheet

Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2019              Campus Deadline: None

Funds final two years of undergraduate study in fields of interest to NOAA.

Hollings Website / Hollings Fact Sheet

Nuclear Energy University Scholarships (DOE)

For science and engineering students interested in nuclear energy.

NEUS Website

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Deadline: Sept. 20, 2018                Campus Deadline: None

Apply as a junior interested in a U.S. Foreign Service career. 

Pickering Website / Pickering Fact Sheet

SMART Defense

Deadline: December 1, 2018            Campus Deadline: None

Full tuition plus stipend for STEM majors interested in DoD research careers. 

SMART Website / SMART Fact Sheet


Deadline: March 2019                       Campus Deadline: October 15, 2018

Funds environmental careers or careers in tribal policy/healthcare. 

Udall Website / Udall Fact Sheet

Wiesel Prize in Ethics 

Deadline: TBA                                  Campus Deadline: None

Cash prize awards for essay contest regarding ethics. 

Wiesel Website / Wiesel Fact Sheet


Study Abroad

David L. Boren Scholarship

Deadline: Feb.8, 2018                    Campus Deadline: January 8, 2018

Study abroad in underrepresented countries.  Emphasis on national security/national interests.

Boren Website / Boren Fact Sheet

Critical Language Scholarships

Deadline: Opens Fall 2018                Campus Deadline: None

Comprehensive funding for overseas summer program focused on critical languages.

CLS Website / CLS Fact Sheet

DAAD Scholarship - German Academic Exchange Service

Deadline: Varies                             Campus Deadline: None

Funds various awards for study/research in Germany. 

DAAD Website / DAAD Fact Sheet


Deadline: TBA                               Campus Deadline: None

Funds study in East or Southeast Asia for students with financial need

Freeman-ASIA Website / Freeman-ASIA Fact Sheet

Fulbright Summer Institute

Deadline: February 7, 2018             Campus Deadline: None

Three-six week program at one of ten sites in the United Kingdom.

FSI Website / FSI Fact Sheet 

Gilman International Scholarship

Deadline: Oct. 2, 2018                 Campus Deadline: None

Up to $5000 for study abroad for Pell Grant recipients. 

Gilman Website / Gilman Fact Sheet

Killam Fellowships Program

Deadline: TBA                             Campus Deadline: None

Study in Canada for one or two semesters.

Killam Website / Killam Fact Sheet

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant 

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018              Campus Deadline: None

$1,000 to support study abroad in any country.

Phi Kappa Phi Website / Phi Kappa Phi Fact Sheet