The committee on Post Graduate Opportunities provides information, outreach, and support to Oglethorpe students who have the potential to become candidates for nationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships.
Each year, a number of national and international agencies offer a variety of scholarships recognizing achievement in academics and the potential to contribute to society. Exceptional Oglethorpe University students planning to advance their academic, leadership, or civic qualifications following graduation are encouraged to evaluate their qualifications to apply for these prestigious scholarships and post graduate opportunities such as The Peace Corps and Teach for America. Students who meet basic qualifications are encouraged to notify the committee of their intent to apply based on deadlines outlined here. Oglethorpe’s committee on Post Graduate Opportunities will review candidates and work with faculty representatives to determine the final nominee for each scholarship. For most opportunities, the committee will select only one nominee.
See past scholarship recipients and scholarship committee members.
Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities
|Scholarship||Year to Apply (standing at time of application)||National Deadline|
|Fulbright Student Scholarship||Seniors, Postgrad, Masters/Doctoral Candidates||October 13, 2020|
|Fulbright Teaching Assistantship||Seniors, Postgrad, Masters/Doctoral Candidates||October 13, 2020|
|Truman Scholarship||Junior||February 2, 2021|
|Rhodes Scholarship||Senior, Postgrad, Grad Student||October 7, 2020|
|Gates-Cambridge Scholarship||Senior, Postgrad, Grad Student||Application opens September 2, 2020|
|Marshall Scholarship||Senior, Postgrad – Minimum 3.7 GPA||October 10, 2020|
|Mitchell Scholarship||Senior, Postgrad||Late September 2020|
|Davies-Jackson Scholarship||Senior, Postgrad – Minimum 3.7 overall GPA||November 2, 2020|
|Boren Awards for International Study||Undergraduates, no postgrads||January 27, 2021 (Fellowship), February 3, 2021 (Scholarship)|
|Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program||Seniors seeking graduate study – Minimum 3.2 GPA||Late September 2020|
|Barry Goldwater Scholarship||Sophomore, Junior – Minimum 3.0 GPA||January 29, 2021|
|Teach For America||Junior, Senior, Postgrad – Minimum 2.5 GPA||Varies from September 2020 – March 2021|
|Peace Corps||Senior, Postgrad||Deadlines vary|
|Jet Program USA||Senior, Postgrad||Mid November 2020|
The Gates Foundation seeks to support graduating seniors planning to pursue post-graduate studies at Cambridge University in England. Academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and citizenship, and social commitment are qualities required of Gates-Cambridge candidates. Preference will be given to candidates planning to pursue studies in health and education through the use of science and technology. Students interested in the scholarship must be aware of internal institutional deadlines and should contact a committee member with questions. For more information on the Gates-Cambridge scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here.
The Marshall Foundation provides a prestigious scholarship opportunity for exceptional graduating seniors who wish to pursue post-graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, King’s College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Nottingham, the University of Oxford, or the University of St. Andrews in the U.K. Preference will be given to candidates who combine high academic ability with the capacity to play an active part in the life of a United Kingdom university and those who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society. Candidates must be nominated by Oglethorpe University with a letter of institutional support. Students interested in the scholarship must be aware of internal institutional deadlines and should contact a committee member with questions. For more information on the Marshall scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here.
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a one-year, full-tuition and housing award for post-graduate studies at universities in Ireland and North Ireland. The George J. Mitchell Foundation supports future American leaders to the Island of Ireland by recognizing academic achievement and students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to service and leadership in their communities as well as the promise of continued exemplary service. Candidates must be nominated by Oglethorpe University with a letter of institutional support. Students interested in the scholarship must be aware of internal institutional deadlines and should contact a committee member with questions. For more information on the Mitchell scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here.
The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are the first in their families to graduate from college, to participate in a course of study at St. John’s College, Cambridge University. Graduating seniors may apply as an Affiliated Student for the two-year B.A. degree program. The Cambridge Affiliated B.A. is like no other undergraduate degree in the United States in terms of academic rigor, international travel opportunities and overall preparation for a career. Additionally, five years after graduation it is viewed as the equivalent of an M.A. For more information on The Davies-Jackson Scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.
Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. For more information on The Boren Awards requirements and eligibility, click here.
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program. For more information about the Pickering Fellowships, click here.
The Goldwater Scholarship was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics. The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today’s terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research. The Foundation is supported by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established in the Treasury of the United States. Funding for awards and administrative expenses derives from interest on the Trust Fund, invested in U.S. securities. For more information on the Goldwater Scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here.
Teach for America is a growing movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education. The application for the 2016 corps will be available on August 1, 2015. In the 2013-2014 school year, more than 10,000 corps members will teach 750,000 students in 49 regions across the country. This is the first step in the movement! In order to be eligible, you must have: A bachelors degree by June 2016, a 2.5 undergraduate GPA, proof of US citizenship, national/permanent resident status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals. For more information on the Teach for America requirements and eligibility, click here.
- To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
- To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
- To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans
For more information on the Peace Corps requirements and eligibility, click here.
For more information on the Jet Program requirements and eligibility, click here.