National Scholarships and Fellowships

Students at OC are encouraged to discuss these prestigious, nationally-competitive scholarship programs with their Honors Adviser and/or their Major Adviser. Please review the Guidelines for National Scholarships and Fellowships.

The partial list below illustrates the range of programs, each of which will have specific eligibility requirements, deadlines, and other preparation, so we encourage you to begin planning your application early.


  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship -The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based award offered to college juniors and seniors preparing for a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials provided to each institution.
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship -Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from outside the UK to study at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
  • George J. Mitchell Scholarship -The Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. This program supports students in postgraduate disciplines in available participating institutions in Ireland.
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship -The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service and provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.
  • J.W. Fulbright Scholarship -The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.
  • Marshall Scholarship NSEP -Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.
  • David L. Boren Scholarship and Fellowship -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 American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 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.
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship -Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars. Their reasons for doing so were several. They wished to "give back" to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at a critical point in their education was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to signal to all Americans that the contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country have been manifold.
  • Rhodes Scholarship -The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.
  • Harvey Fellows Program -The Harvey Fellows Program provides scholarships to Christian students who are pursuing graduate studies at premier universities in fields considered to be underrepresented by Christians and who possess a unique vision to impact society through their vocations.
  • Rotary Peace Fellowship -The Rotary Foundation offers scholarships for college graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution or water and sanitation. Rotary Peace Fellowships are available to candidates who want to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our six partner universities.
  • Udall Foundation Scholarship -The Foundation supports sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.
  • Oxford Clarendon Press Scholarship -Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent students with the best proven and future potential. Clarendon Scholarships are highly competitive, with less than 10% of applicants selected for the scholarship. Scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full and a generous grant for living expenses, and are open to students starting a new course at Oxford.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship -The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.
  • Fleming Scholar Program -The Fleming Scholar Program was founded in 1956 as a way to give Oklahoma’s high school and college students “hands-on” biomedical research experience. It is sponsored by OMRF, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, for college freshman, sophomores, and juniors.
  • Pickering Fellowship -The Pickering Fellowships are funded by the U.S. State Department and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds, who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.
  • CCCU Fellowship -Best Semester's 12 semester- or summer-long student programs, offered by the CCCU, are categorized as either culture-crossing programs or culture-shaping programs. Included in the culture-crossing programs are: Australia Studies Centre; China Studies Program; Latin American Studies Program; Middle East Studies Program; Programmes in Oxford; Russian Studies Program; and Uganda Studies Program. Culture-shaping programs are: American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.); Contemporary Music Center(Martha's Vineyard, Mass.); Los Angeles Film Studies Center (L.A., Calif.); and Washington Journalism Center (Washington, D.C.)..  Please note: OC institutional scholarships and grants cannot be applied to tuition and expense charges for CCCU programs.
  • N.E.W. (National Education for Women's) Leadership -N.E.W. Leadership educates and empowers undergraduate women to participate actively in politics and public service. The program connects students to policy makers and community activists to engage them in shaping the public agenda.
  • Newman Civic Fellows -The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change.
  • George and Donna Nigh Leadership Scholarship -Annual awards for Oklahoma residents who are undergraduate students enrolled full-time at an approved postsecondary institution in Oklahoma. Students must demonstrate academic achievement and be pursuing a career in public service. Due date and number of awards may vary. Nonrenewable.
  • John Jay Fellows Program -Awards post-undergraduate fellowships to explore the spiritual, intellectual, and professional dimensions of public service. College graduates with academic interests in theology, society, politics, and law are invited to apply. The fellowship program is especially suited for career aspirants in the fields of religion, law, public and international affairs, issue advocacy, social service, journalism, and education. After the residency, our fellows participate in a practical internship in a national or international government agency or non-governmental organization the following semester.
  • Her Campus 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women - The award is for current college women to recognize as influencers on their campus (and beyond) who demonstrate leadership, excel academically, are doing big things in an area that’s important to them, and who have ambitious goals for their future. 
  • SMART - The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion.
  • R & A Ransome Scholarship - The scholarship's mission is to enrich the experience of deserving postgraduate students by affording them the opportunity to attend the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. The Scholarship is open to North American students who have been offered a place at the University of St Andrews, and is subject to satisfactory progress for the duration of the course of study. The Selection Committee seeks applicants who are academically qualified, well-rounded students who have demonstrated leadership skills