National Scholarships and Fellowships

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

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.

Symposium will address this topic each year, but Honors Faculty urge students to bring questions about these processes to their advisement sessions. Most OC Honors students should carefully consider making application to one national scholarship or fellowship as well as to one CCCU program.


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. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is:

  • to find and recognize 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
  • to 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

Nigh Academy

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.

J.W. Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright Fellowship Program provides U.S. citizens and Czech citizens - selected for their academic merit and abilities - an opportunity to study, teach, or research in the Czech Republic and in the United States. The main aim of the Fulbright Program in the Czech Republic is to increase understanding between the people of the United States and the Czech Republic through educational exchanges that allow an exchange of thoughts, opinions and mutual knowledge about cultures and institutions.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistants

The flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, widely known as the Fulbright Program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 participants chosen for their academic and leadership potential  with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Marshall Scholarship NSEP

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an 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 Ambassadorial Scholarship

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

Udall Foundation Scholarship

In 2012, the Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:

  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native 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. The program is named for Sir Alexander Fleming, the famed British scientist, who discovered penicillin and in 1949 came to Oklahoma City to formally dedicate the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s first building. In the first news release about the program in 1956, the late Dean A. McGee, then Chairman of the Board of Directors’ Executive Committee, expressed the philosophy behind the program:

Mellon Fellowship

The Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the institutions that sustain scholarship in the humanities and "humanistic" social sciences, primarily research universities but also a small number of centers for advanced study and independent research libraries. Particular emphases in this area include (but are not limited to) doctoral education, postdoctoral fellowships, faculty research, and discipline-related projects. On occasion the Foundation has underwritten research on higher education.

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. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. The fellowships are open to students who are in their sophomore year of undergraduate studies and are United States citizens at the time of application. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study, based on need.

Scoville Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, a competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with one of twenty-six participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues. The program has awarded over 128 fellowships since its inception in 1987 and is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. It lasts from six to nine months and provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Fellows have written articles, blogs, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds and reports, organized talks and conferences, and been interviewed as experts by the media. Many former Scoville Fellows work for U.S. and international NGOs, the Departments of State and Defense, members of Congress and academia, or attend graduate school in political science or international relations, following their fellowships.

Trinity Forum Academy Fellowships

Each year the Academy grants twelve fellowships to rising young leaders from a wide range of academic and professional fields to live and study at Osprey Point. The Academy offers a rigorous curriculum of theology and cultural studies in the context of community to challenge Fellows to live their whole lives as an answer to God's call.

CCCU Oxford Fellowship/ 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.), which is scheduled to launch in Fall 2006. All programs undergo regular site visit evaluations by the Student Academic Programs Commission (SAPC). Please note: OC institutional scholarships and grants cannot be applied to tuition and expense charges for CCCU programs.

Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation

The Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to improve newspaper journalism education. It will award 3 $1,500 scholarships to students enrolled in and Oklahoma college or university and majoring in journalism, adverstising, or an equivalent degree program. Applicants must be enrolled full times as a junior or senior for the entire 2012-2013 academic year. Preference will be given to students demonstrating a career commitment to newspaper journalism.

John Jay Fellows Program

THE JOHN JAY INSTITUTE is seeking applicants for 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 at . 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. Designed as a “gap year” experience, the fellowship begins with a semester-long academic residency in Philadelphia. Our campus is “the Metropolis of the American founding” and includes: Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Carpenters' Hall, the original Supreme Court, the First and Second Banks of the United States, and even the prison that inspired Tocqueville to visit and study the United States and write his classic Democracy in America. After the residency our fellows participate in a practical internship in a national or international government agency or non-governmental organization the following semester.


Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation

The Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation is the charitable affiliate of the Oklahoma Press Association. It will award a minimum of 25 eight-week paid internships at a daily or weekly newspaper that is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association. This program will promote the value of working at Oklahoma newspapers and benefit students as they begin their professional careers.