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Amgen Scholars Summer Program

The Amgen Scholars program provides hands-on science and biotechnology research experiences for undergraduate students. Ten research-oriented universities host this program every summer. Each university determines the length of its Amgen Scholars program and the extent of financial aid provided (many provide room and board, travel costs, and a stipend). The program also includes a symposium for all the Amgen scholars to meet in mid-summer for networking and to hear from leading scientists. Students may apply to more than one institution though each institution requires a separate application. Eligible students must have a GPA of 3.2 or above and must be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. Approximately 250 students are chosen each year to participate. All program applications are due at the beginning of February.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Bridging Scholarship is available to students who would like to study abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Around 100 scholarships are awarded each year to students who have designated a Japanese study abroad program. Awarded students attending a semester-long program receive a $2,500 stipend and students attending an academic year program receive a $4,000 stipend. Applicants majoring in any field are eligible to apply and knowledge of Japanese language is not required. Students must have a solid academic record and a purpose for studying in Japan, and must be an undergraduate student. Applications for the Bridging Scholarship are accepted twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Consult the Bridging website for more information.

The Carpe Diem Foundation of Illinois Scholarship Program

The sole source of funding for the Carpe Diem Foundation of Illinois Foundation is from the proceeds of Mabel E. Greenspon’s Charitable Remainder Trust. Mrs. Greenspon wanted to award undergraduate students who “fell through the cracks” when it came to scholarships: exceptional students who do not have significant financial need, but whose parents work in public service. Each year, 12-24 merit scholarships are awarded to students who have shown outstanding leadership ability and commitment to community service. Priority is given to students whose parents are employed in education, local, state, or federal government, social service, public health, the administration of justice and the fine arts. Competition is open to all fields and majors. The scholarships range from $2,500 to $5,000 and are renewable for up to four years if academic success is maintained. Recipients must also participate in one or more activities that improve the quality of life in their communities. Application deadline is in early May.

DAAD Scholarships for Undergraduates

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) provides a number of scholarships for academic study, independent research, and internships abroad in Germany. This service was created to strengthen the bond between the United States and Germany and to introduce young students to the German higher education system. Eligible undergraduates are currently sophomores and juniors who will be juniors and seniors during their stay in Germany. Students should have outstanding academic records as demonstrated in their transcripts and letters of recommendation. Not every scholarship provided requires German language competency. However, candidates should possess enough German language ability to carry out projects or studies. The RISE internship program offers summer internships in Germany for students studying biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. Students are placed in research groups at German universities and science organizations. Advanced undergraduate students with knowledge of German legislature can apply for the Bundestag Internship where students will be placed in a two month long internship in the German parliament. Visit the DAAD website for details on all the different scholarships and application deadlines. Students should note that the German academic year runs from October to July.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund supports students who are “actively working for peace and justice.” These undergraduate and graduate students are part of a progressive movement against racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other injustices either on campus or in the community. Financial need and academic performance are also evaluated. All funds come from individual donors and there is no endowment so the number of grants available varies each year. The maximum grant awarded is $6,000. Applications are due in early April.

Department of Energy (DOE) Scholarships

The Department of Energy provides fellowships and internships for undergraduates and graduate students. Fellowship and internship areas include energy research, biology, environmental studies, high energy physics, and nuclear science. Most funding available is for summer undergraduate internships in a DOE lab. Application deadlines vary by concentration. USDOE programs are available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Freeman-ASIA Award

The Institute of International Education encourages study abroad in Asia and Southeast Asia by providing funding for students to study in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Eligible students are U.S. citizens receiving financial aid, with no previous experience in the country to which he/she is applying. Students who have spent more than six weeks in their proposed country within the last five years are not eligible. Students must acquire endorsements from study abroad advisors and financial aid advisors. Students must also propose a service project to be completed upon return to the United States to increase awareness of the Freeman-ASIA program. Awards are provided for Summer, Semester, and Academic Year programs. Application deadlines are in March for the following summer term, April for the following fall semester, and October for the following spring semester. Interested students should contact Jessica Francis ( for more information.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is open to students with a desire to study abroad during the fall or spring semesters and who are currently receiving federal Pell Grant funding. Awarded students are typically underrepresented in study abroad programs and include those who demonstrate financial need, those in underrepresented fields such as science or mathematics, those with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to choose a program in a country outside of Western Europe or Australia. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study. The average award is $4,000. Students who receive the Gilman Scholarship are then eligible to receive the Critical Need Language Supplement which would add $3,000 to their award. Scholarship recipients are required to complete a follow-up project upon return to the United States to publicize their experiences abroad. Students should be aware that both a financial aid advisor and study abroad advisor are needed to certify financial need and accreditation of the study abroad program. Certification must be obtained before the application is complete. Application deadlines vary depending on semester of study. Interested students should contact Jessica Francis ( for more information.

Killam Fellowships

The Killam Fellowship competition is open to all undergraduate students in the U.S. who would like to study for a semester or a year at a Canadian institution. Students from Wake Forest would participate in the open competition allowing exchange to any accredited degree granting college or university in Canada. If awarded, students will receive a $10,000 cash prize (for one year) or a $5,000 cash prize (for one semester), and a $500 Health Insurance Allowance. Awarded students are also eligible for a $1,000 grant to be spent on educational travel. The Killam Foundation will also provide assistance in selecting courses to ensure credit transfer to the student’s home university. Eligible students must be full-time undergraduates with a superior academic record. If applying to a Francophone university, students must be proficient in French. The application deadline is in late January.

Korean American Foundation Scholarships

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation provides funding for Korean students attending undergraduate and graduate colleges in the United States. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, school activities, and community service. Eligible applicants have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students apply to one of six regions depending on the location of the school they attend or will be attending. Each region awards approximately 50-60 scholarships annually for undergraduate as well as graduate students. Award type and funding availability vary by region and year-to-year financial support. Chair, designated, and general scholarships are provided through donations and fundraisers. Some scholarships are provided for a specific academic background/major. The application period for the Eastern Region (region designation for WFU) begins in early March and closes by late May. Candidates accepted to a graduate school in another region should consult the website for that regional application including deadlines and scholarship availability in that region. U.S. residency is not required.

Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Scholarships

The MUST program encourages underrepresented students (women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and persons with disabilities) majoring in science, mathematics, technology, and engineering to apply for the program scholarship. The MUST scholarship provides one year of partial tuition funding for up to one-half tuition costs not to exceed $10,000 per academic year. Recipients will be provided with faculty, graduate, and peer mentors and a MUST PASS facilitator to provide additional academic support and tutoring when needed. MUST scholars will also receive a $5,000 stipend to participate in summer research at a NASA center. Students are provided with many opportunities to establish connections for future careers. Eligible students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and hold full-time rising college freshman, sophomore, or junior status. Application deadline is the beginning of February. (Not currently accepting applications)

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarships

The NIH offer scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds pursuing careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences and in health-related research. This scholarship is applied towards tuition and living expenses up to $20,000 per academic year. It can be renewed up to four years. Scholarship recipients will attend a paid 10-week summer laboratory experience and will continue training as a full-time employee in an NIH research laboratory after graduation. Eligible applicants are considered to have “exceptional financial need.” Only 15 NIH undergraduate scholars are chosen a year and applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher or must be in the top 5% of their class. Application deadline is in February/March.

Roothbert Fund Scholarships

The Roothbert Fund provides financial aid to students who are “motivated by spiritual values” and who have financial need. However, the Fund does not endorse any particular religion and students from all religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Around 20 scholarships are given each year in the amount of $2,000-$3,000. Students from all academic majors may apply. Preference is given to those students who are considering careers in education. Before applying, students must consider the cost of attending an interview session in New York, New Haven, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C. Students are also obligated to attend a fellowship conference at least once during their fellowship year. Renewal of scholarship money may be considered based on achievements during the fellowship year. Applications are made available through mail and via the Roothbert Foundation website each year between November 1st and January 31st.

Schepp Foundation Scholarships

The Schepp Foundation provides need-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Around 200 awards are given each year to full-time students with a small number of awards reserved for Ph.D. students conducting research. Scholarships fund one year of study, but eligible scholars may apply for renewal. Applicants are evaluated on their character, academic ability, and financial need. Eligible students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must send a written request directly to the Schepp Foundation in order to receive the application. There are no set application deadlines in this competition. The application deadline is determined when a sufficient number of applications have been received. Applicants are typically notified of the scholarship committee’s decision in early May.

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Scholarships

The Department of Defense (DoD) provides scholarships for students in math, science, engineering, and technology fields through the SMART program. SMART scholarships are available for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. SMART scholars receive a generous annual stipend, full paid tuition, a book allowance, a paid summer internship, and employment within DoD labs after graduation. SMART scholars must agree to work in a DoD lab one year for every year supported by the SMART scholarship. Eligible students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must be in an undergraduate program. Undergraduate seniors may apply for graduate school funding. Recipients must obtain security clearance. Approximately thirty-two scholars are chosen annually. Application deadline is in mid December.

Tylenol Scholarships

The makers of Tylenol provide scholarship money for 170 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in healthcare, including medical sciences. This program awards $250,000 in the form of individual $1,000 and $5,000 grants. Applicants will be judged on the content of their application essay, work experience, community involvement, and academic performance. Application deadline is in late September.

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships

The U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and The Council of American Overseas Research have partnered to offer Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes. This program provides students the opportunity to study a critical need foreign language such as Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian. Each language has its own program ranging from 7 to 11 weeks during the summer. Students are required to attend an orientation session before the program begins. All program costs are covered by the scholarship provided. All undergraduates with at least one year of college completed and all graduate students are eligible to apply. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply. The competition is open to students from all academic majors and backgrounds. Around 6,000 applications were received in 2007 for 367 awards. Applications are available in mid December for an early spring deadline.