Junior Year

Wake Forest Junior Randy Paris

Junior Year Application

Beinecke Scholarships

The Beinecke Foundation scholarships provide $2,000 for the senior year and $30,000 towards the first two years of a graduate program in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Demonstrated financial need is one component of selection. Approximately 20 awarded nationally each year. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.8; application through WFU, which can nominate one person each year. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: December 15.


National Security Education Program/David L. Boren Scholarships

The Boren Fellowship is made up of two components. One awards grants for summer or semester international study (especially where language study is a major focus) at and during the undergraduate level. Boren Graduate Fellowships provide for 1-2 of years financial support to encourage overseas study focused on intense advancement in a modern foreign language in the home cultural setting. No institutional nomination is required, but potential candidates are encouraged to consult with department mentors in languages as well as with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. Boren deadline: January 31.


The Josephine DeKarman Fellowships

The Josephine DeKarman Fellowship Trust was established to assist highly successful students who meet the standards of the trust. A minimum of 10 scholarships are provided a year with $20,000 for Ph.D. students and $10,000 for undergraduate students for the academic year. The fellowship may not be renewed. Eligible students are upcoming undergraduate seniors and Ph.D. students who will defend their dissertation in the upcoming academic year. Students in the humanities are given special consideration. Upon completion of their fellowship year, students must write a report on how the DeKarman Fellowship has contributed to their achievements. All applications must be received by late January.


Fulbright Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships provide students with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to study or affiliate for one year at a foreign institution (for cultural exchange, course study, or degree candidacy, depending on the home country). Approximately 1400 grants provided each year to over 140 countries worldwide. Requirements and competition vary from country to country, but most non-English-speaking host countries require competency in the host language.

The Fulbright Scholars Program also sponsors Fulbright Teaching Assistantships to select countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. These fellowships vary in requirement and competition, but typically provide a year of residence in a host country in exchange for teaching English. Fluency in the host country language is not a requirement in every case.

Suggested minimum GPA: 3.5. WFU seniors may apply only through WFU nomination. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program is September 1 of the senior year, though students are strongly encouraged to begin development of study proposals in the junior year. Wake Forest has become a major Fulbright nomination and award institution. The most successful candidates will be those who engage the Director and campus mentors early in the application process.

Also sponsored by Fulbright are grants in business, economics, international relations, and law to Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. In addition the Fulbright Islamic Civilization Initiative Program encourages Fulbright grants to countries with considerable Muslim populations. The Critical Language Enhancement awards encourage highly capable candidates by providing language training in country prior to the commencement of one’s project.

Students talented in the creative and performing arts can apply to any country for a Fulbright Scholarship in their area of specialty. Guidelines vary from country to country. Performing arts proposals should focus on training and cultivating skill. Creative arts proposals might focus on collecting background information or conducting research for novels, short stories, or films, etc. Host country affiliations might include settings such as museums and galleries. Supplemental materials are typically required in the application and must be applicable to the proposed study or project. The Fulbright program encourages talented artists and writers to apply and share any works they have created with their respective host countries while funded by the scholarship.


The Fund for Theological Education Undergraduate Fellowships

The Fund for Theological Education advocates for diversity and excellence in Christian ministry. Scholarships are provided to gifted scholars planning to attend seminary, already in seminary, and planning to obtain a Ph.D. or Th.D. Undergraduates can apply for support during their junior and senior year of college. Applicants must be nominated by a college faculty member, administrator, campus minister or current pastor. Eligible students must be considering ministry as a career and should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Selected undergraduates will receive a stipend of $2,000 for educational expenses. In exchange, each fellow must attend the FTE Conference in Excellence in Ministry. A travel stipend is provided for this conference. Around 50 students are selected annually. All nominations must be received by early February. Nominees will then be notified of their eligibility. If eligible, applications are due mid March.


Goldwater Scholarships

Barry Goldwater Scholarships provide one year of funding at the undergraduate level in natural science. Wake Forest students studying biology, chemistry, computer science, health exercise science, mathematics, and physics may apply. Approximately 300 awards made nationally each year. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.8 in major, 3.6 overall; application through WFU nomination only. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: December 1. A strong research record is required. For further information visitwww.wfu.edu/~natalie/scholarships. Students intending medical degrees can apply only if pursuing an M.D./Ph.D.


Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award in Physics

The Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation awards an exceptionally well-rounded female physics major with $1,000 annually. Eligible students are sophomore and junior women who excel in their studies as well as non-academic activities such as outdoor pursuits, community service, sports, or music. Consideration will be given to students who have had to overcome significant obstacles. Only one award is given annually. The deadline for application receipt is in late January.


National Science Foundation Fellowships

Students pursuing graduate work in the natural and some social sciences should inquire at the major department level regarding nomination and support of application for an NSF fellowship which funds at least two years of graduate study in a domestic program. Interested students may also wish to study the U. S. Department of Energy fellowships program, information available here. Preferably students will consult with department faculty chairs and mentors late in the junior year if interested in these federally-based fellowships. There are separate NSF programs available as summer research funding during the undergraduate years.


Rotary International Fellowships

Rotary International annually awards approximately 1,200 Ambassadorial Scholarships to more than 60 countries. Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide 9-11 months of study and cultural exchange. Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide two years of study in a foreign country. For both the Academic-Year and the Multi-Year Scholarships, foreign language requirements vary with the host countries. Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships will provide funding for three to six months of immersion and intensive language study in another country. The Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships rely on language proficiency and provide funding for students studying Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish.

Each year, Rotary International awards approximately 70 World Peace Scholarships to one of seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and reconciliation around the globe. RI provides these scholarships for students to work towards a master’s degree in peace studies and conflict resolution. Applicants are evaluated on their potential to lead in government, business, and other areas. Applicants must also be proficient in at least two languages, including the language of the preferred host university. Most World Peace Scholars will have several years of post-graduate experience or graduate study prior to application.

For any of these programs, application is made either through the office of Wake Forest Scholars, if one wishes to compete through the Piedmont region of North Carolina, or directly through the Rotary chapter in one’s hometown and state. Finalists interview in early to mid spring (preferably of the junior year) for programs of study and exchange to begin approximately in 15-18 months. For example, a student earning a Rotary Fellowship at the end of the junior year of college would begin that scholarship service in later fall or winter following graduation. While there is no established minimum academic requirement from Rotary, successful candidates will be in the top 1/3 of the class or higher. Interested students would do well to contact their local Rotary chapter early in the fall of the junior (or senior) year, as deadlines vary around the country. Expected date (for juniors or seniors) to notify campus committee of interest in program: December 15 (or earlier for early district interviews nationally).


Truman Scholarships

Harry S. Truman Scholarships provide up to $30,000 for the first two years in a domestic graduate or professional degree program in preparation for a career in government and public service. Candidates must be strongly committed to such a career path. Recipients must commit to four years of public service within seven years following the conclusion of graduate school. Though a majority of Truman recipients have come from fields such as economics, history, and political science, other social as well as natural science majors (for example, biology as a preparation for environmental affairs) might be appropriate bases for application. Approximately 75 awarded nationally each year. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.7; application through WFU nomination only. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: November 1.

Junior Year Deadline for Intent to Apply as Senior

Fulbright Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships provide students with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to study or affiliate for one year at a foreign institution (for cultural exchange, course study, or degree candidacy, depending on the home country). Approximately 1400 grants provided each year to over 140 countries worldwide. Requirements and competition vary from country to country, but most non-English-speaking host countries require competency in the host language.

The Fulbright Scholars Program also sponsors Fulbright Teaching Assistantships to select countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. These fellowships vary in requirement and competition, but typically provide a year of residence in a host country in exchange for teaching English. Fluency in the host country language is not a requirement in every case.

Suggested minimum GPA: 3.5. WFU seniors may apply only through WFU nomination. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program is September 1 of the senior year, though students are strongly encouraged to begin development of study proposals in the junior year. Wake Forest has become a major Fulbright nomination and award institution. The most successful candidates will be those who engage the Director and campus mentors early in the application process.

Also sponsored by Fulbright are grants in business, economics, international relations, and law to Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. In addition the Fulbright Islamic Civilization Initiative Program encourages Fulbright grants to countries with considerable Muslim populations. The Critical Language Enhancement awards encourage highly capable candidates by providing language training in country prior to the commencement of one’s project.

Students talented in the creative and performing arts can apply to any country for a Fulbright Scholarship in their area of specialty. Guidelines vary from country to country. Performing arts proposals should focus on training and cultivating skill. Creative arts proposals might focus on collecting background information or conducting research for novels, short stories, or films, etc. Host country affiliations might include settings such as museums and galleries. Supplemental materials are typically required in the application and must be applicable to the proposed study or project. The Fulbright program encourages talented artists and writers to apply and share any works they have created with their respective host countries while funded by the scholarship.


Marshall Scholarships

The British Marshall Scholarships provide two years of graduate study at one of approximately 80 approved graduate institutions in the United Kingdom. Up to 44 are awards made annually. Successful Marshall candidates will show an unusual depth of program in one’s major field and in optional research or summer experiences. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.8. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: May 1st of junior year. Marshall deadline: early October of the senior year.


George J. Mitchell Scholarships

Twelve or more scholars are chosen annually for one year of post-graduate study at an Irish or Northern Irish institution to which the candidate hopes to gain admission. The program draws students from all disciplines. Candidates will be superior students whose leadership includes extensive community service. Interested students can learn more about host institutions here. Institutional nomination is required and potential candidates are encouraged to consult with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars their junior year. Mitchell deadline: early October of the senior year.


Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Trust provides two or more years of graduate study at Oxford University in England. Thirty-two American Rhodes Scholars are selected annually based upon extraordinary qualities of intellect and leadership. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.8. Deadline to notify campus committee of interest in program: May 1st of junior year. Rhodes deadline: early October of the senior year.