Sophomore Year

Sophomore Year Application

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Undergraduate Scholarships

The DHS undergraduate scholarship is intended for students interested in pursuing science and technology innovations that could be applied to counter-terrorist measures and other DHS objectives. This includes students in the fields of the physical sciences, mathematics, the life sciences, computer sciences, social sciences, psychology and engineering. Eligible students will have a GPA of 3.30 or higher and should be in their second year of college attendance at the time of application. Applicants should have solid research experience and professional goals that the DHS scholarship can assist in achieving. Recipients must be willing to accept employment offers from the DHS after graduation although employment with the DHS is not guaranteed. Graduate school enrollment immediately after graduation is permitted. This scholarship provides $1,000 a month for 9 months during the academic year and $5,000 for a 10-week summer internship at a DHS facility in between the two years of funding. Tuition is paid in full by the DHS for two years of college attendance. The application deadline is in mid January.

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 visit Students intending medical degrees can apply only if pursuing an M.D./Ph.D.

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarships

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarships are available through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to prepare students for careers in natural resource and science agencies. Undergraduate students with an interest in oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences are encouraged to apply. Eligible students might also study mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education. The NOAA awards approximately 100 Hollings Scholarships a year. The Hollings scholarship provides $8,000 a year for both the junior and senior years. In the summer following the junior year, recipients participate in a 10-week paid internship in the NOAA. Students must apply for the internship separately. A GPA of 3.0 is the minimum requirement for application. Application deadline is in early February.

Institute for International Public Policy/UNCF

The United Negro College Fund established the IIPP as a way to enhance U.S. national security and global competitiveness by providing 100 fellows with backgrounds typically underrepresented in international studies with resources for success in this field. Fellows in this program participate in summer policy institutes, intensive language training, internships, and studies abroad to prepare them for a graduate program in international affairs with the end goal of leadership in international public policy. Students are also provided with career development services. Participating graduate programs will provide at least $15,000 over the course of a two-year program. The IIPP will match this with a grant of $15,000 for fellows in graduate programs. Eligible minority students will be sophomores enrolled full-time with a strong interest in international affairs. Minimum GPA to be competitive: 3.4. Application deadline: mid March.

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Pickering Fellowships provide two years of study for up to 20 superior rising juniors who expect to pursue graduate study in public policy and administration, international relations, or related academic fields including economics, political science, and foreign languages, with the goal to enter into the U.S. Foreign Service. Suggested minimum GPA: 3.7 in related coursework, 3.5 overall. No institutional nomination is required, but students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. Pickering deadline: late February, with an extensive application.