Undergraduate Study Scholarships

These scholarships are applicable to your undergraduate studies, and are available based on your year and eligibility.


American Association of University Women (AAUW) Foundation Fellowships
Majors: Vary
Years: Vary
Interest: Vary
Women with superior academic records and interest in fields of graduate study historically underrepresented by women may compete for one year fellowships funded by AAUW. Areas of study include fields such as architecture, computer science, and engineering. Women of color may also use this fellowship for professional schooling. Candidates may apply independent of the Wake Forest Scholars Program but are encouraged to contact the Director. Deadlines: Vary, there are 6 types of fellowships available.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship
Majors: STEM, Health and Exercise Science
Years: Sophomores and Juniors
Interest: PhD., in STEM
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. Students intending medical degrees can apply only if pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. Deadline: Dec. 1, to notify campus committee.

Beinecke Scholarship
Majors: All
Years: Junior
Interest: Graduate Studies in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
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: December 1, to notify Campus Committee.

Davis-Putter Scholarships
Majors: All
Years: All
Interest: Activism
Need-based grants (up to $6,000) to undergraduate or graduate students actively working for peace and justice on campus and/or in the community. Deadline: April 1.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Undergraduate Scholarships
Majors: DHS Related
Years: Sophomore and Junior
Interest: Science and Technology Innovation for DHS
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. Deadline varies.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
Majors: All
Years: Juniors and Seniors
Interest: Any
This is an essay contest which challenges students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Prizes range from $500 to $5,000. Confer the Elie Wiesel Foundation website for more information. Deadline varies.

Forum for Theological Exploration Grants
Majors: All
Years: All
Interest: Christian Ministry in any line of work
FTE provides grants to young leaders interested in exploring ministry as a vocation, connecting them with congregations within communities they want to serve. These grants support the development of a mentoring relationship with an innovative church leader. Young adults are given the chance to expand their view of what they might do through the church, learn more about innovative ecclesial models of ministry, and create a meaningful mentoring relationship. Eligible applicants are participants from FTE’s discernment retreats and summits. Applicants must identify a sponsoring organization to assist and hold them accountable in their exploration and learning. Up to 10 recipients receive a $1,500 grant to develop a Ministry Exploration and Mentoring project. Deadline: July 1.

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarships
Major: Varies
Year: Sophomore
Interest: Oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences
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. Deadline: January

Josephine de Karman Scholarships
Majors: All
Years: Junior
Interest: Any
Approximately eight (8) fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters or the equivalent where the quarterly system prevails), paid through the fellowship office of the university in which the recipient is enrolled for study in the United States Only candidates for the PhD who will defend their dissertation by June 2015 and undergraduates entering their senior year (will receive bachelors degree in June 2015) are eligible for consideration. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities. Deadline: January 31.

Kemper Scholarship
MAjors: All
Years: First-year
Interest: Corporate or non-profit work
A program for freshmen students, the Kemper Scholars Program offers you an opportunity to prepare for leadership and service in numerous professions, including nonprofits. The Program includes a tuition scholarship for your sophomore, junior and senior years as well as 2 funded internships during the summers following your sophomore and junior years funded by the Kemper Foundation. Deadline: January 31st.

Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award Scholarship
Majors: Physics
Years: Sophomores, and Juniors
Interest: STEM
The Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award is an AWIS Educational Foundation program for female college sophomores and juniors studying physics, including space physics and geophysics, or geoscience. The award in the amount of $2,000 is given annually to an exceptionally well-rounded student who excels in her studies as well as outdoor activities, service, sports, music, or other non-academic pursuits or who has overcome significant obstacles. The award is administered by SPS and may be used for any aspect of education, including tuition, books, housing, or travel, for example. Deadline: March 15.

Korean-American Scholarship Foundation
Majors: Vary
Years: All
Interest: Vary
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. Deadline: June 30.

The Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships
Majors: Vary
Years: All
Requirement: Polish Ancestry, or academic interest in Polish studies
The Kosciuszko Foundation encourages graduate study that may include a year in a Polish graduate institution. Past recipients have earned one-year Masters degrees at the Center for European Studies at Jagiellonian University-Krakow or at one of several medical and health-related sites. Financial need is not a determining factor but is taken into consideration. A slight preference is given to students of Polish descent. The program may also provide for one year of support at the student’s home domestic graduate school. No institutional nomination is required, but potential applicants are encouraged to consult with the Director of Wake Forest Scholars. Deadline: Varies, there are 3 opportunities through the foundation.

National Institute of Health, Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Majors: Health Sciences, Social Sciences, STEM
Years: All
Interests: Public Service, Research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation. Consult the NIH website for more information. Deadline: mid-March.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Major: Social Science
Year: Junior
Interest: Foreign Affairs
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer. There are two types of awards, undergraduate awards provide funding for senior year and first year of graduate studies, graduate awards provide funding for first and second years of graduate study. Visit the Pickering website for more information. Deadline: mid-January.

The Roothbert Fund: Scholarship Program
Majors: All
Years: All
Interest: Any
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. Deadline: by midnight February 1.

Schepp Foundation Scholarships
Majors: All
Year: All
Interest: All
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. Deadline: Submit application request beginning in August. Application request window closes when a sufficient number of requests have been received.

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Scholarships
Majors: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Year: All
Interest: Theoretical and applied research
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. Deadline: December 1.

Tylenol Scholarships
Majors: Health Care Related
Years: Sophomore, Juniors, Senior
Interest: Health Care
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. Deadline: varies.


Wake Forest University Sponsored Scholarships
Financial Aid – Merit-based Scholarships

Thomas E. and Ruth Mullen Scholars of the Upperclass Carswell Scholarship Program
The Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid annually recognizes up to ten students as Thomas E. and Ruth Mullen Scholars of the Upperclass Carswell Scholarships. Applicants must have completed at least one year of coursework at Wake Forest and are judged on the basis of academic and extracurricular leadership while here. The competition is keen, with recipients generally standing at least in the top 10% of the class. Once awarded, the scholarship may be renewed through the fourth year of undergraduate study. The stipend is $1,500 per year (though it could be less if the student has extensive other scholarships or financial aid packages). Students selected before the senior year are eligible to apply for summer grants of up to $5,000 to support research of educational value. Deadline: October 15.

Departmental Scholarships
Several departments are able to award scholarships of varying amounts to a student or students majoring in the subject (or in some instances, simply significantly involved in studying the topic). See the table below for a listing of scholarships in various departments. Contact the chair of your department for more information about these scholarships. Deadlines: Variable.