Freshman Year:

  • Choose your courses wisely! Identify courses that both meet requirements and focus on topics of special interest to you.
  • Engage in co-curricular activities (community service, social organizations, intramurals, etc.).
  • Seek out undergraduate research experiences.
  • Make an effort to get to know faculty!!!
  • Cultivate a habit of reading national and international news. To get started, follow social media for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, BBC, etc.
  • If invited, join Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society and consider applying for a leadership position.
  • Scholarships to consider: Critical Languages, Boren, US-UK Fulbright.

Sophomore Year:

  • Consider taking an advanced composition course or any other writing-intensive course. Learning to craft well-written essays is critical to securing fellowships and scholarships.
  • Participate in academic engagement opportunities – service learning, study away, and undergraduate research (including NSF REU’s).
  • Use your summers wisely!! Look for opportunities to continue strengthening your academic achievements and clarifying your career goals.
  • Keep reading the news! Demonstrate an awareness of the world around you.
  • Scholarships to consider: Goldwater, Critical Languages, Boren, Udall.

Junior Year:

  • Invest in leadership positions that reflect a depth of commitment to a particular cause or interest.
  • Continue sharpening your writing skills, using your summers wisely, and participating in academic engagement.
  • Look for opportunities to present your research or submit articles for publication.
  • If invited, join honors societies like Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Omicron Delta Kappa.
  • Attend NIFS information sessions on the Marshall, Rhodes, and Fulbright.
  • Scholarships to consider: Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Critical Languages, Boren. Preliminary interviews for the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell held in spring of junior year.

Senior Year:

  • Finalize applications for the Rhodes*, Marshall*, or Mitchell*.
  • Craft an excellent thesis or senior research project and seek publication or presentation.
  • Consider spending a gap year or two engaged in public service through AmeriCorps, Teach for America, or Peace Corps.
  • Other Scholarships to consider: Fulbright Research/Study Grants, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Fulbright-Fogarty Public Health Awards, NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, NIH OxCam, Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship (institutional endorsement required), Alpha Lambda Delta Graduate Fellowships, etc.

*Note: These require institutional endorsement!