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The committee on Post Graduate Opportunities provides information, outreach, and support to Oglethorpe students who have the potential to become candidates for nationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships.

Each year, a number of national and international agencies offer a variety of scholarships recognizing achievement in academics and the potential to contribute to society. Exceptional Oglethorpe University students planning to advance their academic, leadership, or civic qualifications following graduation are encouraged to evaluate their qualifications to apply for these prestigious scholarships and post graduate opportunities such as The Peace Corps and Teach for America. . Students who meet basic qualifications are encouraged to notify the committee of their intent to apply based on deadlines outlined here. Oglethorpe's committee on Post Graduate Opportunities will review candidates and work with faculty representatives to determine the final nominee for each scholarship. For most opportunities,, the committee will select only one nominee.

Timeline for Applications
Declaring Your Intent to Apply
Profiles of Oglethorpe Recipients & Finalists
Committee on Post Graduate Opportunities

Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

Scholarship

Year to Apply (standing at time of application)

Oglethorpe Intent Deadline
National Deadline
Senior, Post-Grad
April 15, 2015
October 2015
Senior, Post Grad
April 15, 2015
October 2015
Junior
April 15, 2015
February 2016
Senior, Post-Grad
April 15, 2015
October 2015
Senior, Post-Grad
April 15, 2015
October 2015
Senior, Post-Grad
(min GPA: 3.7)
April 15, 2015
October 2015
Senior, Post-Grad
April 15, 2015
October 2015
Senior, Post-Grad
April 15, 2015
November 2015
Undergraduates
April 15, 2015

February 2016

Junior
April 15, 2015

January 2016

Sophomore, Junior
April 15, 2015

January 2016

Senior
April 15, 2015

Various deadlines from August 2015 -January 2016

Senior
April 15, 2015

Various Deadlines

 

Fulbright US Student Program


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers. Bose Corporation founder Amar Bose, actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and economist Joseph Stiglitz are among notable former grantees.. Students interested in these scholarships should be aware of internal institutional deadlines and should contact a committee member with questions. For more information on Fulbright scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here.

Fulbright Teaching Assistantship


Teaching Assistantships in English are offered in many countries worldwide. Placements are in schools or universities outside of the capital cities. Assistants design various activities to improve their students' language abilities and knowledge of the United States, while increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. Assistantships carry a monthly stipend of about $1000. For more information on Fulbright Teaching Assistantship requirements and eligibility, click here.

Truman Scholarship


Truman scholarships vary in amount up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Truman scholarships are designed to support graduate studies, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. Applicants must be college juniors at the time of selection and have fulfilled a service requirement. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation also provides a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference. Students interested in these scholarships should be aware of internal institutional deadlines and should contact a committee member with questions. For more information on Truman scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here. For advice and guidance on the application process, click here.

Rhodes Scholarship


The purpose of the Rhodes Scholarship is to provide all educational costs for students applying to pursue a full-time Masters or Ph.D. at Oxford University in England. Graduating seniors who are the special combination of student scholar, student leader, student athlete, and University citizen are most qualified for this fellowship. Students interested in the scholarship must be aware of internal institutional deadlines and should contact a committee member with questions. For more information on Rhodes scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here.

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship


The Gates Foundation seeks to support graduating seniors planning to pursue post-graduate studies at Cambridge University in England. Academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and citizenship, and social commitment are qualities required of Gates-Cambridge candidates. Preference will be given to candidates planning to pursue studies in health and education through the use of science and technology. Students interested in the scholarship must be aware of internal institutional deadlines and should contact a committee member with questions. For more information on the Gates-Cambridge scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here.

Marshall Scholarship


The Marshall Foundation provides a prestigious scholarship opportunity for exceptional graduating seniors who wish to pursue post-graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, King’s College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Nottingham, the University of Oxford, or the University of St. Andrews in the U.K.  Preference will be given to candidates who combine high academic ability with the capacity to play an active part in the life of a United Kingdom university and those who display a potential to make a significant contribution to their own society.  Candidates must be nominated by Oglethorpe University with a letter of institutional support. Students interested in the scholarship must be aware of internal institutional deadlines and should contact a committee member with questions. For more information on the Marshall scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here.

Mitchell Scholarship


The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a one-year, full-tuition and housing award for post-graduate studies at universities in Ireland and North Ireland.  The George J. Mitchell Foundation supports future American leaders to the Island of Ireland by recognizing academic achievement and students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to service and leadership in their communities as well as the promise of continued exemplary service.  Candidates must be nominated by Oglethorpe University with a letter of institutional support. Students interested in the scholarship must be aware of internal institutional deadlines and should contact a committee member with questions. For more information on the Mitchell scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here.

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship


The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are the first in their families to graduate from college, to participate in a course of study at St. John's College, Cambridge University. Graduating seniors may apply as an Affiliated Student for the two-year B.A. degree program. The Cambridge Affiliated B.A. is like no other undergraduate degree in the United States in terms of academic rigor, international travel opportunities and overall preparation for a career. Additionally, five years after graduation it is viewed as the equivalent of an M.A. For more information on The Davies-Jackson Scholarship requirements and eligibility, click here

The Boren Awards for International Study:

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. For more information on The Boren Awards requirements and eligibility, click here:

Thomas K Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship:

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. 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. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program. For more information about the Pickering Fellowships, click here

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

The Goldwater Scholarship was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics. The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research. The Foundation is supported by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established in the Treasury of the United States. Funding for awards and administrative expenses derives from interest on the Trust Fund, invested in U.S. securities. For more information on the Goldwater Scholarship requirements and elgibility, click here

Teach for America:

Teach for America is a growing movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education. The appllciation for the 2016 corp will be available on August 1, 2015. In the 2013-2014 school year, more than 10,000 corps members will teach 750,000 students in 49 regions across the country. This is the first step in the movement! In order to be eligible, you must have: A bachelors degree by June 2016, a 2.5 undergraduate GPA, proof of US citizenship, national/permanent resident status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals. For more information on the Teach for America requirements and elgibility, click here

Peace Corp:

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them. To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  • To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
  • To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  • To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

For more information on the Peace Corp requirements and eligibility, click here.

 

 

Profiles of Past Recipients & Finalists

 

 

Tirzah Brown, 2014 Fullbright Alternate

Tirzah Brown, Class of 2014

Describe your involvement while at Oglethorpe.

While at Oglethorpe, I have had the opportunity to participate in so many wonderful opportunities. I will list a few here.I became involved as a Sunday school teacher at Passion City Church.For the duration of my time, I was an active brother of Alpha Phi Omega and served in the Fall of 2013 as the Vice President of Service. I also participated in cross country for three years and was captain for two. Additionally, I had the honor of serving as Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa and I led a ladies' small group bible study.I had three opportunities to travel while at Oglethorpe: my social work practicum in Moldova, a study abroad trip to Greece, and a trip with the Alumni office to New York City to serve on a panel. These opened up my mind in ways that I couldn't have imagined.

What is your current career focus? Describe your future plans.

I want my life to glorify God and live out His heart for justice by helping to end slavery. Currently, I am working as a coach for Wellspring Living's Empowered Living Program. In this role, I have an amazing opportunity to build friendships with survivors of sex trafficking. In the future, I hope to use what I am learning from these women to influence programs and policies that prevent slavery and take care of people who are rescued from this type of exploitation.

What advice would you offer to students interested in applying for prestigious post-graduate scholarships and fellowships?​

That's hard to say. However, my advice for anyone doing anything is that you should put your all into it and show your passion, whatever that may be.



Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, 2012 Finalist
Matthew Claiborne, Class of 2011

Describe your involvement while at Oglethorpe.

Three-time recipient of the Stormy Petrel Publication Award in recognition of excellence in news writing, Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Fraternity Vice President, Alpha Chi Honors Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, 2010-2011 Singer of the Year, Blackwell Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient , Resident Assistant, Center for Civic Engagement Ambassador, Admissions Ambassador, University Singers and Chorale Vice President.

What is your current career focus? Describe your future plans.

I am currently working for a large media agency, executing advertising campaigns for a major movie studio. I was recently admitted to Columbia University's Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism and Documentary Film. My future plans are working as a reporter and documentarian, finishing a novel and continuing to use journalism as a platform which gives marginalized groups access to a social podium.

What advice would you offer to students interested in applying for prestigious post-graduate scholarships?

Think carefully about why you are applying. Apply because it is something you are passionate about because you are committing a lot of time to this effort should you be selected. Also, use the resources you were given at Oglethorpe. Consult with faculty, have someone proofread your work and make rewrite after rewrite. Also, come up with an original idea to present to the fellowship committee and let them know exactly how you plan to use this fellowship to achieve a common goal.

 



Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship,
2012 Finalist

Alexandra Bryant, Class of 2011

Describe your involvement while at Oglethorpe.

OUSA Study Abroad 2010-Quito,Ecuador, CNN National Assignment Desk Intern, Psi Chi, Phi Eta Sigma, Deans List, Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir

What advice would you offer to students interested in applying for prestigious post-graduate scholarships?

Do all of your research, network and develop established relationships for recommendations. Have essays professionally and peer reviewed, know all your options, have a backup plan, and stay positive and optimistic.

Fulbright IIE US Student Program, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Fellow,
Finalist Rhodes Scholarship Georgia 1998

Valerie Barske, Class of 1998

Describe your involvement while at Oglethorpe.

Internships--Atlanta City Hall in preparation for 1996 Olympics & Japan America Society of Georgia, Urban Leadership Program,
Honor Societies including ODK, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Beta Delta, Alpha Phi Omega--Member and Officer, French Club--President, Vice President, Study Abroad L'Universite Catholique de Lille, Semester in France Work Study, Undergraduate Research Assistant to Prof. Robin LeBlanc

What is your current career focus? Describe your future plans.

Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in Asian Studies. Most recently, as a faculty research advisor, I accompanied undergraduate students majoring in International Studies to present original research at the nationally recognized Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. I hope to be tenured and eventually dabble in university administration as well.

What advice would you offer to students interested in applying for prestigious post-graduate scholarships and fellowships?

Apply early and often, work with professors on writing skills, attend a grant writing workshop or course, be involved, make connections, participate in undergraduate research.





Scholarship Committee
Committee Member Position
Mike Rulison, Ph.D Professor of Physics, Director of Honors Program
Ron Bobroff, Ph.D Associate Professor of History, Director of Global Education
Amy Clemente, MS, LAPC, NCC Assistant Director of Professional Development
Melinda Peerboom Admissions Counselor
Cecil Rose Assistant Director of the Academic Success Center

 

 

 

 
   
   
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