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Scholarships and Fellowships

Coe College students have the opportunity to compete for a variety of academic scholarships for the support of their undergraduate degree as well as for learning experiences after earning the undergraduate degree. These pages describes several of the more well-known opportunities, which we hope will help you understand what you can do early in your undergraduate career to prepare to compete for scholarships that support your academic plans.

The information listed here is not complete. There are several other available scholarships, some of which are listed by name and website.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about and applying for any of these opportunities, please contact one of us.

  • Ann Struthers, National Fellowship Advisor
    Email: astruthers@coe.edu
  • John Chaimov, Associate Professor of German and Director of Off-Campus Study
    Phone: 319-399-8594
    Email: jchaimov@coe.edu
  • Marie Baehr, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
    Phone: 319-399-8616
    Email: mbaehr@coe.edu

 


 

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Undergraduate Support

Beyond Undergraduate Study

 


 

Critical Language Scholarship

This scholarship makes intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages available.

Scholarship recipients are provided:
All program costs including travel to and from the student's U.S. home city, pre-departure orientation, applicable visa fees, room, board, instruction, sponsored travel, entrance fees for sponsored activities.

Students must fulfill the following qualifications:

  • U.S. citizenship, current enrollment in college
  • Completion of at least one year of college by program start date
  • Acceptable mental and physical health
  • 18 years or older by start date
  • Prerequisite courses in some cases

Qualified applicants are chosen based on the following:

  • Plans to continue language study beyond the scholarship period
  • Plans to apply the critical language skill in future professional careers
  • Strong academic record
  • Ability to adapt to a different cultural environment
  • Diversity

Application materials include:

  • Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation

Coe's application due: Mid-October

For more information: http://clscholarship.org/

 


 

Gilman International Scholarship

Established by the International opportunity Act of 2000, this scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Scholarship recipients are provided:
Up to $5000 to defray some costs, including program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Students must fulfill the following qualifications:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Recipient of Federal Pell grant
  • Acceptance in an accepted study abroad program

Qualified applicants are chosen based on the following:

  • Plans to study in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand
  • Of diverse ethnic background

Application materials include:

  • Online application which includes uploading of official transcripts
  • Online certifications from the applicant's study abroad and financial aid advisor

Coe's application due: Early February and Early September

For more information: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

 


 

Goldwater Scholarship

Established in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, these awards support those who intend to pursue graduate study and careers in these fields.

Scholarship recipients are provided:
$7,500 annually (juniors are eligible for two years; seniors for one) to cover expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

Students must fulfill the following qualifications:

  • Intention to pursue careers in mathematics, natural science, or engineering
  • Junior or senior in year of award, majoring and intending to pursue graduate study
  • Top 25% of class
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status

Qualified applicants are chosen based on the following:

  • Demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering
  • Outstanding academic performance

Application materials include:

  • Application essay
  • Statement of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript(s)

Coe's application due: Mid December

For more information: http://www.act.org/goldwater/

 


 

Jack Kent Cooke - Graduate Arts Award

This award enables student with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue graduate study.

Scholarship recipients are provided:
$50,000 annually to use for tuition, room and board, required feed, and books for students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in US or abroad.

Students must fulfill the following qualifications:

  • Plans to pursue a career as a practicing artist in the coming year
  • GPA of at least 3.2
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need

Qualified applicants are chosen based on the following:

  • artistic or creative merit
  • academic achievement
  • financial need
  • desire to engage in and contribute to the world
  • self confidence
  • resilience

Application materials include:

  • For Phase I:
    • Application
    • Student financial information
    • Parent financial information
    • Recommendations

Coe's application due: Late October

For more information: http://www.jkcf.org/

 


 

Fulbright Opportunities

These programs, with several options for teaching and/or for research, facilitate cultural exchange through direct interaction allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others' viewpoints and beliefs. There are several different options for grant, found on the website.

Scholarship recipients are provided:

  • Round trip transportation
  • Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs
  • Health benefits
  • Eligibility for critical language enhancement award and travel grants for some countries

Students must fulfill the following qualifications:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree before start of grant
  • Of good health
  • Sufficient proficiency in language, if appropriate

Qualified applicants are chosen based on the following:
Without extensive experience living in the country, other than in studying abroad

Application materials include:

  • Biographical data
  • Statement of grant purpose
  • Affiliation letter
  • Personal statement
  • References
  • Official transcript
  • Other materials for some countries

Coe's application due: Early September

For more information: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

 


 

McElroy Scholarship

Established in 1983, the R.J. McElroy trust funds two recipients each year to "encourage persons of accomplishment, intelligence, integrity, and leadership ability to pursue challenging academic careers.

Scholarship recipients are provided:
$10,000 per year for up to three years to use as recipient sees fit while in graduate school.

Students must fulfill the following qualifications:
Plans to go to graduate school to earn a Ph.D., expectation to "pay back" to the world

Qualified applicants are chosen based on the following:

  • Acceptance into a program
  • High GPA
  • Knowledge of how plans can change the world
  • Enthusiasm of the subject area to be pursued
  • Participation in co-curricular activities

Application materials include:

  • Application form
  • Two letters of reference
  • Interview with Executive Committee to determine finalist from Coe

Coe's application due: Late January

For more information: http://mcelroytrust.org/

 


 

Marshall Scholarship

This award was created to strengthen the academic and cultural ties between the U.S. and U.K. while promoting personal and academic fulfillment for each scholar.

Scholarship recipients are provided:

  • University fees
  • Cost of living expenses
  • Annual book grant
  • Research and daily travel grants
  • Roundtrip travel

Students must fulfill the following qualifications:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Recipient of Bachelor's degree at time of scholarship start
  • GPA of at least 3.7
  • Earned undergraduate degree within two year of start of scholarship

Qualified applicants are chosen based on the following:

  • Relevant academic merit
  • Leadership potential
  • Ambassadorial potential

Application materials include:

  • Application
  • College Endorsement
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript

Coe's application due: Early September

For more information: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

 


 

Rhodes Scholarship

These scholarships support students of outstanding scholarly achievement, character, commitment to others and to the common good, and potential for leadership to continue their education.

Scholarship recipients are provided:
Full financial support to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Students must fulfill the following qualifications:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • No more than 23 years old on October 1 of application
  • Completion of undergraduate degree by October 1 following the application year

Qualified applicants are chosen based on the following:

  • Outstanding scholarly achievements
  • Character
  • Commitment to others and to the common good
  • Potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead

Application materials include:

  • College endorsement
  • Up to eight letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay list of principal activities
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Passport sized photograph
  • Official transcript(s)

Coe's application due: Early September

For more information: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

 


 

Truman Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Scholarship recipients are provided:
$30,000 to continue education

Students must fulfill the following qualifications:

  • Junior status
  • Desire, grades, and educational background to allow work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector to improve conditions that bother you
  • Comfort in committing to work in public service for 3 to 7 years after completing a foundation-funded graduate degree
  • Desire to get a master's, doctorate, or professional degree
  • Participation in the community
  • Drive to stay current

Qualified applicants are chosen based on the following:

  • Background in service learning
  • Plans to be a change agent

Application materials include:

  • 14-question application
  • Policy proposal
  • Recent transcript
  • Institutional nomination form and letter
  • Three letters of recommendation

Coe's application due: Early January

For more information: http://www.truman.gov/

 


 

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