Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA)

UMass Amherst’s Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) provides information, advising, and support to both undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying for competitive national scholarships. ONSA also offers guidance on essay writing and scholarship interview preparation.

After an academic year of successful applications, ONSA is again ready to embark on assisting eligible students with such prestigious scholarships as:

  • The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is a merit-based $7,500 scholarship for sophomores and juniors planning to pursue academic careers in natural sciences and engineering. Student must submit several brief essays, a two-page research proposal, and three recommendation letters.
  • The Boren Scholarship is a one-year $10,000 award-per-semester scholarship to be used when studying abroad while learning non-Western languages. Applications require essays and two letters of recommendation.
  • The Udall Scholarship is a merit-based $7,000 scholarship for sophomores and juniors to use toward college tuition/expenses. Students must be interested in environment and/or Native American/tribal issues and committed to studying tribal policy and health care. The application process includes brief essays and three recommendation letters.

Undergraduates in their senior year may also compete for these graduate school scholarships:

  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program enables U.S. students to study or teach abroad for one year. This long-range application includes submitting a research proposal, an autobiographical statement, three recommendation letters, a host country invitation, and a language evaluation.
  • The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a merit-based $30,000 scholarship award for college juniors forging a career in government and/or public service, and will attend graduate school. To apply, students must submit several brief essays, a substantive policy proposal, and three letters of recommendation.
  • The Marshall Scholarship is a graduate fellowship for students to study at a university in the United Kingdom for 2–3 years and in any field. Applying includes submitting essays, statements of interest, a personal statement, and four letters of recommendation.
  • The Rhodes Scholarship is a graduate fellowship to study at University of Oxford, England, for 2–3 years in any field. Applicants submit a personal statement and five to eight recommendation letters.

A comprehensive list of national scholarships is available on ONSA’s website. Students seeking more information may contact ONSA at ONSA@honors.umass.edu.