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The Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) provides information, advising, and support, and serves as the endorser for students interested in applying for prestigious national scholarships. Below is a list of national scholarships for which UMass students may be eligible. 

Encourage your student to use ONSA as a resource, starting as early as possible if they would like to learn more and apply for any of the scholarships below. ONSA offers the following services: Scholarship and fellowship search, advice on the writing process, interview preparation, and assistance in acquiring recommendation letters. Students can find the complete list of major scholarships at http://blogs.umass.edu/onsa/listing-of-major-scholarships/

  • The Fulbright Student Program enables US students to study or teach abroad for one year. The application process includes the following: a brief proposal, an autobiographical statement, three recommendation letters, and a language evaluation.
  • The Truman Scholarship is a merit-based $30,000 scholarship award for college juniors planning to pursue a career in government and/or public service, and attend graduate school. Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and have opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. To apply students submit several brief essays, one major substantive policy proposal, and three recommendation letters.
  • The Goldwater Scholarship is a merit-based $7500 scholarship for sophomores and juniors to use toward college tuition and expenses and is for students planning to pursue academic careers in natural sciences and engineering. Student must submit several brief essays, a 2-page research proposal, and three recommendation letters.
  • The Udall Scholarship is a merit-based $5000 scholarship for sophomores and juniors to use toward college tuition and expenses.  Students must be interested in environment and Native American/Tribal issues and committed to studying tribal policy and health care. The application process includes several brief essays and three recommendation letters.
  • The Marshall Scholarship is a graduate fellowship for students to study at a university in the UK for 2-3 years in any field.  It’s for students who wish to “make a difference” in the world through their careers. The application includes several brief essays, a statement of interest regarding study in the UK, a statement of interest in a specific graduate program, a personal statement, and four recommendation letters.
  • The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship is a graduate fellowship to study for 1-2 years at University of Cambridge in any field. Applicants first apply to Cambridge, and then apply for funding.
  • The Rhodes Scholarship is a graduate fellowship to study at University of Oxford for 2-3 years in any field. Applicants submit a personal statement and five to eight recommendation letters.

For more information, consult the ONSA blog website: https://blogs.umass.edu/onsa or contact

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., Director

onsa@honors.umass.edu