Read the latest news about the Office of National Scholarship Advisement and UMass Amherst's awardees and finalists of nationally competitive scholarships.

Churchill Scholarship recipient Edridge D'Souza and ONSA Director Madalina Akli discuss Edridge's research and the impact of a prestigious national scholarship:

May 8, 2024
Three UMass Amherst graduate students have received Boren National Security Graduate Fellowships to study languages in regions critical to U.S. interests. While living abroad, the students will immerse themselves in the culture of their host country. Following their studies, each recipient will enter public service at a federal agency for at least a year.
April 17, 2024
Three third-year UMass Amherst students have won scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year from the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

April 8, 2024
During her time as an undergraduate Renee Owen, a 2023 graduate from Commonwealth Honors College, studied both biology and German – and felt that this interdisciplinary approach was the perfect pairing that ultimately allowed her to continue her research abroad in Leipzig, Germany. 


February 15, 2024
The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a Fulbright Top Producing Institution — one of the nation’s universities with the highest number of students, faculty and administrators selected for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs for the 2023-24 academic year.   


Three UMass Amherst Students Win Goldwater Scholarships
April 4, 202
The highly competitive STEM-focused Barry Goldwater Scholarships will be awarded to Zeynep Alptekin ’23, Ashley Eng ’23, and Wyatt Tran ’23, who all will be dedicating their careers to work as scientists, mathematicians and engineers.


Fulbright 2019 alumnus Adam Zimmer wins 2021 Three-Minute Thesis competition

Adam Zimmer, Fulbright 2019 alumnus and PhD candidate in anthropology, has been named winner of the 2021 Three-Minute Thesis competition with his presentation (and Fulbright research topic), “Prime Harvest: Cadavers and Our Source of Anatomical Knowledge.” Organized by the UMass Amherst Graduate School, the competition challenges grad students to describe their research in an engaging manner, using non-technical language, in three minutes or less.


UMass Students Garner Prestigious Boren and Fulbright Scholarships
May 11, 2021
Seven University of Massachusetts Amherst undergraduates, graduate students, and an alumna have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to research or teach English abroad. Additionally, two students have received Boren National Security Education Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships to study languages in regions critical to U.S. interests.


Goldwater Scholarships awarded to three UMass Amherst undergrads
April 6, 2021
University juniors Nicholas Sbalbi of West Springfield, Mass.; Meredith Stone of Wakefield, R.I.; and Renos Zabounidis of Sharon, Mass., will receive the esteemed STEM fields scholarship to help cover tuition, mandatory fees, books, and room and board.


UMass Amherst alumna Jana Douglass named Marshall Scholarship finalist
January 21, 2021
Jana Douglass '20 was named a national finalist for the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Beginning in 1954, Marshall scholarships were created in order to finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.


Alumna Jane Viviano '18 wins competitive Rangel Fellowship
January 14, 2021
Jane Viviano ’18, a Commonwealth Honors graduate in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, was awarded the 2021 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the fellowship supports extraordinary individuals pursuing a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.


Alyssa Ryan receives German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) one-year grant for doctoral candidates fellowship
July 15, 2020
The DAAD Germany award provides doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists with a fully-funded opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany with an academic adviser.


UMass Amherst junior Shannon Silva wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
April 2, 2020
Shannon Silva, a biology major and Commonwealth Honors College junior, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, awarded by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.


UMass senior awarded the Churchill Scholarship for study in U.K.'s Cambridge University
January 29, 2019
Senior Edridge D'Souza is part of a select group tapped to complete a STEM-related master's degree at the internationally renowned Cambridge University.


Michael Crowley, UMass junior, awarded the Udall Scholarship
April 26, 2018
Leominster, Mass., native and UMass junior Michael Crowley has been awarded the nationally competitive Udall Scholarship. The Udall recognizes sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or the environment.