Beinecke Scholarship

Information Sessions: NISO Week 9/17-9/21

Campus Deadline: January 10, 2019

Fields of Study: Arts, humanities, or social sciences

Funding for: Graduate school

Begin Application: Junior year

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The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Preference is given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school. Since 1975, the program has selected more than 500 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university.

Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships, and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completing undergraduate studies.

Eligibility Requirements

  • College junior pursuing a bachelor's degree ("junior" indicates a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2016 and August 2017)
  • Planning to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences after graduation
  • Able to demonstrate financial need during undergraduate years
  • U.S. citizen or United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Candidate Profile

  • Superior intellectual ability and demonstrated academic ahievement beyond excellent grades
  • Independent projects, extracurricular activities, and/or internships related to the applicant's interests or future goals
  • Clear plan for graduate education connected to applicant's career path and future goals

Application Components

  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • 1,000 word personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • Certified transcript (or transcripts)

Application Procedure

All applicants MUST be nominated by their college or university. As such, Purdue applicants are reviewed by an internal committee. One nominee is chosen and sent forward to the national Beinecke Scholarship competition.

Detailed campus application information is provided directly to applicants once they declare their intention to apply.

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