The National Scholarship Office will present information sessions on the following awards throughout the fall semester. Click on the name of the award to go to the award program’s website and click on “Register here!” to register for our sessions. Zoom links will be provided to those who register.

Opportunities for undergraduates are notated in green text and those for graduate students are notated in red text below.

Please email natlscholar@vcu.edu with any questions!

AUGUST

NSO General Information Session for Graduate Students: Thursday, August 19 @ 12:30pm (Zoom)
This session is geared towards VCU grad students in all disciplines. Join us to learn more about external funding opportunities and how the NSO can support you through the application process. Register here!

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Tuesday, August 24 @ 12:30pm (Zoom)
Juniors, seniors, and first- and second-year graduate students in STEM fields are encouraged to join us to learn more about the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which funds up to three years of graduate study in non-medical STEM disciplines. Register here!

Goldwater Scholarship: Tuesday, August 24 @ 2pm (Hybrid)
Intended for sophomores and juniors intending to pursue graduate research in the STEM fields, this session will provide information on the Goldwater Scholarship, which awards its scholars with up to $7500 for educational expenses and a mentoring network. Register here!

Critical Language Scholarship/Boren Awards: Wednesday, August 25 @ 3:30pm (Zoom)
The Critical Language Scholarship and the Boren Awards, which each fund the study of a critical language abroad, are open to all undergraduates and graduate students. This session will provide an overview of both programs. Register here!

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Friday, August 27 @ 3pm (Hybrid)
Juniors, seniors, and first- and second-year graduate students in STEM fields are encouraged to join us to learn more about the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which funds up to three years of graduate study in non-medical STEM disciplines. Register here!

SEPTEMBER

Goldwater Scholarship: Wednesday, September 1 @ 2pm (Hybrid)
Intended for sophomores and juniors intending to pursue graduate research in the STEM fields, this session will provide information on the Goldwater Scholarship, which awards its scholars with up to $7500 for educational expenses and a mentoring network. Register here!

Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF): Tuesday, September 7 @ 12:30pm (Zoom)
Current graduate students and recent graduate alumni are encouraged to join us for information on the PMF, which prepares future government leaders through a two-year appointment within a federal agency. Register here!

NSO General Information Session for Graduate Students: Wednesday, September 8 @ 3pm (Zoom)
This session is geared towards VCU grad students in all disciplines. Join us to learn more about external funding opportunities and how the NSO can support you through the application process. Register here!

Truman Scholarship: Thursday, September 9 @ 11:30am (Hybrid)
Sophomores and, especially, juniors interested in careers in public service are encouraged to join us to learn about the Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 in funding for graduate studies. Register here!

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS): Friday, September 10 @ 1pm (Zoom)
CLS is a fully funded, intensive summer study abroad for the study of a critical language, open to undergraduates and graduate students in all disciplines. Register here!

Truman Scholarship: Tuesday, September 14 @ 2pm (Hybrid)
Sophomores and, especially, juniors interested in careers in public service are encouraged to join us to learn about the Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 in funding for graduate studies. Register here!

Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF): Wednesday, September 15 @ 12pm (Zoom)
Current graduate students and recent graduate alumni are encouraged to join us for information on the PMF, which prepares future government leaders through a two-year appointment within a federal agency. Register here!

OCTOBER

RISE/SMART: Tuesday, October 19 @ noon & Wednesday, October 20 @ 2pm (Hybrid)
These identical sessions are intended for undergraduates beyond their first year and current graduate students in STEM-field majors. Learn about RISE, a three-month research internship in Germany (working language is English!), and SMART, a Department of Defense scholarship that provides funding for tuition and educational fees as well as summer research internships. Register here!

NSO General Information Sessions: Thursday, October 28 @ 2pm & Friday, October 29 @ 1pm (Zoom)
These two general information sessions are geared towards all undergraduates who are new to VCU this fall–first-year and transfer students–but all are welcome! Learn about the NSO, the (inter)nationally-competitive awards we advise for, and how to make yourself a great candidate. Register here!

NOVEMBER

Boren Awards: Wednesday, November 3 @ 11am & Thursday, November 18 @ 12:30pm (Zoom)
Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines, the Boren Awards fund up to $25,000 for students to study a critical language abroad. A program representative from Boren will present on 11/3 and the NSO will present on 11/20. Register here!

Udall Scholarship: Wednesday, November 3 @ 2pm & Thursday, November 18 @ 2pm (Hybrid)
Aimed at sophomores and juniors interested in tribal policy, the environment, or Native American healthcare, the Udall Scholarship provides its scholars with up to $7,000 and leadership development training. Register here!

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