What are Prestigious Scholarships?

Prestigious scholarships or fellowships are highly competitive, either nationally or internationally. They provide financial support and other benefits to limited numbers of highly qualified candidates.

Recipients of these awards may be upper level undergraduates. (Goldwater, Truman, and Udall are the best known undergraduate programs). More typically, these scholarships support 1-3 years of study after the bachelorís degree at universities in the United States or abroad.  (Rhodes, Fulbright, and Jack Kent Cooke are well-known programs of this type.)

Successful applicants are very talented academically, demonstrate leadership and commitment to the community and the campus, and meet the other criteria specific to the particular scholarship program.  Selection for a prestigious scholarship is based on candidate merit and potential for leadership and growth;  demonstrated financial need is either a secondary factor or not a factor at all.

UMBC students have competed successfully for prestigious scholarships!
Read about them here.

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