With so many new faces in advising offices across campus, including some of our own, along with some new resources and programming we’re offering, I wanted to share a bit of information about the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (OMSFA). OMSFA supports UW undergraduate students in developing the skills and personal insights necessary to pursue scholarships appropriate to their goals. To do that, we offer workshops on different topics related to searching and applying competitively for scholarships, information sessions providing information about specific scholarship programs, and individual scholarship advising appointments for undergraduates and alumni at any stage, from just getting started to providing feedback on application drafts and scholarship interview prep. We’re also happy to visit classes or events you might be hosting to share scholarship information with students.
Over the summer, we launched a new website with information for students who may be on the scholarship hunt, for faculty and staff who engage with exciting students and are looking to support them, and more!
We also redesigned our scholarship database and search functions to hopefully make it easier for students to use. The database is publically available (no UW NetID required) so prospective students and others in our community are welcome to use it.
Both the website and the scholarship database are works in progress, with much information still to be added, so please do let us know if you are looking for information you can’t find, or if you come across scholarships that you think should be included in our database. We’re happy to build this community resource in ways that best serve all our students! But also recognizing that our scholarship database has its limitations, we’ve collected additional search tools that may provide students with a broader view (also happy to add to this list).
Upcoming sessions to share with students:
— Curriculum Vitae Writing Workshop, Thursday, 10/20/16, 12:00pm, MGH 171
Develop your undergraduate CV for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications! Bring a working draft, such as an existing resume or a list of activities. RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/237, though drop-ins are welcome!
— Approaching the Personal Statement, Thursday, 10/20/16, 4:30pm, MGH 171
This workshop will offer ideas on how to approach your personal statement writing and practical exercises to get you started. RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/621, though drop-ins are welcome!
Monday, 10/24, 3:30pm, MGH 171 – Building a Competitive Edge: Join us as we discuss how to connect to scholarships. We’ll talk about how your work and engagement at the university can help connect you to scholarships.
Tuesday, 10/25, 11:30am, MGH 171 – The Scholarship Search: This short session will introduce you to a few search tools and strategies to help you organize a successful scholarship search.
Wednesday, 10/26, 4:00pm, MGH 171 – Funding Your Study Abroad: Thinking about studying abroad and don’t know where to start or how to plan for it? Attend this info session to learn more about planning for study abroad and finding scholarships to support your study.
Thursday, 10/27, 4:00pm, MGH 171 – Why Apply? Meet Up: Join us for this casual scholarships social event. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with other students who have applied to scholarships as well as scholarship advisors and representatives.
— Princeton in Asia Information Session, 10/25, 6:30pm, MGH 171. RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/562, though drop-ins are welcome.
Two local alumni of the Princeton in Asia program will host an information session at UW to share their insights into the program and application process. PiA aims “to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting relationships and benefit local and global communities.” Application deadline: Nov. 11 for 2017-18 placements.