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Scholarship Information and Resources for Undergrads

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!

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Funding Events: October Scholarship Workshops

As fall kicks off, we are excited to share our October workshops & events with you and your students.  As usual, we are offering basic information sessions and workshops focused on supporting your students in both connecting to scholarship opportunities and being competitive for them.

New this quarter, we are dedicating one full week to scholarship basics.  October 24-28th is Getting Started with Scholarships Week. You’ll find a flyer detailing our focus week attached to this email and our full calendar, which includes all info sessions and events, on our website.

Without further ado, below is our list of October Workshops!

October Workshops: All workshops in MGH Suite 171.

Date Title Description Time
October 12 Scholarships 101 Introduction to searching and applying to scholarships 4:00 p.m.
October 18 Getting Great Recommendation Letters We’ll talk about letters, how to ask for them and how to follow up. 12:00 p.m.
October 19 Scholarships 201 We’ll discuss scholarship opportunities and timelines for continuing students. 4:00 p.m.
October 20 CV for Scholarships & Applications This workshop-information session hybrid will go through how to write a CV and offer time to work and receive feedback. 12:00 p.m.
October 20 Approaching the Personal Statement This workshop will offer ideas on how to approach your personal statement writing and practical exercises to get you started. 4:30 p.m.
October 24-28th Getting Started with Scholarships Week! Visit our webpage for times and events: http://expd.uw.edu/scholarships/workshops/events/ Check times online
October 26th Why Apply? Meet up Meet former scholarship applicants and advisors to discuss opportunities and tips. 4:00 p.m.

We also meet with students individually to talk through just about any academic application they are working on—please let them know we will happily meet with them to talk about their scholarship applications as well as admissions essays and grant proposals. Thanks for sharing!

Getting Started Flyer 2016

Grad School/Funding Events: Preparing for Graduate Applications & Scholarships Series

Spring quarter is a great time for our rising junior and senior students to get a head start on preparing their application materials for graduate school and fantastic opportunities like the Fulbright.  OMSFA is offering its annual workshop series, “Preparing for Graduate School Applications.”  We invite and encourage students working any scholarship or program application to attend.  We break down the application process in the following workshops:

Scholarships 201: Continue the scholarship search! This workshop provides assistance to continuing students looking to fund undergraduate academic years and graduate school.

  • Monday, April 11th at 3:30pm in MGH 171
  • Tuesday, April 19th at 4:30pm in MGH 171

CV Writing: Share your accomplishments, direction and academic engagement in your CV! This workshop will provide you with the tools for developing a CV for a scholarship application, fellowship, research opportunity or graduate application.

  • Wednesday, April 13th at 3:30pm in MGH 258
  • Thursday, April 21st at 4:30pm in MGH 171

Personal Statement Writing: Your personal statement is an important part of your application package. This workshop provides an overview of this type of writing as well as ideas about how to approach the personal statement.

  • Monday, April 18th at 4:30pm in MGH 171
  • Tuesday, April 26th at 4:30pm in MGH 171

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation: Help your letter-writers help you! This workshop will go over identifying and developing strong relationships with faculty, planning for the “ask,” and preparing your recommender for the letter.

  • Wednesday, April 20th at 4:30pm in MGH 258
  • Thursday, April 28th at 4:30pm in MGH 258

Students can RSVP by following the links provided.

March/April Scholarship Workshops and Deadlines

Did you know that all 3 UW campuses have dedicated scholarship & fellowship advising offices? All of our offices are hard at work helping students connect with scholarships, supporting them through competitive application processes, and offering workshops and information sessions for students interested in learning about scholarship opportunities from UW, local, national and international organizations.

Attached, please find information about upcoming March/April scholarship deadlines and workshops for undergraduate, graduate, professional students and alumni offered at all three campuses.

Scholarships Update – March & April 2016

Study Abroad Funding Events

Gilman Scholarship LogoGetting Started: Funding your Study Abroad
Wednesday, February 3rd
11:30-1:00 p.m.
MGH 171

Gilman International Scholarship Info Session*
Thursday, February 4th
4:00-5:00 p.m.
MGH 171
*To be eligible for the Gilman you must be a U.S. citizen undergraduate who is eligible for a Pell Grant

Throughout February, Global Opportunities and the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and wards are holding info sessions and workshops to support students applying for the Fritz, Gilman and GO! scholarships as well as other scholarships. Students can find the workshop schedule at the website, http://expd.washington.edu/globalopportunities/global-opportunities.

Funding Events: Undergraduate Scholarship Information Sessions & Workshops

Scholarship search and application sessions:

Scholarship 101: Getting Started in the Search for Scholarships
·         Tues., January 26, 2016, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171
·         RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/244, though drop-ins are also welcome!

Specifically designed for freshmen and sophomores, this introductory workshop provides students with information to begin the scholarship search and to develop a competitive edge for merit-based scholarships.

Curriculum Vitae Writing Workshop:
·         Mon., February 1, 2016, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171
·         RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/237, though drop-ins are also welcome!

Develop your undergraduate CV/Resume for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications! Bring a working draft, such as an existing resume, and a list of activities, experiences, jobs, honors, etc.

Personal Statement Writing Workshop
·         Wed., February 3, 3016, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171
·         RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/236, though drop-ins are also welcome!

Applying for scholarships, internships, and graduate/professional programs often requires a personal statement or application letter. This type of writing requires you to outline your strengths confidently and concisely, which can be challenging. Personal Statement Workshops provide students with essential information to develop an understanding of not only writing about their interests, eligibility and suitability for applications, but also to learn how their statements provide evidence of their achievements that aren’t reflected in other parts of an application.

Scholarships 201: The Search for Undergraduate Scholarships & Graduate Fellowships
·         Thurs., February 4, 2016, 5:00-6:00pm, MGH 171
·         RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/245, though drop-ins are also welcome!

This workshop provides assistance to continuing students looking to fund undergraduate academic years and graduate school. This will include information on discipline specific scholarships, campus funding opportunities, scholarship search sites, and tips to develop competitive applications.

Getting Great Recommendation Letters
·         Mon., February 8, 2016, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171
·         RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/289, though drop-ins are also welcome!

This workshop will help you plan ahead for developing strong relationships with faculty and other mentors, asking for letters of recommendation, and preparing your recommenders to write you stellar letters.

Funding Opportunity: The Udall Scholarship (Application Deadline: 12/03/15)

  • Are you working towards positive solutions to environmental challenges or to issues impacting Indian country?Udall Foundation Logo
  • Have you demonstrated your commitment to one of these areas through public service?
  • Do you inspire and motivate others to take action?
  • Are you committed to making a difference through civility and consensus building?

The Morris & Stewart Udall Scholarship offer current college students an opportunity to share that commitment with others, next work with professional in the field and receive up to $5,000 for academic expenses.  The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on American Indian self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources.  The Udall is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree full time during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Applicants for the Udall Scholarship should be interested in the following issues:
Tribal Policy – For Native Americans and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country
Native Health Care – For Native Americans and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers
Environment – For undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues

UW Seattle Campus Application Deadline: December 3, 2015 — Application can be found at EXPD ONLINE

Upcoming Information Sessions:   RSVP https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/143

  • 3:30 – 4:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 2:30 – 3:20 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 3:00 – 3:50 p.m., Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room

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