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The University of Memphis offers several hundred academic scholarships each year in varying amounts. Your application for admission to The University of Memphis also serves as your merit scholarship application. For more information on scholarship eligibility and any other questions you may have, contact the Scholarship Office directly at (901) 678-3213 or visit their Web site at http://www.memphis.edu/enrollment/.

Non-Resident Honors Student Award (Out of State Students Only)
Thirty Non-Resident Honors Student Awards are available on a competitive basis to non-resident freshmen students who enroll full-time, who meet the full requirements for admission to the Hardin Honors Program (at least a 27 on the ACT/1200 SAT and a high school GPA of at least a 3.50), and who are actively pursuing graduation with an honors designation. This award pays out-of-state tuition fees only and is renewable for up to eight full-time semesters.  Continuation of the award from semester to semester is only guaranteed if the student meets all the criteria for membership in the Honors Program.  For more information, please contact the Honors Program.

National Scholarships/Fellowships
The Honors Program identifies and assists well-qualified students in competing for prestigious national and international fellowships (Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, Marshall, and others).  As a general rule, successful applicants for these scholarships have a 3.7 GPA or higher.  Depending on the scholarship, an exemplary academic record must be matched by leadership positions in extracurricular organizations or community service (e.g., Truman Scholarship) or ample research experience (e.g., Goldwater Scholarship). 

All prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the scholarship web sites and carefully read their guidelines and eligibility requirements.  Students interested in fellowship opportunities should contact the Honors Office.

Follow the links below to learn more about major national and international scholarships.  Also, visit the National Association of Fellowship Advisors's web page for more scholarship opportunities: http://www.nafadvisors.org/scholarships.htm.

The Fulbright Program awards grants and teaching assistantships to students in over 140 countries for one year of study.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens and have a bachelor�s degree by the start of the grant period.  Graduating seniors, recent graduates, MA/MS and PhD students are eligible to apply. Institutional endorsement is required.  Contact Rebecca Laumann (rlaumann@memphis.edu) in the Study Abroad Office for more information.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship funds up to $7500 each year to full-time undergraduate students interested in a research career in math, science, or engineering.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, natural or resident aliens, have undergraduate research experience, and intend to pursue an advanced degree that leads to a career in research.  Students apply during either their sophomore or junior years. Institutional endorsement is required. 

Jack Kent Cooke
The Jack Kent Cooke grants approximately 75 awards of up to $50,000 to outstanding seniors and recent graduates to fund graduate school.  Applicants must have unmet financial need and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.  Records of leadership and service are essential.  Institutional nomination is required.

The James Madison Memorial Scholarship (up to $24000) is available to outstanding college seniors or recent graduates without teaching experience who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and/or social studies in grades 7-12. 

The Marshall Scholarship provides full funding for two years of graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens, have at least a 3.7 GPA, demonstrate strong leadership abilities, commitment to public service, and have a strong rationale for studying in the UK.  Applicants are either graduating seniors or recent alumni.  Institutional nomination is required.

Phi Kappa Phi
The Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi offers 50 Fellowships ($5000 each) and 40 Awards of Excellence ($2000 each) to support first-year graduate work.  Applicants are either graduating seniors or alumni who have been nominated by their chapters.  Each chapter is entitled to submit one nomination.  The selection is based on the applicant's academic achievement, potential for success in graduate studies, leadership, and letters of recommendation. Contact the University of Memphis Chapter President or the Honors Program for more information.

The Rhodes awards 32 scholarships ($40,000-$60,000 )each year to American students for study at Oxford for 2-3 years.  Applicants must be full-time graduating seniors or recent alumni, have a 3.7 or better GPA, have a strong sense of social purpose, and the potential for future leadership.  Candidates should be unmarried and under the age of 24.  Institutional nomination is required.

The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships provide awards to allow students to attend college in countries where Rotary is represented. Scholarships cover all expenses including room, board, tuition, transportation, and related costs.  Students should apply a year ahead of the year they wish to study abroad.  Applicants must apply through a Rotary club located in the area of their legal residence or place of full-time study.  Contact the Honors Office for more information.

The Truman Foundation awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or elsewhere in public service.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, in their junior year of college, and have extensive records of public service.   Candidates may be considered seniors according to their number of credit hours, but must have at least one more year remaining of their undergraduate studies. Institutional nomination is required.

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is a $5,000 year award for sophomore and junior level students who are interested in pursuing a career related to the environment OR who are Native Americans or Alaska Natives who are interested in health care of tribal policy. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents, or nationals, and have at least a 3.0 GPA.  Students apply during their sophomore or junior years.  Institutional nomination is required.

UNCF/Merck Scholarship
The UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship is intended to encourage African American students in furthering their science education and pursuing biomedical science careers by providing tuition support and opportunities for research experience at Merck Research Laboratories.  The fellowship consists of a scholarship award of up to $25,000 and two summer research stipends totaling at least $10,000.  Applicants must be African American (Black), a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have a minimum 3.3 GPA, and be a life or physical science major interested in biomedical research.

USA Today All USA College Academic Team
The USA Today newspaper provides a $2,500 cash award to 20 students named to the All-USA College Academic First Team. The Second and Third Teams contain 20 members each; another 20 students receive honorable mention.  The selection criteria are designed to identify students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, creativity, and leadership roles on and off campus.  U.S. citizenship is not required.  Applicants must have at least sophomore standing.  Students must be nominated by a faculty member.

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