Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

What qualities make students strong applicants for prestigious awards?

Students who demonstrate strong commitment to their academic field(s), to volunteer service, or to other forms of extracurricular engagement are potential candidates. Selection committees tend to look for depth, rather than breadth of experience and engagement.

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What GPA do students need to be competitive?

Students typically need at least a 3.0 to be competitive, though the GPA range for some awards is much higher. While some awards focus primarily on academic achievement, others focus on leadership, service, and/ or other areas of achievement.  Even if a student is not currently competitive for a specific award that we administer, we can provide them with additional resources and/or help them consider possibilities for the future.

Please contact us if you have questions about eligibility requirements for a specific award.

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What kinds of opportunities are funded by the scholarships and fellowships promoted and administered by your office?

Awards support a variety of opportunities, including study, research, teaching, and professional experiences both domestically and abroad. Please contact us if you have questions about eligibility requirements for a specific award.

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How do I refer a student who might be a good candidate for a scholarship or fellowship?

Email oue.nationalawards@emory.edu and give us the student’s name, year, major, and any information you would like to share about what makes the student a potential candidate for prestigious awards. Also directly encourage the student to schedule an appointment with one of our advisors to discuss the scholarship and fellowship opportunities that match their abilities and interests. Appointments may be scheduled via ASST.

Note that you do not need to have a particular award in mind to refer a student; our advisors can help students identify awards for which they may be potential candidates.

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I've heard that there aren't many opportunities for international students. Is that true?

While some awards are open to only US citizens, there are many opportunities for international students. Awards for which international students are eligible are listed here

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A student has asked me to write a recommendation for her scholarship application. What do I need to know?

Tailoring your letter to the specific selection criteria for the award to which the student is applying is crucial, as are specific examples that illustrate what you have to say about the student’s abilities, experiences, and potential. Be sure that your letter is signed, on letterhead, and includes your full title, including departmental or program affiliation. For advice on writing strong letters of recommendation for scholarship and fellowship competitions, see the Letters of Recommendation section on our Advising Resources page.

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How can I mentor students to help them prepare to apply for scholarships and fellowships?

Encourage interested students to seek out service, leadership, internship, and/or research experiences and to take advantage of office hours to get to know faculty. Additional advice on mentoring students toward these kinds of opportunities is available in the Mentoring Students section on our Advising Resources page.

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