Faculty Frequently Asked Questions
- What qualities make students strong applicants for prestigious awards?
- What GPA do students need to be competitive?
- What kinds of opportunities are funded by the scholarships and fellowships promoted and administered by your office?
- How do I refer a student who might be a good candidate for a scholarship or fellowship?
- I've heard that there aren't many opportunities for international students. Is that true?
- A student has asked me to write a recommendation for her scholarship application. What do I need to know?
- How can I mentor students to help them prepare to apply for scholarships and fellowships?
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.
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.
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
A student has asked me to write a recommendation for her scholarship application. What do I need to know?
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.