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External Scholarships at the University of Central Missouri

External Scholarships

The Office of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships focuses on three national awards: the Truman, the Fulbright, and the Goldwater.

The Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship is a competition that provides $30,000 towards a graduate degree that is applicable to a career in public service.

Eligibility Criteria:

 -Undergraduate UCM student currently in junior level (graduating between December 2018 - August 2019)

 -U.S. citizen or U.S. national or will be one by the time the scholarship is awarded

 -Have been involved in student or community organizations

 -Committed to working in the public sector for three to seven years

 -Plan to attend graduate school


 While this is a national scholarship, eligible students must complete the UCM campus competition application and be reviewed and selected by the UCM Truman Scholarship Committee. Each year the UCM Truman Scholarship Committee selects up to four nominees from campus for the national competition. UCM's finalists are recognized at the Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day.


The following resources are available to assist students preparing their application for the campus competition.

-Information Session Powerpoint

-Sample of Truman Application

-Webinar of Tara Yglesias, Deputy Executive Secretary for the Truman Foundation


Please visit the Truman Foundation website for additional information on this scholarship opportunity and past recipients.


Congratulations to our 2017-2018 nominees: Luke Hawley, Sydney Montague, and Tyler Slinkard!


2015-2016 finalist: Donald Ross

2015-2016 nominee: Olivia Piontek

2014-2015 nominees: April Roller and David Rogers


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is an award given to students interested in conducting research or teaching at a foreign university in over 130 countries. Students are eligible for the campus nomination in their junior year, although seniors and alumni are encouraged to also apply. The UCM Fulbright committee selects nominees to endorse for the national competition. 


The new campus application for the 2018-2019 cycle can be found here.


Congratulations to our 2016-2017 nominees:

Blake Carminucci (Spain)

Marena Coonrod (Malaysia)

Shane Fisk (France)

Sydney Montague (Austria)

Abigal Swinney (Colombia)

Noelle Brooks (Mexico)


The Goldwater Scholarship


The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program awards a $7,500 scholarship to STEM undergraduates. Eligible students are sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue a career in research. UCM students are nominated by STEM faculty and confirmed by the UGR coordinator. Please contact our office if you are interested.


Congratulations to our 2016-2017 nominee: Isabella Holt!


The Rhodes Scholarship


The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards in the world and funds students for study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are chosen for their high achievement in scholarship, strength of character, and leadership potential.


Congratulations to our 2017-2018 nominee: Sydney Montague


Other National Awards


The Office of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships is also happy to provide support for other external scholarships. If any of the opportunities below interest you, please contact our office.


  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


The Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates. More details available here.


  • Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Professionals (CBYX)


This award includes a semester of study at a German college or university, a five month internship with a German company, accommodations, air fare, and monthly stipends. College students and recent graduates ages 18-24 of all academic majors may apply for this fellowship. Students are not required to have previous knowledge of German language as recipients of the award will receive two months of intensive German language training. More details about the 2017-2018 program available here.


  • Cultural Vistas Fellowship


Students can advance career goals and experience life in another culture during this eight week summer internship in Argentina, Germany, or Singapore. Preference is given to Pell Grant recipients, veterans, first generation college students, STEM majors, nontraditional students, and members of minority communities within the US. More details available here.


  • George J. Mitchell Scholarship


Graduates possessing academic excellence, leadership qualities, and a commitment to the community and public service are eligible for one year of post-graduate study in any discipline offered by an institution in Ireland or Northern Ireland. This award includes tuition at the university, housing, a stipend for living expenses, and a stipend for travel. More details available here.


  • Humanity in Action Fellowship


Humanity in Action Fellows participate in a month long human rights program held each summer in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, or Warsaw. Participants will first attend a special orientation in Washington DC. More details available here.


  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship


Undergraduate seniors or first year graduate students with a passion to become a Foreign Service Officer have the chance to receive $40,000 per year for two years, two paid summer internships, and career preparation with this fellowship. More details available here.