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Post-Baccalaureate Scholarships

Information is summarized below.  Links to funding entities are linked to the right.

The Beinecke Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Marshall Scholarship

Rhodes Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Javits Scholarship

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows

Mellon Fellows

George Mitchell Fellowships

Churchill Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke.  The Board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise.

The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.  Since 1975 the program has selected more than 450 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university. 

Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.  There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants.  Scholars are encouraged to begin graduated study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

To be eligible, you must also be a citizen of the United States and have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during your undergraduate years. 

For more information on the Beinecke Scholarship as well as the application and forms, please go to the Scholarship’s web site.

Five UT Austin students in last ten years have been so honored.  Two were Plan II Honors majors:  

  • 2004, Melisa Gerecci, Plan II/Art History
  • 2008, Dhananjay Jagannathan, Plan II, Classics, Philosophy and Greek

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector, or elsewhere in public service.  Students must be college juniors at the time of selection.  The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.  Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs:  Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference. 

Service Requirement:  All Candidates should be aware that the Truman Scholarship has a newly instituted service requirement.  Scholars selected from 2005 on are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds. 

Students apply for the scholarship as juniors; that is, in the fall of the year preceeding graduation. The deadline for applications to the University Selection Committee is at the end of October.  The University may nominate up to four candidates for national competition. 

The University may nominate up to four candidates for national competition.  

Some sixty-five Truman Scholarships are awarded annually to students throughout the United States. The University has enjoyed great success in pursuing the Truman Scholarship since its inception in 1978.  Following is a list of Plan II students who have won the Truman Scholarship. Note they have a very wide variety of additional majors, ranging from finance to chemical engineering to government and architecture.

  • Steven Mitchell Rudner, Plan II Honors, 1984
  • John Anderson Edwards, Plan II Honors, 1987 (alternate)  
  • Kevin Duane McHargue, Plan II Honors, 1991
  • Cliff William Vrielink, Plan II Honors, 1990  (alternate)  
  • Lisa Nicole Davis, Plan II Honors/Sociology, 1995
  • Glenn Otis Brown, Plan II Honors and History, 1996
  • Marianna (Marina) Vishnevetsky, Plan II Honors, Russian and Government, 1999
  • Sara Cecilia Galvan, Plan II Honors and Spanish; Bachelor of Architecture, 2001
  • Richa M. Gulati, Plan II Honors and Asian Studies, 2002
  • Alexandra Chirinos, Plan II Honors, BBA, Business Honors and Finance, 2003
  • Heidi S. Boutros, Plan II Honors and Government, 2004
  • Corrina A. Kester, Plan II Honors; BS, Chemical Engineering, 2004
  • Lauren Gilstrap, Plan II Honors; BBA, Business Honors and Finance, 2006
  • Rebekah Sue Perry, Plan II Honors, Government and Philosophy, 2006
  • Manasi Deshpande, Plan II Honors, Economics and Mathematics, 2007
  • Lauren Koehler, Plan II Honors, Government and Spanish, 2008
  • Marissa Duswalt, Plan II Honors and Nutrition, 2010
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The British Marshall Scholarships

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.

The British Marshall Scholarships fund two full years of graduate study leading to a degree in Great Britain.  In the past these awards have taken U.T. students, in fields ranging from Electrical Engineering and Government to Mathematics and French, to Oxford, Cambridge, and other British universities.  Students, award winners or not, have found the application and interview process an education itself and a help to preparing for other competitions, graduate applications, and job interviews.

Of the nineteen UT Austin students awarded Marshall Scholarships since 1958, eleven were Plan II Honors majors. UT Austin students have been awarded the Marshall Scholarship in seven out of the past nine years.  All seven of those Marshall Scholars were Plan II Honors majors.

  • Gordon Langston Wells, B.A., Plan II Honors (1977)
  • James Norris Loehlin, B.A., Plan II Honors (1986)
  • John Christopher Rozendaal, B.A., Plan II Honors (1989)
  • Jacqueline Colette Trimier, B.A., Plan II Honors (1991)
  • Paul Domjan, BA, Plan II Honors and Russian, Eastern European & Eurasian Studies (2001)
  • Jack Tannous, BA, Plan II Honors, Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic, History (2002)
  • Michael Hoffmann, BA, Plan II Honors and BS in Biochemistry (2003)
  • James Scott, BA, Plan II Honors; BS in Mathematics (2004)
  • Heidi Boutros, BA, Plan II Honors and Government (2006)
  • Zain Yoonas, BA, Plan II Honors, History and Middle Eastern Studies (2008)
  • Dhananjay Jagganathan, BA, Plan II Honors, Philosophy, Classical Civilization and Greek (2009)
  • Grace Eckhoff, Plan II Honors and Biology (2010)
  • (John) Russell Beaumont, Plan II Honors and Architecture (2014)
  • Mark Jbeily, Plan II Honors (2015)

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The Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes, who dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Each year, 32 U. S. citizens are among more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.

Mr. Rhodes’ will contains four criteria by which prospective Rhodes Scholars are to be selected:

  • literary and scholastic attainments;
  • energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports;
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

Plan II recipients of the Rhodes Schoalarship:

  • Mark Harold Somerville, BA, Plan II Honors; BS, Electrical Engineering, 1990                  
  • Jennifer Bradley, Plan II Honors and English, 1992
  • Sean Braswell, BA, Plan II Honors, 1999
  • Sara Cecilia Galvan, BA, Plan II Honors and Spanish, Bachelor of Architecture, 2001
  • Sai Gourisankar, Plan II Honors and Chemical Engineering, 2015
  • Mikaila Smith, Plan II Honors, 2017

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Gates Cambridge Scholars

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the candidate’s academic excellence, a good fit between the Scholar and the University of Cambridge, evidence of leadership potential and a commitment to improving the lives of others.  The scholarship programme is in its eighth year.  Since the inaugural class of Gates Scholars in 2001, there have been 827 Gates Cambridge Scholarships from 85 different countries.

In selecting Gates Cambridge Scholars, the Trust looks for students with enthusiasm, robustness of intellect, a willingness to engage and an appropriate humility that comes from an awareness that nothing is ever really simple. 

In particular, Gates Scholars will be driven by the values of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which include a commitment to reducing inequities and improving lives around the world.  The Foundation’s mission is to increase opportunity and equity for those most in need, particularly in the areas of health and education, often through the use of science and technology. 

The Trust expects a good match to be made between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and what Cambridge has to offer. Successful applicants will have the ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline while in Cambridge, with a strong aptitude for research, analysis and a creative approach to defining and solving problems.

This scholarship seeks to elect approximately 100 new Gates Scholars annually (although the exact number of awards may change from year to year). Approximately 40 of the 100 new scholarships each year will be awarded to US citizens.

  • Sarah Tierney, BA, Plan II Honors and BS in Computer Science, 2004

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Jacob K. Javits Scholars

The Javits is a Department of Education fellowship for students of the arts, humanities and social sciences who demonstrate superior academic ability and achievement, exceptional promise, and financial need to undertake graduate study. Panels of experts appointed by the Javits Fellowship Board (Board) select fellows according to criteria established by the Board. Fellows received a stipend of $21,500 each year for four years as well as an institutional payment that covers tuition and fees.

  • Gautam Tejas Ganeshan
  • Stephanie Hays

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,654 graduate fellowships in this competition pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.

This fellowship offers recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the natural sciences, the social sciences and engineering. Awards carry a $27,500 annual stipend, and an additional annual cost-of-education allowance of $10,500.

  • Sarah Novak, Plan II Honors and Psychology (BA), 2001
  • Michael M. Hoffman, Plan II Honors (BA) and Biochemistry (BS) 2003
  • James Scott, Plan II Honors (BA) and Mathematics (BS) 2004

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Mellon Fellowship

The Mellon Fellowship is a nationally competitive award for first-year doctoral students, and fellows may take their awards to any accredited graduate program in the United States or Canada. The Fellowship covers tuition and fees for the first year of graduate study and includes a stipend of $17,500. This year 85 Fellowships were awarded.

  • Kimberly Hill, 2002
  • Stephanie Hays, 2003
  • Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, 2004
  • Justin Glasson, 2004

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George Mitchell Fellowship

The Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

  • Alexandra Chirinos, 2002

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Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship is awarded by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States to graduates of the more than one hundred colleges and universities participating in the Churchill Scholarship Program, to pursue research and study in engineering, mathematics, or other sciences for one year at the University of Cambridge. Churchill Scholars live at Churchill College.  Eight of the Churchill Fellows won the Nobel Prize.

Applicants for the Churchill Scholarship must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 19 and 26 and may not hold the doctoral degree. 

A capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards and prizes and by letters of recommendation. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will show extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects.

Since 1963 some four hundred Churchill Scholarships have been awarded. Thirteen Scholarships are awarded each year and currently provide between $44,000 and $50,000 of support to cover all fees at the University of Cambridge, a living allowance, and round-trip airfare between the United States and the United Kingdom.

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