Beinecke Scholarship Program

Application Information

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Amount
Awarded

$34,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

February 12

Wednesday
Awarded By:

Sperry and Hutchinson Company, Inc.

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. This year, 20 awards will be given.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must currently attend and be nominated by one of the participating colleges or universities. A list of these schools can be found at www.beineckescholarship.org/NominatingInstit.htm
  3. Must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  4. Must plan to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in the arts, humanities or the social sciences.
  5. Must be a U.S. citizen OR a U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  6. Must be a full-time student.
  7. Must currently be a college junior pursuing a bachelor's degree during the current academic year. 'Junior' means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2019 and August 2020.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available for U.S. college juniors who are planning to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in the arts, humanities or the social sciences and must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must currently attend and be nominated by one of the participating colleges or universities.

Application requirements for the Beinecke Scholarship Program are:

  • Nomination
  • Personal statement
  • Certification of eligibility form
  • Financial data sheet
  • Resume
  • Recommendation letters (3)
  • Official Transcript
  • FAFSA
Additional Information: Candidates are considered for superior strength of character, intellectual ability, and sense of purpose. They must demonstrate creativity and leadership and are expected to have well-formulated, although not necessarily immutable, ideas about the direction of their future studies and subsequent careers. Financial need is also a criterion for selection. Lack of family support for graduate school does not constitute financial need as defined by this program. Candidates are required to have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during their undergraduate years. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

Award Amount: A Beinecke Scholar receives a total of $34,000 in support of his/her graduate education. The initial payment of $4,000 is awarded directly to the student prior to entering graduate school. While in graduate school, a Beinecke Scholar will receive an additional $30,000 in support. These funds are awarded as a supplement to support provided by the graduate school and the award may be spread over up to five years to comply with institutional limits on the total amount of a student's annual award.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $34,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, February 12

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, February 12

Additional information is available online from the Sperry Fund website. Each school invited to participate in the Beinecke Scholarship Program is permitted to make a single nomination each year. A student who is enrolled at a participating institution and is interested in applying for a Beinecke Scholarship should contact his/her campus liaison for information regarding the procedure to be followed in selecting the school's nominee. Campus liaisons can be found online. Each nomination must include the following materials: a 'Certification of Eligibility Form' completed by the dean or administrative officer responsible for the nomination and a 'Financial Data Sheet' completed by a financial aid officer certifying that the student qualifies for need-based financial aid; a completed application form; a current resume; a personal statement of 1,000 words or less from the nominee describing his/her background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations; a letter from the dean or administrative officer summarizing the reasons for the nominee's selection; three letters of recommendation from faculty members that assess the nominee's intellectual curiosity, character and potential for advanced graduate study; an official copy of the nominee's transcript; and other material considered directly relevant to the nominee's application. The applicant cannot submit nomination materials directly to the Beinecke Scholarship Program. An original and four copies of the nomination package should be submitted by the applicant's dean or designated administrative officer in a single mailing to arrive no later than the deadline.
Contact: Thomas L. Parkinson, Ph.D.
Address: P.O. Box 125 Fogelsville, Pennsylvania 18051-0125

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