Internal deadline: January 22, 2016 
National deadline: February 19, 2016

Eligibility requirements:

  • Superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise as an undergraduate
  • Junior in college or university 
  • Plan to enter master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences (excludes neuroscience)
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Documented history of receiving need-based financial aid as an undergraduate

Award summary and conditions: The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study. The award is for $34,000 in support of graduate education to supplement support from graduate school. 

Eligibility is limited to students planning to attend graduate school in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Each school participating in the Beinecke Scholarship Program is permitted to make a single nomination each year. Applicants must have a documented history of need-based financial aid during their undergraduate years. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. 

Application process: Hard copy submission 

Application requirements (original plus four copies): 

  • Certification of Eligibility Form completed by nominating official
  • Financial Data Sheet completed by financial aid officer
  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement (1,000 words or less) from the nominee describing his or her background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations.
  • Letter from nominating official summarizing reasons for nominee's selection
  • Official transcript
  • Letters of recommendation (3)

Campus Representative: Keith Raether
Faculty Representative: Theresa DiPasquale

Internal interview: No
Internal nomination required: Yes, Whitman may nominate one student

National committee interview: No

Selection process: Approximately 125 colleges and universities are eligible to nominate a student for consideration for a Beinecke Scholarship. 20 scholarships were awarded in 2015. Program director and three senior college/university administrators comprise the selection committee.

Announcement date:  TBA

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