Campus Deadline: 17 January 2022

Please note: To be eligible for the Beinecke Scholarship you must have a history of need based financial aid of any amount. You may contact the Financial Aid Office in 107 Markle Hall to ascertain if you are qualified.

Submit the following materials electronically as WORD attachments using the “Submit Materials” tab on our website:

  1. The signed/dated Nomination & Permission Waiver form
  2. A Personal Statement (1,000 words or less) describing your 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. (Please send Personal Statement as a WORD document.) When describing your plans for graduate school, it is advisable to identify one or two programs that you would love to attend. You may attend graduate school anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. So dream big! Cambridge, Oxford, the Sorbonne, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia…anywhere!
  3. A detailed, fulsome Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (the document may be longer than one page). The résumé/CV should include any foreign language skills and level of proficiency acquired.
  4. Optional: Other Material that you consider directly relevant to your application such as art portfolios, musical compositions, etc.
  5. The completed Beinecke Scholarship Application Form form (this is a writable PDF).
  6. The names of 3 faculty members who have agreed to write you strong Letters of Recommendation (LORs). Each LOR must provide a strong and detailed assessment of your “intellectual curiosity, character and potential for advanced graduate study.”

Recommenders should submit their LORs as email attachments OR has hard copies to externalscholarships@lafayette.edu or Dean Goldberg OR to 105 Scott Hall. These letters must be signed and on letterhead. They should be addressed to the Beinecke Scholarship Selection Committee.

Important: The Beinecke Foundation expects fulsome, detailed letters of approximately 1 1/2 to 2 pages in length. As such, make sure you speak with your recommenders about your graduate study aspirations and vision for your future. Additionally, you need to ask if they can and will write you a STRONG letter addressing your potential for advanced graduate study.

Please have your recommenders contact Dean Goldberg if they have any questions/concerns regarding the letter of recommendation or the campus selection process.

Questions: Contact Dean Goldberg