What are scholarships, fellowships, grants and prizes? Is there a difference between a fellowship, scholarship and a grant that I need to be concerned about?
We use the terms scholarships, fellowships, grants and prizes interchangeably throughout our website. They are generally merit-based awards to help fund study, research, internships or projects in the US or abroad.
Are all scholarship awards purely merit-based?
No. Most (such as the Rhodes, Fulbright, and Goldwater) are merit-based. Others (such as the Beinecke and Gilman) are both merit- and financial need-based awards.
Is there a GPA requirement?
Each scholarship will indicate if there is a minimum GPA requirement and what that GPA minimum is; others may not have a minimum GPA but expect applicants to have decent GPAs.
Always read the eligibility and selection criteria very carefully before applying for an award. These are available on their individual web sites.
What are the scholarship programs looking for?
The selection criteria will vary. For specific eligibility and selection requirements, you should read over the individual guidelines carefully. Some program websites provide detailed and extensive FAQs and other useful information for applicants to help you decide if you would be a viable candidate for that particular award.
Despite the fact that specific selection criteria may vary, we recommend that you read over the set of over-arching attributes that scholars seem to possess on the Preparing tab of our website.