Scholarships for Juniors

The list of scholarships below are available to academically elite juniors Please visit scholarship websites for more information.

Goldwater Scholarships: Learn more
  • Campus notice of intent to apply: October 15 of the sophomore or junior year.
  • Campus application deadline: December 1 of the sophomore or junior year.
  • Award: $7,500 per year to cover eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition , fees, books, room&board. Up to 2 years (current sophomores) or 1 year (current juniors)
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or Permanent residents, science/math majors, sophomores & juniors. To be competitive for the award students should have a 3.8 GPA or higher, and should be actively involved in research.
  • Projects Funded: Students with promise to pursue careers in science, math, and engineering research are awarded funds to complete their junior and/or senior years of undergraduate studies. Students who plan to study medicine are only eligible if they plan to pursue a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in private practice.
  • MU Faculty Representative: Dr. Danowitz
Truman Scholarships: Learn more
  • Campus notice of intent to apply: October 15 of the junior year.
  • Campus application deadline: December 15 of the junior year.
  • Award: Up to $30,000 for graduate study in a public service-related degree. Additional experiences are available such as a summer institute in Washington, DC.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, United States national from American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. All majors.
  • Projects Funded: Scholarships to attend graduate schools in preparation for careers in government, non-profit organizations, or public service. For students that have already established a strong record of service and who possess leadership skills. Many fields of study are possible. Recipients must work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of the graduate degree.
  • MU Faculty Representative: Dr. M. Federici
Rhodes Scholarships: Learn more
  • Campus notice of intent to apply: February 15 of the junior year.
  • Campus application deadline: Last week of the spring term of the junior year.
  • Award: Covers tuition and fees at the University of Oxford for 2-3 years of graduate study , plus a stipend for living expenses. Covers the costs of travel to and from Oxford. Scholars may apply for a fourth year of tuition.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, 18-24 years old, all majors, seniors at the time of Mercyhurst College nomination. Demonstrated success in athletics. For additional information, click here
  • Projects Funded: Graduate study (masters and doctoral degrees) for outstanding students at the University of Oxford—all disciplines. Scholars may not apply for the MBA in the first year, but after completing a different (one-year) master’s degree, are allowed to pursue a one-year MBA degree.
  • MU Faculty Representative: Dr. V. Ehret
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships: Learn more
  • Campus notice of intent to apply: April 1 of the junior year.
  • Campus application deadline: September 1 for awards beginning the following fall.
  • Award: Covers travel , language or orientation expenses, medical insurance, and living expenses
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, all majors, seniors (at the time of application), must hold a B.S./B.A. degree by the time of the award. Interest in teaching English abroad.
  • Projects Funded: Fulbright grants fund teaching assistantships for recent college graduates to teach English or American Studies in countries around the world.
  • MU Faculty Representative: Dr. Marnie Sullivan

Marshall Scholarships: Learn more
  • Campus notice of intent to apply: November 1 of the junior year.
  • Campus application deadline: End of the first week of the fall term of the senior year.
  • Award: Covers travel, tuition, books, and living expenses for graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizen, all majors, GPA minimum 3.7
  • Projects Funded: The Marshall Scholarship is an award funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for two or three years of graduate study in the United Kingdom to distinguished young Americans who will one day become leaders, opinion formers and decision makers in their own country.
  • MU Faculty Representative: Dr. Olena Surzhko-Harned

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute: Learn more
  • Campus notice of intent to apply: December 1 of the junior year.
  • Campus application deadline: During February of junior year.
  • Award: Covers tuition, room and board, books, stipend for 5 week summer institute, conference attendance and presentation.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens, "racial/ethnic groups that are significantly underrepresented" in the United States or an interest in broadening participation in political science by students from underrepresented minority populations, political science or related major, completing junior year, have an interest in graduate school in political science.
  • Projects Funded: Five-week academically intensive summer program (at Duke University) designed to simulate the graduate school experience, provide mentoring, improve analytical writing and quantitative skills. Two transferable credit courses are earned.
  • MU Faculty Representative: Dr. R. Clemons

Morris K. Udall Scholarship: Learn more
  • Campus notice of intent to apply: October 15 of the sophomore or junior year.
  • Campus application deadline: February 1 of the sophomore or junior year.
  • Award: Up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses. Four-day Udall Scholars Orientation in the summer to meet with other Scholars, elected officials, environmental and tribal leaders. All Scholars are required to attend this event. Travel from the Scholar's home or school, lodging, and meals will be provided by the Foundation.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or Permanent residents, any major, sophomores&juniors. Committed to a career related to the environment OR if you are an Alaskan Native or Native American, be committed to a career in tribal public policy or native american health care.
  • Projects Funded: The Udall scholarship is awarded to students interested in environmental issues and majoring in a related subject, or it is also awarded to Native American/Alaskan Native students interested in healthcare or tribal policy.
  • MU Faculty Representative: Dr. J. Morris

National Security Education Program Boren Scholarships: Learn more
  • Campus notice of intent to apply: October 15 of the sophomore or junior year.
  • Campus application deadline: December 1 of the sophomore or junior year.
  • Award: Covers travel, tuition/research expenses and living expenses up to $20,000 (for undergraduate study abroad).
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens, all majors, sophomores and juniors.
  • Projects Funded: The NSEP funds study or research projects for undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world deemed important to U.S. national security and are underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central&Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East, with the aim to foster cultural understanding, promote language training in non-traditional languages, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and cooperation with these countries.
  • MU Faculty Representative: Fr. S. Simon

    George J. Mitchell Scholarship: Learn more
    • Campus notice of intent to apply: February 15 of the junior year
    • Campus application deadline: Last week of the spring term of the junior year.
    • Award: Fosters US-Ireland relations, intellectual achievement, leadership, and commitment to public service. Scholars are chosen for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and North Ireland (a list of potential schools is provided on the website). Applicants are judged on academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community service.
    • Eligibility: US citizens, 18-30 years old, all majors, seniors at the time of Mercyhurst College Nomination. Demonstrated commitment to community service.
    • Projects Funded: Graduate study for one year at a selection of schools in Ireland (chosen by candidate and approved by the scholarship committee) – all disciplines.
    • MU Faculty Representative: Dr. V. Ehret

    Davies-Jackson Scholarship: Learn more
    • Campus notice of intent to apply: March 1 of the junior year.
    • Campus application deadline: November 1 of the senior year.
    • Award: Full two-year scholarship valued at approximately $50,000 at St. John's College, Cambridge University. Graduate study .
    • Eligibility: Candidates must be among the first in their families to graduate from college. Must pursue study in one of the following areas at St. John's College: Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Social and Political Sciences.
    • Projects Funded: Two year program (equivalent to a master's program in the United States), fully funded. Competition only open to academically exceptional graduating seniors from limited economic backgrounds that are among the first in their families to graduate from college (or who did not benefit from a parents' higher education).
    • MU Faculty Representative: Dr. V. Ehret

    Gates-Cambridge Scholarship: Learn More

    • Campus notice of intent to apply: April 1 of the Junior year
    • Campus application deadline: October 1 of the senior year
    • Award: $21,321.96 (£13,200)
    • Eligibility: Citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom. “The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.”
    • Projects Funded: Applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge: PhD (three year research-only degree); MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree); or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
    • MU Faculty Representative: Dr. V. Ehret