Scholarships & Fellowships

Please check this section from time to time for the latest scholarship information.


The Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Award

The Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Award is awarded to three members of the incoming freshman class each fall for involvement in Community Service and Leadership. Application information and the deadline for fall submissions will be announced in the summer preceding each fall semester. The Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega is devoted to leadership, friendship and service at Rensselaer.

2015 recipients: Yuvraj Chopra, Megan Moquin
2011 recipients: Wen Chenguang, Terrence McGovern, Kathleen Flynn
2009 recipients: Teresa Konopka, Varun Madiath, Stephen Nock
2008 recipient: Olivia Torre
2007 recipient: Brandon Andreola
2005 recipient: Adam Pasquale
2004 recipients: Tripali Kundu, Si Ming Lee, and Daniel Schwarting
2003 recipients: Farheen Shaikh, Cynthia Tang, and Jason Williams


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research. The Foundation is supported by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established in the Treasury of the United States. Funding for awards and administrative expenses derives from interest on the Trust Fund, invested in U.S. securities.

Contact Sam Wait, Associate Dean of the School of Science, and campus liaison for the Goldwater Scholarship program for more information. Click Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program" for general guidelines.

National Science Foundation

National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program

TRUMAN Scholarship

The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is:

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference. Please visit the For Scholars section of the website for an overview of the programs the Foundation currently offers for Scholars.


RHODES Scholarships

Contact Dennis Gornic, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, and campus liaison for the RHODES Scholarship program for more information.


The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 275,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.

The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, and Teachers and Administrators from the U.S. and other countries.

For further information, contact:
Office of Academic Exchange Programs
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State, SA-44
301 4th Street, S.W., Room 234
Washington, D.C. 20547
tel: (202) 453-8135
fax: (202) 453-8125
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The Urban Fellows Program

Since 1969, the Urban Fellows Program has introduced America’s finest college graduates to local government and public service. The nine-month program, which offers a paid stipend of $25,000, combines full time employment with a comprehensive seminar series exploring the mechanics of local government and electoral politics as well as important issues facing the City. Fellows come to appreciate the wide range of challenges in New York City government from the budget process to agency operations, affordable housing, to affordable health care, and education to economic development.

The unique opportunity to work with current decision makers distinguishes the Urban Fellows Program as the premier training program in the public arena. Alumni are consistently found in leadership positions throughout the government as well as the private and non-profit sector.