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Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars. Their reasons for doing so were several. They wished to “give back” to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at a critical point in their education was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to signal to all Americans that the contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country have been manifold.

The program of fellowships they shaped has the following characteristics:

  • It honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 New Americans – permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents — each year.
  • At the time of their selection, fellows must be college seniors or early in the graduate programs for which they request support.
  • Each fellow receives tuition and living expenses that can total as much as $90,000 over two academic years.
  • Fellows can study in any degree-granting program in any field at any university in the United States.
  • Fellows are selected on the basis of merit – the specific criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment — in annual national competitions.  Candidates apply directly.  The program does not depend on recommendations from universities or regional screening.   Neither financial need nor distributive considerations are taken into account in the selection process.
  • Each fellows attends two weekend conferences of fellows. The great majority continue to be involved with the program through regional dinners, service in the selection process for later classes, etc.

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The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship program offers scholarships to minority undergraduate and graduate students majoring in technical fields. Awards range between $1,000 and $10,000.

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The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.

  • Eligibility: Registered undergraduate, full-time juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the fall 2011 semester.
  • Deadline: December 5, 2011 5pm PST
  • Website: http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org/apply2012.aspx
  • Contact: The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
    The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
    555 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
    New York, NY 10022
    212-490-7788

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The Wellstone Fellowship is a year-long, full-time, salaried position. The fellow will be engaged in health care advocacy work in Families USA’s office in Washington, D.C., where he or she will learn about Medicare, Medicaid, efforts to achieve universal coverage, and other important health policy issues. Specifically, the fellow will be engaged in Families USA’s outreach to and mobilization of communities of color. Through this work, the fellow will also learn about conducting health care campaigns, and part of his or her time will be spent working with state-based health care advocacy organizations.” Awards vary from $250 – $5,000. There are 7 awards available.

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USA Funds offers awards of $1,500 to students who display financial need through the Access to Education Scholarships. Up to 50 percent of the scholarships will be awarded to members of ethnic minority groups or or applicants with a physical disability.

The program will award scholarships of $1,500. The scholarships are non-renewable, but students may reapply each year they meet eligibility requirements. Students may receive no more than a total of $6,000 in scholarship awards.

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The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation awards 80 merit-based scholarships of up to $5,000 to: College sophomores and juniors who  have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to preserving, protecting or restoring environmental resources; Native American and Alaska Native college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or health care. The Foundation will also award up to 50 Honorable Mentions of $350 in 2005.

  • Deadline: All necessary materials due to your faculty representative by the campus deadline.  The Foundation must recieve the complete application by March 5, 2012.  Your campus will probably have an earlier deadline.
  • Faculty Representative: Steve Beckham, Department of History
  • Website: http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx
  • Contact: The Morris K. Udall Foundation
    130 South Scott Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85701-1922
    (520) 670-5529
    Fax: (520) 670-5530
    info@udall.gov

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Through the Congressional Memorial to President Harry S. Truman, these scholarships are awarded to college juniors who plan to pursue a career in public service. The scholarship funds a grant of up to $30,000, $27,000 of which is for graduate study in the US or abroad in a wide variety of fields. Applicants must be nominated by the College’s faculty representative. Our most recent Truman scholars are alumni Jeremy Brown (’99), Alexis Gensberg (’99), Jules Kopel-Bailey (’01), Julian Dautremont-Smith (’03), Tristan A. Nunez (’05), Adam Kowalski (’08), and Ben Brysacz (’09).

  • Eligibility: Juniors who are American citizens in a major program that will permit admission to a graduate program, which will lead to a career in public service.
  • Selection Process: The College nominates candidates. The application requires a number of short essay questions about leadership and community service activities as well as a personal essay and policy statement on an issue of the applicant’s choice. Following review of written materials, finalists are interviewed by one of eighteen regional selection committees.
  • Deadline: February 7, 2012 (for nominations)
  • Faculty Representative: Cliff Bekar, Department of Economics.
  • Website: http://www.truman.gov/for-candidates/2012-competition/2012-bulletin-of-information

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