Award Opportunities

Signature Scholarships

The following are the six signature scholarships that the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships works most closely with. To learn more about each scholarship click the title below to be taken directly to the scholarship website. Appalachian has had successful student applicants to each of these awards and we have factuly and staff advisors who are familiar with these programs and application processes. Please schedule an appointment with our office to learn more or to discuss next steps in your application plan. 

Boren Fellowship

  • Semester or year-long study in regions critical to US national security.  
  • Open to graduate students.
  • Requires a one-year commitment to federal government employment after graduation.  Intensive overseas language and cultural immersion programs.  
  • Graduate Fellowship GPA: 2.0.
  • Endorsement Required: YES

Boren Scholarship 

  • Semester or year-long study in regions critical to US national security.  
  • Open to undergraduate students.
  • Requires at least a one-year commitment to federal government employment after graduation.  Intensive overseas language and cultural immersion programs.  
  • Undergraduate Scholarship GPA: 3.0.
  • Endorsement Required: YES

Critical Language Scholarship Awards

  • Intensive summer overseas language and cultural institutes that are fully funded.  
  • A variety of majors are encouraged to apply.  Undergraduate and Graduate Level.
  • Current languages offered through CLS:
    • Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu
    • Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels: Arabic, Persian, and Portuguese
    •  Intermediate and advanced levels.: Chinese, Japanese, and Russian

Fulbright Student Program

  • Funding to pursue international graduate study, research, or teaching English.  Programs are worldwide!  
  • Benefits include airfare, room and board, a small stipend, and health insurance.  Some countries include tuition coverage, language study, books,
  • Must have an undergraduate degree, and can't yet hold a Ph.D at the time of application.
  • GPA: 3.0
  • Endorsement Required: YES

Gilman International Scholarship

  • Up to $5000 to study or intern abroad.  Critical Need Languages supplemental award up to $3000.  
  • Be an undergraduate student and be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.
  • GPA: 2.5
  • Endorsement Required: YES

Goldwater Scholarship

  • Sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, math or engineering.   
  • $7,500 annually towards an undergraduate degree.
  • Medical students should intend to pursue a research career.  Careers in the clinical field are not eligible.  
  • GPA: 3.8
  • Endorsement Required: YES
  • Watch this video to learn more about the Goldwater Scholarship.

Further Opportunities

The six signature scholarships above are not an exhaustive list. In fact, they are a small snapshot of a wide network of externally funded scholarships that aim to support students in their academic, research, and creative endevours.  Our office is happy to help with the scholarship application for any competitive awards you are applying to. To browse further scholarships opportunities you can check out the databases below or read through our other notable scholarships.