Scholarship Secrets: Organization of American States Scholarships

The Organization of American States (OAS) offers scholarships to graduate students who are originally from a country that is an OAS member.  Recipients must have obtained an undergraduate degree before applying, and they must be in good academic standing.  The graduate study program of the recipient must fall under one of the eight priorities as selected by the OAS:  Social Development and the Creation of Productive Employment, Education, Economic Diversification, Scientific Development and Exchange and Transfer of Technology, Strengthening of Democratic Institutions, Sustainable Development of Tourism, Sustainable Development and the Environment, and Culture.

OAS Scholars receive up to $30,000 USD per academic year.

For more information / to apply, visit the OAS Scholarships website.

Scholarship Secrets: Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Program recipients are Hispanic students currently enrolled at an undergraduate or graduate program at a registered school in the U.S.  Recipients of the Scholarship should have a desire to make a positive impact on the world and share a dedication to learning.  Hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities have partnered with to help support Hispanic students and professionals. Scholars receive up to $3,000 per year.

For more information / to apply, visit the Scholarship Program website.

Scholarship Secrets: American Association of University Women International Fellowship

The American Association of University Women International Fellowships are awarded to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who are full-time graduate students.  Upon completion of their graduate studies, recipients return to their home countries to become leaders within their own communities.  The International Fellowships originally started in 1917 to provide Latin American women with graduate opportunities in the U.S., and nearly 100 years later the program is now supporting women from over 130 nations all over the world.

For more information / to apply, visit the AAUW International Fellowships website.

Scholarship Secrets: IAPMO Scholarship

Here’s a scholarship opportunity from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.  Check it out!

IAPMO Scholarship

$1,000 – 3 Award (Deadline: May 1, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

Must be a current high school senior; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time (12 credit hours) student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program.

Applications can be found by going to:

Scholarship Secrets: Zeiger Firm Scholarship

Zeiger Firm Scholarship

“The rising cost of obtaining a college education has made it increasingly difficult for many students and families to realize their dreams of earning a college degree. As an attorney, Brian Zeiger understands the value of education as well as the financial strain that being a student can often entail. In an effort to help students meet their financial needs, his firm is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship to each winner of the biannual Brian Zeiger college scholarship essay contest.

The right to a trial by jury is a fundamental tenet of our legal system which is enshrined in the United States Constitution. Under current law, however, only people accused of serious crimes that are punishable by more than six months prison have an absolute right to a jury trial. Do you agree with the current state of the law? Why or why not.”

$1,000 – 1 Award

Deadline: February 2, 2016

Student Eligibility:

In order to participate, prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited United States college or university or planning to attend one in the fall 2016 semester. Applicants should submit a 500-word essay answering the question on the website (also posted above).

Applications can be found by going to:

Q: Who should write my letters of recommendation?

Q: Who should write my letters of recommendation?

A: We require two letters of recommendation for each applicant. Who writes the letters is completely up to you.

Deciding who to ask to write your letters of recommendation can be a tricky process. Should you ask undergrad professors? Your current boss? A former boss? What about a coworker? Or friend? Your mom?

While we are sure that your best friend or your mom would write a stellar recommendation letter, unfortunately they are not who we are looking to hear from on your behalf. Rather, we recommend that you consider faculty members, advisors, an internship supervisor, or employer. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to your letters of recommendation:

  • Generally, the person(s) writing your letters of recommendation should know you well, know your work, have a high opinion of you, know to where you are applying (nothing like receiving a letter of recommendation for an applicant that was intended for another MA program…) know your educational and career goals, be able to write a well-written letter, etc.
  • Obviously there are very few people in the world that will cover all these criteria (read: best friend and mom), so consider asking people who can cover your overall skill set.
  • Your referrals will likely evaluate you on things such as your ability to work with others and alone, creativity, dedication, leadership, integrity, organizational skills, social skills, maturity, initiative, etc.
  • Ask early – the last thing you want to have happen is for someone who you know would write the absolute best letter of recommendation for you to decline because of lack of time. Or, imagine if the professor you want to ask is on sabbatical? Or, imagine if you are the 100th former student to ask the professor for a letter of recommendation just in one semester? Ask your recommenders early!
  • Ask before you provide their information – the way our online application system works, once you input a recommender’s email address, they will receive an automated email with instructions on how to submit their letter on your behalf.

You know you love us.


Josef Korbel School Office of Graduate Admissions Team

Scholarship Secrets: Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  The Pickering Fellowship awards selected recipients with financial support to help cover tuition, room and board, books, fees, etc. during their junior and senior years of college and their first year of graduate school.  Pickering Fellows must commit to pursuing an advanced degree in international studies at a participating partner school.  Partner schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need.  Additionally, Pickering Fellows participate in two paid summer internships – one in Washington, D.C. at the Department of State and one at a U.S. embassy overseas.

The Pickering Fellowship awards up to $40,000 in financial aid.

For more information / to apply, visit the Pickering Fellowship website.