Applying for nationally-competitive awards and fellowships can be both challenging and rewarding. On April 10, a celebration was held to recognize MU students who have applied for those awards and fellowships with support from the MU Fellowships Office.
“Applying for fellowships requires a lot of time, effort and fortitude,” said Tim Parshall, director of the MU Fellowships Office. “That time spent on the application process can be the equivalent of time spent for a three credit hour course or, in some cases, two three credit hour courses.”
MU Excels honors students who have pursued excellence and distinguished themselves by being candidates for these prestigious awards. These fellowships require applicants to have high GPAs, demonstrated leadership and commitment to public service, and learning outside the classroom, among other things. These students bring national attention to the University of Missouri simply by being in the applicant pool.
“I am blown away looking at the range of fellowships and awards for which these students have applied,” said Dr. Anne Deaton, who served the guest speaker for the event.
Along with being a faculty member at MU, Deaton is very active in campus and community activities and prefers to be called a “Volunteer Ambassador for MU.” She is the wife of Chancellor Brady Deaton.
“You are now at the threshold of your careers,” Deaton told the students. “I encourage you to be open to changes that may present themselves.”
Deaton encouraged the students to not be intimidated by choosing the road less traveled.
“Having integrity and values will mean more to you than any accomplishments you earn,” Deaton added. “Always be true to your principles.”
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Jim Spain and Associate Dean of MU’s Graduate School Mannie Liscum joined Parshall and Deaton in recognizing the applicants. Many of the students in attendance were joined by faculty mentors and family members.
While the event is hosted by the Fellowships Office, many faculty members across campus play a vital role in the application process, as students often begin preparing years in advance.
The following is a list of fellowships and awards MU student applied for through the Fellowships Office for the 2012-13 academic year:
- David L. Boren National Security Scholarship – 2 applicants
- Churchill Scholarship – 1 applicant
- Critical Language Scholarship – 11 applicants
- Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship – 1 applicant
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program – 21 applicants
- Fulbright mtvU – 1 applicant
- Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship – 4 nominees
- Google Journalism Fellowship – 1 applicant
- Humanity in Action – 2 applicants
- Marshall Scholarship – 4 applicants
- Mitchell Scholarship – 3 applicants
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Award – 20 applicants
- Pickering Fellowship – 1 applicant
- Princeton in Latin America – 1 applicant
- Rangel Graduate Fellowship – 1 applicant
- Rhodes Trust Scholarship – 2 applicants
- Scorville Peace Fellowship – 1 applicant
- Harry S. Truman Scholarship – 2 nominees
- Udall Scholarship – 1 applicant
- US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes – 6 applicants
Many of these fellowships and scholarships will be awarded in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to fellowships.missouri.edu for information on any winners from Mizzou.