We’re proud of our students, who capture prestigious, national scholarships, year after year.
From student scientists doing research in physics, mathematics, and biology, to scholars studying abroad in places like China, South Korea, Australia, and Spain, our students work hard and are chosen for amazing opportunities.
Thinking about applying? Ask questions and get started. We’re here to help you! To give our students the most competitive preparation possible, we’ve formed the National Achievement Scholarships Office—a resource you won’t often find at state colleges and universities.
We can guide you and support you throughout the application process, which has several steps and can last about nine months.
To learn more, contact Christian Vaccaro, director of the office and advisor for the scholarships at C.A.Vaccaro@iup.edu. The members of the Merit Scholarship Committee (see table below) also serve as additional
contacts for information. Assisting students on specific scholarships are:
Merit Scholarship and Fellowship AdvisorC.A.Vaccaro@iup.edu
Any outstanding IUP undergraduate or graduate student can apply for merit scholarships and fellowships. Undergraduate students usually apply in or after their junior year. These scholarships are awarded to students at the highest level of academic performance and are highly competitive.
Most programs focus on one or more of these areas:
Students are encouraged to use their applications as a foundation for either job and internship applications or graduate school applications. Some fellowships (Fulbright) are open to alumni.
Merit Scholarships are highly competitive and often require a long record of evidence that the student has been preparing for this opportunity. Most successful candidates can demonstrate preparation throughout their academic career. Advisors should help students interested in applying connect past academic experiences and make future plans consistent with their application goals.
There are many ways you can get support and guidance through our office. We work with you and the university to help you through the many steps in the process. It’s all about giving our students the best chance at amazing opportunities.
Your first step is to reach out and contact us. The earlier you get in touch, the sooner you can learn about and do the things that will make you a highly competitive. While we can recommend things you can do even a year or two prior to applying, the last nine months are especially important, and we are her to make them go smoothly.
Developing a strong merit scholarship application is a bit of a marathon. With your merit scholarship advisor’s help, begin your application 9 months in advance of the deadlines.
Below is a chart to help you stay on track.
Joseph Gallo, an Asian studies major, was the first IUP student to be awarded the US Department of State Critical
Language Scholarship to Japan, a fully-funded, eight-week, immersive experience that included living with a host family to study the Japanese language in an intensive setting.
Cook Honors College student Mirian Lua, a sophomore nursing major, was the first IUP student to be selected for a scholarship from the Fund for Education Abroad,
which was awarded for her journey along the Camino de Santiago. She hiked with an IUP group from the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains to Santiago
A grant of up to $30,000 can be awarded to eligible juniors who wish to pursue graduate studies in preparation for a career in government, serving the public, or in the non-profit sector. Recipients also receive prestigious internship and networking opportunities.
This scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses for outstanding US students with excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in, and potential for, careers in math, natural science, and engineering.
The Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship supports scholarship and excellence in national environmental policy. Scholarships are granted to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers related to environmental sustainability or to Native Americans
and Alaska Natives.
This scholarship provides up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests. Boren scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly
This supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any area of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or projects designed specifically for
Opportunities are available to undertake international graduate study, conduct research, and teach English worldwide. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an extended experience abroad.
Up to $40,000 per year can be awarded to students who enroll full-time in a master’s degree program in either public policy, international affairs, public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign
This scholarship funds Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Awards are made to pursue graduate studies in any field at any UK university. The award covers tuition and fees, personal travel, book allowances, and a living stipend.
The fellowship enables US graduate students to add an international and language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency in regions other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New
Pre-doctoral, dissertation, and post-doctoral awards are made to individuals who demonstrate superior academic achievement and have a commitment to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.