National Achievement Scholarships Office

  • 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. 

  • Here Are Just a Few of Our Success Stories

    New Awards

    Khala Vines Khala Vines selected to study in South Korea for a year and can look forward to working for the federal government after graduation
    National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship (2020)
    Vincent Thompson Vincent Thompson works with a physics professor developing a microchip, an electronic time-temperature indicator, that could prevent food waste 
    Goldwater Scholarship (2020)
    Arie VanWieren Arie VanWieren  researching antibiotic-resistant bacteria through his work in the lab with a biochemistry professor
    Goldwater Scholarship (2020)

    Recent Awards

    Austin Bey Austin Bey studied at The University of Technology Sydney, in Australia
    Gilman  Scholarship
    Anna Manges Anna Manges researched blacklegged ticks and Lyme Disease
    Goldwater Scholarship 
    Daniel Wethli Daniel Wethli received a Fulbright Research Grant for study in China
    Fulbright Research Grant
    Frank Manzano Frank Manzano, double major in accounting and finance, studied in Australia
    Gilman Scholarship
  • We’ll Help You Compete on a National Level

    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:

    • Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Dr. Deanne Snavely, snavely@iup.edu, (Goldwater Scholarship)
    • Director of Education Abroad Dr. Jessica Mulvihill, jess@iup.edu, (Freeman-ASIA Award, Gilman Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship Program, and the Fund for Education Abroad).
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  • Consider Applying for These National Achievement Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

  • Undergraduate

    Harry Truman Scholarship

    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.

    Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

    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.

    Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

    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.

    Boren Scholarship

    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 taught languages.

    NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

    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 the REU.

  • Post-graduation

    U.S. Fulbright Program

    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.

    Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

    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 language.

    Marshall Scholarship

    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.

    Boren Fellowship

    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 Zealand.

    Ford Foundation Fellowship

    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.