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. Housed within the Office of Undergraduate Research, we're here to give our students the most competitive preparation possible--a resource you won't often find at state colleges and universities.

Contact Information

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Here Are Just a Few of Our Success Stories

Recent Awards

Kuo and Skarzynski, 2022 Fulbright awardees

Teresa Kuo selected to study in Taiwan (left) and Grace Skarzynski selected to study in Greece (right).
Fulbright U.S. Student Program (2022)

Other Recent 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)

More IUP Success Stories


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

Students Break New Ground with First-time Scholarships

Joseph Gallo

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.



Marian Lua

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 in Spain.

Undergraduate Opportunities

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 Opportunities


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.