Major Scholarships and Fellowships

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A strong academic record is a minimum requirement for becoming a candidate for a major scholarship or fellowship. In addition to an excellent academic record, you should have an outstanding record of service, leadership, research, or all of the above. These scholarships are extremely competitive. Each scholarship will require strong letters of recommendation by faculty members at SIUC to be competitive for these awards.

Many of the major scholarships and fellowships require nomination from SIUC, which will require an on-campus selection process. To begin the process to become a major scholarship candidate, the preliminary Honors Program Application must be completed and returned to  Melinda Yeomans, Associate Director,  University Honors Program, in Morris Library, Room 110A.

All of the major scholarships and fellowships listed on this site require an extensive period of preparation before a student will be able submit an application. Accordingly, students should contact the SIU Office of Major Scholarship Advisement well in advance of the campus deadlines.

Be sure to take advantage of the many tips and resources given on this site to assist in preparing successful scholarship and fellowship applications.

For Sophomores and Juniors

Scholarship Field


Science, Mathematics, and Engineering

NSEP Boren

Foreign Languages and Cultures


All Fields Dedicated to Public Service


All Fields, Environmental

For Seniors and Recent Graduates

Scholarship Field


All Fields for Minority Students


Study Abroad in All Fields

Gates Cambridge

All Fields at Cambridge University


Applied Physical Science


Teacher Education, Social Science, and Humanities


Humanities and Arts


All Fields at a University in Ireland

National Science

Sciences and Engineering

NSEP Boren

Foreign languages and culture


All Fields at Oxford University

Paul and Daisy

All Fields, in the US, for "New Americans"