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1. SNAPSHOT

The $32,000 Beinecke Scholarship is for courageous selection of graduate studies in the arts, humanities or social sciences anywhere in the world by undergraduates depending on grants. Smith is allowed one nominee. JUNIORS APPLY: begin prior AY spring

2. OUTLINE

For courageous selection of graduate studies in the arts, humanities or social sciences

The Beinecke Scholarship Program, part of The Sperry Fund, was established in 1971 in memory of Edwin, Frederick and Walter Beinecke.

  • Exceptionally promising JUNIORS with overall GPA of 3.6/+. Juniors apply (register as a spring sophomore). Awarded to grant-dependent juniors for graduate school.
  • Show superior levels of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise.
  • Clearly defined academic goal for graduate school (master's or doctorate) and beyond. Not available for neuroscience. Can be at an institution overseas. Typical winners at very top of class academically, plan careers in college teaching, research. Preference not specifically given to nominees planning doctorates over master's degrees. But as institutional funding for a master's is too hard to find, best to apply for a doctoral program (MFAs excepted) even though you may not go that far. Recipients with professional-school plans usually have strong liberal-arts backgrounds or well-developed career plans with significant commitment to community service.
  • Up to 22 awards of $32,000 each ($2,000 on entering graduate school + $15,000 a year for the first two years of graduate studies) for U.S. citizens ON undergraduate FINANCIAL AID defined as receiving need-based grants. Loans don't qualify. Students not receiving need-based aid due to receipt of a merit award or tuition exchange submit a Financial Aid Office statement indicating eligibility for such aid were it not for the non-need-based funding.
102 participating colleges each may submit one nomination a year. 91 colleges submitted nominations in 2002 for 20 awards (22% chance or 1 in 4½)

The most advantageous time to register for a fellowship is in the spring, starting mid February. Statistics show that those who register earlier fare far better. The deadline to register for the Beinecke is the end of September. Petitions to register later may be considered from students who show exceptional promise to be successful in fellowships competitions.

Truman winners (announced March, April) eliminated from Beinecke award announced May. Daad, Fulbright, Gates, Luce, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes winners can defer Beinecke Scholarship for a year.

3. OTHER DESCRIPTION

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke. The Board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 315 college juniors from 94 different schools for support during graduate study at any accredited university. Each scholar receives $2,000 immediately prior to entering graduated school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

4. ELIGIBILITY

Also see: http://www.smith.edu/fellowships/eligibility.php for further information about eligibility.

WHEN TO BEGIN WHICH BY SCHOOL YEAR
  • Sophomores Start Application after Spring Break
  • See tips on writing an effective resume
  • ADD expanded section listing every "public" service, community involvement of any and all kinds.
(POST-)GRADUATE OR UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP Graduate Fellowship (apply as junior)

DOMESTIC & FOREIGN, OR FELLOWSHIPS ABROAD
Domestic and Foreign Fellowship (use at U.S. or foreign university)

WHERE IN THE WORLD TO USE
International Fellowship (use at U.S. or foreign university)

GPA AND RELATED MINIMUMS
  • 3.8 plus superior academics
  • (Community involvement, contribution to society, leadership or initiative, all count as much as grade level. Fellowships = character, not intellectualism alone.)
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS
U.S. citizens only

AGE, SCHOOL-YEAR, OTHER RESTRICTIONS
Only grant-aided juniors in application year, any age, arts, humanities, social science

DURATION OF FELLOWSHIP, AMOUNT OF AWARD
$32,000 in total. Each scholar receives $2,000 at the end of senior year plus $30,000 toward the first year of graduate school. The award must be used within five years of graduation.

CHANCE OF AWARD: ODDS FOR EACH COMPETITION
  • Beinecke 22% or 1 in 4½ chance for the one Smith nominee
  • With fellowships requiring Smith nomination, there is first a competition on campus to be nominated. With only one nomination, the Beinecke is the hardest but the odds vary from year to year.
  • It is suggested that juniors applying for fellowships also work with the CDO in order to have alternate vision strategies in place that include applying for more fellowships! Contact them at x2570 or x2582.
  • Much material prepared for one fellowship application can be modified to fit another.
HOW SMITHIES HAVE FARED IN COMPETITIONS
One nominee allowed every year. 1 fellow in the 2 years 2002-2003.

COMPETITION CRITERIA IN JUDGING CANDIDATES
How the Foundations Evaluate and Rate Candidates, What They Seek in Candidates & How You are Judged, Plus Other Vital Criteria Considered by the Foundations (PLEASE ALSO CONSULT THE NOTES IN THIS CATEGORY SECTION)

To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2003-2004 academic year. "Junior" means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2004 and August 2005.
  • Plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship.
  • Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student's history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. In the selection process, the amount of financial need will not be a major determining factor, nevertheless, preference is given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would increase the likelihood of the student's being able to attend graduate school.
FORMAL APPLICATION YEAR & TIME OF YEAR
Formal Application Year (Fall Term) Juniors
Late Fall Fellowship (due on campus early December)

J-TERM GRADUATE ELIGIBILITY
  • Applications open to students who are second-semester juniors in the fall before the following spring term when applications are finally due and they will be first-semester seniors graduating the following January.
  • Consult Beinecke website for rule application to current year &/or email foundation.
LEVEL OF SMITH COLLEGE SPONSORSHIP
Required Level of Smith College Sponsorship Nominee Allocation ONE only

REAPPLYING FOR FELLOWSHIPS
Can apply junior year only.

DEFERRING FELLOWSHIPS
Confirm your specific situation directly with sponsoring foundation or fellowship administrators. Beinecke. May be deferred for one year only.

 5. WEBSITE
    http://www.beineckescholarship.org/