Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Welcome to Nationally Competitive Scholarships!

Nationally Competitive Scholarships is here to assist you through all stages of the application process for competitive national and international scholarships and fellowships. Our office is passionate about supporting the aspirations of all Mines students – undergraduate, graduate, and alumni. We serve as an advocate for the development of your academic goals, intellectual breadth, and personal interests.  

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

One year of funding to research, study, or teach abroad for graduating seniors, alumni, and graduate students. Start applying now! 

Churchill Scholarship Now Open!

Funds a research-based STEM Master’s at Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Considering graduate school in the U.K.?

Churchill, Gates-Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes scholarships all support 1-2 years of funding for graduate degrees in the U.K. 

Scholar Highlights

Carter Gonzalez from Colorado School of Mines Awarded DoD SMART Scholarship

May 2024 – Carter Gonzalez, a B.S./M.S. student at Colorado School of Mines was awarded the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship. SMART is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focused scholarship-for-service program and is one of the largest education and workforce initiatives under DoD STEM – the Department’s comprehensive K-20 STEM education and talent development effort.

Three Mines Students Awarded Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad in 2024-2025 Academic Year

May 2024 – The Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships at Colorado School of Mines is pleased to announce that 3 Mines students are among the American undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the 2024-2025 academic year. The Congressionally funded Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study abroad.

Richard Jung Receives Boren Scholarship to Study Abroad in Japan

Colorado School of Mines’ Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships is  pleased to announce that Richard Jung, a Junior in Design Engineering with a focus on Corporate Sustainability, has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study abroad in Japan during the 2024-2025 academic year. Richard aspires to serve as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Indo-Pacific region and to work in a government intelligence agency, and his Boren Award sets him on the path for expertise in this region. The Boren Awards invest in linguistic and cultural knowledge for aspiring federal government employees.

Mines PhD Student, Carmen Villarruel, Named Alternate for 2024-2025 Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Colorado School of Mines’ Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships is  pleased to announce that Carmen Villarruel, an Environmental Biogeochemistry PhD student, has been named an Alternate for the 2024-2025 Fulbright  U.S. Student Program by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Four from Mines Nominated to Compete Nationally for 2024 Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Colorado School of Mines is pleased to announce that four students have been nominated to represent Mines and compete nationally for the 2024 Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Final selection of Goldwater Scholars will be confirmed in spring 2024.  

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Stanford Knight Hennessy Scholarship

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright Mitacs Globalink Canada

Churchill Scholarship

Scholarship and Fellowship Resources

Why apply for a nationally competitive scholarship?

  • Clarify your understanding of the problems you want to solve in your career, your postgraduate goals, and how to articulate those goals. 

  • Improve your writing skills and gain familiarity with grant writing, a skill that you’ll likely use throughout your career.
  • Nurture close faculty relationships and benefit from the resulting mentorship and letters of recommendation.
  • Distinguish your resume and enhance your career when you enter the job market.

Past Events

Personal Statements Workshop, Wednesday January 24th, 12-1pm, McNeil 314, RSVP here. 

Personal Statements are a crucial component of scholarship, research and graduate school applications, offering applicants an opportunity to distinguish themselves beyond grades and test scores. These concise essays serve as a bridge between the past, present, and future, providing insight into one's character, motivations, and the alignment of their goals with the institution or position sought. In this workshop Ashley Weibel, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research Scholars and Nationally Competitive Scholarships, shares strategies for writing effective personal statements as well as exercises for unlocking your creativity and originality in the writing process. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the art of weaving together personal experiences, professional achievements, and future goals to articulate a narrative that resonates with selection committees and potential mentors.

Funded Study Abroad Opportunities, Tuesday,  February 6th, 4-5pm, Marquez 226, RSVP here

Want to study, research, or work abroad, but not sure how to fund the experience? Join the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships and the Office of Global Education for a presentation on opportunities to get funding towards your plans to study, research, and work abroad. Attendees will come away with an understanding of scholarships and fellowships for abroad experiences, as well as the support they can expect to receive from Mines’ Office of Global Education before, during, and after studying abroad. Scholarships covered include the Gilman Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, and more!

Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships Open House and Info Session @ the MEP House, Wednesday, February 7th, 11:30am-12:30pm, MEP House

Join us at the MEP House to learn about the work of Nationally Competitive Scholarships in supporting undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni in applying to a variety of nationally competitive awards!  Nationally Competitive Scholarships is a program of University Honors & Scholars (UHS).

Gilman Scholarship Information Session, Thursday, February 8th, 4-4:45pm, Zoom

The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. To be eligible for the Gilman Program, applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. The award provides up to $5,000 to study abroad. Students must apply by March 7th, for study abroad programs that begin between May 1st, 2024 and April 30th, 2025.  Register for information session here

Nationally Competitive Scholarships Open House, Thursday, February 15th, 4:30-5:30, Honors House, RSVP here

Join us at our open house event to learn about the work of Nationally Competitive Scholarships in supporting undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni in applying to a variety of nationally competitive awards!  We will have snacks, activities, and informal chatting. Mingle with scholarship recipients, interested students, staff, and faculty, grab a bite, and enjoy learning more about our opportunities. Nationally Competitive Scholarships is a program of University Honors & Scholars (UHS).

Gilman Scholarship Drop-In Office Hours, Wednesday, February 28th, 9am-12pm and Thursday, February 29th, 2pm-5pm, Honors House

Drop-in to the Honors House (1704 Illinois St.) to meet with the Mines Gilman Advisor, Ashley Weibel, to get your Gilman essay drafts reviewed and questions answered. 

Scholarships for Graduate Study in the UK, Wednesday, March 6th, 12-1pm, McNeil 216, RSVP here

Join the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships to learn about various awards that fund graduate study in the U.K., including the Marshall Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship, Fulbright UK, and Mitchell Scholarship. 

Virtual Fulbright Information Session with Fulbright Staff, Thursday, April 4th, 2-3pm, Zoom, RSVP here.

Goldwater Scholarship Panel and Information Session, Wednesday, April 10th, 4-5pm, McNeil 313, RSVP here.

The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes sophomores and juniors who are committed to pursuing a career in STEM research, and who show the potential to be leaders in their respective fields. During this event, Ashley Weibel, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research Scholars and Nationally Competitive Scholarships, will provide an overview of the Goldwater Scholarship and discuss how to craft a compelling application. The session also features a panel of previous Mines Goldwater Scholars who will share their firsthand accounts of the application process and the transformative impact of the Goldwater Scholarship on their academic and professional trajectories. Attendees will walk away empowered to take the first steps toward becoming a successful Goldwater applicant.

Schwarzman Scholars Information Session with Tom Tomezsko (Schwarzman Admissions Officer), April 11th, 4-5pm, Student Center Earth Room (E136), RSVP here

Schwarzman Scholars is pleased to announce an info session for prospective applicants. Anchored in a fully-funded 10-month Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, we are seeking high-caliber applicants who will represent the world’s next generation of leaders.  If the last few years have taught us anything, it is that we are all far more interconnected than we ever realized. Global challenges require global solutions and leaders who are well-informed and well-equipped to develop them. With a front row seat to global crisis leadership and practical opportunities to construct interdisciplinary solutions, Schwarzman Scholars are better positioned to succeed and more in demand around the world than ever before.  Schwarzman Scholars is open to students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. Applicants from all academic disciplines and career paths are eligible. For more details on eligibility, refer to our website.   

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Information Session, Monday, April 22nd, 4-5pm, Honors House (1704 Illinios St), RSVP here.

Interested in graduate studies at Stanford University? The Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. Each year the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program identifies a group of 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford. As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you may pursue an education in any of Stanford's graduate programs including master's and doctoral degrees. Join Rachel Rosten, Director of Admissions of Knight-Hennessy Scholars, for an information session. 

Fulbright Program Alumni Panel & Information Session, Wednesday, April 24th 4-5pm, Coorstek 150, RSVP here

Discover how the Fulbright U.S. Student Program opens doors to collaborative research, teaching, graduate study, and cultural immersion in countries around the world. During this event, Ashley Weibel, the Mines Fulbright Program Advisor and head of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, will provide an overview of the Fulbright Program and discuss how to craft a compelling application. Additionally, Ellie Miller, recent Fulbright grantee to Denmark, will discuss her experience applying to and embarking on a Fulbright grant. Attendees will walk away empowered to take the first steps towards their Fulbright application

Upcoming Events - Summer 2024

Fulbright Writing Bootcamps, Every Wednesday 4-5pm in June, July, August, Join via Zoom here

 These weekly 1-hour Zoom "Fulbright Writing Bootcamps" are optional support sessions for Mines Fulbright applicants to:

  • Have a regular, dedicated time and space to work on their Fulbright application
  • Receive feedback on essay drafts from me*
  • Ask questions about the application
  • Collaboratively brainstorm essay content

*Depending on attendance, peer review might also be engaged in.

You are welcome to attend one or all sessions. No sign-up is required and drop-ins are welcome. Join weekly via Zoom room linked above. 

Boren Awards Information Session, October 16th, 12-1pm Mountain Time, Zoom - Register Here

Undergraduate Students: Boren Scholarships provide up to $25,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Graduate Students: Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests.

Contact Us

Want to learn more or considering applying to a scholarship or fellowship listed on the website? Contact Ashley Weibel, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research Scholars & Nationally Competitive Scholarships, at

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