External Awards

for Current BVU Students


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields.


  • Demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
  • Outstanding academic performance

To be considered for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar, student must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education. "Sophomore" is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study. Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Students in two-year colleges who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program at another institution may be nominated. "Junior" is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study. Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.
  • Have a college grade-point average of at least "B" (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  • Be a United States citizen, a permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national. Nominations from permanent residents must include a letter of the nominee's intent to obtain U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card).


Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

Scholarship Website: http://www.act.org/goldwater


    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.


    The Gilman Scholarship is open to all US citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:

    • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad.
    • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution of higher education in the U.S
    • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 4 weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 4 weeks.
    • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department’s current travel warning list.

    Selection Criteria

    The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

    The Gilman scholarship aims to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to:

    • Student with high financial need
    • Students studying in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand
    • Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds
    • Students from a diverse range of institutions including four-year, public, private, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and other Minority Serving Institutions.
    • Students with disabilities

    Award Benefits

    Over 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs.

    Scholarship Website: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/About-the-Program


    Introduced in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized, rewarded, and encouraged hundreds of students to share their inventive ideas with the world. The Competition promotes exploration in invention, science, engineering, technology, and other creative endeavors and provides a window on the technologies from which society will benefit in the future.


    Eligible entries must

    • Represent the original idea and work of a student or team of no more than four students with mentorship from a university advisor.
    • Be submitted by students who meet our full-time eligibility requirement.
      • Individual entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in any U.S. college or university for at least part of the 12-month period prior to entry.
      • Teams must include at least one member who meets this requirement, and all remaining members must be enrolled at least part-time at some point during the 12-month period prior to entry.
    • Be complete, workable and well-articulated.
      • For example, there must be evidence the invention has been reduced to practice.
    • Prove capable of being reproduced.
    • Be submitted in English.


    The entry must be the original idea and work product of a student or team of students with his or her university advisor and must not have been (1) made available to the public as a commercial product or process, (2) described in extensive detail in a publication more than one year prior to the date of submission, or (3) issued a patent more than one year prior to the date of submission. On rare occasion, exceptions may be made to allow the submission of significant recent improvements to matter patented or published more than one year prior to submission of the application. The entry submitted must be written in English.

    The invention, a reduced-to-practice idea or working prototype, must be the work of a student or team of students with his or her university advisor. If it is a machine, it must be operable. If it is a chemical, it must be complete with evidence of successful application of the idea. If it is a new plant, color photographs or slides must be included in the submission. If a new or original ornamental design for an article of manufacture is submitted, the entire design must be included in the application. In addition, the invention should be capable of being reproduced.

    Do not send your invention. Finalists will be notified and given instructions to send any necessary documentation. A university transcript must be provided at that time to verify student status.


    $100,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to the top three entries in each division. Advisors of winning entries receive cash prizes as well. Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.


    The Davies-Jackson Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for graduating college seniors with exceptional academic records, and who are among the first in their families to graduate from college, to participate in a course of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge.

    Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to study in one of the following subject areas: Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences.


    The Scholarship traditionally goes to a student whose background closely resembles the donor’s: a first-generation undergraduate with limited financial resources, who has achieved significant intellectual growth through liberal arts studies at a less widely recognized U.S. college or university. Students eligible for the Davies-Jackson Scholarship attend liberal arts colleges and universities throughout the United States that are selective, yet less expensive and less elite institutions than the national private liberal arts colleges and universities. Eligible institutions have undergraduate enrollments of between 2,000 and 5,000 full-time-equivalent students, and educate a significant proportion of first-generation students.


    Full 2-year scholarship valued at $50,000. Candidates are awarded a Cambridge B.A. degree, known as the Cantab degree, which is often viewed as the equivalent of a master’s degree in the U.S.

      We are pleased to announce the "The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics" essay contest.  The annual competition challenges students to submit essays on the urgent ethical issue that confront them in today's world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and develop rational arguments for ethical action. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. Awards are up to $5,000. 


      The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - the federal memorial to our thirty-third President - awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government


      Candidates must be nominated by their current institution of higher education or by their two-year institution if they are transfer students from community colleges or junior colleges. Applications are not accepted directly from candidates. Each nominee must be:

      • Full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree. 'Junior' here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December and August of the next academic year, or a student in his or her third year of collegiate study, or a senior-level student who is a resident of Puerto Rico or the Islands as defined below;
      • Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution;
      • In the upper quarter of his or her class; and
      • United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.

      A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship meets the above eligibility requirements and also:

      • Has an extensive record of public and community service;
      • Has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
      • Is committed to a career in government or elsewhere in public service, as defined by the Foundation.


      Up to $30,000 may be used only for tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other specifically approved expenses.


      Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

      As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

      The objectives of the Marshall Scholarship are

      • To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country's future leaders, to study in the UK.
      • To help scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
      • To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain's centres of academic excellence.
      • To motivate scholars to act as ambassadors from America to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding.
      • To promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each scholar.


      To be eligible for a  Marshall Scholarship, candidates must:

      • be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
      • (by the time they take up their scholarship ie September 2016) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
      • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree.  (Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 at the time of application).
      • have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after 2013.
      • not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University.

      Before completing the application candidates are advised to consider the objectives of the Marshall Scholarship Programme (see opening paragraph of the Rules for Candidates) and to be aware that the selection committees are seeking candidates who have the potential to excel as scholars, leaders and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding. Our selection criteria can be found here.

      The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission promotes an equal opportunities policy. Scholarship awards are based on merit following a fair and transparent selection process. The Marshall Commission seeks and recruits students from all backgrounds.


      Up to 40 scholarships are awarded annually. University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

      Scholarship Website: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/apply


        Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992, the Morris K. Udall Foundation honors Congressman Morris King Udall’s thirty-year legacy of public service. As set forth in the foundation legislation, the purposes of the Foundation are to:

        • Increase the awareness of the importance of, and promote the benefit and enjoyment of the nation’s natural resources.
        • Foster a greater recognition and understanding of the role of the environment, public lands and resources in the development of the United States.
        • Identify critical environmental issues.
        • Develop resources to train professionals properly in environmental and related fields.
        • Provide educational outreach regarding environmental policy.
        • Through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, provide assessment, mediation, and other related services to resolve environmental disputes involving federal agencies.


        Be committed to a career related to the environment, OR committed to a career in tribal public policy OR Native American health care.

        • Only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care.*
        • Native American students studying tribal public policy or native health do not need to demonstrate commitment to the environment.
        • Likewise, students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to be Native American, nor do they need to demonstrate commitment to tribal public policy or Native health.

        Be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree.

        • "Sophomore" is defined as a student who has completed at least one year of full-time undergraduate study and intends at least two more years of full-time undergraduate study.
        • "Junior" is defined as a student who intends at least one more year of full-time undergraduate study.
        • Students may apply for funding in both their sophomore and junior years; 3rd time applicants, however, will not be eligible.

        Meet the following requirements:

        • Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent.
        • Be pursuing full-time study.
        • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.


        • Up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, or other approved educational expenses.
        • Honorable Mentions receive a one-time honorarium $350.

        Scholarship Website:http://www.udall.gov


        The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers:

        • Scholarship support
        • Paid research training at the NIH during the summer
        • Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation

        Scholarship Requirements

        • U.S. citizen, national or qualified non-citizen.
        • Awarded to students committed to pursuing a career in biomedical, behavioral or social science health-related research at the NIH
        • Must have a GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or be within the top 5 percent of your class.
        • From a disadvantage background. Disadvantaged background means that your financial aid office has certified you as having “exceptional financial need “(EFN), as defined by the Federal Government.
        • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited, 4-year undergraduate institution.

        Research Training at the NIH

        • 10-week summer laboratory experience. After each year of scholarship support, students will train for 10 weeks as a paid summer research employee in an NIH research laboratory. This employment occurs after receipt of the scholarship award.
        • Employment at the NIH after graduation. After graduation, students will continue their training as a full-time employee in an NIH research laboratory. Student must serve 1 year of full-time employment for each year of scholarship.


        The scholarship will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for one year and can be renewed up to four years.

        Scholarship Website:https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/ugsp


          The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field. Through the years, Rhodes Scholars have pursued studies in all of the varied fields available at the University of Oxford.

          Mr. Rhodes wanted the administrators of his Will to seek out those qualities of excellence in young people which would contribute to “the world’s fight.” He specifically directed that no candidate for a Scholarship should be qualified or disqualified on account of race or religious opinions.


          At the time of application, an applicant must be

          • a citizen of the United States, or
          • a lawful permanent resident of the United States prior to and including at least 5 years of the application deadline.
          • at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application).
          • sufficiently advanced academically to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.

          The applicant must be eligible to apply through one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia:  either in the state where he or she was legally resident on April 15 in the year of application, or where he or she will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.  (U.S. citizens who are residents of U.S. territories are only eligible to apply if they will have at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree from a college or university in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.)

          The applicant must produce

          1. the endorsement of his or her college or university.
          2. five, but not more than eight, letters of recommendation.  At least four of these must be persons from whom you have received undergraduate or graduate instruction, and at least one letter (the fifth) must speak to your character.
          3. a personal statement not exceeding 1000 words which the applicant must attest as wholly truthful and his or her own work.  Please click on link below for specific statement and certification requirements.
          4. a list of principal activities.
          5. proof of citizenship or lawful permanent resident status.
          6. a certified transcript (or transcripts).
          7. a passport-size photograph.

          The applicant must be prepared to attend a reception and personal interview, and remain for possible re-interviews and the election announcement, in the city serving the respective district region, on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Thanksgiving holiday.  A link above on this page titled 'District Regions' will display where interviews will be held, and the states within each district.  Please be aware that there may be changes in interview locations and the states grouped within districts from year to year.


          All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford. Average scholarship is around $50,000.

          Scholarship Website:http://www.rhodesscholar.org/applying-for-the-scholarship/