The Beinecke Scholarship

 

Campus Deadline: Thursday, December 17, 2020

Deadline to submit Statement of Intent to ApplyThursday, November 19, 2020

The Beinecke Scholarship is a graduate scholarship awarded to applicants in their junior year of college. Candidates should aspire to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences after they complete their undergraduate degree. (The award is not intended to fund students planning to acquire professional degrees in law, education, architecture, or business that emphasize practical analysis over theory and research).  In addition to academic merit, candidates should also demonstrate financial need (by having qualified for need-based financial aid as an undergraduate).

The University of Connecticut is proud to be one of a select number of institutions invited to nominate one candidate each year to compete at the national level for this prestigious award.  A Beinecke Scholar receives $30,000 to fund his or her graduate education as well as an additional $4,000 immediately to offset the costs associated with applying to graduate school, including travel.  The award, which is broken into two $15,000 payments, must be used within the five year period following graduation, although students who receive other lucrative fellowships (e.g., the NSF-GRFP, Ford, Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, etc.) are allowed to postpone receipt of the Beinecke until the Scholar has completed those programs).

For more information about the award, eligibility and Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke, for whom the program is named, visit www.beineckescholarship.org.  The current Program Announcement may be found here.

 

Process:

To be considered for nomination, students must submit to the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships, the following materials by the campus deadline (listed above):

* A current resume or CV;

* A 1,000 word personal statement describing their research or creative interests for graduate study and career aspirations beyond these studies.  It should also include a discussion of the most relevant academic, professional, extracurricular, and personal experiences that have influenced  or shaped the nominee’s interests and plans;

* At least 2 letters of recommendation from faculty members that assess the candidate’s intellectual curiosity, character and potential for advanced graduate study (if selected as UConn’s nominee, the candidate would be required to secure a third letter of recommendation by the national deadline);

* A transcript (unofficial ok);

* An attestation that the student meets all eligibility criteria for the Beinecke Scholarship.  Students are not required to supply evidence of financial need for the internal competition.  But students must attest that they are, to the best of their knowledge, eligible for this scholarship before their application will be considered. Once nominated, students must also complete, sign, and submit by Email a Financial Aid Data Sheet (available on the the scholarship website) to the Beinecke Scholarship Program Director before the foundation deadline;

* Candidates who wish to pursue an MFA degree must submit an artists’ supplement of up to five pages of original work.

Prospective candidates should contact Vin Moscardelli, Director of the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships, early in the fall semester of their junior year to review eligibility and application requirements and processes.  The Foundation deadline is 5:00PM (EST) on the second Wednesday of February (February 10, 2021).

 

Links:  Please use the links below to initiate an application.

Statement of Intent to Apply – Due Thursday, November 19, at noon.  (recommended, but not required)

Application Form – Due Thursday, December 17, at noon.  (Note that applicants must only secure two LORs for the internal stage of the competition)  Please combine the application form and the remaining nomination materials listed above into a single *.pdf file and Email them to Dr. Vin Moscardelli before noon on December 17, 2020.

Letter of Recommendation Request Form (forthcoming) – Two letters of recommendation should be supplied (via Email) by faculty who can speak to the student’s intellectual curiosity, character, and potential for advanced graduate study.  Letters should be addressed “Dear Members of the Beinecke Scholarship Selection Committee.”  When requesting these letters, applicants may want to direct faculty to the current Program Announcement and/or to the Resources for Faculty page on ONSF’s website, which provides additional information on writing letters of recommendation for nationally-competitive scholarships.