Information Session: What Can I Do After Graduation

Are you exploring career opportunities? Are you unsure about Graduate School or do you want to go to graduate school later? Are you passionate about a social or political issue and looking for a way to devote your full time to it?

Come explore these questions further at an upcoming information session sponsored by the Office of Honors and Scholarships.

Date: November 19th

Time: Free Hour, from 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 12

We will discuss one-year opportunities including public policy work, teaching, non-profit and community service. This session will be particularly useful for seniors, but all are welcome.

Please feel free to  contact me with any questions, and I look forward to meeting many of you on November 19th.

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Fellowship For Seniors Interested in Foreign Service Careers

Want to make a difference in the world?  Promote U.S. and global interests?  Consider the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program.  The Program seeks outstanding young people interested in careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, ar­ranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional develop­ment support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master’s programs in U.S. institutions to study any area relevant to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Depart­ment of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2015, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encour­ages applications from members of minority groups his­torically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Infor­mation and application materials can be found at www.rangelprogram.org. The applica­tion deadline is January 14, 2015.

 

Don’t be caught off guard by the January 14th deadline!  The application requires two statements from you, two letters of recommendation, a copy of your GRE scores and other supporting documents. You’ll want to start early to be sure you have enough time to gather your materials, write and revise your statements and submit everything by the deadline.  Please feel free to contact me to discuss your application and to go over your essays.

 

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Essay Prize for Juniors and Seniors

Are you passionate about a political issue or social cause?  Has a volunteer opportunity or recent travel made you think about the broader world and your position in it?  Are your future plans motivated by your ethical concerns?  If these questions spark your interest and you are a junior or senior, please strongly consider entering the 2015 Prize in Ethics Essay Contest, sponsored by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.  The foundation offers generous prizes for winning essays and the deadline is December 8, 2014.

2015 Essay Topic: Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.

Your essay must be your own original work, and must be submitted through an online application.  You will need to provide proof of enrollment and contact information for a faculty sponsor.  For further information and to begin your application, please visit https://center.uoregon.edu/EWF/FORMS/CFP/cfp_ login.php?formid=2538564 and feel free to contact me to discuss this wonderful opportunity further.

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Information Session on Fellowship for New Americans

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans recognizes the contributions of immigrants or children of immigrants by awarding college seniors or students who are at the beginning of their graduate studies up to $90,000 to pursue an advanced degree at a U.S. institution.  Not only does this fellowship provide generous funding, but it also is not restricted to particular degrees, fields or institutions.  Don’t miss your chance to explore this amazing opportunity!

The 2015 competition is now open, with the application due November 1st.  Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality and initiative, but financial need is not a factor.  You can read the full eligibility requirements and access the application, instructions and other very useful resources here.  If you are thinking about applying, please come to an information session on the Soros fellowship sponsored by the Office of Honors and Scholarships.

Date: Wednesday, September 17th

Time: Free Hour: 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 12

please also feel free to contact me to talk about your plans and the application essays.

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Scholarship for Study Abroad

The Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for students with financial need to study or intern abroad, and the online application for spring 2015 is now open.

Student application deadline: October 7, 2014 by 11:59pm (central)  Your application must be certified by Study Abroad and Financial Aid by October 14thAll applicants will be notified of their status in December. 
For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources please visit the Gilman Scholarship website

 

The following are a few of the student webinars you may be interested in attending.
Gilman International Scholarship Program Overview
Wednesday, September 10, 11:00-12:00pm
How to Apply-Walk-Through of the Gilman Application
Wednesday, August 27, 2:00-3:00pm

Monday, September 15, 11:00am-12:00pm

 

Composing Competitive Gilman Scholarship Application Essays
Friday, September 5, 11:00-12:00pm

Wednesday, September 24, 2:00-3:00pm

 

Meet Gilman Alumni
Monday, September 8, 11:00-12:00pm

 

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Generous Funding for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics Graduate School

Are you planning to go to graduate school in one of the hard or social sciences in 2015?  Are you concerned about how you’ll pay for it?  The following fellowship might be for you!

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) provides very generous funding for research-based masters and doctoral programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.  Fields in the social sciences, such as psychology, are also included.  The program supports outstanding students early in their careers and encourages members of under-represented groups to apply.  Application deadlines vary from October 29, 2014 to November 4th, 2014 (depending on your field).  You don’t need to have a graduate school acceptance letter by the time you submit the fellowship application, but the award is contingent on graduate school admission.  The fellowship’s website (linked above) provides detailed information on the program requirements, application process and selection criteria.  As you know, the beginning of the new semester will be a busy time, and you’ll want to give your graduate school and fellowship applications your best effort, so why not spend some time now investigating this incredible opportunity?  As with other fellowships, please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

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Scholarship for Asian Students—Additional Information

I am delighted that so many of you are interested in the APIASF scholarship which Queens College students can now apply for.  I’ve gotten a number of questions from students about how to submit an application.  For information about the scholarship and a link to the online application, please visit http://www.apiasf.org/aanapisi.html.  There you can create an account and begin the online application.  For additional information, including the essay questions, please visit http://www.apiasf.org/pdfs/AANAPISI_Application_Worksheet.pdf.  I am happy to discuss your application with you and to comment on drafts of your essays.  Please remember though that comments posted to this blog are available for anyone to read.  Therefore, if you have questions about your particular situation, it is best to contact me directly.  Good luck, and enjoy the rest of your summer.

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Scholarship for Asian Students

 

The online Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) application is now open, and this year, Queens College is a partner institution.  This means that eligible students may apply for scholarships of up to $5,000.  The foundation also offers scholarship winners opportunities for academic advising, career guidance, and the chance to connect with current students and former scholarship winners from other campuses.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by The U.S. Census.
  • Be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S. or a citizen of the U.S. Freely Associated States.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree program at Queens College during the 2015 Spring Semester.
  • Have applied for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not necessarily have to be receiving federal aid.

The application  deadline is October 15th, 2014.  And please feel free to contact me to discuss your application including the essays.

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July Fourth and Fellowship for New Americans

As we observe the July 4th holiday, many in the Queens College community will recall our immigrant ancestors or our own experiences coming to this country.  The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans recognizes the contributions of immigrants or children of immigrants by awarding college seniors or students who are at the beginning of their graduate studies up to $90,000 to pursue an advanced degree at a U.S. institution.  Not only does this fellowship provide generous funding, but it also is not restricted to particular degrees, fields or institutions.  Don’t miss your chance to explore this amazing opportunity!

The 2015 competition opens this month, with the application due November 1st.  Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality and initiative, but financial need is not a factor.  You can read the full eligibility requirements and access the application, instructions and other very useful resources here.  If you are thinking about applying, please feel free to contact me to talk about your plans and the application essays.

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Global Awareness Helps With Fellowship Applications

If you’re following the World Cup, you might be able to use your global interest to compete for a national fellowship!  Many, like Fulbright, Truman and Watson, expect successful candidates to be well-rounded people who are engaged in their communities and connected to their broader world.  One way to demonstrate your global citizenship is to follow national and international news.  If you, someone in your family, or your favorite football team is from another country, or if there’s a country you’re dying to visit, why not spend some time this summer reading a national, or even local newspaper from there? You can often read all or parts of newspapers and magazines for free on the internet.  As Queens College students, you can apply for a free online subscription to the New York Times through their Academic Pass program.  The Skim is a daily email newsletter which gives you short, often humorous summaries of important national and international news stories with links to more in-depth information.  Common Dreams also offers a daily email update with an emphasis on commentary from a politically progressive perspective.

Please feel free to contact me to talk about international fellowships and to use the comments section to tell us what you’re reading.

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