National Scholarships and Fellowships
As an undergraduate, there are many pulls on your time and energy, including your class work and your co-op experiences. However, you are well-served to start to strategically think of your career as an undergraduate with the same seriousness with which you think of your future career after graduation.
A successful undergraduate experience is made up of many parts, and submitting fellowship and scholarship applications is just one way to expand your opportunities.
Perhaps you could start as a first-year student or sophomore by meeting with the undergraduate advisor in your major and discussing your interests. At the College and Department level, there are many opportunities to become active in a variety of ways including undergraduate research, service learning, and urban volunteer opportunities. You may also contact us at the Honors Program for suggestions as you begin. Remember that it is never to early to be thinking about possibilities.
We encourage you to seriously consider competing for funding for a number of reasons. As a strong undergraduate student, you are positioned to apply for some of these awards. Sometimes, the financial support can be small, but the prestige that an award brings opens doors for future funding and graduate level work. Other fellowships offer significant financial support for graduate level work or opportunities for unique and challenging experiences during your undergraduate career. Many focus on encouraging students to frame work on an international level, opening doors to travel and study abroad.
For those students interested in competing for these awards, the Honors Program recommends that you explore Northeastern University’s online resource for National Fellowships and Scholarships. Investigate what opportunities suit your academic interests and professional aspirations best, and then schedule an appointment with a Fellowship Advisor.