Why Students Should Apply

Although applying for a fellowship can be a time-consuming and demanding process, the rewards of doing so are well worth the effort. The application process is an opportunity to learn about yourself and formulate your personal vision and your plans for the future (education and career). You will also learn to write the kinds of essays that will be required for graduate school and job applications. The process also will encourage you to develop professional relationships with your faculty mentors who will write letters of recommendation in the future. Most importantly, applying for these awards will be to your benefit, for even if you do not win, the application process will help you develop personally and professionally. Someone has to win these awards and it can be you!