National and International Scholarships and Awards

This page provides you information regarding various national and international scholarship opportunities that are available for undergraduate and graduate students. It is our goal to help students identify which opportunities for which they are eligible and assist them in the application process.

Simpson College encourages students to learn about the qualifications for these scholarships early in their academic career, especially if they are thinking of extending their education past the undergraduate level.



American Graduate Fellowships must be graduating seniors or recent graduates of an eligible undergraduate institution, including private colleges. Applicants must intend to enter a doctoral program in one of the eligible fields of study (history, philosophy, literature and languages) during the subsequent academic year.

The scholarship may only be used to support doctoral study at one of the eligible institutions, which represent many of the finest independent research universities in the English-speaking world. Up to $50,000 for each scholarship during his or her initial year of graduate study, including tuition, fees and a stipend for living expenses and research costs.


The scholarship’s goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Application materials are generally available in September.


CHIP allows Simpson students to spend a semester in Washington, D.C. working as an intern and living in a facility on Capitol Hill.  In addition to internships with members of Congress, CHIP students in recent years also have worked for the Republican National Committee, the Justice Department, CNN, the Australian Embassy, FOX News, National Water Resource Association, Common Cause as well as House and Senate Committees.

The program is designed for juniors and seniors although under certain circumstances sophomores may also participate.  Students from any major are eligible to participate.  There is no additional tuition cost and normally Simpson and other financial aid will apply to the costs of CHIP.  The additional housing cost is modest.

For more information, please contact John Epperson at 961-1694


The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Graduating seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students are eligible to apply.


The US-Ireland Alliance sponsors a competitive, national scholarship for graduate study by American citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 at institutions of higher learning on the island of Ireland. Named to honor the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, the George J. Mitchell Scholarships are intended to familiarize and connect the next generation of American leadership with the island of Ireland.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before beginning study under the Mitchell Scholarship. Graduating seniors may apply for the following academic year, but the undergraduate degree must be earned by August before starting the graduate study with the Scholarship.


The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is: to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Students must be college juniors at the time of selection.


Simpson students interested in studying in Northern Ireland may apply to participate in the Irish-American Scholars Program.

Queens UniversityUniversity of UlsterBIFHEStranmillis University College, and St. Mary’s University College are each offering spaces for a selected group of American students for the next academic year. Simpson College can nominate up to three Simpson students to the selection committee. If accepted in the Irish-American Scholars program, students will register and pay tuition and fees to Simpson. The selected student will be responsible for room and board in Northern Ireland, travel, books, and living expenses. A student’s regular Simpson financial aid package may assist with covering these expenses.

Students who will be junior or senior status and who have at least a 3.20 GPA are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who commit for the full academic year, but applications may be accepted for students who may only be able to spend a semester.


Rhodes Scholars are appointed for two years of study in the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third 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 also cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford.

Standards by which prospective Rhodes Scholars are judged are (1) literary and scholastic attainments; (2) truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and (3) moral force of character and instincts to lead and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings. Applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans.

Other Scholarships

If the scholarships listed above do not seem to match your appropriate interests, you may wish to visit the following websites to learn more about other opportunities.

A free, online database for undergraduate and graduate study with over 40,000 scholarship opportunities.

A free, online database of scholarships created by CollegeNET for undergraduate and graduate students.

Scholarship Resource Network
A free database of over 150,000 awards for undergraduate and graduate students.

University of Minnesota’s International Study and Travel Center provides a free database of hundreds of scholarships for study abroad.