Beinecke Scholarships are awarded to undergraduates in their junior year to support graduate study at a university in the United States or abroad. The program “seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to take fullest advantage of graduate opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of graduate study programs.” This year, twenty Beinecke Scholarships will be awarded to college juniors who have demonstrated unusual ability in fields of study they intend to pursue at the graduate level in masters or doctoral programs.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:
Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
Brown can nominate one junior to the national competition. Juniors who plan to attend graduate school in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are eligible.
Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience are not eligible.
Candidates are considered for superior strength of character, intellectual ability, and sense of purpose. They must demonstrate creativity and leadership and are expected to have well-formulated, although not necessarily wholly fixed, ideas about the direction of their future studies and subsequent careers. Financial need is a criterion for selection.
Candidates need to have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during their undergraduate years. Preference is given to candidates for whom the scholarship would make a significant difference in their ability to attend graduate school.