Current Student SCHOLARSHIPS
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Honors College Odyssey Fellowships
Students design an experience to help them better understand the world and their place in it.
The Class of 1954 Fellowship provides outstanding Honors students with unusual opportunities extending beyond the classroom during their last two years of undergraduate study. The winner, named a Class of 1954 Fellow, receives up to $10,000 to be used toward his or her travel experience and university tuition.
An excellent, well-rounded education necessitates that students define experiences that complement and elevate their understanding of undergraduate learning. Candidates must seek beyond a simple addition to their disciplinary studies. They are encouraged to reflect on their passions and intellectual interests and then define an experience that embodies these curiosities. The experience must offer them the opportunity to expand a world view, refine a philosophy of life, engage their curiosity, and/or investigate and join a significant intellectual conversation.
2017 James Owens
2016 Maria Jernigan
2015 Bobby Hollingsworth
2014 Natalie St. John
2013 Cole Smith
2012 Cassidy Grubbs
2011 Craig Wainner
2010 Liz Stokley
2009 Rosemary Filippell
2008 Jessie Gemmer
2007 David W. Grant
2006 Bradley T. Shapiro
2005 Kristen Brugh
2004 Mycroft Smith
2003 Leah M. Lozier
2002 Ashley White (British Marshall / USA Today)
2001 Autumn M. Lockwood
2000 J. Reid Highley
1999 Sarah S. Airey
1998 Mary Sproull
1997 Stacey D. Smith
1996 Rachel Hash
The Class of 1956 Ut Prosim Fellowship provides outstanding Honors students with unusual opportunities extending far beyond the classroom and campus during their last two years of undergraduate study. The winner, named a Class of 1956 Fellow, receives up to $10,000 to be used toward his or her travel experience and university tuition.
An excellent, well-rounded education necessitates that students define experiences that complement and elevate their understanding of undergraduate learning. The Class of 1956 Ut Prosim Fellowship seeks to identify students with outstanding ability and the capacity to make a difference in the world in which we live, through volunteerism or service.
2017 Tanha Patel
2016 Gargie Nagarkar
2015 Cynthia Guerin
2014 Christine Tin
2013 Chloe Benner
2012 Meredith Swartwout
2011 Grace Mulholland
2010 Kat Miles
2009 John Hoffman
The Gough Fellowship was established by Jerry and Leslie Gough of Williamsburg, Virginia, after their son, Conor, graduated from Virginia Tech and the Honors College in 2002.
Students who wish to pursue the Gough Fellowship must be planning a career in medicine. Pre-dental, pre-vet, or pre-pharmacy students are ineligible. The Gough Fellowship is intended to provide an outstanding student with the financial support to design an exceptional experience which will enhance his or her awareness of medicine as a career. The fellowship seeks to identify a pre-med student who possesses an outstanding ability, desire, and capacity to make a difference in the world in which we live. The Gough Fellow will receive up to $5,000 to be used toward his or her proposed experience in the summer after the second year.
2017 Anna Broshkevitch
2016 Thomas Jacobs
2015 Daniel Giraldo-Herrera
2014 Isabel Hefner
2013 Houston Wiedle
2012 Rebecca Stoneman
2011 Dasha Nesterova
2010 Amar Mukhtar
2009 Rehan Dawood
2008 Kevin Zhan
2007 James T. Mills Jr.
2006 Samuel C. Faith
2005 Alison A. Smith
Austin Michelle Cloyd was a freshman Honors student at Virginia Tech majoring in International Studies and Foreign Language/French. She was passionate about social justice issues and felt great compassion for people, particularly children who live in poverty. While studying at Virginia Tech, she was an officer in the International Relations Organization and a volunteer with the Appalachia Service Project. She died April 16, 2007 in Norris Hall on the Virginia Tech campus.
The Austin Michelle Cloyd Fellowship encourages outstanding Honors students to pursue a significant project or activity aimed at promoting social justice. This fellowship enables exceptional students to apply their intellect, energy and compassion to a cause that improves the social, economic and/or political conditions of poor and powerless people. The proposed activity must be service-oriented. Projects and associated learning activities can be domestic or international in scope. The Cloyd Fellowship is not restricted to students in any particular course of study. Students are encouraged to think broadly about how work within their chosen field can be applied to promote social justice.
This fellowship provides financial support of up to $13,500 for the following uses:
Ideally, fellowship funds will be applied directly to the costs of the activity (including travel expenses and materials required to implement the activity). However, if a substantial commitment of the student’s time is required to implement the activity such that the student must forego summer employment, the funds may also be used to pay tuition, room and board during the fourth year of study at Virginia Tech.
Internships and service activities should be with a not-for-profit public charity (i.e. I.R.C. 501(c)(3) organization), a government entity (e.g. U.S. Congress), or a not-for-profit intergovernmental or community-based agency (e.g. United Nations, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, etc.) Fellows who choose other types of summer employment are not eligible for this stipend. This aspect of the fellowship is intended to mitigate factors which might otherwise prevent Cloyd Fellows from gaining useful public service experience. The first summer internship experience is optional; however, competitive projects typically incorporate both summers into their proposal.
2017 Emily Hoyt
2016 Lea Koehler
2015 Travertine Orndorff
2014 Nneoma Nwankwo
2013 Kara Van Scoyoc
2012 Stephanie Myrick
2011 Angela Serna-Geitz
2010 Kara Dodson
2009 Jennifer Porter and Bryan Murray
2008 Jennifer Lamb
Wayne and Claire Horton established this fellowship to provide assistance to outstanding honors students in the College of Engineering. Wayne Horton is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, and Claire Horton is an anthropology professor who taught at Marshall University. They currently reside in Huntington, West Virginia.
The purpose of the fellowship is twofold: first, to provide an outstanding Honors Engineering student with the resources to design and complete a major educational experience that gives focus and direction to his or her undergraduate efforts, and second, to ensure that the Horton Fellow obtains significant experience in the humanities and social sciences in addition to his or her degree in Engineering. Applicants must be in the College of Engineering but must also have significant experience in the humanities and social sciences and demonstrate significant engagement in a foreign language and the performing arts. Upon graduating, the Horton Fellow will possess broad knowledge of world affairs and contemporary social and political issues, all of which is intended to inform and enhance his or her work in the field of engineering.
While Honors students in all areas of engineering are encouraged to apply, special attention will be given to students who are interested in fields of engineering that confront issues of energy and alternative energy sources. The Horton Fellow will receive up to $10,000 for an experience that:
Once awarded, Horton Fellows must complete three courses introducing the idea of the social sciences, including STS 2054: Engineering Cultures and two tutorials focusing on Social Science to be determined in consultation with Honors, and must also earn a degree in the College of Engineering.
2017 Vincent DiNardo
2016 Richard Tan
2015 Alex Gagliano
2014 Adrian Santiago Tate
2013 Casie Venable
2012 Caroline Richards
2011 Ben Roble
2010 Darius Emrani
2009 Cody Dunn
2008 Tory P. Smith
2007 John P. Helveston
2006 Brian C. McDonald
2005 Elizabeth J. Traut
2004 David E. Gagnon
2002 Richard Bis, Cindy Schreiber, Michael Willemann
The Patricia C. Perna Fellowship was created by the Perna family in honor and memory of the family’s matriarch, Patricia C. Perna, who passed away in 2006 following an extended battle with cancer.
The Perna Fellowship allows students interested in medical occupations or management to design an experience to explore and research quality of life issues associated with healthcare treatment and equipment. Priority will be given to experiences involving the care of patients and families affected by cancer, terminal illness, or injury. Through participation in the fellowship, students will develop opportunities to acquire hands-on field experience that can inform solutions to specific challenges associated with medical processes, equipment, facilities, or care. An award of up to $5,000 will be applied toward costs incurred while participating in the proposed learning experience.
2017 Andrea Kuliasha
2016 Erin Hamric
2015 Adrianna Wilson
2014 Michael Muldoon, Brianna Swartwout
2013 Jessica Li
2012 Stephanie Wiltman
2011 James Robison
2010 David Fulbrook
Honors College Enrichment Grant
An Honors College Enrichment Grant provides funding for co-curricular or extra-curricular opportunities that directly influence a student’s educational and professional goals. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, professional or academic conferences, study or research abroad or away, summer or winter academic programs, and unpaid internships.
Two application rounds:
Round one: the application is open from the first of July until the end of September for fall or winter experiences. Decisions are released on a rolling basis.
Round two: the application is open from the first of November until the end of February for spring or summer experiences. Decisions are released on a rolling basis or by the end of March.
Note: The Honors College Presidential Global Scholars Program is not eligible.
Glen Salmon Scholarship
The Glen E. Salmon Scholarship offers $5,000 for the following academic year to one student per year. Glen Salmon Scholars are 3rd, 4th, or 5th year undergraduate students majoring within either the College of Science or the College of Engineering who also have a minor or second major outside the colleges of science and/or engineering. Students who will be enrolled in a co-op or study abroad program are also eligible.
Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic merit and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students may receive the scholarship in successive years, but they must reapply each year. Candidates do not need to be in the Honors College to be eligible.
Application deadline: May 23, 2018
Scholar announced: June 15, 2018
Eligibility clarification: Students who meet the major/minor criteria above who are currently finishing their second, third or fourth year who will be enrolled* in the 2018/2019 academic year.
*including co-op or study abroad enrollment
Pamplin Scholars Program
The Pamplin Scholars Program consists of two scholarships: the Pamplin Leadership Award and the Pamplin Scholar Award. The Pamplin Leadership Award is open to any high school senior that applies to Virginia Tech and is presented annually to up to 40 qualified students from among the Commonwealth of Virginia's public high schools. The Pamplin Leadership Award is a $5,000 one-year academic, merit-based scholarship. A student awarded the Pamplin Leadership Award is automatically eligible to apply for the Pamplin Scholar Award during her or his first year at Virginia Tech. Only winners of the Pamplin Leadership Award may apply for the Pamplin Scholar Award, which provides full Virginia Tech tuition and fees until graduation provided winners maintain good academic standing.
In Pamplin Leadership Award winners (Pamplin Leaders), we seek students who demonstrate superior intellectual promise and academic performance, dedication to their communities, interest and success in physical fitness and health, and unimpeachable integrity. Students who accept this award must also agree to join the Honors College and work toward an Honors Laureate Diploma.
Scholarship Overview & Guidelines
A student may find and complete this application independently or receive the application from her/his high school counselor. In any case, the application must be certified and submitted by the high school. Detailed instructions can be found on the application.
Only Pamplin Leaders are eligible to apply for the Pamplin Scholar Award. This application process begins in the fall of the Pamplin Leaders' first year at Virginia Tech.
One unstapled, hard copy of the application should be returned by 5 p.m. on the first day of the spring semester to the Pamplin Scholars Program Coordinator.
Application content will now be submitted electronically through a Qualtrics survey. The link to the survey will be mailed to all eligible Pamplin Leaders in late December. A sample application is below:
Leslie Sherman Scholarship
This scholarship is in memory and in honor of Leslie Sherman, a History and International Studies major who died during the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.
The Leslie Geraldine Sherman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to support travel abroad experiences. To be eligible, a student must be an undergraduate majoring in History or International Studies and have a cumulative GPA of a 3.6 or higher. Winners are selected based on their academic work while at Virginia Tech. Non-winners and winners are welcome to apply again in subsequent semesters.
The application is open in both the fall and spring semesters. Fall winners receive winter or spring funding, spring winners receive summer or fall funding. Fall semester applications are due before 5 p.m. on the last business day in October. Announcement of the fall winner(s) will be made before Thanksgiving break. Spring semester applications are due before 5 p.m. on the last business day in February. Announcement of the spring winner(s) will be made before the end of March.
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