What is a "National Scholarship?"
The scholarships and fellowships advised by ONSA are different than the merit or need-based scholarships and grants that provide tuition support. Broadly speaking, these prestigious awards are funded by external sources such as government agencies or non-profit organizations to support specific missions. Therefore, determining which scholarship to apply for often depends on how closely your own intellectual and professional goals align with the mission of the funding organization. For example, the Goldwater Scholarship is the premier award in the US for high-achieving undergraduate STEM majors who intend to pursue reseach careers, while the Truman Scholarship supports exceptional undergraduate leaders who intend to pursue careers in government or public service.
As the application processes for these awards is typically lengthy and involved, often requiring deep introspection and deep contemplation, the processes themselves are transformative experiences and can springboard a student’s personal and professional goals, regardless of outcome.