Each year approximately 100 colleges and universities (Brandeis included!) are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship, and 18 to 22 new scholarships are awarded each year. Visit the Beinecke web site for more detailed information:
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Beinecke Scholarship Program
In 1971, the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
U.S. citizens or nationals with an established record of receiving need-based financial aid and planning graduate school studies in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Exceptional academics and leadership are crucial. Each year, 18-22 Scholars are chosen from an applicant pool restricted to 106 nominating schools. Most winners are near the top of their class academically and often plan to pursue careers in college teaching and/or research.
You may only apply as a junior. A Scholar is permitted to take a one-year leave of absence immediately following graduation, but is normally expected to enter graduate school and begin receipt of the Beinecke funding the following year. You must utilize all funding within 5 years of graduation. The Beinecke is not suitable for graduate studies with a clinical or pragmatic focus (e.g. MAT degrees, PSYC, NEUR)
Funds may be used for graduate study in the U.S. or abroad.
Scholars receive $2,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and $30,000 toward graduate school studies. Funds must be used within 5 years of graduation.
A pre-application competition is held in January to determine our Brandeis nominee. The application includes a personal statement of 1,000 words or less from the nominee describing his or her background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations.
Campus Deadline (For the Pre-application):
January 13, 2016
Early February 2016
Final Deadline (For our official nominee only):
February 16, 2016
Recent Brandeis University Winners and Finalists:
Congratulations to Zoe Waldman '16, the most recent Brandeis recipient of this award! The first Brandeisian to receive this award was Rachel Margolis '99.