Office of Academic Advising
 

Merit Fellowship and Scholarship
Qualifications and Requirements FAQ

 

1) How do I know if I qualify for a merit fellowship and/or scholarship?

2) What should I do if I am a first-year or sophomore who is interested in pursuing a merit fellowship or scholarship as a senior?

3) What should I do if I am a junior or senior who is interested and qualified for one of the merit fellowships or scholarships listed?

4) Is there any support available for an alumnus or alumna who is interested in applying for a merit fellowship or scholarship?

5) Is there anything that I can do as the parent of a Skidmore student who qualifies for these opportunities?

 

1) How do I know if I qualify for a merit fellowship and/or scholarship?
Generally, these fellowships and scholarships are granted to those with a high level of achievement in a given area, such as academic or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of under-represented groups, who live in certain areas of the country, etc. The best way to see if you qualify for merit fellowships and scholarships is to spend some time reading about the different scholarships and fellowships the Office of Academic Advising supports. We list basic information about each merit fellowship and scholarship and provide a link to the homepage for each.

For most merit fellowships and scholarships, there is a limit to the number of students Skidmore can nominate. Therefore, there is a nomination process.  Please contact us the semester before a scholarship's deadline. 

2) What should I do if I am a first-year or sophomore who is interested in pursuing a merit fellowship or scholarship as a senior?
While most of the merit fellowship and scholarships the Office of Academic Advising supports are for juniors, seniors, and recent graduates, there is no reason to delay exploring opportunities in your academic interests. At this point in your college career you might consider

3) What should I do if I am a junior or senior who is interested and qualified for one of the merit fellowships or scholarships listed?
As a junior or a senior interested in a merit fellowship or scholarship, you should make an appointment to come in and talk to Marla Melito about the application process.  You will need to have a strong sense of your academic interests for the next year and/or beyond, so please spend some time prior to the meeting determining which fellowships and scholarships fit with your achievements, goals, and values.   It is in your best interest to start planning early, so please come in the semester before the application deadline. 

Please know that spending a semester (or year) abroad does not disqualify you from this process.  Please contact our office to discuss the application process for students who are abroad. 

4) Is there any support available for an alumnus or alumna who is interested in applying for  a merit fellowship or scholarship?
The Office of Academic Advising offers its support to Skidmore alumni. Please contact our office to discuss this process.  Also, many of the scholarships have age/graduation date cut-offs.  Please be sure to review the criteria for each scholarship to be sure you are still eligible.

5) Is there anything that I can do as the parent of a Skidmore student who qualifies for these opportunities?
We often receive phone calls from parents asking about opportunities for their son or daughter. We encourage parents to explore our webpage, discuss these opportunities with their son or daughter, and encourage him or her to make an appointment to come in and talk to us about the application process.

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