Skip to Main Content
Skidmore College
Office of Academic Advising

Merit Fellowship and Scholarship
General FAQ

 

  1. What is a merit fellowship or scholarship?
  2. Are the merit fellowships and scholarships supported by the Office of Academic Advising Skidmore based? Part of financial aid?
  3. How do I know if I would be a good candidate for a merit fellowship or scholarship?
  4. When should I contact the Office of Academic Advising about my interest in applying for a merit fellowship or scholarship?

 

1) What is a merit fellowship or scholarship?
Merit fellowships and scholarships are monetary awards offered by institutions, foundations, or other organizations to support academic work, research, or specialized training in areas of particular interest to the granting organization. The Office of Academic Advising supports merit fellowships and scholarships from external funders that require an institutional endorsement. Eligibility guidelines and qualifications for fellowships are as varied as the organizations that sponsor them, so you should spend some time looking at the descriptions on our List of Fellowships, Scholarship, and Grants page.

2) Are the merit fellowships and scholarships supported by the Office of Academic Advising Skidmore based? Part of financial aid?
The Office of Academic Advising supports merit fellowships and scholarships from external funders—not Skidmore. If you have questions about financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

 3) How do I know if I would be a good candidate for a merit fellowship or scholarship?
Candidates for national merit fellowships and scholarships are students with strong GPAs, a commitment to their studies (reflected in internships, independent studies, collaborative research, etc.), and engagement on campus and/or in the community.   

4) When should I contact the Office of Academic Advising about my interest in applying for a merit fellowship or scholarship?
At a minimum, students should contact the Office of Academic Advising (oaascholar@skidmore.edu) the semester before an application is due.  We strongly encourage students to come in even earlier to discuss the process and get started researching the opportunities that are available to them given their major, GPA, future goals, etc.

Contact OAA at the BEGINNING of the SPRING SEMESTER (January/February) for these fall scholarships: Contact OAA at the BEGINNING of the FALL SEMESTER (September/October) for these winter/spring scholarships:
Marshall Scholarship Carnegie Junior Fellows Program
Mitchell Scholarship Goldwater Scholarship
Rhodes Scholarship DAAD Scholarship
Gates Cambridge Scholarship Truman Scholarship
Fulbright Scholarship Boren Scholarship
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans James Madison Fellowship
Davies-Jackson Scholarship National Collegiate Athletics Association
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program  
EPA GRO Scholarship