Distinguished Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants

The university encourages and supports academically-strong students seeking to advance their educational and career goals through highly competitive awards and opportunities available  nationally and globally.

Distinguished scholarships and fellowships are available to support undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad for research or public service. To speak with an adviser about distinguished scholarships, contact  or call us at 410-704-4677. Although distinguished award advising is provided by a member of the Honors College staff, candidates do not have to be a member of the Honors College to pursue a distinguished scholarship or fellowship.

Learn more about the prestigious awards an opportunities available by attending an upcoming information session. Sessions are held each fall and spring semesters and are open to all Towson University students and alumni. Register to attend. Once you're serious about pursuing a scholarship, fill out our Distinguished Scholarship Preliminary Application.

Although only a small percentage of students who apply nationally are awarded one of these scholarships, the benefits of applying are many. Applicants learn how to present themselves more effectively; gain experience interviewing and articulating their ideas and vision; challenge themselves to excel; and grow—personally and professionally.

Successful applications typically include:

  • A personal statement that is clear, succinct, and focused;
  • A distinguished academic resume;
  • Strong letters of recommendation from faculty; and,
  • A well-planned proposal for future research.

Don't be afraid to ask for help. All students interested in applying for a distinguished scholarship or internship are encouraged to contact the Honors College. Our faculty and staff will advise you on how to build your resume, write an effective personal statement and research plan, and request letters of recommendation.

Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships of Focus

Candidates should apply for any distinguished scholarships or fellowships that fit their interests and for which they are qualified. The Honors College particularly encourages, and has prepared resources for, applications to a number of national and international awards:

  • Critical Language Scholarship: an overseas language immersion program supporting the study and master of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Urdu. Some languages require no prior experience.
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program: a grant program that supports study/research projects or English teaching projects outside of the U.S.
  • Goldwater Scholarship: two years of scholarship support for study in a STEM field.
  • Governor's Summer Internship Program: a program that provides policy-based summer internships in the Maryland state government.
  • Marshall Scholarship: a scholarship to pursue a postgraduate degree at any UK institution in any field of study.
  • George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program: a scholarship for one year of postgraduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
  • Rhodes Scholarship: a global scholarship to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
  • Truman Scholarship: a premier graduate fellowship in the United States for thsoe pursuing careers as public service leaders.

Internal to the Honors College

The Cynthia R. Kalodner Honors College Service Learning Scholarship is a $1,000 award designed to provide scholarship support for an Honors College student involved in service activity either inside the Honors College curriculum or in another substantive way.

Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following criteria of eligibility:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Be enrolled in the Honors College
  • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or above
  • Be involved in service-learning activity

Special consideration will be given to students undertaking a service-learning course or project that involves additional expense for the student, such as when a project occurs in another country. In addition, and especially when applicants may be working on the same project, the scholarship committee may consider the level of the student’s commitment to the project and ability to articulate its purposes, and the record of the applicant in the Honors College. Please see the scholarship application form for a definition of service-learning.

Applications for the Cynthia R. Kalodner Honors College Service Learning Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year are now open.

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