You may have Feb. 17 off from school for Presidents Day, but The Scholarship Coach is giving you a homework assignment. To make the most of your day off, we’ve compiled a list of scholarships associated with former U.S. presidents for you to apply for. You might even learn some fun facts about presidential history while you complete your applications.
In 1945, in the wake of World War II, Senator J. William Fulbright proposed a bill to promote peace and understanding through international educational exchanges. The next year, President Harry S. Truman signed the bill into law and the Fulbright Program was born. As the nation’s flagship study abroad program, the Fulbright Program offers the opportunity for students to develop a research project or teach in another country.
Truman’s commitment to education didn’t stop there. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation offers 55 to 65 awards annually to students nominated by their undergraduate institution.
This award is designed specifically for students who want to change society for the better by pursuing graduate studies related to public service, education or the nonprofit sector. Visit the Harry S. Truman Foundation website to find a representative at your school and express your interest in applying.
The Washington Crossing Foundation awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to high school seniors pursuing a career in government service. To apply, you will need to write an essay about your career plans and how you’ve been inspired by President George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River.
The American University in Dubai created the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to further the goals of the Clinton Foundation and encourage cross-cultural understanding between the U.S. and Arab nations. Apply for this scholarship if you’d like to spend a fully funded semester abroad in Dubai.
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On this side of the Atlantic, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association sponsors the
Uncommon Student $5,000 Award
for up to 15 Iowa
juniors each year. Selected students will be required to give a presentation at the Herbert Hoover Library-Museum in West Branch, Iowa.
The U.S. Department of Transportation offers a variety of fellowships in the name of Dwight D. Eisenhower for students pursuing studies related to transportation. These awards are available for students in a wide range of programs, who attend community colleges and four-year universities, and with opportunities available specifically for minority students and students with disabilities.
Eisenhower pushed for the creation of the interstate highway system we have today and these fellowships are a tribute to the important role transportation plays in our nation’s security.
On the graduate level, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum awards $5,000 to a doctoral student to support dissertation research in a field related to public diplomacy and the U.S. political process.
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And the American Museum of Natural History offers grants through the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund. These $500 to $3,500 grants support graduate level research on North American fauna. Roosevelt was dedicated to supporting natural history, and recognized the important role students play in preserving the legacy of conservation in the U.S.
In words commonly attributed to Roosevelt, “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”
While we don’t condone train robbery, if you secure a freight car full of potential scholarships now, you’ll have a whole railroad of opportunities laid out ahead of you. With financial support for a strong education putting you on the right path, one day you may have a presidential scholarship named after you.