Nationally Competitive Scholarships Advising

Please check deadlines and eligibility requirements before applying. Reach out to Dr. Andrew Keener for assistance, or with questions.

Phi Kappa Phi Awards

  • Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from its local applicants to compete for the society-wide awards.
  • You MUST first contact Dr. Andrew Keener ( if you’re interested in applying
  • Fellowships available: 
    • Study Abroad (125 $1,000 grants)
    • Pioneer Award (50 $1,000 grants)
    • Literacy (Grants up to $2,500)
    • Distinguished Service ($1,000 donation to a nonprofit) 
  • For more information, call 1(800)-804-9880, ext 235;;
  • Deadline is March 15, 2023

The Voyager Scholarship

The Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service
  • For current sophomores with 3.0 minimum GPA and who are US citizens, permanent residents, or DACA deferred action status
  • Awardees receive up to $50,000 for university tuition, as well as a $10,000 grant for summer internships, a 10-year travel stipend, and leadership programming & mentoring
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service and plans to work in public service career are a must
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need to be considered
  • Deadline is March 22, 2023, 3:00 pm central

Max Kempelman Fellowship

  • An opportunity geared for the next generation of American policy leaders; join a team of world-class experts in a bipartisan federal agency. Includes enrichment, professional development, and networking.
  • Occurs in fall, spring, and summer sessions
  • Typically, there are 2 Policy Fellows and 1 Communications fellow each term
  • Pay is $25 per hour, for an expected 30 hours per week over 3 months
  • Undergraduates with extensive internship experience are invited to apply, particularly those who are majoring in political science, international studies, or marketing/communications.
  • Applications must be sent through email to
  • Deadline is March 31, 2023

Orientation Video
Welcome! Watch this video for key information on getting started with competitive scholarships and fellowships. You can do it, and this video shows you how.

Applicant Questionnaire

Complete this brief questionnaire and you can get an invitation to a webinar on a scholarship aligning with your interests and goals. After registering for the webinar and attending you can set up consultations (up to 40 mins) in which your application draft materials will be reviewed.

Competitive Scholarship Info Sheets
Click on the links below to find information about competitive scholarships for an area of interest or field of study that appeals to you:

Opportunity Organizer Spreadsheet

Use this spreadsheet (or modify it as needed) to keep track of your progress in researching, selecting, and applying for competitive scholarships.

Mentor Map

Use thismentor mapto help you brainstorm and identify which people can help you accomplish your applications. (This is optional, but it can help you navigate the different roles that your professors, advisors, mentors, internship managers, community leaders, bosses, and other people may play in your application process.)

Info Session Speakers
These speakers will provide insights and advice on applying for competitive scholarships, based on their own experience as awardees. Each presentation will be followed up by Q&A and time for you to get a jump start on your application. In order to receive a calendar invite for one of these events, and to receive other vital information via email, please complete the Applicant Questionnaire.

  • UK Awards: Dr. Munro Richardson (Rhodes Scholar) – August 26, 2022
  • Public Service: Betsabe Rojas (Truman Finalist, Pickering Fellow) – October 18, 2022
  • STEM: Megan Mitchem (Goldwater Scholar) – October 19, 2022


Helpful Links

Fulbright U.S. Student Program at UNC Charlotte (Office of Education Abroad) 
For Freshmen or Sophomores interested in study abroad in the U.K. This process is organized on campus by Mr. Brad Sekulich ( in the Office of Education Abroad.

Goldwater Scholarship
For STEM Sophomores or Juniors with 3.0+ GPA

Truman Scholarship
For Juniors interested in public service & graduate school

FAO Schwarz Scholarship
For current seniors eligible to work in the U.S.  interested in a career as a leader for social change​

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship
For current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are U.S. Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents, who have at least 3.3 GPA, and who identify as an underrepresented ethnicity in study abroad programs (e.g. American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)​

Marian Drane Graham Scholars Program
For current sophomores and juniors with at least a 3.0 GPA​