Identify Qualified Resources
Finding talented students to apply for these scholarships can be difficult. Below are some criteria that may be helpful:
Academic excellence: All competitive fellowships are looking for students who have done well in the classroom (3.6 and above), and some expect students to have done extremely well (3.8 and above).
Involvement/Leadership: Strong applicants are not just good classroom learners, they also have been engaged in community service, or show some kind of leadership on campus or in the community. They are involved in campus organizations, planning events, or are taking leadership in research both on and off-campus.
Profile “outside of the norm:” Does this student just stand out? Do they have interests and experiences that extend to other disciplines or activities? In addition, competitive students are curious and engaged with a wide variety of different topics. They are ambitious.