Each year West Point cadets compete for and win many prestigious scholarships, most of which are listed below.
|Olmsted Scholars Program|
|Major General George H. Olmsted, USAR, Retired, USMA Class of 1922, and his wife Carol, established The George and Carol Olmsted Foundation in 1956. They strongly believed the United States is one of the major forces in the world today. As a consequence, its military leaders come into contact with citizens and military leaders of many nations. Relationships between nations require a unique consideration of many factors including political, economic and military, among others. It is not enough to know one’s own strengths, weaknesses, and general characteristics. The solutions of difficulties that arise between nations require a knowledge and depth of understanding of the particular nations involved.|
To this end, The George and Carol Olmsted Foundation established the Olmsted Scholar Program in 1959 in cooperation with, and support of, the Department of Defense and the Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force. The first Scholars selected in that year for study overseas beginning in 1960.
Each year, the Olmsted Scholar Program offers educational grants for two years of graduate study in a foreign language and other educational experiences in a foreign country to competitively selected, career line officers from the four branches of the U.S. military. The Foundation has the goal of selecting the most highly qualified officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps annually, with the number of Scholars selected based on the Foundation's financial ability to support them and the available pool of qualified candidates. West Point has participated in the Olmsted Scholar Program since its inception in October 1959. To date, West Point has had 96 scholars.
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For more information on The George and Carol Olmsted Foundation and MG Olmsted, please visit the Foundation's website www.olmstedfoundation.org.
|American Rhodes Scholarships|
The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars. In most years, even after a century of competition, a Rhodes Scholar is selected from an institution which has not formerly supplied a successful applicant.
Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904. West Point began competing in 1923.
Click here to view a list of West Point’s recent Rhodes Scholars.
For more information on The American Rhodes Scholarships, please visit the Rhodes Trust website www.rhodesscholar.org.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.
As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success. West Point began competing in 1982.
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For more information on The Marshall Scholarships, please visit the website www.marshallscholarship.org.
|Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship|
The APLP seeks outstanding individuals from all walks of life (government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and education) to participate in an innovative leadership development program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
From August – December 2012, 35 Fellows from around the globe will join regional specialists and leadership educators in a dynamic learning community. From January – April 2013, Fellows have the option to participate in extended fieldwork in Southeast Asia, internships, self-designed projects and employment experience.
Click here to view a list of West Point’s recent East-West Scholars.
For more information on The East-West Center, please visit the Foundation's website www.eastwestcenter.org.
|Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award|
The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend.
The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the tenable schools in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among tenable schools. West Point began competing in 1969.
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For more information on The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award, please visit the Foundation's website www.hertzfoundation.org.
|The George J. Mitchell Scholarship|
The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.
Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend. West Point began competing in 2002.
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For more information on The George J. Mitchell Scholarship, please visit the Alliance's website www.us-irelandalliance.org.
|The Harry S. Truman Scholarship|
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.
Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, and The Truman-Albright Fellows Program. Please visit the For Scholars section of the website for an overview of the programs the Foundation currently offers for Scholars. West Point began competing in 1992, and has been named a Truman Honor Institution.
Click here to view a list of West Point’s recent Truman Scholars.
For more information on The Harry S. Truman Scholarship, please visit the Foundation's website www.truman.gov.
|The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship|
The Ambassadorial Scholarships program promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people of different parts of the world.
The scholarships sponsor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the country where they study and give presentations about their own culture to Rotary clubs and other groups. Back home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that deepened their understanding of another culture.
Through their generous contributions, Rotarians worldwide show a continued faith that today’s scholars will be tomorrow's community and world leaders.
Click here to view a list of West Point’s recent Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars.
For more information on The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, please visit the Foundation's website www.rotary.org.
|The Gates Cambridge Scholarship|
In October 2000 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established the Gates Cambridge Trust. The Trust is an independent charity and manages all aspects of the Gates Cambridge Scholarships program - selection of Scholars, Scholars in residence, alumni relations and all financial and administrative matters.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from outside the UK to pursue a full-time graduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria:
- intellectual ability
- leadership capacity
- a person's desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others
- a good fit between the abilities and aspirations of the applicant and what the University of Cambridge can offer in its graduate program
Click here to view a list of West Point’s recent Gates Scholars.
For more information on The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, please visit the Foundation's website www.gatesscholar.org.
|The Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship|
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program
offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year.
In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards
are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or concurrently with their grant period. More than 1,500 Americans receive grants to study, research or teach abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers three kinds of grants: study/research, English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) and travel-only grants.
Click here to view a list of West Point’s recent Fulbright Scholars.
For more information on The Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship, please visit the program's website fulbright.state.gov.
|The Winston Churchill Scholarship|
The first Churchill Scholarships, three in number, were awarded in 1963 and funded one year of study. Shortly thereafter the Scholarships were available either for one-year programs or for the three-year doctorate at Cambridge. In the early 1980’s the Foundation decided to support only one-year programs in order to increase the number of Churchill Scholars.
In its early years the Foundation also made small travel grants to Churchill Fellows, distinguished senior faculty who would spend one year at the College. Eight of the Churchill Fellows won the Nobel Prize.
There have now been more than four hundred fifty Churchill Scholars. This site has a database
that lists all Churchill Scholars, their undergraduate institutions, and their departments at the University of Cambridge.
The Winston Churchill Foundation awards at least fourteen Scholarships. The one-year awards lead to the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), the Certificate of Post-Graduate Study (CPGS in a only a few fields of study), the Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics (MASM, formerly known as CASM, the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics).
Click here to view a list of West Point’s recent Churchill Scholars.
For more information on The Winston Churchill Scholarship, please visit the website www.winstonchurchillfoundation.org.
|Naval Postgraduate Fellowship|
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) offers an 18 month fully funded graduate program of study through the Graduate Research Fellowship in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Applicants apply through the USMA MSE Scholars Program, to conduct research and take courses towards Masters degrees in Mechanical, Aeronautical, or Astronautical Engineering.
A strong research background and top academic performance is essential to be competitive for this program that may expand across a wider variety of disciplines. The program of study starts
soon after graduation, usually in July, and is unique in its nature as an academic opportunity in
a joint environment.
Click here to view a list of West Point’s recent Naval Post-Graduate Scholars.
More information is available about the NPS at www.nps.edu.
|St. Andrews Society of New York Scholarship|
|In recognition of the benefits of higher education, the Society provides significant funding for two Scottish graduate students to study in the United States and two Scottish-American students to study in Scotland. |
Initiated by the Society at its 200th anniversary in 1956, the Saint Andrews’s Society Scholarship Program has consistently attracted the top students from the most competitive institutions of learning. The Society provides funding for two Scottish graduate students to study in the US and two Scottish-American students to study in Scotland. Each scholarship currently provides funds of $20,000 to $30,000 to be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation and other expenses.
Click here to view a list of West Point’s recent St. Andrews Society of New York Scholars.
|The National GEM Consortium Scholarship|
The National GEM Consortium is addressing the critical shortfall in the production of American engineering and scientific talent. The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science. Cadets compete for the MS Engineering Fellowship. Through the GEM Consortium corporations, universities, and U.S. government labs partner to provide GEM Fellows full tuition and fees as well as practical engineering summer experiences.
Click here to view a list of West Point’s recent GEM Scholars.
For more information on The St. Andrews’ Society Scholarship Program, please visit the Society’s website