University of Vermont

The Honors College

Beinecke Scholarship

Program Information | Award Amount | Eligibility | Campus Nomination Process | Tips for Letter of Recommendation Writers | Campus Representative | Beinecke Scholarship Website

Campus Deadline: January 20, 2015

Program Information

The Beinecke Scholars program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 500 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following receipt of their undergraduate degree. Scholars must utilize all of their award within five years. Students who...

  • Are current juniors with an exemplary academic record
  • Have demonstrated outstanding intellectual prowess through research or creative works
  • Intend to continue graduate studies in the social sciences, arts and humanities

...should strongly consider applying for a Beinecke Scholarship.

Award Amount

Twenty scholarships are awarded nationwide each year. Beinecke Scholars receive $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants.


To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2014-2015 academic year. "Junior" means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2015 and August 2016.
  • Plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship.
  • Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student's history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. A UVM financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion.

Application Procedure

Campus Nomination Deadline: January 20, 2015

Each year the University of Vermont is allowed to nominate one student for the Beinecke Scholarship.Students interested in applying for the Beinecke should contact Fellowships Director Aimee Hutton in the fall for an informational meeting on the Beinecke Scholarship and nomination process.Students wishing to be considered for a nomination must turn in the following materials as an application packet by noon on the day of the internal deadline:

  • A completed copy of the Beinecke application form.
  • A completed copy of the Beinecke Financial Aid form, signed by a representative in UVM's Student Financial Services.
  • A current resume.
  • A personal statement of 1,000 words or less describing your background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations. The essay should be 12-point font, double-spaced, have a 1" margin on all sides, and should have the applicant's name at the top of each page.
  • Three letters of recommendation in signed and sealed envelopes. Letters must come from faculty members who can assess the nominee's intellectual curiosity, character and potential for advanced graduate study. (See more information on asking for letters of recommendation as well as tips for letter writers in the Beineke Scholarship competition). For the internal deadline, letters of recommendation may be e-mailed to or may be delivered in a signed/sealed envelope to 17a University Heights North.
  • One unofficial UVM transcript, and an official transcrprt for all university-level courses not taken at UVM.

All documents should be attached to one another with a paperclip; do not staple or place the application in a folder, binder, etc. If you are worried about privacy, you may place the application in a flat envelope before submitting it. In addition, please print all pages on one side only. This helps greatly in photocopying.

In early February UVM's Fellowships Committee will review applications and nominate one applicant for the Beinecke Scholarship. The nominee will then have approximately two weeks to finalize their materials before resubmitting their application to UVM's Office of Fellowships Advising on Thursday, February 13th at noon.

Campus Representatives

Fellowships Director: Aimee Hutton

Associate Dean: Alec Ewald

For More Information

Visit the official Beinecke Scholarship website.

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