Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences (Ph.D. or terminal degree such as MFA).  Since 1975 the program has selected more than 570 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university.  Each scholar receives $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.

USC may nominate one applicant each year for the Beinecke Scholarship.  An overall GPA of 3.8 or higher is strongly recommended.

Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursing a bachelor’s degree during the 2016-2017 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2017 and August 2018.
  • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. (PhD or terminal master’s like an MFA are preferred). 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. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process,the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

Other Relevant Information

Financial Aid
As of 2011, the level of financial need demonstrated by the applicant will be one of the factors considered during the selection process.

Nominees who are not currently receiving need-based financial aid due to receipt of a merit award or tuition exchange must provide a statement form an institutional financial aid officer indication how much need-based aid the student would receive if they were not receiving support from the non-need based source.

Professional School
Generally the selection committee does not respond favorably to nominees planning to attend law school, business school or other professional school programs such as education, architecture, journalism, public health or occupational therapy that emphasize skills and practical analysis over theory and research.

Time at Institution
Generally the selection committee does not favorably respond to nominees who have been enrolled at the nominating institution (USC) for less than a full academic year.

Website

www.BeineckeScholarship.org

Instructions

Read the Nomination Material Instructions in Beinecke Scholarship 2016-2017 Announcement

Academic Honors and Fellowships offers one-on-one advising for this award.  It is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment to meet with Katie Capra kcalvert@usc.edu before submitting an application for nomination.

Campus Deadline

Sunday, January 29 by 11:59pm

To be considered for university nomination, turn in the following materials to Katie Calvert in STU 300. 

  • A completed application form
  • A current resume
  • A personal statement of 1,000 works or less
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • An official copy of your transcript from all institutions attended
  • Financial Data Sheet completed by a financial aid officer
  • Other materials considered directly relevant to the nominee’s application (Artist’s Supplement)– If you intend to pursue an MFA or similar degree in creative writing, studio art, film, music performance and/or theatre and dance, you should submit some or all of the following materials with your application:
    • A creative writing sample
    • A portfolio of work in an electronic format
    • An external evaluation of the work
    • Links to any online content directly relevant to your work

National Deadline

Friday, February 17, 2016

Contact

Katie Capra, kcalvert@usc.edu or 213-740-6698