May 29, 2022
The 8 Toughest Scholarships to Get

The 8 Toughest Scholarships to Get


If you’re in the market for a scholarship, you probably already know it’s not an easy process. In fact, even the scholarships that don’t require essays can be difficult to get because there are so many applicants and so few scholarships! But don’t worry—we have some expert tips on how to help you secure one of the hardest-to-get scholarships out there! Whether you want to go to film school or just want to save some money on your tuition, we can help you find one of the 8 toughest scholarships out there!

1) Fulbright Fellowship
The Fulbright Fellowship is one of two international scholarships—the other being a Rhodes Scholarship—that allows students, professionals and scholars to pursue education, teaching and research opportunities in foreign countries. Each year, more than 1,000 U.S. students are selected for Fulbright awards in 130 different countries around the world. The program aims to increase mutual understanding between countries by promoting dialogue and cultural exchange among their citizens.

2) Rhodes Scholarship
Rhodes Scholars are an elite group of scholars from different backgrounds. They must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old by September 1 in their year of study at Oxford University. Applicants do not need to demonstrate financial need or specific academic credentials, but instead must display promise for leadership and service in whatever field they choose for postgraduate work. The number of Rhodes Scholars selected each year varies, with approximately 300 new scholars chosen from over 3,000 applicants.

3) Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Gates Cambridge is a scholarship program that gives outstanding individuals from outside of the U.K. and Commonwealth access to an education at Cambridge University. With an average annual stipend of over $34,000, Gates Cambridge recipients are expected to pursue research in any subject except medicine at one of Cambridge’s world-renowned colleges.

4) National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
This prestigious scholarship is awarded to students pursuing research careers in science and engineering. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of, and plan to reside in, the U.S.

5) National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
The National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship program was created in 1972, and provides over $200 million per year in scholarships and grants to approximately 3,000 students each year. Each fellowship is worth around $30,000 per year for three years. According to a post on finance website MyBankTracker, NDSEG recipients are required to work at least 10 years in a mission critical position related to their field of study after completing their PhDs.

6) Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Columbia University
In Columbia University’s own words, The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program is open to students of exceptional ability and promise in art, dance, music composition and performance. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are eligible. It doesn’t get much tougher than that – especially when you consider that Columbia ranks #1 for most competitive college in America.

7) Edward R. Murrow Award in Radio and Television News Reporting
This award is named after Edward R. Murrow, a journalist and newscaster in America who was one of pioneers in radio and television news reporting. It has been awarded since 1971 by what is now called Student National Press Association/ Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) and is given to journalists ages 22 and under. To apply for it, you must either be a college student or a high school senior who will be entering college soon.

8) Bishop’s International Scholarship Program in English
If you’re studying, or planning to study, abroad for a semester or year, then you might want to consider applying for one of Bishop’s International Scholarships. The application is only available in hard copy form, which may require international applicants to send a request and supporting documentation by mail or courier service (the website does not state how long it takes to receive a response). To apply for one of these scholarships, you will need an outstanding academic record and two letters of recommendation.

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