"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - President Barack Obama
The Office of National and International Awards (ONIA) is dedicated to guiding WCU students and alumni through the process of applying for national and international awards and other funding opportunities. We also coordinate nominations for national fellowships and serve as a resource for students and faculty across campus.
Learn more about ONIA's mission, our student scholarship recepients and our leadership.
Whether you are a freshman or a senior, there are lots of opportunities for you to explore. Take a look at the various awards scholarships available and their respective deadlines and make an appointment today to learn more about how you can apply.
What are the benefits of applying for a prestigious award, in addition to the funding you will receive for study abroad or post-graduate studies? Find out how you can get started to apply for an award today.
We provide guidance through every step of the process, starting with workshops and informational sessions on a variety of nationally competitive awards and scholarships for students, in addition to helping faculty navigate the wide variety of fellowship programs and connecting available students to these sources.
Welcome to ONIA Student Resources, we're looking forward to working with you! Below, you will find an overview of the resources, tools, and support offered for WCU students and alumni interested in applying to national and international scholarships and awards.
There is no one way to be a successful fellowship or scholarship candidate. The following advice provides some ways you can combine your skills, interests, and talents, to better prepare for a competitive scholarship or award. The good news is that you will learn a lot in the process, whether it leads to a an award or not.
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Western Carolina University has established itself as a national leader in undergraduate research and has ranked in the Top 10 for the number of projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research annually since 2006. How can you get involved? Tell your advisor or favorite professor that you are interested in undergraduate research. If you have a declared major, talk to your Department Head to ask about undergraduate research in your major and to get tips on which faculty members will help you get started. Find out about financial support from WCU’s Undergraduate Research Programs.
You have done all the work necessary to preapre and now you feel ready and qualified to apply. Guess what? From now on, that’s the norm for the applicant pools when you’re applying for an award. To stand out in a crowd of smart, interesting people, you have to:
Be Confident: You have to promote yourself and highlight all your accomplishments and ambitions.
Be Specific: When scholarship committees read through hundred applications, the students they remember are the ones with rich, specific details in their essays.
Be Yourself: Tell your story. How did you get here? What obsticles you have had to overcome? How have you turned your challenges into advantages and opportunities? You have to trust that you are unique and demonstrate what personal qualities you will bring to the experience.
Letters of recommendation are an important component of your scholarship or fellowship application. These tips will help you get great letters.
Early! Aim to give recommenders at least one month before the deadline. Less than two weeks is a risky bet.
Notice: Remember, some times letter writers need to submit letters to the Director of ONIA. If so, provide this information to your writers via email as a follow-up to your conversation.
A statement of intent (or study) can be a number of things. It could be an explanation of why you should receive the scholarship or it could be a detailed account of what you plan to do with the funding you will receive.
Letters of recommendation are crucial to a student’s success in applying for a prestigious national or international award. After the student’s own essays, they are the most influential part of an application. As such, your role as a letter writer is fundamental.
These tips are intended to help you tailor your letter for the scholarship competition at hand If you have questions or need additional resources, please email the Office of National and International Awards, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make an appointment with Dr. Bego today to learn more about the various awards and scholarships available to you. We look forward to assisting you in planning the next steps in your academic careers.