“The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, and to guide . . .” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Western Carolina University’s Office of National and International Awards (ONIA) coordinates the institution’s support of students who wish to apply for competitive national and international awards, such as the Fulbright, Marshall, Truman, or Rhodes.
Awards programs provide significant financial assistance for high-achieving undergraduates and recent graduates who plan to further graduate study, continue research, or study/teach abroad. The private or government organizations that fund awards seek to assist future careers for students who have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate/graduate research, service learning, and significant leadership. These programs mean more than money—securing prestigious awards opens doors to top-ranked graduate schools and exciting careers.
Our office strives to:
Although applicant qualifications vary by award program (see the Awards List), successful candidates have the following characteristics:
Keep in mind that awards programs are designed to help students achieve their dreams; therefore, big dreams are important. You want to change major policy in the USA? You want to be part of the community of scientists who avert global environmental disaster? You want to become a world-renowned engineer? You want to study literature with the best minds in the world? There is an awards program for you!
Note, too, that successful candidates start working on their dreams from the first semester at WCU; so, start working as soon as possible.
The important resources listed below welcome all students, including freshmen. Get started now.
Important WCU resources:
How do you start undergraduate research at WCU?
How do you become involved in service learning or volunteer projects at WCU?
How do you learn more about student leadership?
How do you get started on studying abroad?
Need more information? Make an appointment with Dr. Bego (firstname.lastname@example.org).