Undergrads: Churchill Scholarship – opportunity for UW undergrads to study at Cambridge

UW is one of a selected group of universities able to nominate two students each year for the Churchill Scholarship (http://winstonchurchillfoundation.org), which provides funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in STEM fields at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College.

UW Info Sessions: We will be hosting 2 upcoming information sessions to introduce students to the application process and the Churchill Scholar experience. Jared Silvia, 2005 UW alum (BioChem & Chem) and Churchill Scholar, will join us to share insights into the program and life at Cambridge as a Churchill Scholar. Don’t miss these unique opportunities to connect with a Churchill Scholar!

  • Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., MGH 171
  • Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., MGH 173R (inside suite 171)
  • RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/200, though drop-ins are welcome!

Churchill Scholarship Eligibility: An applicant for the Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized, and must be a senior (as of November) who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program or a student who has graduated from one of those institutions within the past 12 months (as of November). Upon taking up the Churchill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate.

Selection Criteria for Churchill Scholars include:

  • Outstanding academic achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades. The Foundation does not require a minimum GPA, but recent Churchill Scholars have had a GPA of at least 3.7 and usually have 3.9 or above.
  • Proven talent in research and a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards, prizes, research, and letters of recommendation. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will demonstrate extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects.
  • Outstanding personal qualities. Understanding the time commitment required by research, the Churchill Foundation does not seek so-called “well rounded” applicants; instead, it seeks applicants with what we call interesting “jagged edges.” Nonetheless, it should be noted that successful applicants display a bewildering array of talents and activities outside of academic pursuits, especially in music, athletics, social service, among other activities.
  • The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States is committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applying for UW nomination:

Details about the UW nomination processes (for Churchill and other UK scholarships) and UW’s online application form are available at http://expd.washington.edu/expo/scholarships/churchill. Deadline for applications is April 6, 2017 for 2018-19 Churchill Scholarships.

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