Awards for First Years

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships

  • Deadlines: fall and spring

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships award is up to $5,000 to U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding are eligible to apply. Students who apply for and receive this scholarship are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Applications must be endorsed by MHC's Dean of International Studies in the Center for Global Initiatives.

David L. Boren NSEP (National Security Education Program) Scholarships

  • MHC deadline: fall
  • MHC nomination is required

David L. Boren NSEP (National Security Education Program) Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepesented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Awards for a minimum of one academic term (up to $10,000 per term) are available, but study abroad proposals based on two consecutive semesters of study are strongly encouraged, particularly for rising juniors and seniors. Support for summer study is also available, with some restrictions. All recipients of NSEP awards must seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs for a period equivalent to the award period.

Davis Projects for Peace

  • MHC deadline: winter
  • MHC nomination required

Davis Projects for Peace invites undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United world College Scholars Program (includes Mount Holyoke College) to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer months. Through a competition on over 90 campuses, these 100 projects judged to be the most promising and do-able will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace. All undergraduates are eligible to apply. There are no citizenship or age requirements.