Set your sights on great opportunities.
Nationally competitive scholarships are prestigious and highly competitive scholarships available to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. USD students have won 73 nationally competitive scholarships since 2010.
While housed in the Honors Program, support for nationally competitive scholarships is offered to all USD undergraduates, graduates and alumni. Applications require substantial preparation and we work with students throughout the process.
As you go through the application process, we will:
- Meet with you to determine which scholarships best suit your interests and qualifications
- Work with you one-on-one on your application essays and personal statements
- Facilitate internal selection process and secure university endorsement, when required.
- Advise you on requesting letters of recommendation
- Prepare you for interviews
It's never too soon to start thinking about pursuing these opportunities, and some are open to students as early as the first year. We encourage you to consider the following:
- Grades are important but are not the only criteria
- Pursue an ambitious curriculum
- Get involved through research, internships, service-learning, study abroad and student organizations
- Develop close relationships with faculty in several disciplines
- Search for leadership opportunities
- Broaden your horizons
The Honors Program curriculum, extra-curricular requirements and programming all help students meet these criteria. If you are interested in joining Honors, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.