VCU National Scholarship Office

The NSO supports all VCU students/alumni who are interested in applying for prestigious national and

The National Scholarship Office (NSO) supports all VCU students β€” honors, non-honors, graduate and professional β€” as well as alumni who are interested in applying for prestigious national and international scholarships. To be competitive for these elite awards, you should maintain the highest possible academic performance, enroll in courses that encourage critical thinking from a broad range of pe

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Photos from VCU National Scholarship Office's post 04/01/2024

VCU alumna, Leslie Pyo, is spending a year in South Korea, fully funded by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program!

"Applying for the Fulbright was the first action I took in my adult life to truly prioritize my art and myself as a creative person who thrives in nontraditional structures... I want to continue pursuing opportunities that allow for this kind of flexibility and creative expression."

Check out our full Q&A with Leslie on our blog! https://buff.ly/3VEcq44

Interested in Fulbright? Attend our upcoming info session (April 3 at 2pm): https://buff.ly/4b6iNT9

03/27/2024

This general information session is geared towards all undergraduates who are new to VCU – first-year and transfer students – but all are welcome! Learn about the NSO, the (inter)nationally-competitive awards we advise for, and how to make yourself a great candidate!

πŸ“… Tuesday, April 2
⏰ 3:30 pm
πŸ“ NSO Conference Room (701 W. Grace St., room 1210), or Zoom

Register here (https://buff.ly/49bkNqU) to attend this session or to receive a recording

03/26/2024

Congratulations to VCU's 2024 Critical Language Scholarship finalists and alternates! πŸŽ‰

Our finalists are:
Rebecca Gunnin, who will be studying Chinese through CLS Spark.
Ryan Jackson, who will be studying Russian.
Aashima Sagar, who will be studying Urdu in India.

And our alternate is:
Viet Nguyen, who applied to study Chinese through CLS Spark.

CLS received over 5,000 applicants and selected around 500 finalists. Learn more about CLS and VCU's recipients here: https://buff.ly/3PElZwd

Photos from VCU National Scholarship Office's post 03/22/2024

🌟 Fulbright Friday 🌟

VCU alumna, Anne Penrod, is spending a year in South Korea, fully funded by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program!

β€œI’m excited to not only teach my students about American culture but also learn a lot from them about Korean culture. Even though I haven’t been in South Korea for very long, I know it’s going to be an amazing year despite all of the challenges of adjusting to a new country.”

You can check out our full Q&A with Anne here: https://buff.ly/49ZyESA

Interested in applying for Fulbright? Want to know more about what Fulbright can do for you? Attend our upcoming info sessions (April 3 @ 2pm, nso.vcu.edu ), or make an appointment with our team ( nso.youcanbookme.com ).

03/15/2024

VCU’s Global Education Office and the VCU School of Social Work are co-sponsoring a lecture and reception with Naomi Sunderland, Ph.D., of Griffith University in Australia.

πŸ“† Friday, March 22
⏰ 3:00 - 4:30 PM (reception to follow)
πŸ“ Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100

Register: https://buff.ly/3VbXLwH

Dr. Sunderland will share findings and research approaches from a three-year study funded by the Australian Research Council, β€œThe Remedy Project: First Nations Music as a Determinant of Health.”

Currently a visiting senior Fulbright scholar at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Sunderland's visit to VCU has been funded with generous support from the Fulbright Visiting Lecture Fund.

The Remedy Project honors the role of musical engagement and participation as a natural β€œremedy” in cultural healing and ceremony that has happened over Millennia in First Nations communities across Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Vanuatu. It reflects the ongoing strength and advocacy of First Nations music and musicians despite historical and contemporary colonization. See buff.ly/3wPjHUv for more background to the project.

Photos from VCU National Scholarship Office's post 03/12/2024

ICYMI: VCU was named a Top Producing Institution for Fulbright 2023-2024 ⭐

VCU sent 11 students, alumni and staff to 9 different countries during this Fulbright cycle! The one thing they all had in common? They worked with the NSO during the Fulbright application process.

Learn more about how to apply for Fulbright at our next info session (April 3, 2:00pm), or meet with our team one-on-one (πŸ”— in bio).

(Zoom in reeeeeeeeaaaaally close to see VCU on the banner in the second photo πŸ˜‰)

Photos from VCU National Scholarship Office's post 03/01/2024

⭐ Fulbright Friday ⭐

VCU medical student AmΓ©lie Nkodo is spending a year in Cameroon, fully funded by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

β€œI am committed to pursuing a career as an academic physician and health services researcher. The Fulbright program has encouraged me to pursue this goal with renewed confidence and enthusiasm."

Read our full Q&A with AmΓ©lie on our blog (https://buff.ly/49zKBOr)!

Interested in applying for Fulbright? Make an appointment with the NSO team or attend our upcoming info session! More info at the link in our bio πŸ”—

03/01/2024

πŸ“£ Sophomores pursuing careers in public service! πŸ“£

The deadline for for the Obama-Chesky Voyager scholarship is approaching fast.

The Voyager Scholarship Program is a two-year, leadership development and scholarship program, designed to empower the next generation of leaders and equip them with the tools and resources they need to launch their careers in public service.

Over the course of two years, programming facilitates opportunities for students to refine their values-based leadership approach, build bridges across communities, and nurture their sense of curiosity as they deepen their commitment to pursuing public service careers.

Are you eligible? Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be finishing sophomore year in Spring 2024.

You can find more information about the program and how to apply here: https://buff.ly/3IjoW1c

Need help with your application? Make an appointment with the NSO team at the link in our bio πŸ”—

Photos from VCU National Scholarship Office's post 02/28/2024

The NSO wants YOU to join our FREE workshop series that prepares participants to tackle major applications for postgraduate scholarships, including the Fulbright U.S. Student program, the Rhodes Scholarship, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Schwarzman Scholars Program, Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, and many more!

Led by the NSO staff, participants explore themes and ideas central to all applications, as well as learn how to approach major application components, such as essays, letters of recommendation, and resumes.

Each session will be interactive, and participants will be expected to take an active role in discussion and writing exercises, as well as to come prepared with any assigned homework completed.

Students that go through the How to Apply Workshop series will receive REAL level two credit on their transcript.

Register for the workshop series here πŸ”— https://buff.ly/3wAii41

02/19/2024

Join VCU Global Learning and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs for Black & Abroad: Global Citizenship!

A conversation with students, alumni, & staff about the challenges & opportunities associated with global citizenship and international travel through the lens of Black identity. This event will be moderated by Dr. Krista Scott, Associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

πŸ“… Tuesday, February 27, 2024
⏰ 5:00pm - 7:00pm
πŸ“ SGA Senate Chambers for the panel discussion from 5-6pm and then food & fun in the OMSA Office from 6pm - 7pm.

Timeline photos 02/13/2024

VCU has been named a Top Producing Institution for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program by the U.S. Department of State for the 2023-2024 academic year.

VCU's 11 Fulbright recipients from the 2023-24 cohort utilized the National Scholarship Office during their Fulbright application process.

To learn about applying for Fulbright for the 2024-2025 application cycle, visit our website to sign up for an info session or meet with one of our team one on one.

https://nso.vcu.edu/

Timeline photos 02/02/2024

Juniors, seniors, and prospective grad students in STEM πŸ“£ Join us to learn more about the Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF), which funds up to three years of graduate study in the STEM (non-medical) fields, and how the National Scholarship Office can support you in applying!

Register to attend or receive a recording here: https://buff.ly/3tULeCU

The in person option will be held in the NSO Conference Room (Room 1210) on the first floor of the Honors College building at 701 W. Grace Street.

Timeline photos 02/01/2024

Congratulations to our 4 Critical Language Scholarship semi-finalists! These candidates will advance to the final round and will be notified of their final status in March.

Rebecca Gunnin (biology, class of 2024), applied to study Chinese.

Ryan Jackson (political science, class of 2026), applied to study Russian.

Viet Nguyen (biology, class of 2027), applied to study Chinese.

Aashima Sagar (biology, class of 2023), applied to study Urdu.

You can read about our semi-finalists and the Critical Language Scholarship on our blog: https://buff.ly/3HHEETj

Keep your fingers crossed for our candidates! 🀞

Timeline photos 02/01/2024

Want to spend a year abroad on someone else's dime?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides funds to recent graduates and graduate students for traveling abroad for research, creative projects, pursuing postgraduate study, or teaching English.

Our Fulbright info sessions will share more about the Fulbright grant and how the NSO can help you to apply!

Register here [https://buff.ly/4b6iNT9] attend or to receive a recording.

The in person option will be held in the NSO Conference Room (Room 1210) on the first floor of the Honors College building at 701 W. Grace Street. Zoom links will be sent to all participants the morning of the information session.

Timeline photos 01/31/2024

Grad students πŸ“£ Interested in external funding for your education or research?

Join us to learn more about the National Scholarship Office, how we can support you in applying for external funding opportunities, and what kinds of opportunities are out there!

Register here: https://buff.ly/42dtjE2
Zoom links will be sent to all participants the morning of the information session.

Can't attend this session but still want to know more? Register to be sent a recording!

Timeline photos 01/30/2024

If you're thinking about graduate school, interested in spending time abroad, and hoping someone else will pay for it, then these info sessions are for you! Join the NSO to learn about postgraduate scholarships and fellowships.

Register here: https://buff.ly/48JMWGl

The in person option will be held in the NSO Conference Room (Room 1210) on the first floor of the Honors College building at 701 W. Grace Street. Zoom links will be sent to all participants the morning of the information session.

Can't attend either session date? Register to be sent a recording!

Timeline photos 01/29/2024

Check out our February info sessions πŸ’Œ You can register for NSO events here: https://buff.ly/4aEacqx or at the link in our bio πŸ”—

Timeline photos 01/24/2024

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. One hundred twenty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

Applicants do not have to be Society members but must attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter (like VCU).

Applicants can find more information here: https://buff.ly/47LTJOe

Timeline photos 01/22/2024

Interested in working with a group of passionate global citizens driven by purpose and committed to social impact and leadership development?

Apply by February 20 to be considered for AIF’s Banyan Impact Fellowship for Service in India 2024-2025! https://buff.ly/4b6kSyg

This 10-month bi-national experience shapes US young professionals into leaders of tomorrow by placing them in social impact organizations in India to work on projects related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Attend the info session on January 23 @ 2pm (link in bio) to get your questions answered by fellowship managers and alums.

Photos from VCU National Scholarship Office's post 01/19/2024

Are you pursuing a career in healthcare? Need a plan for your gap year? Consider the Project Horseshoe Farm Community Health Fellowship.

Horseshoe Farm supports a one-year educational grant supported Community Health Fellowship for top recent college graduates. Fellows volunteer in a range of programs that provide relationship-based support to children, adults living with mental illness, seniors, and other vulnerable individuals. They live together in housing provided by Horseshoe Farm as they work together on teams with other fellows and interns.

Horseshoe Farm is recognized by many top medical schools and graduate schools across the country for the strength of the Horseshoe Farm Fellowship program.

For more information, visit their website (www.projecthsf.org) and attend the info session on January 22 (πŸ”— in bio).

Timeline photos 01/18/2024

VCU's Global Education Office is pleased to share that registration is OPEN for the Spring Semester Global Buddies Program. This program provides international students and domestic students the opportunity to learn about other people, places and cultures and to make meaningful connections with people from around the world!

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 31. You can apply here: https://buff.ly/3vPahHN

How it works:
Global Buddies are matched with one or more partners and meet at least one hour per week. Matches are made based on factors such as age, hobbies and interests, and language learning goals. Meetings may take place on or off campus. This is a great opportunity to explore the city of Richmond and its rich history and culture, as well as grow your international network!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Global Education Office directly

πŸ“© [email protected]
☎️ (804) 828-8471

Timeline photos 01/10/2024

Planning on studying abroad, but not sure about how to pay for it? Join VCU Education Abroad Global Learning Specialist, Alex Levy, the National Scholarship Office's very own Associate Director, Meredith Sisson, and Student Financial Management Center's Director, Ka Toya Wagner, to learn about how to fund an experience abroad. At this virtual information session, we'll review a variety of scholarships and financial aid that are applicable to studying abroad!

Register on RamsConnect: https://buff.ly/3TPCg4h

Timeline photos 01/04/2024

πŸ“£ Check out the NSO spring 2024 event schedule! We have lots of awesome info sessions lined up - you can register for any of our events here: https://buff.ly/4aEacqx or at the link in our bio.

Timeline photos 12/22/2023

Winter break vibes activated! β„οΈβœ¨ Time to recharge, make memories, and enjoy the festive season!

VCU will close at 12 p.m. on December 22, and reopen on January 2.

Timeline photos 12/11/2023

Cheers to the last day of classes! πŸŽ‰βœ¨ As one chapter closes, another begins. Embrace the hustle as we dive into the world of final exams.

Timeline photos 12/04/2023

Join us this week for an informational session all about the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes 🌟 The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three to four week programs for US undergrads, allowing participants to explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university.

This session is open to first- and second-year undergraduate students in all majors! Preference for this award is given to those applicants who have not previously traveled outside of North America.

Register to attend here: https://buff.ly/47Q60BK

In-person sessions are held in the NSO conference room on the first floor of the Honors College, located at 701 W Grace Street. Zoom links will be provided within 24 hours of each session to those who register.

Timeline photos 12/01/2023

Check out our last event of 2023! You can register at the link in our bio πŸ”—

All sessions are hybrid, with Zoom or in-person options. In-person sessions are held in the NSO conference room on the first floor of the Honors College (701 W Grace St).

Year-end review: A look at the VCU students and alums who earned prestigious domestic and international scholarships in 2023 through the National Scholarship Office 11/30/2023

Congrats to our 29 students, alums, and staff who were recipients of nationally competitive scholarships in 2023!

Read all about the recipients and awards here:

Year-end review: A look at the VCU students and alums who earned prestigious domestic and international scholarships in 2023 through the National Scholarship Office The recipients represent the university’s academic excellence and stand out for their accomplishments and potential in highly competitive international and domestic applicant pools.

Timeline photos 11/28/2023

The final deadline for the Point Foundation Flagship Scholarship is ONE WEEK away!

Flagship scholarship recipients receive financial support, access to multiple leadership development programs, mentorship or coaching, and the support of a community of scholars and alumni. Award amounts are based on need.

Need support as you wrap up your application? Make an appointment with the NSO here: https://buff.ly/3sDOHEY πŸ”—

Timeline photos 11/17/2023

Happy fall break! No classes will be held next week. The University will close at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and reopen on Monday, November 27.

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