Office of Major Scholarship Advisement

Office of Major Scholarship Advisement

  • Office of Major Scholarship Advisement

Andrew Bourne with President Obama
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar Andrew Bourne with President
Obama at the conclusion of his internship at the White House.

The Office of Major Scholarship Advisement (OMSA) is the central coordinating office providing information, advice, and support to students who wish to apply for nationally competitive major scholarships.

The OMSA scholarships are highly competitive, usually requiring a minimum overall GPA of 3.75 or higher. In addition to academic excellence, each scholarship requires that applicants have an outstanding record of at least one of the following:

  • service
  • leadership
  • research

If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and believe that you have the potential to compete for one or more major scholarships, then you should schedule a meeting with the Director of Major Scholarships. To schedule such a meeting, please complete the following steps:

1. Visit our website. Search the OMSA website to study the opportunities available. Look for scholarships that seem a good fit to your talents and interests and then carefully study their requirements.

2. Fill out the Advising Application Form. The form is an important part of the process: it requires you to think carefully about your accomplishments and future plans, and it allows the Director to prepare a meeting that is as productive as possible.

3. Turn in the Advising Application Form. If completing the form electronically (preferred), please save the file as your name, attach it to an e-mail, and send it to the Director of Major Scholarships using the email address provided at the beginning of the form. If completing it by hand, please turn it in to OMSA.

4. Schedule a meeting. After the Director has reviewed your Advising Application Form, he will email you. Use the link provided in that email to arrange the meeting time.

5. Meet with the Director at the appointed time. Come prepared to discuss particular scholarships that you think might be well suited to your interests and accomplishments. Assuming that you are able and willing to undertake the work required to apply for a major scholarship, you and the Director will develop an individualized plan and work schedule.



Recent Scholarship


Chayenne Polimedio
2014 Junior Fellowship
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Micah Rapp
2014 Goldwater Scholar

Katherine Elizabeth Dobson
2013 Fulbright Scholarship

Sadie King-Hoffman

Sadie King-Hoffmann
2013 Gilman Scholar

Alan Tse

Hiu (Alan) Tse
2012 Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship 

Jennika Laird

Jennika Laird
2011 Computer Engineering Technology graduate, was named to the 2011 USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team.

Andrew Bourne

Andrew Bourne
2010 Master of Science in Engineering Technology graduate, was awarded the 2011-2012 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship.

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