Walsh University is committed to supporting its students and alumni interested in applying for national and international distinguished awards, grants, or scholarships. Distinguished awards are prestigious and highly competitive. They include Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Truman, and more. They could be academic or experiential in nature. These awards are a means by which students can fine-tune their skills, explore the world and other cultures, better understand their career path and goals, strengthen graduate school and job applications, and win scholarships for additional education or fellowships.
These application processes are rigorous and competitive. Applicants should have a wide range of experiences; therefore, students should schedule a consultation early in their time at Walsh to plan accordingly. Students applying for post-graduate opportunities must begin the process in Spring of their Junior year.
Students should book a consultation with Abby Poeske or any of the current Distinguished Awards Committee members to begin the application process.
2018-2019 Distinguished Awards Committee
- Dr. Brad Beach: Chair of Division of Humanities, Philosophy Professor
- Mike Cinson: Director of Global Learning
- Dr. Bill Davis: Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs
- Dr. Amanda Gradisek: Chair of Division of Literature, Language, and Communication; English Professor
- Dr. Rachel Hammel: Director of Grants and Sponsored Research
- Dr. Ty Hawkins: Director of the Honors Program, English Professor
- Beth Johnson: Career Development Coordinator
- Rachel Hosler: Associate Dean of Experiential Learning
- Dr. Jo Anna Kelly: Program Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology Professor
- Abby Poeske: Director of Career and Experiential Education and Fulbright Program Advisor
- Dr. Adam Underwood: Professor of Biology
Resources are available to applicants, as well as faculty and staff members who are supporting the applicants through the application and interview process.
NAFA and Types of Awards
Walsh University is a member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors. NAFA has provided a guide to many of the Distinguished Awards available to undergraduates, graduates, and recent alumni.
What Makes An Applicant Competitive?
Excellent GPA (work hard in your academic courses)
- Solid writing skills (take writing-intensive courses and ask for feedback from professors)
- Strong recommendations (form good relationships with your professors- engage outside class)
- Leadership roles (get involved and serve in leadership roles. Try to manage projects, take initiative, and identify then solve problems as much as possible)
- Global or intercultural experiences (study abroad or away, or engage with people who aren’t like you)
- Community engagement (commit to regular service, get involved in your campus AND local community)
- Passion and rationale (explore what you care about, discover what you’re good at, and highlight what sets you apart. Have a reason and evidence to prove that you should be selected based on your past experiences and future goals.)