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Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Serving Students and the Public Good

Suzanne McCray

Publication Year: 2007

These essays provide practical information ranging from helping faculty write persuasive letters of recommendation to serving international students effectively to negotiating the British and Irish high-educational systems. In addition to providing the students with useful tips, these essays also reflect on the broader impact of the application process.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

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In the summer of 2005 at the third biennial conference of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA), we honored our roots with the title “Serving Students and the Public Good: Contexts for Fellowship Advising.” Prior to 2000 the Truman Foundation, with its legacy of acknowledging...

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This volume contains essays and reports sometimes directly, sometimes loosely based on the National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA) conference held in Louisville in 2005. Serving Students and the Public Good: Contexts for Fellowship Advising highlighted the public service many...

Institutional Members of NAFA

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1. Recognizing and Challenging Our Colleges’ Most Outstanding Students

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pp. 1-10

I have taught at my wonderful institution, at Harvard, for my entire adult life (since the late 1980s) as a full-time faculty member. I am not a dean; I am not a provost; I am not a chancellor. I did not attend Harvard, but have a regular full teaching load, and interact with the young men and...

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2. Connecting Undergraduate Research Programs with Fellowship Advising

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pp. 11-16

A few years ago, I was approached by Rita Kean, dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) and asked if I would be interested in serving as the Fellowship Advisor for highly competitive national and international scholarships. I had overseen the...

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3. Marshalling Service

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pp. 17-34

"A close accord between our two countries is essential to the good of mankind in this turbulent world of today, and that is not possible without an intimate understanding of each other.” These words appear at the top of the Marshall Scholarship website and come from a letter that General...

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5. Student Ambassadors in the Age of Anti-Americanism

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pp. 35-48

In 1942 the U.S. War Department saw fit to issue a small booklet to its personnel entitled “Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain 1942.” Although the United States and Britain were allies and one might...

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6. Alternative Winning

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pp. 49-60

There are thirty-two American Rhodes Scholars elected every year, forty to forty-four Marshall Scholars, twelve Mitchell Scholars, thirty to thirty-five Gates Cambridge Scholars, and seventy-five Truman Scholars. Applying for these highly prestigious awards are nearly 3,500 candidates...

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7. Helping Faculty Write Better Recommendation Letters

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pp. 61-72

When the subject of writing recommendation letters is raised with faculty, an interesting thing often happens—they tell stories. These stories might be about a letter they wrote for a student, generously peppered with “creative exaggerations” to improve the student’s credentials...

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8. International Students: A Case for More Advisor Support

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pp. 73-86

It’s that awful moment—perhaps during office hours, perhaps at a scholarship workshop. A student asks, “I am from [FILL IN COUNTRY], and not a U.S. citizen. Can I apply for this scholarship? If not, are there any scholarships that you are aware of that I can apply for?” The problem is that...

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9. A Path Revealed: Reflections of a Former Scholarship Advisor

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pp. 87-90

The story in my family goes . . . when I was five years old, I asked my dad (then a forty-year-old minister) what he wanted to be when he grew up. He smiled, thought about it, and said, “I don’t know. But I like figuring it out.” What a gift he gave me. Early on, I learned it was about...

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10. The Truman Scholar Community: Unconventional Students Serving the Public Good

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pp. 91-98

One of the Truman Foundation’s proudest accomplishments is our reputation for being accessible and transparent. We offer a wealth of information to faculty representatives and applicants via our website. We...

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11. Why Visit the United Kingdom: Confession of a Journeyman Fellowship Advisor

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pp. 99-106

I joined Yale’s young office of International Education and Fellowship Programs in May of 2001 as a half-time fellowship advisor, charged with helping students prepare for U.K. and Irish fellowship competitions and with administering Yale’s endorsement and/or selection process for these...

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12. Why Ireland?

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pp. 107-116

Ireland—specifically, Northern Ireland—is the land of my ancestors. In the late nineteenth century my Coyle/McGlinchey family left their home in search of new opportunities in America. Obviously, this is a common story; in the 2000 U.S. census, nearly thirty-four million Americans...

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13. Coin of the Realm: Graduate Education in Britain

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pp. 117-136

The National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA)—In collaboration with Wolfson College, Cambridge University, The Gates Cambridge Trust, and The Marshall Commission—participated in a symposium on higher education, June 26–June 30, 2006, at Wolfson College. Representatives...


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E-ISBN-13: 9781610752732
E-ISBN-10: 1610752732
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557288608
Print-ISBN-10: 1557288607

Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2007

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  • Scholarships -- United States -- Evaluation -- Congresses.
  • College students -- Scholarships, fellowships, etc. -- United States -- Congresses.
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