The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke. The Board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Each year approximately 135 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship, and up to 20 new scholarships will be awarded. Each school invited to participate in the Beinecke Scholarship Program is permitted to make a single nomination each year.
Eligibility and Requirements
- Student has demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
- Must be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2021-22 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2022 and August 2023.
- Student plans to enter a research-focused master’s or doctoral program or MFA in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship; nor should students applying for professional degrees that emphasize skills and practical analysis such as business, law, public health, public policy, and social work.
- Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
- Must have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years, with a strong preference for Pell Grant recipients. Each nominated student will be required to complete a Financial Aid Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.
How to Apply
The only way to be nominated is by the school you attend. Individual students can not enter this themselves. Ask your teachers if this scholarship is given out at the school you attend.
The initial payment of $4,000 is awarded directly to the student prior to entering graduate school. This award is intended to offset the costs associated with the graduate application process and to pay for travel expenses directly related to the start of graduated school. While in graduate school, a Beinecke Scholar will receive an additional $30,000 in support.
Deadline & Annual Availability
Nomination packages should be scanned into a single PDF file and emailed to the Beinecke Scholarship Program Director from the dean or designated administrative officer from each participating institution by 5pm EST on the second Wednesday in February. This is an annual scholarship that happens every year, the school nominates the student beforehand and then is notified that they have been chosen to receive this award. The next open window date is November 2022 so, teachers can nominate the next recipient.