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Honors Program

Opportunities for extraordinarily motivated students to excel on the national and international level

The Honors Program can provide faculty, current students, alumni, and advisors with information and guidance on appropriate nationally competitive fellowships for unusually well-qualified undergraduates. Contact Dr. Rita Barnes Please note that these are NOT for entering students.

While announcements about discipline-specific opportunities are typically disseminated by the academic colleges and departments, some fellowships are interdisciplinary and have a limited audience. These include, but are not limited to the following:

Applications due during the sophomore or junior year:

The Goldwater Scholarship
The Truman Scholarship
The Udall Scholarship*

The Soros Foundation Scholarships for New Citizens
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergradates (REU)

Application due during the senior year for graduate research abroad:

The Rhodes Scholarship
The Fulbright Scholarship**
The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

The U.S. Marshall Scholarship
The George Mitchell Scholarship

*Udall Scholarship nominees should be referred to Dr. Dan Combs at

**Fulbright Scholarshiip nominees should be referred to Dr. Debbie Barnard at


While a GPA of 3.5 or above indicates a strong academic record, this alone does not qualify potential applicants for these awards: candidates must be extraordinary self-motivated, innovative thinkers whose ideas and service are not simply lists on a resume or names of honors societies. Qualified students are catalysts in their communities and have well-developed projects if they are applying for research grants. They must already display a record of proactive leadership if applying for service-related grants. They must also be willing to take the time--preferably one year--to prepare their applications, undertaking multiple revisions and taking full responsibility for communicating clearly and finding their own answers.


If you wish to recommend a Tech student or alumni for major fellowship advising, or you are a Tech student interested in receiving more information, please send the following information to Dr. Rita Barnes, Director, Honors Program, at

  • Name, major, and year of graduation
  • GPA and any specific credentials of note (please do not send a list of affiliations)
  • Verification that the student has superior skills in written and oral communication
  • Attestation of the student's character, as reflected in maturity as well as citizenship