By and large, the scholarships and fellowships available through Commonwealth Honors College are for students currently attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Commonwealth Honors College alumni have endowed a variety of scholarships and awards. Selection criteria for most of these scholarships combine financial need and academic merit, and many of the senior awards consider service to the community as well as academic excellence.
The college's fellowship programs build a progression of experiences: Through Research Assistant Fellowships, students gain experience working on a faculty member's research project, helping to prepare them to undertake their own research. The process associated with Honors Research Grants also provides students experience in writing a grant proposal, writing an abstract, preparing to present and disseminating the results of their work at the statewide conference on undergraduate research.
The Citizen Scholars Program offers scholarships and leadership training for students engaged in challenging work linking academics and community outreach. In addition, the college's Office of National Scholarship Advisement assists eligible students applying for prestigious fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Truman Scholarships.
Research Assistant Fellowships
Charles J. Hoff Scholarship
Citizen Scholars Program
David J. Snyder Memorial Scholarship
Frank & Helen DiGiammarino Citizen Scholarship
Kenneth L. O'Brien Scholarship
Lewenberg Family Scholarship
Melvin Howard Scholarship
Nancy Cullen '76 Scholarship
Rachel and John Morton Honors Scholarship
UMass Amherst Oxford Summer Seminar at Trinity College Scholarship
RESEARCH ASSISTANT FELLOWSHIPS
To further support and encourage students to participate in laboratory research, scholarly activity or service learning, Commonwealth Honors College offers working fellowships of up to $1,000 for work done under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor. Spring deadline is for freshman and sophomores applying for fall semester. Fall deadline is for sophomores and juniors applying for spring semester. Honors students interested in applying must make arrangements with a faculty sponsor. Applications are accepted in April for the following fall, and in October for disbursement during the spring.
NOTE: Applications are to be filled out using the online system. Paper applications are no longer accepted.
CHARLES J. HOFF SCHOLARSHIP
Commonwealth Honors College students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-residents of Massachusetts and demonstrate a minimum of $4,000 of financial need are eligible to apply for a Charles J. Hoff Scholarship. Funded by the Hoff Foundation, the scholarships are designed to provide need-based assistance to motivated students who are serious about their education. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the federal government by March 1. Hoff scholarship applications are submitted to the Commonwealth Honors College office in March. Finalists must be available for a personal interview during the the first week in June at the UMass Worcester Campus. The number of scholarships awarded will vary from year to year.
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CITIZEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Commonwealth Honors College sponsors the Citizen Scholars Program, which awards scholarships of $1,000 per year for two years to a select group of students who wish to serve their community and become active leaders in the Commonwealth. The program is open to any UMass Amherst student who is currently a freshman or sophomore, has a demonstrated record of prior community service, has a commitment to future community service, and has a cumulative GPA of 3.200 or higher. The deadline for applications is March 1. For further information and to apply, please contact the Office of Community Service Learning at Commonwealth Honors College, 610 Goodell, 413-545-2015.
DAVID J. SNYDER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Commonwealth Honors College students in their first, second or third year of study are eligible to apply for the David J. Snyder Memorial Scholarship. Each year one scholarship is awarded as a one-time grant and applied toward the student's tuition in the following academic year. Selection is based on a combination of financial need and academic achievement.
FRANK AND HELEN DIGIAMMARINO CITIZEN SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the DiGiammarino family to honor Frank and Helen DiGiammarino and their commitment to community service, this fund provides a stipend for students in the Citizen Scholars Program who wish to pursue a community service internship over the summer. Internship proposals must be submitted as part of the scholarship application. For more information, Citizen Scholars should contact the program director at the Office of Community Service Learning at Commonwealth Honors College, 610 Goodell, 413-545-2015.
KENNETH L. O'BRIEN SCHOLARSHIP
First, second and third-year students who have completed at least one semester of college-level work with outstanding academic record and are members of Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst are eligible to apply for the Kenneth L. O'Brien Scholarship. Preference will be given to students participating in cross country/track & field or another "minor" sport. This $1,000 scholarship was established by alumnus Peter Bloom in honor of his athletic coach, Kenneth L. O'Brien, and will be applied to the recipient's tuition and fees in the following academic year.
LEWENBERG FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Commonwealth Honors College students in their first, second or third year of study, who are active in Hillel, are eligible to apply for the Lewenberg Family Scholarship. Each year one scholarship is awarded as a one-time grant and applied toward the student's tuition in the following academic year. Selection is based on a combination of financial need and academic achievement. Download Application
MELVIN HOWARD SCHOLARSHIP
Commonwealth Honors College students in their first, second or third year of study, with an interest in economics or business, are eligible to apply for the Melvin Howard Scholarship. The Melvin Howard Fund supports up to four $1,000 scholarships or Honor Research Grants relative to business or economics (see also Honors Research Grants application process above). The scholarships are awarded as a one-time grant and applied toward the student's tuition in the following academic year. Selection is based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and career goals.
NANCY CULLEN '76 SCHOLARSHIP
Second and third-year students who are members of Commonwealth Honors College, participate in the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band, and have demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply for the Nancy M. Cullen Scholarship Award. A proud alumna of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ms. Cullen established this scholarship to encourage and reward the dedication and commitment necessary to participate in the two programs. Financial need plays a significant role in the selection process.
RACHEL AND JOHN MORTON HONORS SCHOLARSHIP
Commonwealth Honors College students in their first or second year of study are eligible to apply for the Rachel and John Morton Honors Scholarship. Each year one scholarship is awarded as a one-time grant and applied toward the student's tuition in the following academic year. Selection is based on a combination of financial need and academic achievement. In addition, all other things being equal, preference will be given to a student from Stoughton, Massachusetts.
UMass Amherst OXFORD SUMMER SEMINAR AT TRINITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
Commonwealth Honors College students in good standing are eligible to apply for a scholarship of up to $2,000 for the Oxford Summer Seminar held annually at Trinity College, Oxford University. Selection is based on a combination of financial need and an essay by the student stating how the Oxford Seminar would further their academic program. Granting of the scholarship is also dependent upon the student being accepted to the Oxford Seminar, and the scholarship may only be used during the year in which it is granted. Information regarding the Oxford Seminar may be obtained on-line at http://www.umass.edu/oxford.