PPE Major Teresa Dennerlein Wins Two Scholarships

Sophomore and PP&E Major Teresa Dennlein has gotten this academic year off to a great start, having been selected for two competitive scholarships!

Teresa is one of nine students selected in this year’s cohort of Dressel Scholars. The University of Washington Tacoma Dressel Scholars Program recognizes and rewards exceptional scholarly achievement, community engagement, and leadership potential for any student enrolled at UW Tacoma. The Dressel Scholars Program was created to honor the legacy of Melanie Jan LaPlant Dressel by creating a robust scholarship and mentorship program that affords our students the opportunities to develop their leadership skills and community connections while giving them the financial freedom to fully participate in their UW Tacoma experience.

Teresa was also awarded a Jennifer Dunn-Thompson Scholarship through the Washington Policy Center. The scholarship is for female students who are interested in policy-related fields, and named in honor of the late Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn.

If you are interested in these or other scholarship award opportunities, be sure to visit the Office of Student Fellowships and Awards to find out more!

Truman Scholarship for Graduate School

Harry S. Truman Scholarships

Website: Truman

The Truman is a competitive national scholarship. Each year, the Foundation reviews over 600 applications for our 55 to 65 Scholarships awarded annually. These 600 applications do not include the students who compete on their own campus for one of a school’s four nominations.
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. If you are currently a senior, you must be attending a fifth year with your graduation date not earlier than December 2018. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, and The Truman-Albright Fellows Program. Please visit the For Scholars section of the Truman website for an overview of the programs the Foundation currently offers for Scholars.

The Truman Scholarship recognizes outstanding leadership potential, academic achievement, and the desire to pursue a career in public service. Prospective Truman Scholars must demonstrate the following:

  • A strong commitment to a public service career
  • A record of public service activities and contributions with some form of government or political achievement
  • Strong leadership abilities and potential as demonstrated by holding offices, accepting and delegating responsibilities, and by accomplishments outside the classroom
  • The ability to define and realistically plan public service goals
  • Strong interview skills

Application Now Open!

Apply online at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/519

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Applications now being accepted for The Hertog Foundation Fellowships and Seminars

The Hertog Foundation is pleased to announce its 2018 fellowships and seminars for undergraduates and recent grads.

Visit hertogfoundation.org to learn more and apply.

As you can see on our website, the Foundation offers various fellowships on public policy and political thought in Washington, DC. Each carries funding for travel as well as housing accommodations. Fellows study with master teachers and hear from distinguished speakers drawn from academia, politics, journalism, and business. Current lecturers include Yuval Levin (National Affairs), General John Allen (Brookings), Robert Bartlett (Boston College), Vickie Sullivan (Tufts), Frederick Kagan (AEI), and many more.

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Truman Scholarship Supports Careers in Public Service

The Truman Scholarship is a prestigious national scholarship for students passionately committed to careers in public service, social justice, or education. It provides funding for graduate school, leadership training, and professional opportunities.

If interested, visit the Truman website and contact Cindy Schaarschmidt, UWT Director of Student Fellowships & Study Abroad to learn about UWT’s nomination process.  Applications are due November 27, 2017.


  • $30,000 toward graduate school
  • Career and graduate school mentoring
  • The Truman network! (Some of the most highly placed figures in public life were Truman Scholars.)


  • Juniors only (i.e. graduating between December 2018 and August 2019).
  • Strong track record and commitment to public service.
  • Desire to be a ‘change agent’.

Campus Deadline

  • November 27, 2017 (scholarship requires University nomination)

Questions? Email Cindy Schaarschmidt (cs65@uw.edu) Director, Student Fellowships & Study Abroad to set up a one-on-one meeting.

Interested in Career in the Foreign Service? Check out this Fellowship

Here is a great fellowship opportunity for students interested in a Foreign Service Career. 

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship:

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service.  The Rangel Program selects 30 Fellows annually and helps support them through:

  • Two years of graduate study;
  • Internships and professional development activities; and
  • Entry into the Foreign Service.

The program provides up to $47,500 annually towards tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees. Members of groups historically underrepresented in the RangelForeign Service and those with financial need are especially encouraged to apply.  Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers (and have to serve for five years).


Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens;
  • Be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2017 for a two-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.


Application deadline for 2017 is September 21, 2016.

Additional Information

For more information please visit the Rangel website and schedule an appointment with Cindy Schaarschmidt at the Office of Student Fellowships & Awards.

Scholarship Opportunities For Students!

Gilman International Scholarship

Are you planning to study or intern abroad in the summer or early fall? Are you also a Pell Grant recipient?

The Gilman International Scholarship is a merit-based, competitive scholarship that provides funding for students with significant financial need to study or intern abroad.

National Deadline: March 7, 2017


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Fellowships to Support Human Rights Projects

UW Task Force students in El SalvadorFellowships are now available to support students’ human rights projects. The Center for Human Rights at the University of Washington is accepting applications for The Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clarke Endowed Human Rights Fund for Students, The Peter Mack and Jamie Mayerfeld Endowed Fund for Human Rights, and the Dr. Lisa Sable Brown Endowed Fund for Human Rights.  Interested in learning more?  Go here and click on Fellowship.

Fellowship Opportunity in Health Evaluation

Strong in quantitative skills?  Interested in health policy?  The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) offers a great fellowship opportunity for both graduating seniors and alumni, starting Sept 1, 2017.

Post-Bachelor Fellowship at IHME
Fellows at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) influence the health of billions of people by analyzing data and developing new tools. At IHME, we analyze the world’s health data to make better decisions about important health problems. This requires insights from a variety of fields, from computer science to anthropology. The Post-Bachelor Fellowship (PBF) provides a unique opportunity for recent college graduates with strong quantitative skills to train with faculty and senior researchers on a variety of global health projects. PBFs use creativity to solve complex global health problems. As a PBF, you will join a community of passionate researchers in our dynamic research institute. We value diversity, innovation, and critical-thinking.
Deadline: January 10, 2017 

Travel the World with Bonderman Travel Fellowship


Want to spend eight months traveling the world after graduating from UW Tacoma?

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship provides 14 UW students with $20,000 for eight months of solo travel to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.

Applicants must:

  • be enrolled and in good standing at the UW in winter quarter and
  • hold US citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • All undergraduate students with senior credit standing and a degree application on file, AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:
    • at least a 3.65 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2017; OR
    • participation and good standing in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, by the start of Winter 2017.

Deadline:  Application deadline is 12:00 pm (noon) January 9, 2017.

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Humanities in Action Fellowship Now Seeking Applications

20Applications for the 2017 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs are now open!

Applications are invited from students and recent graduates of U.S. colleges and universities  who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2015 and 2016 are eligible. Applications for students and recent graduates from European universities will open in late fall.

The deadline to apply to these programs is January 4, 2017 at 11:59pm