Guidance and Advice
Prestigious Awards to the UKPursuing higher studies in the United Kingdom are an integral element of the history and legacy of the academic and public service community of the United States. Many Marshall and Rhodes scholars have excelled in public service at the highest levels of US government or gone on to become outstanding artists, entrepreneurs, and scientists.
To qualify for these scholarships a candidate's academic trajectory and record in community and global engagement must provide compelling evidence of intention and commitment to a specific calling.
Winning these awards, some of which require endorsement by the Office of the President,
are a matter of USF pride and prestige.
Students who are interested in eventually pursuing these awards must go through a serious process of vetting, advising and mentoring at ONS, beginning as early as their sophomore year. Additionally they should note:
Students must attend the seminar "Studying for a higher degree in the United Kingdom" and one of the seminars, "Taking risks as an intellectual investment" or "Global Engagement for STEM majors" (if you are a STEM student) to be eligible for self-nomination. Dates for these seminars will be listed on the ONS Calendar.
The Rhodes, Marshall, and Gates-Cambridge Scholarships require an institutional screening process prior to institutional endorsement:
- In the spring prior to application, nominations for scholarship candidates are invited
from chairs, faculty and deans of academic units, as well as other units such as athletics
and ROTC. Candidates may also self-nominate themselves.
- The nominations are reviewed by a panel of faculty, alumni, and community members
- Shortlisted candidates are interviewed and recommendations are made for campus endorsement,
typically in May. See the student spotlights on Michael Calzadilla (Gates-Cambridge Scholar) and Jean Weatherwax (Marshall Scholar) for additional information.
Please contact Dr. Basu, Director of ONS, at email@example.com for further guidance.