The Ben Franklin Society

The Ben Franklin Society is an organization created in 2008 by President Sharon P. Smith to encourage exceptional Pitt-Greensburg students to continue their intellectual journeys of discovery both during college and in graduate school with the support of prestigious fellowships and scholarships. These awards include Fulbright grants to graduates for study abroad; Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships for undergraduates in the sciences; Morris K. Udall Scholarships for undergraduates studying environmental policy; Marshall Scholarships, which support graduate study in the United Kingdom in all fields; and Rhodes Scholarships, which support graduate study at Oxford.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher are invited to apply. Students who are accepted meet with the society's director, Dr. Kelli Maloy, to identify the awards most relevant to their course of study and future plans. They then begin the application process with the assistance of faculty mentors. Students become stronger candidates for these highly competitive awards with the support of this organization and its network of faculty mentors.

Scholarship Who Applies Field of Study Deadline  
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Senior, Alumnus/a,(recent) Fields relating to International Relations January 15
DAAD Senior, Alumnus/a, Graduate All fields relating to Germany Varies
Department of Homeland Security Scholarship for rising Juniors Sophomore Physics, biology, social science, behavioral science, science policy, engineering, mathematics, or computer science No award this year
Fulbright U.S. Student Program Senior, Alumnus/a, Graduate All fields October 17
Gates-Cambridge Scholarship Senior, Alumnus/a, Graduate All fields for study at Cambridge October 16
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Sophomores, Juniors Sciences January 28
James Madison Fellowship Senior,Alumnus/a Education March 1
Marshall Scholarship Senior, Alumnus/a, Graduate (not more than 2 years past Bachelor's) All fields for study in U.K. October 1
George J. Mitchell Scholarship Senior, Alumnus/a, Graduate All fields for study in Ireland TBA 2013
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Senior, Alumnus/a, Graduate Physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; mathematics; engineering; history of science philosophy of science; research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education Varies
National Security Education Program (NSEP Undergraduate) Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior Language study relating to national security. February 13
Rhodes Scholarship Trust Senior, Alumnus/a, Graduate All fields for study at Oxford. There is an age requirement. October
Saint Andrew's Society of New York Scholarship Senior, Alumnus/a, Graduate All fields for study at St. Andrew's. Must live 250 miles of NY State. Dec. 15 of candidate's senior year
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Senior, Alumnus/a All fields (either student or both parents must be new Americans) November 9
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation Junior All fields relating to eventual government service February 5
Morris K. Udall Scholarships Sophomore, Junior Environmental policy, tribal policy affairs March
City of New York Urban Fellows Program Senior, Alumnus/a,(recent) All fields relating to the government January 4
Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Junior, Senior Ethics essay December 3