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St. John’s students and alumni have an impressive track record in national scholarship competitions. Each year, the Office of Personal and Professional Development holds an informational meeting for students interested in applying for such scholarships and fellowships as the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates-Cambridge, Mitchell, Fulbright, Boren, Beinecke, Goldwater, Udall, and Madison. Application deadlines generally are in the early fall semester, which is why students interested in applying for these scholarships are encouraged to notify the Office of Personal and Professional Development in the spring of their junior year.
The Office of Personal and Professional Development reviews applications, interviews applicants, makes recommendations, and arranges mock interviews for candidates who advance to that stage.
The director of Personal and Professional Development is available to consult and advise students on application preparation for these well-known and less well-known competitions, and especially for competitions that require nomination by the college. The staff also assists students in researching possible funding sources for graduate school, summer research, study abroad, internships, and post-baccalaureate studies. Students are encouraged to find competitions for which they are eligible, and begin their applications well in advance of the deadlines.