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National Prestigious Scholarships

Students with a 3.6 GPA or higher may be eligible to apply for national prestigious scholarships. Please read the eligibility requirements carefully for each scholarship. The opportunities listed below require a Hunter College nomination. Additional information on other national prestigious scholarship opportunities is available on the Student Services website.

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Joiris and Cammarata Celine Joiris and Joseph Cammarata

Two Hunter Macaulay Honors College students – Celine Joiris (left) and Joseph Cammarata – have won 2011-12 Goldwater Scholarships, the most prestigious award in the U.S. for undergraduates studying the sciences. This is the third year in a row that Hunter has won a Goldwater, and the first time Hunter has won two — a great achievement since each college or university is limited to only four nominees a year.

Joiris is a junior majoring in psychology. Earlier this year she won a Harcourt Fellowship for undergraduate science research and last fall, she took up her current position with Dr. Michael Long at the NYU Smilow Neuroscience Center where she looks at the neural mechanisms of precise timing required for intricate motor skills, using timing in zebra finch song as a model. Last summer, she took a research position at Johns Hopkins University working under Dr. Marshall Shuler and investigating the neural systems by which rewards are associated with prior stimuli in the primary visual cortex (V1). She plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience.

Cammarata, a junior majoring in biology, said he was “elated” and “incredibly grateful” to everyone who has helped him. He plans to pursue a PhD in biology and is already off to a running start. Last summer, he was accepted into the 10-week Undergraduate Research Program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and in the fall he joined Hunter’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholars program.


Rhodes Scholarships
A Rhodes scholarship covers tuition and living expenses for two years of study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Students may work toward a master's degree or a second bachelor's degree. Seniors with a minimum 3.8 GPA and who are U.S. or Canadian citizens are eligible. To be considered, students must be nominated by a faculty member.

Marshall Scholarship

A Marshall scholarship covers tuition and living expenses for graduate study at universities in the United Kingdom. Students may apply for either 1- or 2-year master's degree programs. Seniors with a GPA of 3.8 above and who are U.S. citizens are eligible.  Students interested in applying should contact Professor Judith Friedlander at

George J. Mitchell Scholarship
A Mitchell scholarship provides funding for one year of graduate study at universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Seniors with a GPA of 3.8 and above and who are U.S. citizens are eligible. Students interested in applying should contact Professor Judith Friedlander at

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
The Goldwater Scholarship provides $7500 to support juniors and seniors planning to pursue undergraduate research projects in the natural sciences and mathematics. To apply, current sophomores and juniors must be nominated by a Hunter faculty member and have a minimum 3.0 GPA and an interest in conducting research at Hunter and in graduate school. Faculty nomination letters are due in November. For further information, contact Professor Judith Friedlander at

The Harry S. Truman scholarship
The Harry S Truman Scholarship is awarded to juniors headed for careers in public service. Scholars selected as juniors are eligible to receive a total of $30,000 for graduate studies. Applicants must have a strong academic and service record and plan to pursue a graduate program geared toward public service. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a GPA of 3.60 or higher.

The Truman Foundation gives priority to students planning on master's and doctorate programs in public administration, public policy analysis, public health, international relations, government, economics, social services delivery, education and human resource development, and conservation and environmental protection. Students who plan to pursue medical or law degrees must make a convincing case that they do so for purposes of public service.

For more information visit Preliminary application should include a policy statement and the essay questions from the application and 3 letters of recommendation.

Luce Scholars Program
A Luce Scholars Program award provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia from late June until mid-July of the following year. Seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.7 are encouraged to apply. Only students who have not reached their 30th birthday by September 1st of the year they would enter the program, and who have not had significant exposure to East and Southeast Asia or who have made Asian studies an area of academic concentration, are eligible.


To set up an appointment to discuss the national prestigious scholarships requiring a Hunter nomination, please contact Professor Judith Friedlander at

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