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Nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships offer students and alumni the means to accomplish a variety of goals, including studying abroad, funding graduate education, and gaining high-level work experience.


The Office of Merit Awards is located in the Career Center annex in the Letts Hall Lower Level (entrance across from McCabe Hall) in Suite 6. Go down the ramp to the front entrance of Letts Lower Level. Enter, walk down the hallway, and take the first left. Suite 6 is on the left.

Office of Merit Awards

Telephone: 202-885-1854
Fax: 202-885-6315

Letts Lower Level, Suite Six

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For Boren Fellow, Language Is a Labor of Love

A recipient of a prestigious Boren Fellowship, Kayla Tolbert has been in Amman, Jordan, since August, immersing herself in the language to prepare for a research practicum on refugees that she anticipates completing this spring.

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Fulbright Filmmaker: SOC Grad to Study Disability Advocacy in the UK

Meredith Bartley, who graduated from American University School of Communication (AU SOC) in 2018, is the latest of many AU students to be selected for the prestigious Fulbright Scholar program.

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2017-18 Award Recipients, Alternates, and Finalists

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Early Identification Program

The Early Identification Program (EIP) is an academic enrichment initiative for academically outstanding second-year and transfer students.

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Winner of a Rangel Fellowship

I wanted to pursue a career in public service as a Foreign Service Officer.

"Growing up in the Virgin Islands, I experienced firsthand how climate change impacts the most susceptible individuals. Experiencing these environmental pressures fostered my dedication to environmental activism and my desire to help those who are similarly affected. The Rangel Fellowship presented an amazing opportunity to finance graduate school and an avenue into an impactful career working to prevent environmental degradation. The Office of Merit Awards helped me prepare a competitive application and provided continuous support during the process."

number 2 for Boren Scholars & Fellows combined

55 Fulbright Scholars since 2013

127 recipients, alternates, and finalists for nationally competitive scholarships (2017-18)