CWBC will offer a fellowship to undergraduates who pursue internships that advance women’s skills and leadership.
Since being a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist in 2011, I have returned to BC to advocate for a more robust advising office for students applying for fellowships. Especially for female applicants, however, there is more that can be done to encourage and support candidates.
Although BC does very well in supporting students pursuing a Fulbright grant, it does not do as well encouraging students to apply for more prestigious grants, exhibited by the school’s low number of Rhodes and Marshalls. Expanding the UFC and encouraging a culture of fellowships would do much to improve the school’s competitiveness.
The road to winning a major national fellowship or scholarship does not begin—in many cases—during a student’s junior or senior year of college. At Boston College, prospective candidates for prestigious awards often start as early as their freshman or sophomore years.
At Boston College, over 20 faculty members serve as coordinators for each specific fellowship, aiding applicants as they work through various portions of the process, particularly the essay questions in which they must discuss their future career goals and plans to use the education or funds they will receive if selected.
For students looking for an international experience doing either research or English teaching after completing their undergrad degrees, the word “Fulbright” may spell out an answer.