The Beinecke Scholarship Program


The Beinecke Scholarship Program demonstrates superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise for the career of students. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The Beinecke provides $34,000 amount towards application expenses and tuition fees for graduate study in MA or Ph.D. programs.

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke.


To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:

  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years
  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2016-2017 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2017 and August 2018.
  • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship.
  • Be a United States citizen or the United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years.

How to Apply:

Applying for the scholarship, the candidates must fill the application form. The form can be downloaded through the given link:

Supporting Material:

  • A Certification of Eligibility Form completed by the dean or administrative officer responsible for the nomination and a Financial Data Sheet completed by a financial aid officer certifying that the student qualifies for need-based financial aid.
  • A current resume.
  • A personal statement of 1,000 words or less from the nominee describing his or her background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans, and aspirations.
  • A letter from the dean or administrative officer summarizing the reasons for the nominee’s selection.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members that assess the nominee’s intellectual curiosity, character, and the potential for advanced graduate study.
  • An official copy of the nominee’s transcript.
  • Other material considered directly relevant to the nominee’s application.

Financial Aid and Award Amount:

  • The Beinecke program is awarded up to $34,000 stipend to college juniors who are planning to attend graduate school in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
  • Twenty Beinecke Scholarships will be awarded this year. The University of Texas has been invited to nominate one student for the national competition.

Application Deadline:

Completed applications are due in the Liberal Arts Honors Office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information: If you have questions about the Beinecke Program, get in touch with Larry Carver, Director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program at



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