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Office of Fellowships
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OFFICE OF FELLOWSHIPS
The Office of Fellowships at Santa Clara was established in 2005 to provide the central management and administrative responsibility for advising students about a wide variety of highly competitive external fellowships, scholarships, awards, and prizes requiring University nomination, endorsement, or review. The Office of Fellowships mentors and advises students about their academic, service, and volunteer work in pursuit of the more than 25 named fellowships for which Santa Clara students are eligible (Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Madison, Truman, and Jack Kent Cooke, for example) as well as provides direct support for potential candidates in the application process.
The Office of Fellowships responds to two principles of Jesuit education. The first, cura personalis, personal care, reflects a deep respect for the individual and that person's potential. The second, magis, "striving for the more," calls on students to do their very best and always to strive for personal excellence. The Office of Fellowships will help intellectually gifted Santa Clara students to develop and to utilize their talents so that they have more to give to others.
As a member of the Santa Clara University community, you know that Jesuit education strives to create "men and women for others," and, in its combination of the intellectual and affective aspects of an education, it aims to educate the "whole" person. As President Paul Locatelli has written, "A Santa Clara education retains the orientation of an ethical education found in the Renaissance humanist schools with a religious orientation instilled by the early Jesuits, as well as in 19th century American colleges. At the same time, it strives for the intellectual rigor, critical thinking, and scholarly and professional excellence represented in the American research university, because academic excellence in research and teaching are critical to solving the complex problems this world faces," (Santa Clara Magazine, Winter, 2003). As our current president, Michael Engh, S.J., emphasizes, and the University Honors Program particularly supports, "Like universities everywhere, we hone further in students their skills in critical thinking and analysis. We encourage their joy of exploring theories and testing ideas. We challenge further their abilities to produce works of art, music, theater, and poetry. We do so in order that students can fully engage their talents in 'building the universe.'"
The Office of Fellowships will help intellectually gifted Santa Clara students to develop and to utilize their talents so that they have more to give to others. If you commit yourself to these three goals--excellence in service, in academic and extracurricular life--you may well become an outstanding candidate for one of the many fellowship opportunities that exist at both the undergraduate and graduate level.