Scholarships

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About Interschool Fellowships  |  Applying  Process

Fellowships: Upton Scholarship  |  Ellis Fellowship  |  Hollingsworth Fellowship  | Chamberlain Fellowship Nichoplas Scholarship Fund  |  Wamser Fellowship | Poder Fund

 

Scholarships may be awarded for academic or athletic ability, interest in a certain subject, or volunteer work. Some scholarships may be given based on membership in an ethnic or religious group. Companies may also award scholarships to you or your child. 

 

Start With Your School

Start your search for scholarships, fellowships and grants by contacting your school's financial aid office.

 

For information on Interschool Fellowships, continue reading below.

About Interschool Fellowships

"Institutional aid" refers to aid managed and awarded by Columbia University as a central entity or independently at each of the University schools. Although most institutional aid is managed and awarded independently at each school, there is also institutional aid that is managed centrally. That centrally managed aid comes in the form of interschool fellowships.

These fellowships are need-based awards that are not restricted to students in one Columbia school or college. The annual amounts of these awards are generally in the range of $1,000 to $5,000. These annual awards are released in two even disbursements, at the start of the fall term and at the start of the spring term.

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Applying

Students interested in applying for any of the below fellowships must contact your School Financial Aid Office. Please submit all the necessary documents as required by each fellowship.

 

Visit the Interschool Fellowships page for each school's application form.

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Process

The Financial Aid Offices will submit the names of potential recipients to the Office of University Financial Aid for review and possible awards. The Financial Aid Offices are notified of the recipients within two months of their submission and are responsible for the release of funds. Please contact the financial aid office with any questions you may have.

 

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Fellowships

Clifford and Siegfried Upton Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to benefit the children, adopted children, and step-children of the employees of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (Boston-based), its subsidiaries, or successor companies. The minimum amount of the scholarship is $1,000 for a school year, and increased according to the needs of the candidate.

This fellowship is available to graduate or undergraduate students.

Required Documentation:

  • Letter from employer verifying eligibility

George W. Ellis Fellowship

The George W. Ellis Fellowship is available to graduate students who are residents of Vermont or who have graduated from an accredited Vermont college or university.

Required documentation:

  • Residents of Vermont should provide a copy of taxes, driver’s license, or voter registration documentation.
  • Graduates from a Vermont college should provide a copy of their academic transcript.

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Leta Stetter Hollingsworth Fellowship

This fellowship is available to graduate students at Columbia, preferably, but not necessarily, to a woman graduating from or graduated from the University of Nebraska.

Required Documentation:

  • A copy of the student’s transcript from the University of Nebraska

  • A letter of reference from a faculty member of the University of Nebraska

 

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Lydia C. Chamberlain Fellowship

The Fellowship is available for students who have resided at any time in the State of Iowa and graduated from a college or university located in the State of Iowa. The award is based on scholastic standing, seriousness of purpose, moral character and the real need of financial help and used to pursue advanced and graduate studies in Columbia University.
 
Any person(s) awarded a Graduate Fellowship shall give to Columbia University due notice in writing of acceptance of the fellowship AND shall also state acceptance of the intention to return to the State of Iowa for a period of at least two years upon completion of studies at Columbia University or upon the expiration of the fellowship.
 
If any person so appointed shall fail to register at Columbia University in accordance with its generally applicable rules for timely registration, his / her fellowship is deemed vacant and a new fellow will be appointed in his / her place. The stipends provided by this award are intended for the payment of the tuition and fees at Columbia University.
 
Please note: this award is open to all students EXCEPT those students studying law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or theology.
 
Required Documentation:
 
  • A copy of the student’s transcript from the Iowa institution
  • Upon acceptance of the award, applicant must submit in writing the intention to return to the State of Iowa for period of 2 years.

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Paul Nichoplas Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is to benefit a male or female student in area of the University who has attended college or university in Greece. It is available to graduate or undergraduate students for two years.

Required Documentation:

  • An affidavit or transcript

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Richard T. Wamser Fellowship

The Richard T. Wamser Fellowship is available to male and female undergraduate students of Native American descent. Students must work at least 10-20 hours per week during the term they receive assistance from the fund.

Required Documentation:

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  • To verify that the student meets this criterion, please provide one of the below:
  • Certification of Report of Birth issued by Dept. of State (DS-1350)
  • U.S. Citizen ID Card (I-197 or I-179)
  • Native American tribal documents
  • Students involved in athletic activities should include a written statement outlining their participation. 

Vladimir and Olga Poder Fund

This fellowship is to benefit Estonian-speaking students attending Columbia. The fellowship cannot be greater than $2,000 annually.

It is available to graduate or undergraduate students.

Required documentation: To verify that the student speaks Estonian, please submit a letter from the NY Estonian House located at 243 East 34th Street, New York NY 10016.

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Visit the Interschool Fellowships page for each school's application form.