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Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

NCA Applicants, 2014-2015

NCA takes pride in helping UC students apply for nationally competitive awards. Back (from left): Brian Barney, Simon Barrad. Front (from left): Christopher Aucoin, Karley Miller, Sarah Hulsman, Tamika Jones, Sally Heuker.

Welcome to the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards!

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards serves as a resource for outstanding students at the University of Cincinnati who seek to compete for world-renowned and highly competitive scholarships and fellowships. Our goal is to make undergraduate and graduate students aware of the many scholarship opportunities available, and to mentor students throughout the application process so that they may build the strongest application possible.

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards focuses primarily on applications for the Boren, Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Truman and Udall Scholarships. Because these awards do not meet the needs of all of our outstanding students, we provide resources for a variety of other scholarships, fellowships, and grants. Please click on "Awards Requiring Direct Application" to explore these options.

NCA also maintains a Blackboard Organization site titled "Office of Nationally Competitive Awards." This site houses additional resources such as application guides, sample applications, model responses, specific award guidelines, and additional award opportunities on and off campus. Some students may already be enrolled in the Blackboard Organization. If you are not a member of our Blackboard Organization and would like to be enrolled, please send a request to

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is located in 700 Swift Hall. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student seeking more information about award opportunities, please contact us at to set up an advising appointment.


Congratulations, 2015-2016 Winners & Honorable Mentions!

Mark Mitchell, AmScan Grant to Sweden

Nicholas Myers, English Teaching Assistantship to Germany

Josiah Rushing, Fulbright Arts Grant to France

Christy Wittmer, Fulbright Arts Grant to China

Abby Yeakle, Fulbright Arts Grant to Austria

Aswin Bikkani, Goldwater Honorable Mention

Mohamed Elzarka, Goldwater Honorable Mention