Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

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 mentor students throughout the application process so that they can build the strongest application possible.  

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards focuses on a core group of scholarship and fellowship opportunties, such as the Boren, Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Truman and Udall Scholarships (awards requiring university endorsement). However, because these awards do not meet the needs or interests of all of our outstanding students, we also provide resources for a variety of other scholarships, fellowships, and grants. Please click on "Awards Requiring Direct Application" to explore these options.

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.


Our Vision:  

To embolden students to view themselves as award winners.

Our Mission: 

NCA supports students to aspire towards and successfully compete for prestigious national and international fellowships and awards by:

  • Facilitating students’ ability to identify, articulate, and advance their strengths, experiences, and goals
  • Cultivating a campus culture in which students are empowered and prepared to apply for external awards


Congratulations, 2017-2018 Finalists & Winners!

Ishan Anand, 2019 Schwarzman Scholar

Mohamed Elzarka, 2018 Rhodes Finalist

Andrew Emmert, Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Issac Stamper, Barry Goldwater Honorable Mention

Anna Layman, Truman Finalist

Mary Siskaninetz, Truman Finalist

Grace Sprockett, Fulbright ETA (Slovak Republic)

Katherine Paul, Fulbright Study/Research (Germany)

Mariah Cain, Fulbright ETA (Greece)

Madeline Perry, Fulbright Study/Research (Guatelmala)

Eastman Johnson, Fulbright Study/Resesarch (Morocco)

Stacy Grover, Critical Language Scholarship (China)

Madelyn Leembruggen, Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship

John Myers, NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship

Malory Gooding, NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship

Miguel Nunez, NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship

Aspire Scholars Program

Click here to find out more about this program designed to assist students reach their full potential!