Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Beinecke Scholarship

Each year the Beinecke Scholarship offers 20 scholarships to undergraduates who intend to pursue a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Applicants must be nominated by their universities to compete for this national program, and UW is able to nominate one student in their junior year each year. Selected students receive $30,000 to be used for graduate study and $4,000 in their senior year.

Learn more about the Beinecke Scholarship Program and UW’s nomination process.

UW 2017-18 Nominee:

Brian Dang

Junior, English and Drama majors

Brian is a junior majoring in English and Drama. He is passionate about the power of stories and the intersection between creative and critical writing. He is an avid theater artist with focuses in playwriting and theatrical design. He also spends his time with literary research, and it is with these two modes that he explores the nuances of storytelling. He plans to enter a Ph.D. program for English after graduating from the UW with the intent of becoming a teacher who can support others to tell their stories. On the side, Brian likes to write in his diary, watch movies, revel in hopeless romanticism, pet cats, and eat bread.

Brian’s tips for future Beinecke Scholarship campus applicants:
If you’re passionate about what you do and want to continue doing it through graduate school, go for it. It really shines through and makes a big difference! Talk to your professors in your field to get an idea of where and what you want to study, and how. They’re a very good resource for you, and it will help them write your letter of rec. Also, don’t be scared to apply. I almost didn’t apply because I didn’t think I had a chance to get the nomination.

UW 2016-17 Nominee:

Nala Williams

Junior, Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies majors

Nala is a junior pursuing dual degrees in Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Her academic passions include ethical archaeology, learning languages, and making academia accessible to marginalized communities. Following Nala’s graduation from the University of Washington in Spring 2018, she intends to earn a PhD in Anthropology.