The Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Major Fellowships helps students explore post-graduate opportunities and develop strong applications for fellowships, scholarships, or professional studies in law, medicine, and other fields.  We help students:

  • Uncover possibilities and develop plans for post-graduate study
  • Identify fellowships, scholarships, and professional schools best suited to their goals
  • Prepare competitive proposals and applications, including personal statements and research interests

The office also coordinates several scholarship opportunities for Lawrence students to pursue research, internships, or other activities.

Pre-Professional Advising

Considering going to law school, medical school, or another professional school?  We can help you prepare by:

  • Bringing professional alumni and admissions representatives to campus to meet with interested students
  • Guiding students through the application process for law or medical school
  • Pointing students to test preparation resources for the LSAT or MCAT
  • Helping students enroll at Fox Valley Technical College for the certified nursing assistant (CNA) accelerated course during December term and spring term

Visit the Pre-Health Website for more information on pre-health careers and how to prepare to achieve your goals.  Look for the Pre-Law Website coming soon.

Major Fellowships

Major fellowships are highly competitive, prestigious awards that fund graduate study, teaching abroad or in the United States, research, federal employment, or public service.  Our office can guide you through the process of applying for a Watson, Fulbright, Rhodes, or other fellowship.  For information on national fellowships and application deadlines, see the Fellowships page.

Scholarships for Lawrence Students

Each year, current Lawrence students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and awards to help cover costs associated with projects, conferences, summer research or internships.  Three opportunities coordinated by this office are listed below.

Scholarship or Award Opportunities:
  • The Sara A. Quandt and Thomas A. Arcury Endowment for Experiential Learning and Research in Public Health: Provides funds for travel expenses, stipends for work or summer research, independent study or Senior Experience projects, books, supplies, or any other aspects that would broaden and provide in-depth understanding of public health.  Awards range from $500 to $4,000.  Deadline: Last Friday of February.
  • The Harold B. Zuehlke and Richard W. Zuehlke Research Fund for Physical Science: Provides students with a wide range of academic opportunities that can include Senior Experience projects, field research, conferences, lectures, symposia, interdisciplinary endeavors, and off-campus study in the physical sciences (chemistry, geology, physics).  Funds can be used for travel, books, supplies, equipment and other needs as appropriate.  Award amounts vary, depending on the level of the fund.  Deadline: mid-February.
  • The Mita Sen Award for Societal Impact: Given to a student whose project has the potential to impact society by addressing the demonstrated needs of individuals, families, or the community at Lawrence, in the Fox Cities, or beyond through volunteerism, entrepreneurship, or artistic or scholarly activities. Funds can be used to cover costs associated with Senior Experience projects, program fees, books or materials, or travel.  For Lawrence juniors only.  Award: Up to $5,000.  Deadline: Week 9 of winter term.
How to apply:

To apply for the opportunities above, the student must submit a student application and have a faculty or staff member submit the faculty recommendation.  Use the forms below:


Kia Thao

Kia Thao

Center for Career, Life, and Community Engagement, Alice Chapman Hall, 209

Upcoming Events

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Webinars

Staff at the Institute of International Education (IIE) detail Fulbright offerings and answer applicant questions on the applicable award webinars.

Study/Research Q&A Webinar - June 26, 2018 - 12:00 PM EST to 1:00 PM EST  Register:

Arts Q&A Webinar - June 27, 2018 - 2:00 PM EST to 3:00 PM EST  Register:

English Teaching Assistant Q&A Webinar - June 27, 2018 - 12:00 PM EST to 1:00 PM EST  Register

Upcoming Deadlines

Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships aborad for one academic year to graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, scientists and artists.  Program participants pursue graduate or profesisonal study, advanced research, or English teaching in elementary and secondary schools or universities.  
Campus deadline:  September 21, 2018

National deadline:  October 9, 2018

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for purposeful, independent exploration outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors nominated by Lawrence University.

Campus deadline:  September 26, 2018

See the Fellowships and Scholarships page for more information.

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