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 preparing for medical schools and other health allied schools.  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

Upcoming Deadlines

Critical Language Scholarship –Application is now open! The CLS program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Students spend eight to ten weeks studying abroad in the summer one of 15 critical languages. The application is now live and available online at:  Applications are due Tuesday, November 27, 2018, by 7:00 pm CST.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship application is open! The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.  Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room, and board. Application is available online at deadline is January 11, 2019.  National deadline is Friday, January 25, 2019.
Boren Scholarship applications are open!  Provide unique funding opportunities for students interested in immersive language study and public service careers. Application is available online at Campus deadline is January 21, 2019.  National deadline is February 7, 2019, 4:00pm CST.
Udall Scholarship – Application is now open!  The Udall Foundation awards scholarships up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.  Contact Kia Thao, Campus representative, to register for the online application.  Campus Deadline is February 18, 2019.  National deadline is March 7, 2019.

See the Fellowships and Scholarships page for more information.

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