Motivation Mondays

Motivation Mondays are weekly tips and application reminders for students applying to the scholarships listed below.

These awards have a campus application deadline of August 31, 2017.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA)

July 31, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Although our campus deadline is rapidly approaching (August 31), you STILL HAVE TIME to create a polished application 

Tip of the Week:

Read this article by a recent Fulbrighter.

Inspirational Quote:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”- Thomas Jefferson

60 percent complete


July 24, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Confirm that your recommenders will upload their recommendation forms to Embark by August 31

Tip of the Week: 

Complete the Make the Personal Statement Personal exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

50 percent complete


July 17, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Write, write, write

Tip of the Week: 

Try this Dissecting the Personal Statement for Mountaintops and Aha Moments exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

 “We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square” -Michelle Obama

Week IV


July 10, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Don't forget to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Continue to work on your application essay(s)

Tip of the Week

Read the scholarship website THOROUGHLY for application tips and instructions.

Inspirational Quote:

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” – Louisa May Alcott

Week III


July 3, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Register to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Contact your 3 recommenders and confirm they will submit their ETA recommendation forms via Embark by August 31
  • If applicable, also contact your Foreign Language Evaluator and confirm he/she with submit the FLE forms by August 31
  • Continue to work on your application essays

Tip of the Week:

When reaching out to recommenders, emphasize the competitiveness of the ETA award. Ask your recommenders to cite specific examples when answering the recommendation form questions. Don’t forget, you can access a helpful Fulbright ETA LOR cover letter here.

Inspirational Quote:

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”- L.M. Montgomery

20% complete


June 26, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

Tip of the Week:

Create Google alerts to stay up-to-date on trends within your field. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create an alert. This info could be invaluable, not only as you prepare your scholarship essays, but also during the interview stage of the application cycle. Remember, no one expects you to be an expert, but you should be aware of key issues within your discipline.

Inspirational Quote:

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”- Horace

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Fulbright Study/Research

July 31, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Although our campus deadline is rapidly approaching (August 31), you STILL HAVE TIME to create a polished application 

Tip of the Week:

Read this article by a recent Fulbrighter.

Inspirational Quote:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”- Thomas Jefferson

60 percent complete


July 24, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Confirm that your recommenders will upload their LORs to Embark by August 31

Tip of the Week: 

Complete the Make the Personal Statement Personal exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

50 percent complete


July 17, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Write, write, write

Tip of the Week: 

Try this Dissecting the Personal Statement for Mountaintops and Aha Moments exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

 “We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square” -Michelle Obama

Week IV


July 10, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Don't forget to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Continue to work on your application essay(s)

Tip of the Week: 

Read the scholarship website THOROUGHLY for application tips and instructions, as well as this Q&A with current Marshall and Fulbright Scholars. They’ve been where you are now, so trust their advice.

Inspirational Quote:

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” – Louisa May Alcott

Week III


July 3, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Register to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Contact your 3 recommenders and confirm they will submit their recommendation letters via Embark by August 31
  • If applicable, work on obtaining a letter of affiliation for your proposed program
  • If applicable, also contact your Foreign Language Evaluator and confirm he/she with submit the FLE forms by August 31
  • Continue to work on your application essays

Tip of the Week:

When reaching out to recommenders, emphasize the competitiveness of the Study/Research award. Ask your recommenders to cite specific examples of how you meet, but preferably exceed, the selection criteria. Don’t forget, you can access a helpful Fulbright Study/Research LOR cover letter here.

Inspirational Quote:

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”- L.M. Montgomery

20% complete


June 26, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

Tip of the Week:

Create Google alerts to stay up-to-date on trends within your field. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create an alert. This info could be invaluable, not only as you prepare your scholarship essays, but also during the interview stage of the application cycle. Remember, no one expects you to be an expert, but you should be aware of key issues within your discipline.

Inspirational Quote:

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”- Horace

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Gates Cambridge

July 31, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Although our campus deadline is rapidly approaching (August 31), you STILL HAVE TIME to create a polished application 

Tip of the Week:

While this article focuses on a recent Fulbrighter’s advice, apply her suggestions to your Gates Cambridge application.

Inspirational Quote:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”- Thomas Jefferson

60 percent complete


July 24, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Confirm that your recommenders will email their LORs to NISFeP by August 31

Tip of the Week: 

Complete the Make the Personal Statement Personal exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

50 percent complete


July 17, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

Tip of the Week: 

Try this Dissecting the Personal Statement for Mountaintops and Aha Moments exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

 “We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square” -Michelle Obama

Week IV


July 10, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Don't forget to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Continue to work on your application essay(s)

Tip of the Week: 

Read the scholarship website THOROUGHLY for application tips and instructions.

Inspirational Quote:

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” – Louisa May Alcott

Week III


July 3, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Register to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Contact your 2 academic references for admission and personal reference and confirm they will email copies of their LORs to NISFeP by August 31
  • Continue to work on your admissions and scholarship essays

Tip of the Week:

When reaching out to recommenders, emphasize the competitiveness of the Gates Cambridge award. Ask your recommenders to cite specific examples of how you meet, but preferably exceed, the selection criteria. Don’t forget, you can access a helpful Gates Cambridge LOR cover letter here.

Inspirational Quote:

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”- L.M. Montgomery

20% complete


June 26, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Sign this scholarship waiver and email or drop off a copy to NISFeP- due July 14
  • Remember, the 2018-19 University of Cambridge graduate application opens in early September. In the meantime, review  the "How Do I Apply" website and contact NISFeP with any questions
  • Begin outlining your Personal Statement
  • Finalize your 2 academic references for admission and personal reference for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Tip of the Week:

Create Google alerts to stay up-to-date on trends within your field. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create an alert. This info could be invaluable, not only as you prepare your scholarship essays, but also during the interview stage of the application cycle. Remember, no one expects you to be an expert, but you should be aware of key issues within your discipline.

Inspirational Quote:

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”- Horace

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Knight-Hennessy Scholars

July 31, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Although our campus deadline is rapidly approaching (August 31), you STILL HAVE TIME to create a polished application 

Tip of the Week:

While this article focuses on a recent Fulbrighter’s advice, apply her suggestions to your Knight-Hennessy application.

Inspirational Quote:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”- Thomas Jefferson

60 percent complete


July 24, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Confirm that your recommender will email his/her LOR to NISFeP by August 31

Tip of the Week: 

Complete the Make the Personal Statement Personal exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

50 percent complete


July 17, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

Tip of the Week: 

Try this Dissecting the Personal Statement for Mountaintops and Aha Moments exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

 “We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square” -Michelle Obama

Week IV


July 10, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Don't forget to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Continue to work on your application essay(s)

Tip of the Week: 

Read the scholarship website THOROUGHLY for application tips and instructions.

Inspirational Quote:

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” – Louisa May Alcott

Week III


July 3, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Register to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Contact your 1 recommender and and confirm he/she will email a copy of his/her LOR to NISFeP by August 31
  • Continue to work on your application essays

Tip of the Week:

When reaching out to recommenders, emphasize the competitiveness of this new scholarship. Ask your recommenders to cite specific examples, anecdotes, and evidence of your ability and determination to make a difference. Don’t forget, you can access a helpful Knight-Hennessy LOR cover letter here.

Inspirational Quote:

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”- L.M. Montgomery

20% complete


June 26, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

Tip of the Week:

Create Google alerts to stay up-to-date on trends within your field. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create an alert. This info could be invaluable, not only as you prepare your scholarship essays, but also during the interview stage of the application cycle. Remember, no one expects you to be an expert, but you should be aware of key issues within your discipline.

Inspirational Quote:

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”- Horace

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Marshall

July 31, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Although our campus deadline is rapidly approaching (August 31), you STILL HAVE TIME to create a polished application 

Tip of the Week:

While this article focuses on a recent Fulbrighter’s advice, apply her suggestions to your Marshall application.

Inspirational Quote:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”- Thomas Jefferson

60 percent complete


July 24, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Confirm that your recommenders will upload their LORs to Embark by August 31

Tip of the Week: 

Complete the Make the Personal Statement Personal exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

50 percent complete


July 17, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Write, write, write

Tip of the Week: 

Try this Dissecting the Personal Statement for Mountaintops and Aha Moments exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

 “We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square” -Michelle Obama

Week IV


July 10, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Don't forget to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Continue to work on your application essay(s)

Tip of the Week: 

Read the scholarship website THOROUGHLY for application tips and instructions, as well as this Q&A with current Marshall and Fulbright Scholars. They’ve been where you are now, so trust their advice.

Inspirational Quote:

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” – Louisa May Alcott

Week III


July 3, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Register to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Contact your 4 recommenders, including one "preferred recommender" and confirm they will submit their LORs via Embark by August 31
  • Continue to work on your application essays

Tip of the Week:

When reaching out to recommenders, emphasize the competitiveness of the Marshall award. Ask your recommenders to cite specific examples of how you meet, but preferably exceed, the selection criteria. Don’t forget, you can access a helpful Marshall LOR cover letter here.

Inspirational Quote:

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”- L.M. Montgomery

20% complete


June 26, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Sign this scholarship waiver and email or drop off a copy to NISFeP- due July 14
  • Create your Marshall application online through Embark. Familiarize yourself with all the required online application components and contact NISFeP with any questions
  • Begin outlining your 5 essays- Post Scholarship Plan, Personal Statement, Proposed Academic Program, Leadership, and Ambassadorial Potential
  • Finalize your 4 recommenders-Watch and share this video for useful tips and suggestions

Tip of the Week:

Create Google alerts to stay up-to-date on trends within your field. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create an alert. This info could be invaluable, not only as you prepare your scholarship essays, but also during the interview stage of the application cycle. Remember, no one expects you to be an expert, but you should be aware of key issues within your discipline.

Inspirational Quote:

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”- Horace

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Mitchell

July 31, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Although our campus deadline is rapidly approaching (August 31), you STILL HAVE TIME to create a polished application 

Tip of the Week:

While this article focuses on a recent Fulbrighter’s advice, apply her suggestions to your Mitchell application.

Inspirational Quote:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”- Thomas Jefferson

60 percent complete


July 24, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Confirm that your recommenders will email their LORs to NISFeP by August 31

Tip of the Week: 

Complete the Make the Personal Statement Personal exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

50 percent complete


July 17, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Write, write, write

Tip of the Week: 

Try this Dissecting the Personal Statement for Mountaintops and Aha Moments exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

 “We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square” -Michelle Obama

Week IV


July 10, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Don't forget to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Continue to work on your application essay(s)

Tip of the Week: 

Read the scholarship website THOROUGHLY for application tips and instructions.

Inspirational Quote:

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” – Louisa May Alcott

Week III


July 3, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Register to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Contact your 4 recommenders and confirm they will email copies of their LORs to NISFeP by August 31
  • Continue to work on your personal statement, but don't forget, you cannot share your writing or request feedback

Tip of the Week:

When reaching out to recommenders, emphasize the competitiveness of the Mitchell award. Ask your recommenders to cite specific examples of how you meet, but preferably exceed, the selection criteria. Don’t forget, you can access a helpful Mitchell LOR cover letter here.

Inspirational Quote:

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”- L.M. Montgomery

20% complete


June 26, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

Tip of the Week:

Create Google alerts to stay up-to-date on trends within your field. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create an alert. This info could be invaluable, not only as you prepare your scholarship essays, but also during the interview stage of the application cycle. Remember, no one expects you to be an expert, but you should be aware of key issues within your discipline.

Inspirational Quote:

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”- Horace

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Rhodes

July 31, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Although our campus deadline is rapidly approaching (August 31), you STILL HAVE TIME to create a polished application 

Tip of the Week:

While this article focuses on a recent Fulbrighter’s advice, apply her suggestions to your Rhodes application.

Inspirational Quote:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”- Thomas Jefferson

60 percent complete


July 24, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Confirm that your recommenders will email their LORs to NISFeP by August 31

Tip of the Week: 

Complete the Make the Personal Statement Personal exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

50 percent complete


July 17, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

Tip of the Week: 

Try this Dissecting the Personal Statement for Mountaintops and Aha Moments exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

 “We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square” -Michelle Obama

Week IV


July 10, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Don't forget to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Continue to work on your application essay(s)

Tip of the Week: 

Read the scholarship website THOROUGHLY for application tips and instructions.

Inspirational Quote:

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” – Louisa May Alcott

Week III


July 3, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Register to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Contact your 5-8 recommenders and confirm they will email copies of their LORs to NISFeP by August 31
  • Continue to work on your personal statement, but don't forget, you cannot share your writing or request feedback

Tip of the Week:

When reaching out to recommenders, emphasize the competitiveness of the Rhodes Scholarship. Ask your recommenders to cite specific examples of how you meet, but preferably exceed, the selection criteria. Don’t forget, you can access a helpful Rhodes LOR cover letter here.

Inspirational Quote:

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”- L.M. Montgomery

20% complete


June 26, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

Tip of the Week:

Create Google alerts to stay up-to-date on trends within your field. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create an alert. This info could be invaluable, not only as you prepare your scholarship essays, but also during the interview stage of the application cycle. Remember, no one expects you to be an expert, but you should be aware of key issues within your discipline.

Inspirational Quote:

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”- Horace

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Schwarzman

July 31, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Although our campus deadline is rapidly approaching (August 31), you STILL HAVE TIME to create a polished application 

Tip of the Week:

While this article focuses on a recent Fulbrighter’s advice, apply her suggestions to your Schwarzman application.

Inspirational Quote:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”- Thomas Jefferson

60 percent complete


July 24, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Confirm that your recommenders will email their LORs to NISFeP by August 31

Tip of the Week: 

Complete the Make the Personal Statement Personal exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

50 percent complete


July 17, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

Tip of the Week: 

Try this Dissecting the Personal Statement for Mountaintops and Aha Moments exercise.

Inspirational Quote:

 “We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square” -Michelle Obama

Week IV


July 10, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Don't forget to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Continue to work on your application essay(s)

Tip of the Week: 

Read the scholarship website THOROUGHLY for application tips and instructions.

Inspirational Quote:

“Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” – Louisa May Alcott

Week III


July 3, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Register to attend the July 14 Applicant Workshop. You can attend in-person or online, through Zoom
  • Contact your 3 recommenders and confirm they will email copies of their LORs to NISFeP by August 31
  • Continue to work on your application essays

Tip of the Week:

When reaching out to recommenders, emphasize the competitiveness of the Schwarzman Scholars Program. Ask your recommenders to cite specific examples of how you meet, but preferably exceed, the selection criteria. Don’t forget, you can access a helpful Schwarzman LOR cover letter here.

Inspirational Quote:

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”- L.M. Montgomery

20% complete


June 26, 2017

What to Focus on this Week: 

  • Sign this scholarship waiver and email or drop off a copy to NISFeP- due July 14
  • Create your Schwarzman application online. Familiarize yourself with all the required online application components and contact NISFeP with any questions
  • Begin outlining your 3 essays- Personal Statement, Leadership, and Current Affairs
  • Finalize your 4 recommenders-Watch and share this video for useful tips and suggestions

Tip of the Week:

Create Google alerts to stay up-to-date on trends within your field. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create an alert. This info could be invaluable, not only as you prepare your scholarship essays, but also during the interview stage of the application cycle. Remember, no one expects you to be an expert, but you should be aware of key issues within your discipline.

Inspirational Quote:

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”- Horace

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