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Beinecke Scholarship Program

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

Institutional Endorsement: The Beinecke Scholarship does not accept direct applications; students must be nominated by U-M’s Beinecke Committee.  Please see this page for application instructions for endorsement.

U-M Deadline: Last Monday of January by 12:00 noon.

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)


  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. National from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

  • Be a college junior. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receives a degree between December and August in the year following application.

  • Plan to enter a Master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid , usually in the form of need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid.

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability and scholastic achievement.  Most successful applicants have a 3.8 GPA or higher.

Application Instructions:

  • Potential applicants should submit each of the following to ONSF by the last Monday of January 12:00 noon:

    • A completed application form, found here.

    • A personal statement (1,000 word limit) describing your background, intellectual interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations.  The statement should include a discussion of some of the experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans, and aspirations.

    • A current resume or CV.  

    • Transcript(s) -- Please follow these instructions for U-M transcripts:

      • Order an electronic copy of your official transcript from the Registrar's Office.  These look nicer than the unofficial copies to which you have direct access in Wolverine Access.  The turnaround time on the electronic copies is typically very fast.  However, the electronic official transcripts have a security seal that does not allow it to be directly transmitted.

      • Open the transcript and right click to print.  Select "print to PDF" and make a copy.  

      • Send this copy, along with all other documents to

  • Please send all of the above documents as separate PDF documents to with “Beinecke Application” in the subject line.

  • You should also request three letters of recommendation from faculty who can attest to your intellectual curiosity, character, and potential for advanced graduate study.  Prior to requesting letters of recommendation, you must fill out the ONSF Student Waiver form, found here.  Once your waiver has been received and processed, you will receive confirmation that you can go ahead and ask for letters of recommendation from the people you have listed on the ONSF Student Waiver Form.  

    • Please advise your recommenders that their letters of recommendation should be entitled "STUDENTLASTNAME_STUDENTFIRSTNAME_ADVISORLASTNAME." Recommenders should use the link provided in your ONSF Student Waiver confirmation email to submit these letters. If there are issues or concers with this link, please email letters of recommendation to


(Pictured: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT)