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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: Third Monday of January by 12:00 noon

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships/Fellowships


  • 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 Henry Dyson by the third Monday of January 12:00 noon:

    • A completed application form (available on the Beinecke website)

    • 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

    • A financial aid data sheet completed by financial aid officer (available on the Beinecke website).  Applicants should download the form and make an appointment with the U-M Office of Financial Aid to complete the form.  NOTE: Please do not include your SSN# on this financial aid form.  We will only submit the SSN for the official nomination to the Beinecke Foundation.

  • Please combine all of the above documents into a single PDF entitled “LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_BeineckeApplication.”  Submit the application as an attachment to Henry Dyson at 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. Letters of recommendation should be entitled "STUDENTLAST_STUDENTFIRST_ADVISORLAST" and emailed directly to Henry Dyson at with “Beinecke Recommendation” in the subject line.

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