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Beinecke Scholarship

Overview and Introduction

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. 

Campus Application Deadline: March 9th, 2024 at 11:59pm


  • Degree-Level: Junior standing with full-time enrollment
  • Academics: At least a 3.8 GPA recommended
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen or U.S. National from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrates superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during undergraduate career
  • Plans to enter a research or creative focused master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences (Note: Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience or clinical psychology should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship.)
  • Documented history of receiving need-based financial aid

Application Deadlines

  • U-M Deadline: March 9th, 2024 at 11:59pm
  • National Deadline: Late March
  • Endorsement: U-M Nomination is Required

Instructions for Prospective Applicants 

Prospective applicants should join the U-M Nominated Scholarships Canvas site for an overview of the application, program requirements, additional advising information, and more.  

Application Components 

Refer to the U-M Nominated Scholarships Canvas site for full, detailed instructions. 

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. Personal statement (1,000 words)
  3. 2-page resume
  4. U-M transcript

Note: Candidates who wish to pursue an MFA degree must also submit an artist’s supplement of up to five pages of original work.