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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. 


  • Academics: Most successful applicants have at least a 3.8 GPA. 
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen or U.S. National from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 
  • Degree-Level: Junior standing with full-time enrollment. 
  • Other: Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid. 


Application Deadlines

  • Campus Deadline: March 8th by 12:00 noon. 
  • Endorsement: This scholarship requires U-M endorsement. Applications are submitted directly to ONSF. Refer to Canvas for more details. 
  • Selection Notification: mid-March 


U-M Nomination Application

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

Application Summary

Beinecke applicants should refer to the ONSF Canvas site for detailed instructions. 

  1. Three letters of recommendation
  2. Personal statement (1,000 words)
  3. 2-page resume
  4. U-M transcript
  5. Note: Candidates who wish to pursue an MFA degree must also submit an artist’s supplement of up to five pages of original work.