NDEA/SMART Scholarship

Offered by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program supports undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working in DoD laboratories.

Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security as it relates to both the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being and the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service as a Foreign Service Officer. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security, and suitability clearances to remain in the program.

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students in any major and at every level of language learning. Participants are expected to continue their chosen language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Language options include the following:

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels

Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation provides financial support to students who wish to pursue a graduate degree with the goal of a career in public service. Applicants must be full-time students at the junior level or above; they must also be nominated by UAH's Truman Scholarship faculty representative.

John Carl Powell Memorial Scholarship

The John Carl Powell Memorial Scholarship was established in 1995 in loving memory of John Carl Powell, a 1983 UAH History graduate who is remembered for his intelligence, sensitivity, and intellectual curiosity. The scholarship is awarded to students at the sophomore level or above who are enrolled in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, with preference given to students majoring in History, Political Science, or English. It is based on academic merit, citizenship, and leadership, in addition to demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years; however, the student must maintain a full-time course load (12 credit hours) each semester for a total of 24 credit hours each academic year and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible for renewal.


Dr. David Johnson