The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke, three brothers from New York City who in the 1920s guided the Sperry and Hutchinson Company from a small enter¬prise to a multi-million dollar company with a legacy of supporting charitable and educational institutions. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national

  • College junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2017 and August 2018.

  • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences (students planning to pursue graduate study in neuroscience are not eligible).

  • Recipient of need-based financial aid during undergraduate years.

General Information

Each Beinecke 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 are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

Application Instructions

**All application materials and instructions can be found online at the Beinecke website. Please apply with these materials and submit them as listed below.** The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials a minimum of three weeks in advance of the campus deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Students seeking nomination for the Beinecke Scholarship must submit the following by the campus deadline: February 1, 2017

  • Unofficial Transcript (PDF) from CaneLink (with Fall grades). For any other non-UM transcripts, please request official copies to be sent to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships
  • Application Form
  • Financial Aid Form
  • Resume
  • Personal statement of 1,000 words or less from you describing your background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members that assess your intellectual curiosity, character and potential for advanced graduate study.

Application materials must be delivered to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Scholarships by February 1, 2017.  Letters arriving via campus mail should be sent at least 5 business days before the deadline to the following address:

Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships
Attn: April Dobbins
1204 Dickinson Drive, Suite 37-K
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
(Locator Code: 5321)

The UM Fellowship Committee will read your application materials and decide on the nomination. You will be informed of your status via email.

Application Timeline

August 2016  
UM receives Nomination Materials

February 1, 2017  
All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships for review and possible endorsement.

Late February 2017  
Nominee materials are sent by UM administrative officer to Beinecke Scholarship program coordinators for review.

Early May 2017  
Scholars announced.