The Four Year Plan

Begin now to get the most out of your Pace education. Do not put off prestigious fellowships until your junior or senior year. After all, several of the opportunities available provide funding to support your undergraduate studies. Preparation is everything, so seek out and engage in the multitude of rich opportunities Pace offers.

Here is a year by year list of things you should consider:



The First Year

  1. Apply for Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, Gilman Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, or other program. Make an appointment with the Office of Prestigious Fellowships and Awards to discuss these opportunities.
  2. Take advantage of the many first-year academic, intellectual, and extra-curricular resources available to you; your University 101 instructors are a valuable source of information for this.
  3. Take courses that will enrich your academic career and/or area of interest.
  4. Consider applying for the Undergraduate Research Initiative or other research/independent study opportunities—you may not be able to participate now, but you should let your professors know of your interest.
  5. Get to know your advisors and faculty.
  6. Develop mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, and upperclassmen.
  7. Engage in meaningful extra-curricular, leadership and civic/public service activities with Student Development and Campus Activities Office, NYCor PLV.
  8. Identify and plan ahead regarding scholarship programs that may be of interest to you.
  9. Keep a detailed résumé of your co-curricular activities, awards, leadership activities, research papers/projects, etc.
  10. Investigate semester and summer study abroad or participate in a travel course.

The Sophomore Year

  1. Apply for the Critical Language Scholarship, Jeannette K. Watson FellowshipMorris Udall, Goldwater Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, or other program. Make an appointment with the Office of Prestigious Fellowships and Awards to discuss these opportunities.
  2. Compete in Model United Nations. Write for the Pace Student Newspaper. Join the Student Government Association. Participate in a Pace Athletic team. Study a foreign language. 
  3. Secure a summer or semester-long internship by contacting the Career Services Office.
  4. Apply for the Undergraduate Research Initiative at Pace, and/or other research/independent study opportunities.
  5. Apply to become a Pforzheimer Honors College Student, if you aren’t already, or join a Pace honor Society.
  6. Check out volunteer opportunities with the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR).
  7. Continue to update your résumé.
  8. Apply to become a Resident Assistant (NYC or PLV) or Summer Orientation Leader.
  9. Go Away - semester or summer study abroad or participate in a travel course. 
  10.  Schedule an appointment with the Assistant Program Coordinator to discuss scholarship opportunities, career goals and formulate an action plan.

The Junior Year

  1. Apply for the Truman Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, Morris Udall, Goldwater Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, or other program. Make an appointment with the Office of Prestigious Fellowships and Awards to discuss these opportunities.
  2. Inquire with faculty about becoming a research assistant or teaching/course assistant.
  3. Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss writing an honors thesis.
  4. Go Away- semester or summer study abroad or participate in a travel course.
  5. Apply to become a Resident Assistant (NYC or PLV) or Summer Orientation Leader.
  6. Attend regional, national or international conferences in your field.
  7. Continue to update your résumé.
  8. List the scholarships that you would like to apply for as a senior. Become familiar with the application components.
  9. Schedule an appointment to meet with the University Director of Scholarly Initiatives to discuss the Fulbright Award, future career goals and formulate an action plan.
  10. Prepare for and take your graduate school admissions exams (MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, etc.). Identify top graduate/professional degree programs. 

The Summer After Your Junior Year

  1. Apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Charles B. Rangel, Truman Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, or other program. Make an appointment with the Office of Prestigious Fellowships and Awards to discuss these opportunities.
  2. Consult the Office of Prestigious Fellowships and Awards website to learn more about campus deadlines and the application process/components.
  3. Connect and hear from previous Pace prestigious fellowship recipients. The office can help you make these connections.
  4. Further investigate specific graduate/professional degree programs of interest to you. Draft a timeline for when your applications are due, and what they require (i.e., personal statement, transcripts, letters of reference, writing sample, etc.)
  5. Submit your Intent to Apply for National and International Scholarships to the Coordinator of Prestigious Fellowships (via e-mail or online survey. This will vary according to each scholarship.)
  6. Schedule an appointmentto meet with the Coordinator of Prestigious Fellowships to begin developing your application.
  7. Identify faculty and other critical stakeholders whom you believe can offer constructive feedback and assistance to you throughout the application process. Think mentor.
  8. Let the essay drafting begin! Write a first draft of your prestigious fellowship essays (i.e., personal statement, project/research proposal, etc.). Revise, re-write, and revise again. Dr. Benton and Ms. Alfieri look forward to helping you craft your essays.
  9. Enhancement Opportunities- Put together a list of additional opportunities you might want to pursue or take advantage of to further enhance your application and competitiveness.
  10. Obtain References- Be strategic. Select your references carefully, and contemplate how each referee will portray you as a student, leader, and scholar.

The Senior Year

  1. Scholarship deadlines occur during the fall semester. Complete your application during the summer.
  2. Complete on campus interviews with Pace prestigious fellowship review board (if applicable).
  3. Submit final scholarship applications for post-graduation (with the Coordinator of Prestigious Fellowships).
  4. Submit final graduate/professional school applications.
  5. Don’t let your coursework sufferas a result of applying for scholarships, graduate/professional schools or jobs.
  6. Contact the Coordinator of Prestigious Fellowships once you have been notified regarding candidacy status.