Motar Board - National College Senior Honor Society


Since the inception of Mortar Board’s fellowship program in 1941, more than $750,000 has been given to deserving members of Mortar Board pursuing postgraduate degrees. The program started with two awards of $500 and has grown to several awards of between $3,000 and $5,000 each. A member of any age may apply for a Mortar Board Fellowship for postbaccalaureate degree study in any field. The Mortar Board Fellowship Selection Committee endeavors to provide for a streamlined, yet thought-provoking application process that allows each applicant to showcase her/his accomplishments and plans. The Ideals of Mortar Board are considered: robust scholarship that is competitive nationwide, meaningful leadership, and dedication to service to one’s alma mater. These fellowships are awarded annually.

Applications for the upcoming awards must be submitted on or before March 1.

How to apply

The fellowship selection process is managed by the Mortar Board Fellowship Selection Committee, which reviews all completed applications in a two-phase reading process. A completed application for a Mortar Board National Foundation fellowship, due on or before March 1, consists of three parts:

An online application
A current, official transcript from every institution of higher education attended
(emailed to or mailed to the National Office)
Two recommendations

The two letters of recommendation must be from faculty or others who can speak with authority about your ability to do graduate work in your chosen field and about your personal qualities and achievement. It would be helpful if these recommenders would also write about your out-of-classroom experiences related to your degree objective and also your leadership and service on campus and in the community.

Selecting fellowship recipients

Candidates will be judged on their academic record, recommendations, goals and objectives, and contribution and commitment to Mortar Board. The acceptance of the fellowship involves an obligation to begin and complete the year of study described in the application. Applicants must be current or former collegiate members of Mortar Board. Past recipients of the fellowship are ineligible to apply again. Awards are for one academic year only.

Applications must be received on or before March 1. The results of the selection process will be sent to all applicants on or before May 1. The monetary award is sent directly to the Mortar Board Fellow.

Frequently asked questions

2016-2017 Fellows