Mortar Board National Foundation fellowship awards

Since the inception of Mortar Board’s fellowship program in 1941, more than half a million dollars has been given to deserving members of Mortar Board pursuing postgraduate degrees.

The program started with a single award of $500 annually 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 postgraduate 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 by the committee: 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 January 31.

How to apply

The fellowship selection process is managed by the Mortar Board Fellowship Selection Committee, which reviews all completed applications in an extensive two-phase reading process.

A completed application for a Mortar Board National Foundation fellowship consists of three parts:

  1. A Microsoft Word application form (available for download here), completed in full, and sent as an email attachment to;
  2. A current, official transcript from every institution of higher education that you have attended, must be received on or before January 31:

    Mortar Board National Office
    1200 Chambers Road, Suite 201
    Columbus, OH 43212

  3. Two recommendations as described below.

The annual deadline for receipt of the completed application is January 31. An incomplete application will receive no consideration.

Recommendation explanation

One recommendation must be from a faculty member or other person who is able to attest to your academic ability, personal qualities and achievement. One recommendation must be from a past or current advisor of your Mortar Board chapter.

Recommendations should be completed in a Microsoft Word, saved and emailed to The recommendation form is available online (download here).

Selecting fellowship recipients

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

Applications must be received on or before January 31. The results of the selection process will be sent to all applicants by May 1. The monetary award is sent directly to the recipient.   








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