The William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose
The William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose recognizes graduating college seniors who are pursuing lives dedicated to and distinguished by honor, generosity, service, and respect.
The Simon Fellowship is a $40,000 unrestricted grant awarded to those graduating college seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction, and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen civil society. In addition, awards of $20,000 and $10,000 are made to two other outstanding students.
Examples of how recipients may use the award include:* Engage directly in the civic life of their community. * Help to create opportunity for others, including job creation. * Advance their expertise. * Fund the ultimate realization of their noble purpose.
Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the mature conception of and passion for what they hope to accomplish as well as their academic records, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation.
Students must provide completed applications that include:* An application form * A 5-10 page narrative essays detailing past efforts, future plans, and individual philosophy for living a life of noble purpose * A one page outline of prior education, awards, fellowships, and internships * Official transcripts of all undergraduate course work * A letter of recommendation relevant to the applicant’s noble purpose
Application guidelines* The postmark deadline for applications is mid-January (check site for precise date). New fellows will be announced in April. * Applicants must be U.S. citizens graduating in the application year.
Details, including application instructions, can be found at the ISI Simon Fellowship web site.