Beck Fellowships

David J. Beck Fellowships

Applications for this competitive undergraduate fellowship for 2015 will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2014.

The David J. Beck Fellowships reward outstanding academic achievement and allow top students to further challenge themselves with unique opportunities for undergraduate research and creative study.

David J. Beck Fellows receive full academic scholarships covering all tuition, books, fees and on-campus room and board. Additionally, each fellow receives up to $10,000 in funding for a summer project, which may entail research, an internship or international study. A final report on the summer project is presented in November at a ceremony naming the next year's Beck Fellows. The fellowships are awarded for one calendar year.

Each fellow chooses a Lamar University faculty member as a project mentor. David J. Beck Fellowships are awarded to up to two fellows each year. The fellowship supersedes all other LU scholarships, which normally will be restored upon completion of the fellowship.

Previous David J. Beck Fellows

How to Apply

Beck Fellowships are awarded competitively to outstanding scholars. Applicants must be full-time Lamar University undergraduates in any major with 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point averages. Complete application packets must be submitted to the Office of the Senior Associate Provost (Plummer 104) no later than October 1 each year.

A complete application packet includes:

  • A resume
  • A statement of financial need
  • Letters of recommendation, including one from the proposed project mentor
  • A description of and budget for the proposed summer experience
  • A personal essay explaining how the fellowship would help the student achieve personal and professional goals

A committee appointed by the provost reviews applications, interviews finalists and makes recommendations with final selection made by the Lamar University president. Fellows are selected on the strength of their complete application packets, including proposed summer project, academic record and financial need.

The 2015 David J. Beck Fellowship application is available for download from this website, as well as in printed format in the Office of the Senior Associate Provost, Office of the Honors College (Honors Building), and offices of each college dean.  For additional information, call (409) 880-8400.