Beck Fellowships

David J. Beck Fellowships

Applications for this competitive undergraduate fellowship for 2017 will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2016.

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

2013 Beck Fellow Crissie Vandehoef biology and chemistry major pictured working in a lab She worked as a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health 2013 Beck Fellow Amy Morgan an English and Spanish major is pictured She traveled to Argentina for a literary seminar and to work on a literary translation 2012 Beck Fellow Elisabeth Maxwell, biology major pictured in wetsuit She studied manta rays in Mozambique 2012 Beck Fellow Chelsea Barnard English major She revisted the pilgrimage described in Canterbury Tales 2011 Beck Fellow Elisabeth Maxwell pictured painting a child's face while working as an intern at the South African Shark Conservancy 2010 Beck Fellow Michael Zarzosa pictured in biology lab He completed independent research in Belize 2009 Beck Fellow Jennifer Mikel pictured in Ghana hospital where she completed an internship

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
  • Two letters of recommendation (separate from project mentor)
  • Support letter from 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 2017 David J. Beck Fellowship application is available 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.

Download a digital copy of the David J. Beck Fellowship application