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Scholar Development

Scholar Development Workshops provide information, training and discussion on topics related to undergraduate research, preparation for prestigious merit awards, and overall understanding of a wide-range of funding opportunities and resources for high-achieving undergraduate students.

The Center for Honors and Scholar Development provides training to Howard University students to compete for National Competitive Awards and Fellowships. Students are invited to participate in the STEP program based on cumulative GPA. Students who do not receive an e-mail invitation can contact to register.

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CHSD offers information sessions and workshops throughout the year to promote awareness and preparation for prestigious national scholarships and merit awards.

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These information sessions are as follows:

  • Introduction to Scholar Development (for First and Second Year Students) 

  • Scholar Enrichment Institute (for Third and Fourth Year Students) 

  • Fulbright Basics (for Third Year Students) 

Introduction to Scholar Development (for First and Second Year Students) 

This session will provide an overview of national and international merit award opportunities available for Howard University students. The first and second year workshop will focus on how to envision and design an undergraduate experience that will provide a strong foundation for building a purpose-driven career with an outward focus on using your scholarly talents and gifts for the greater good. Topics of discussion will include exploring Howard opportunities for study abroad, community service, leadership development, internships, domestic exchange and undergraduate research. 

Scholar Enrichment Institute (for Third Year and Fourth Year Students) 

Third and Fourth Year students who maintain at least a 3.7 GPA are invited to engage in an intensive exploration of several merit-based awards that are due in the Fall semester of the senior year. Students may apply for awards as seniors or alumni following graduation. Weekly meetings are all optional and will explore building a strong application for multiple fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates-Cambridge, Schwarzman, Knight-Hennessey and other scholarships. Program representatives, local DC-Area Scholars and Howard alumni are normally invited to discuss award requirements and a broad range of issues related to leadership, scholarship and service. Dinner is normally provided for evening meetings. Participation in SEI is not required for university endorsement, and applying for awards is not required after participation in SEI.  

Fulbright Basics (for Third Year Students) 

The U.S. State Department provides funding for recent college graduates to teach, research or pursue graduate studies abroad. The Fulbright Basics meeting is required for all Howard University students seeking a Campus Committee Evaluation (CCE) for the U.S. Fulbright Student Program application due every October. Fulbright Basics meetings are normally held every week in April. For more information, contact the Fulbright Program Advisor, Kari Miller at