Otto Graf Scholarship & Jack Meiland Scholarship

Applications must be submitted via email to no later than 12:00 noon on the third Monday of March.

Each year outstanding third-year Honors students are selected as recipients of the Otto Graf and Jack Meiland Scholarships. These awards honor the late Professors Otto Graf, who served as director of the Honors Program for eighteen years, and Jack Meiland, who championed interdisciplinarity in the Honors curriculum.  Scholarships can range between $2000-5000 depending on available funding and the number of scholarships granted.  

To be eligible students should be in their third year (i.e. juniors or third-year seniors) and must be pursuing an Honors major.  (Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.  Please email if you have questions.)  Selection criteria for the scholarship include:

1.  A serious commitment to intellectual pursuits and promise for continued academic success (most applicants will have a 3.7 GPA or higher)

2. Evidence of exceptional depth and/or breadth in their studies.  These might include, but are not limited to significant research accomplishments, an ambitious and interesting Honors thesis topic, proficiency in multiple languages, advanced coursework in a field of study, etc..

3.  Co-curricular accomplishments that supplement or complement their academic programs and demonstrate sustained commitment, leadership, and effectiveness. 

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit the following items via email to  Please save both items as a single PDF entitled "LastName_FirstName_GrafMeilandApplication".

  1. A 500 word essay about your academic interests and your goals for the next 3-5 years.
  2. An updated resume or CV.

Applicants should also arrange for at least one and no more than three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to  The letters should be from faculty members who know both you and your academic work well.  Please download this letter with advice and submission instructions, sending it to your faculty recommenders.

You do not need to apply separately for the Graf and Meiland competitions. The Meiland Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant to the joint competition whose academic work best exemplifies the principles of creativity and interdisciplinarity espoused by Professor Meiland.

Finalists will be invited to interview with the scholarship selection committee in late March. Finalists who are away from campus for the winter semester will be invited to interview via video link. Scholarship winners will be announced in early April.