Beinecke Scholarship 2018

The Beinecke Scholarship for is for juniors studying in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Scholars are awarded $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Candidates must demonstrate financial need and exceptional academic promise. Applicants must be United States citizens or United States nationals from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Characteristics of Potential Beinecke Scholar

  • Major in the arts, humanities, or social sciences
  • Documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during your undergraduate years (you can have a full scholarship to Pitt if you can demonstrate that without the scholarship you would have financial need)
  • Superior scholastic achievement (close to a 3.8 or 3.9 GPA)
  • Scholarly research experience
  • Intent to pursue a master’s degree or PhD in the arts, humanities, or social sciences
  • Extremely competitive (Pitt can only nominate 1 student per year, and up to 20 Beinecke Scholarships are awarded nationally per year)

October through January 13

  • Thoroughly read Beinecke website:
  • Schedule a minimum of 3 advising appointments with Lesha Greene to discuss drafts of your application before January 8 campus deadline.
  • Complete the financial data sheet with someone from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
  • Seek appropriate letter writers who can speak to your intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise.
    • Discuss your choice of letter writers with Lesha ASAP.
    • Get a commitment from 3 recommendation writers.
    • Prepare recommendation packets (follow instructions on National Scholarships website): See more information here.
    • Give 3 recommendation writers a SOLID draft of your application BEFORE THEY COMPLETE THEIR LETTERS.

January 13, 2019 - First Campus Deadline

  • Email your completed Beinecke application (personal statement, unofficial transcripts, completed financial data sheet, and resume or CV) to Lesha Greene,
  • Faculty should EMAIL an attachment of their LORs to Lesha Greene,

Mid-late January

  • Campus committee meets to select 1 Pitt nominee. 
  • Campus selection committee feedback is given to the nominee. The nominee continues to work on application until final campus deadline. 

February 8, 2019 - Final Campus Deadline  

  • Submit a hard copy of your final Beinecke application (personal statement, official transcripts, completed financial data sheet, and resume or CV) to the National Scholarships Office.
  • Faculty should deliver hard copies of their LORs to the National Scholarships Office.