St. Edward's offers a Summer Academic Excellence Award to support academic research and travel as it relates to your major field of study. 

Summer Academic Excellence Awards

Summer Academic Excellence Awards, which typically range from $1000 to $3500, will be awarded annually to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 3.7 GPA or above enabling them to engage in summer projects. The funds must be used over the summer and can be received either as a tuition credit or as income. Note that we cannot fund St. Edward's coursework or faculty-led study abroad.

This is your chance to think about what experience would most enhance your academic interests and future career goals. You might be an environmental science major who wants to engage in water quality research with a non-profit, a political science major who wants to travel to an archive to get material for your senior thesis, or an international relations major who needs to study intensive Mandarin in Beijing.There are as many kinds of proposals as there are kinds of student ambitions, but all projects should have a substantive link to your academic interests. 

Applications are available in December and due in February to fund the following summer.

  • Projects that include research related to a thesis or independent study will be given preference.
  • Projects that incorporate the use or study of a foreign language are encouraged.
  • Financial need is a consideration.
  • Students may not receive funding to travel to any country with a U.S. State Department Travel Warning.
  • Awardees must attend a workshop in the spring focused on how to integrate student projects into strong fellowship applications to fund similar experiences after graduation.  
  • Awardees are required to complete at least one post-graduation fellowship application.