Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

The Dean of Academic Life seeks to assist undergraduates and recent graduates engage in a process of reflection upon their education ⁠— inside and outside the classroom ⁠— their values and their life goals in order to enhance success in applying for opportunities that will enable them to realize their goals (e.g. nationally prestigious awards, graduate or professional study).

Opportunities include significant student research and presentation, study abroad and meaningful volunteer and service-learning work. The process acknowledges the different levels of readiness of students, from the first year through postgraduate study. Included are many opportunities to work with faculty awards advisors and the Dean, including an intensive mock application and interview program during the Junior year, whose reward is a $1000 Presidential Scholarship. Hundreds of national and international awards, finalist statuses and honorable mentions have been earned by Muhlenberg students and recent graduates.

Whether students receive an award or not, the process has helped all students get to know themselves better and present themselves better in future competitions and in postgraduate careers. Close work with faculty who teach, advise and inspire these students is central to success.

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Kammie Takahashi, PhD
Director of Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards


J. William Fulbright - The Fulbright is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The award subsidizes one year’s teaching or research abroad. Chris Herrick, Political Science, was the advisor to the Fulbright award.

  • Brittany Gelb '21. Semi-finalist. Brittany graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Mathematics.
  • Andrea Laisure '21. Alternate. Andrea graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in International Studies and also majored in Spanish. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Holly Lehren '19. Semi-finalist. Holly graduated Cum Laude with Honors in Political Science and also majored in Theatre.
  • Gianna Perri '21. Alternate. Gianna graduated Summa Cum Laude and majored in Psychology. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

The College has 6 students applying for the Fulbright for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Barry M. Goldwater – The program awards up to $7,500 annually for a maximum of two years to students with a demonstrated commitment to a career in science or math, excluding medical school. Joseph Keane, Chemistry, is the advisor to the Goldwater.

  • Kevan Shah '22. Winner. Kevan is majoring in Public Health and Neuroscience.

National Science Foundation - The NSF awards $34,000 per year, plus $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to students embarking on graduate study in the sciences. Bruce Wightman, Biology, is the advisor to the NSF award.

  • Andrew Rice '19. Winner. Andrew graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Chemistry and majored in Biochemistry and minored in English. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Harry S. Truman - The Truman is a $30,000 scholarship for graduate study in preparation for a career in public service. Students are chosen because of outstanding leadership potential. Michele Moser Deegan, Dean of Academic Life and professor of Political Science, is the advisor to the Truman.

  • Kevan Shah '22. Finalist. Kevan is majoring in Public Health and Neuroscience.


Contact the Dean

Dean of Academic Life

Address Muhlenberg College Dean of Academic Life 2400 Chew Street Allentown, PA 18104