Beck Fellowships

David J. Beck Fellowships

The David J. Beck Fellowships reward outstanding academic achievement and allow top students to further challenge themselves with unique opportunities for undergraduate research and creative study.

Previous David J. Beck Fellows

2013 Beck Fellow Crissie Vandehoef biology and chemistry major pictured working in a lab She worked as a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health 2013 Beck Fellow Amy Morgan an English and Spanish major is pictured She traveled to Argentina for a literary seminar and to work on a literary translation 2012 Beck Fellow Elisabeth Maxwell, biology major pictured in wetsuit She studied manta rays in Mozambique 2012 Beck Fellow Chelsea Barnard English major She revisted the pilgrimage described in Canterbury Tales 2011 Beck Fellow Elisabeth Maxwell pictured painting a child's face while working as an intern at the South African Shark Conservancy 2010 Beck Fellow Michael Zarzosa pictured in biology lab He completed independent research in Belize 2009 Beck Fellow Jennifer Mikel pictured in Ghana hospital where she completed an internship
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David J. Beck Fellows receive:
  • Full academic scholarships covering all tuition, books, fees and on-campus room and board.
  • Up to $10,000 in funding for a summer project, which may entail research, an internship or international study.

Beck Fellowships are awarded to up to two fellows for one calendar year. Each fellow chooses a Lamar University faculty member as a project mentor.

The fellowship supersedes all other LU scholarships, which normally will be restored upon completion of the fellowship.



How to Apply

Beck Fellowships are awarded competitively to outstanding scholars. Applicants must be full-time Lamar University undergraduates in any major with 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point averages. Complete application packets must be submitted to the Office of the Senior Associate Provost (Wayne A. Reaud building, Room 310) no later than October 1 each year.

A completed Beck application packet includes:
  • A completed application
  • A resume
  • A statement of financial need
  • Two letters of recommendation (separate from project mentor)
  • Support letter from proposed project mentor
  • A description of and budget for the proposed summer experience
  • A personal essay explaining how the fellowship would help the student achieve personal and professional goal
2013 Beck Fellow Crissie Vandehoef biology and chemistry major pictured working in a lab She worked as a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health 2013 Beck Fellow Amy Morgan an English and Spanish major is pictured She traveled to Argentina for a literary seminar and to work on a literary translation 2012 Beck Fellow Elisabeth Maxwell, biology major pictured in wetsuit She studied manta rays in Mozambique 2012 Beck Fellow Chelsea Barnard English major She revisted the pilgrimage described in Canterbury Tales 2011 Beck Fellow Elisabeth Maxwell pictured painting a child's face while working as an intern at the South African Shark Conservancy 2010 Beck Fellow Michael Zarzosa pictured in biology lab He completed independent research in Belize 2009 Beck Fellow Jennifer Mikel pictured in Ghana hospital where she completed an internship
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