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Scholar spotlight

Making history

Leaving the campus, and the world, better than she found it

Natalie Beckford ’24—the first Payne Fellow in Lafayette’s history and the only student from a Pennsylvania undergraduate institution this year—shares her journey to fulfilling her educational and personal legacy. The highly competitive and prestigious USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship is awarded annually to only 30 graduating college seniors nationwide who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Read about her impact

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Barry Goldwater Scholarship

In 2023, three students join Lafayette College’s long line of Goldwater Scholarship recipients: “Anna DiFelice, Samantha Greenberg, and Carter Brand join an illustrious cohort of over 40 Lafayette students awarded over the last 20 years,” says Julia Goldberg, associate dean of advising and co-curricular programs and director of the scholarships and fellowships office at Lafayette. “As such, the College is one of the top producers of Goldwater Scholars.”


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Fulbright Student Grant

Lafayette College is among the colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright students for the 2022-23 academic year, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Lafayette also received the honor for the 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18, and 2020-21 academic years.

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Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship application is a multifaceted one that explores applicants’ leadership abilities, commitment to public service, issues, and values that they hold dear, and an exposition of their career goals and how they will accomplish them.

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Highly competitive, NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are given to students pursuing or planning to pursue a research-based graduate degree program in a STEM-related field. Fellowships are awarded to exceptional students to support furthering their research and professional advancement.

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Rhodes scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship is extremely prestigious. Founded in 1902, it is “the oldest and best-known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates,” according to the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, Elliot Gerson.