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The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke. The Board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise.

The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 470 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university.

Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships, and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies. Twenty of these awards will be made this year and Vassar College is one of 106 colleges and universities invited to participate.

Vassar may nominate one junior to go forward in the national competition.

Campus deadline is December 1, this includes all letters of recommendation.

Review the Eligibility Requirements and these application instructions carefully! 

Please be aware that you will need to download and have the following forms completed and ready to be uploaded when you go to complete the campus application. 

  • Financial Aid Form: you can find this information on your Student Aid Report received from FASA (link on the form) and your Vassar Financial Aid Award letter can be found on Banner; this details your outstanding loans over the past three years.
  • Beinecke Application Form

Visit the Beinecke Website to download these forms. In order to save the forms after you complete them, you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader; if you don’t have this you should download it now.

  1. Upload a confidentiality waiver (if you do not have one on file) using the Recommendation Registration Form; please be prepared to do this when you go to complete the form.
  2. Contact three people to serve as your referees, once they all agree to write on your behalf you will register them to submit their letter using the Recommendation Registration FormYou must register your writers before you submit your application and inform them that the letters are due by the campus deadline. 
  3. Complete the Campus Application Form and submit it by the campus deadline. Be prepared to upload all materials requested when you go to complete the form.

For Applicants: You must submit your application through the online system as indicated above. Please note that you cannot save information in the application and return to it at a later date. You should save your work in a separate document and enter it all at once when you are ready to submit. 

For Letter Writers: Candidates should register their references through the online application. Once registered, writers will receive a link to this form Letter of Recommendation Form. If you haven’t received an email please follow up with the applicant to ensure that you have been registered to write on his/her behalf. You may access this form at any time through this site, however, you cannot save information and return to the form at a later date.