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The Beinecke Scholarship Program

Offered by The Sperry Fund

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Dec 18, 2023
Multiple awards worth


Grade level

College Junior

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

February 2025

Scholarship Overview

Are you an exceptional and motivated college junior who hopes to complete a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences? If so, consider applying for the Beinecke Scholarship Program! The scholarship is funded by The Sperry and Hutchinson Company, an organization led by the Beinecke brothers who shared a deep affection and interest in leading a company that set the pace for corporate philanthropy. To honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke, the board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company created this scholarship in 1971 to provide financial support and to encourage exceptional young students to pursue opportunities available to them in the field of arts, humanities, and the social sciences. Each chosen scholar will receive $5,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. If you’re passionate about completing a graduate degree in the arts or social sciences and are looking for some help to fund your graduate study, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

In order to be eligible, applicants must be current college juniors who hope to complete a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College Junior


U.S. Citizens

Minimum GPA

No GPA requirement

Academic Interest

Philosophy, Religion, Social Science, Anthropology, Political Science, Visual & Performing Arts, Film/Video Production, Art History, Dance

Other Category

Low Income


Applicants with: (1) an interest in creative writing, and/or (2) an interest in theater are also eligible

Application information

Students must submit an online application, a financial aid data sheet, an eligibility form, a letter from your dean or administrative officer, and the below materials. Candidates pursuing an MFA must also submit up to five pages of original work.

1000 word essay

Academic transcript

Resume or CV

Letter of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship open to international students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The Sperry Fund at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the The Beinecke Scholarship Program is not renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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