Olmsted Scholar Program

Scholarship Description

What characteristics are desirable in an Olmsted Scholar?  * Demonstrated scholastic ability and language aptitude   * Demonstrated qualities of leadership to include integrity, imagination and initiative   * Personal attributes: devotion to duty, a desire to mix with people, general adaptability   * Strong professional performance and promotion potential   * Dedication to a career as a military officerWho is Eligible to Apply to Become An Olmsted Scholar Candidate?  * Active duty officers in the US Armed Forces, within the Department of DefenseAn active duty officer in the US Armed Forces means a commissioned officer serving in one of the four branches of the US military, that is, the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, or the Air Force.  It does not mean Reserves or National Guard officers on extended active duty within DoD nor does it mean non-DoD entities as the Coast Guard, US Merchant Marine, or US Public Health Service.  * Line officers in the US Armed Forces, within the Department of Defense Line officer generally corresponds to operational career fields across the Armed Forces. It excludes doctors, dentists, veterinarians, chaplains, lawyers, public affairs, contracting, and finance.    * At least 3 years commissioned but not more than 11 years total active federal service Three years of commissioned service by 1 April of the year of Scholar selection by the Board of Directors enables an officer to demonstrate documented performance of military duties, especially with regard to leadership, promotional potential, and career intentions.Total active federal service includes any enlisted time served on active duty in the Armed Forces and any extended active duty served under Reserve or Guard auspices.  * Outstanding professional performance and promotion potential We understand this is a subjective judgment.  If already commissioned, your officer evaluations should clearly earmark you as a standout among your peers.  If not yet commissioned, your formation as an officer candidate should give some indication of your capability to serve in positions of greater rank and responsibility.  * Demonstrated scholastic achievement This is an academic program and most candidates generally have relatively high grade point averages (GPAs) and class standing (at institutions where it is computed).  In the past, The Foundation set a notional minimum 3.0 GPA.  However, factors such as quality of undergraduate university, academic major, extracurricular activities, and personal situation may have significantly influenced your academic results while your specific service in the military shows distinguished accomplishments and leadership potential.  As a benchmark, consider that over the past eight years,  Scholars selected averaged GPA - 3.47; GRE Verbal - 625; GRE Quantitative - 705.  However, do not consider these benchmarks as required minimums or exclusionary levels for application.  * Strong desire to study in a foreign language at a foreign university The essential aspect of our program is communications - communications in a foreign language.  After selection as an Olmsted Scholar, the successful candidate will have up to one year to arrive at language competency in order to fulfill graduate course requirements at a foreign university.  To assess your capacity to learn a language, DoD uses the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB). The average DLAB for Scholars selected over the past eight years was 130.  However, do not consider this benchmark as a required minimum or an exclusionary level for application.  * Approval of Service career planners/detailers/assignment officers   * A commitment to The Foundation’s goals as evidenced in a personal interview

Year of Need: 1st Year Grad, 2nd Year Grad,

Type: Merit Based

Num Awards: Multiple

Min Award: Varies

Max Award: Varies

Deadline: 2018-12-31


Sponsoring Organization The George & Carol Olmsted Foundation
201 Park Washington Court
Falls Church, VA 22046

Contact Person:

Phone: 703-536-3500

Fax: 703-536-5020