Bender Scholarship to the University of Cambridge


In 1992 the Dorothy G. Bender Foundation, Inc. established an endowment fund at the George Washington University to support scholarship awards to George Washington University graduates for post-graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. In the fall of 1992 the first Bender Scholar matriculated to Jesus College at the University of Cambridge.

The University of Cambridge buildings are situated in and around the city of Cambridge. The historic center of the University is near the market square and includes a nucleus of ancient University buildings and Colleges.

The Program

The program, modeled after the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, will give a George Washington University graduate the opportunity to study for one year at the University of Cambridge, a university of world-renown.

The amount of the Bender Scholarship will be based on the financial circumstances of the recipient and available funds. The Scholarship is for all or part of the student's tuition and fees, room, board, books, and personal expenses at the University of Cambridge, as well as travel between Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, England, for each year of the Scholarship.

Selection Process

Each year that the Scholarship is open, the George Washington University will select a Bender Scholar from among those endorsed by GW to apply for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships. In addition, students submitting applications to the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship may establish eligibility for the Bender Scholarship by notifying the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. The GW Bender Scholarship Committee will choose two finalists whose will then submit complete applications to the University of Cambridge. If both candidates are accepted for study, Cambridge will choose the winner or the results of the rankings from the Bender Committee will be the deciding factor. The Scholarship will become official when the University of Cambridge's college or department to which the student is applying accepts and approves our nominated Bender Scholar.

The Bender Scholarship Committee will consider the following criteria: academic accomplishment and promise, strength of character, public service, and demonstrated leadership ability.

For more information on applying for the Bender Scholarship, please contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at

Moral Repayment Obligation

It is important to note that the endowment donor believes that, if circumstances permit, the recipient will have the moral obligation at some time in the future to repay the scholarship money in full to the endowment fund so that it may grow to increase the number of future available scholarships.