West Point EXCEL Scholars Program

West Point EXCEL Scholars Program

Where talent is supported, excellence thrives!

 The EXCEL Scholars Program is a Dean’s-sponsored initiative started in AY 2012 to promote the personal and professional excellence of high-performing cadets from underrepresented groups by encouraging them to strive for a higher standard and be an instrument for change.

EXCEL accomplishes this mission through identification of promising cadets from historically underrepresented groups, nurturing the talent to compete for post-graduate scholarship opportunities, encouraging ongoing excellence in the academic, military, and physical dimensions of the West Point Leader Development System (WPLDS), and promoting diversity among the cadet leadership participant pool.  

How EXCEL Meets These Goals

EXCEL provides targeted enrichment aimed at improving technical expertise, research opportunities, writing, communication skills, and leader development throught the following:

  • Small Group Faculty Mentorship
  • GRE and Interview Prep Classes 
  • Monthly Fireside Chats
  • Annual GEM Grad Labs
  • Personal Statement Development
  • Grad School Application Review 

Recent Cadet Accomplishments

EXCEL Cadet Scholarships 

The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarships in the world.  Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.


For more information on The American Rhodes Scholarships, please visit www.rhodesscholar.org.

In 2006, Penny and Roe Stamps created merit scholarship programs for undergraduates at their alma maters.  Since then, the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation has fostered a national community of prestigious colleges and universities, awarding multi-year merit scholarships to the brightest minds across the country.  The Stamps foundation partners with universities to identify promising students and equally shares the cost of the scholarship for the student with his or her university.

For West Point specifically, four Stamps scholars are chosen on the basis of their potential to conduct research and / or achieve impact in ways not already offered by the breadth of opportunities already available at West Point.  These four scholars will each receive $30,000 in funding that can be spent on attendance at academic conferences, research or laboratory materials, or travel necessary to gather data or present research. 

For more information on the Stamps Foundation, please visit http://www.stampsfoundation.org .    

The Fulbright Scholarship was founded in 1946 through a bill introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright to fund the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.” From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. West Point cadets may only compete for those Fulbright grants which will enable them to receive a graduate degree. 

For more information on the Fulbright, please visit:   https://us.fulbrightonline.org/

The National GEM Consortium is addressing the critical shortfall in the production of American engineering and scientific talent. The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science.  Cadets compete for the MS Engineering Fellowship.  Through the GEM Consortium corporations, universities, and U.S. government labs partner to provide GEM Fellows full tuition and fees as well as practical engineering summer experiences.

For more information on The National Gem Consortium Fellowship, please visit www.gemfellowship.org.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.
As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

For more information on The Marshall Scholarships, please visit www.marshallscholarship.org .

The Truman Scholarship provides scholarship money for junior-year students toward their eventual graduate degrees; winners must demonstrate "outstanding potential for and plans to pursue a career in public service."  The Truman Foundation conceives public service quite broadly--in politics, the military, medicine, social service, etc.  Each year, approximately 60 scholarships are awarded to outstanding individuals from across the United States. 

Good candidates have a strong record of public service, as well as a policy proposal that addresses a particular issue in society. Firmly rooted in President Truman's belief that education promotes the general welfare of our country, the Truman Scholarship remains committed to supporting and encouraging the future of public service leadership in the United States. 
For more information on the Truman Scholarship, please visit www.truman.gov

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, the largest fully endowed scholarship program in the world, is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges.
The program will annually identify a group of up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders.  The first application season is fall 2017.
For more information on The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, please visit https://knight-hennessy.stanford.edu/

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. Each new cohort of Schwarzman Scholars will join a global network of the world's most talented young leaders, helping to build stronger links between China and a rapidly changing world.
The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and innovative master's degree program at Tsinghua University, one of the country's leading universities.

For more information about the Schwarzman Scholarship, please visit http://schwarzmanscholars.org/.

Contact the EXCEL Scholars Program

Dr. Mai Tran
Director of Excel Scholars
Department of Systems Engineering
Office: 845.938.3078

Deputy Director:
Keysia Harvin
Assistant Professor
Department of Law
Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

Executive Officer:
Donald Koban
Lieutenant Colonel
Assistant Professor
Department of Systems Engineering