Many SHIP students will be considering PhD graduate programs. A good way to get into the program of your choice is to have your own fellowship. You did it once -getting into SHIP- so why not give it another try?
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship is given to about 2000 grad-school bound students each year. The application can be done online and is not difficult -- a few short sections, plus an unofficial transcript, which you can get online from WESS.
The award is substantial - free grad school plus $30K per year stipend while you study. Your mentor and the SHIP director should both be happy to write your recommendation letters, which are due by the end of November.
Beyond the NSF Grad Fellowship, there are many others -- some not as extensive (not as many awards) but equally valuable. Here are some: