There are several CORE awards, such as the Truman Scholarship, Gaither Junior Fellowship, Udall Scholarship, and Astronaut Scholarship--which do require an institutional nomination, so you do have to apply for these through LAUNCH: National Fellowships. Please review the applicaiton details in our database for any award you are interested in.
Most of the awards listed in our database do not require institutional nomination, and therefore you should apply directly to the awarding entity. There are a few CORE awards, such as the Fulbright and Boren awards, for which it is highly recommended to apply through the university, since we can provide you with valuable assistance through the process and give you the status of being a TAMU nominee.
We invite all undergraduates seeking help with applying, or guidance in which fellowships would be a good fit for you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org