Timeline

Begin NOW to get the most out of your education.

Successful candidates for scholarships jump right into their education.  Here is a year by year list of things you should consider:

The First Year
The Sophomore Year
The Junior Year
The Summer After Your Junior Year
The Senior Year

The First Year

  • Take advantage of the many academic, intellectual, and extra-curricular resources available to you.
  • Take courses that will enrich your academic career and/or are of interest to you.
  • Seek out EXCEL or other research/independent study opportunities—you may not be able to participate now, but you should let your professors know of your interest.
  • Get to know your advisors and faculty.
  • Develop mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, and upperclassmen.
  • Engage in meaningful extra-curricular, leadership and civic/public service activities.
  • Start thinking and planning ahead regarding scholarship programs that may be of interest to you.
  • Keep a detailed résumé of your extra- and co-curricular activities, awards, leadership activities, research papers/projects, etc.
  • Investigate study abroad opportunities.
  • Apply for a KWD Projects for Peace Grant, Gilman Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, Humanity in Action Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies opportunities, REU, or other programs.

The Sophomore Year

  • Engage in research, internship, and/or independent study opportunities where possible.
  • Continue taking challenging courses.
  • Start taking upper-division (300-level) courses.
  • Continue to update your résumé.
  • Apply for the Udall and/or Goldwater Scholarship, the KWD Projects for Peace Grant and summer REUs, among others.
  • Investigate study abroad opportunities.

The Junior Year

  • Apply for scholarships such as the Beinecke, Goldwater, Truman, Udall, KWD Projects for Peace Grant, Elie Wiesel Ethics Essay, Glamour Magazine Coed Women of the Year, REU, etc.
  • Engage in research or an independent study project.
  • Take mostly upper-division courses.
  • Continue to update your résumé.
  • List the scholarships that you would like to apply for as a senior; by the end of the summer, complete a draft of those applications.
  • Prepare for and take your graduate school admissions exams (MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, etc.).

The Summer After Your Junior Year

  • Investigate specific graduate/professional degree programs of interest to you.
  • Contact faculty with whom you would like to work at those graduate schools.
  • Write a (draft) essay describing what you hope to study and/or research if you were to receive the scholarship. This statement should provide some indication of the relevance of the proposed program of study/research for your intellectual and professional development.
  • Where necessary: (1) submit an application to the institution/s and program/s where you would like to study, and (2) obtain letters of affiliation or mentorship from faculty or relevant others to include as part of your application.
  • Put together a comprehensive, detailed résumé which includes academic and nonacademic activities, scholarships, honors, awards, interests, etc.
  • Obtain official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended (including study abroad institutions).
  • Write a (draft) personal statement talking about yourself and your intellectual development. This statement complements the program proposal essay. This essay is hard to write. Be prepared to write and re-write until you get it “just right.”
  • Contact individuals for letters of recommendation. Depending on the scholarship(s) for which you are applying, you may need anywhere from 2 to 8 letters.  Advice on selecting and approaching potential recommenders is available on the Web. (If you are applying for a Marshall, Mitchell, or Rhodes Scholarship and studied abroad/off campus, particularly in the UK or Ireland, you should seriously consider obtaining a letter of recommendation from your senior tutor or from a professor who is familiar with your work.)
  • Prepare for the selection interviews. Keep abreast of current events (both domestic and international) as well as contemporary or controversial issues both in your general field of study and in the public domain.

The Senior Year

  • Many scholarship deadlines occur during the fall semester. Get them done over the summer.
  • Don’t let your coursework suffer as a result of applying for scholarships, graduate/professional schools or jobs.

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