Advice for Applicants


Fellowships and scholarships
A strong applicant has maximized their undergraduate experience. Here are some suggestions:
  • Take challenging courses
    GPA is important but so is the range and difficulty level of study, including courses outside your major.
  • Build strong communication skills
    Essays and interviews are an integral part of the scholarship application process. Fortunately, many of our liberal arts courses will help you develop the skills to construct a well-written or spoken argument.
  • Seek internships or volunteer experience
    Preferably in your field or related. This can begin in your Freshmen year with Community Learning but should continue and evolve in nature.
  • Summer
    Don’t forget the summer can also be a time to gain additional experiences.
  • Study abroad
    If possible, take advantage of study abroad or travel opportunities.
  • Extra/Co-curricular activities
    Get involved in organizations, whatever resonates with you.
  • Leadership
    Demonstrate your leadership abilities, make things happen. This does not only mean having a title; can you point to an accomplishment you initiated?
  • Practice
    Apply for smaller scholarships, essay contests. The more often you write personal statements, the better they should become.
  • Start early!
    Research potential scholarships and fellowships and begin the application process early.
  • Research
    Take advantage of research opportunities or creative projects with faculty or outside our University.
  • Reflect
    What are your goals, what have you accomplished? Think about getting from “HERE” to “THERE”.
  • Know people
    Take or create opportunities to meet faculty, staff and other students. Actively build out your network.
  • Explore your knowledge
    Read books outside of your course, newspapers, professional journals. All of these sources will become a reservoir of ideas, inspiration and information.