Application Process


Applicants must be second-semester sophomores with a 3.0 GPA or higher and a record of taking on intellectual challenges.

Applicants must submit the following items

  • Completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly) with signature
  • A current transcript
  • Essay: 3 pages, double-spaced. During your first two years of college, how have you pushed yourself intellectually beyond the familiar or beyond what you know you are good at? What kinds of risks have you taken? Why? How have you grown as a result? We are looking for academic risks: courses in fields previously unknown to you; projects that involved research of a kind you’ve never done before, or that demanded new working habits or new ways of presenting ideas; research or study in places you’ve never been and that required you to meet challenges you’d never faced before; collaboration with a professor or a fellow student on an intellectual or creative project that opened new ways of thinking for you; etc. We want to see students working outside the limits of what they find to be academically comfortable.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of all application materials is typically in mid to late February. Applications can be submitted electronically to or in hard copy to the Office of the Provost, c/o Scholarships and Fellowships.