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Scholarship Applications: Academic & Life Preparation. Plan for Experiences Beyond Textbooks. Talk to profs, check out web resources, and use the library to garner internship info

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Scholarship Applications: Academic & Life Preparation

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Plan for Experiences Beyond Textbooks

  • Talk to profs, check out web resources, and use the library to garner internship info


    • Pre-law, Phi Alpha Delta, Read the materials provided by the Baylor Law School on “Thinking about Going to Law School” at And “How Do I Prepare for Law School” at

    • Job Fair in Ferrell Center

  • Learn more about becoming a tutor

    or a supplemental instructor

  • Study abroad sessions Mondays/Tues., Poage Library, 201 B, 4:00 pm

    • For Summer Programs:

    • For Semester Programs:

  • Become involved in service opportunities in the community or on campus

    • Contact The Academy for Leader Development

    • Professional Organizations that Develop Leadership Opportunities

  • Spend your summers engaged in activities that will complement your major interests and enhance your overall research or leadership experience

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Preparing for a Prestigious Scholarship

  • Take challenging classes

    • Honors classes and foreign language courses are very valuable for your life and for competitions

    • Remember the transcript records the titles of your courses and indicates which ones are advanced.

  • Maintain a high GPA. Most prestigious scholarship foundations seek 3.8+ gpa’s

  • Keep a file or resume of experiences you have had in school, work, or the community, and record in it the significance of these events

    • Club participation

    • Work and volunteer experiences related to your field

    • Honors or awards

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  • Become acquainted with a professor.

  • Initiate contact by going to his/her office with legitimate questions or comments. Don’t stay too long.

  • Letters of recommendation are more effective if written by people who know you and can speak knowledgeably about your talents and abilities.

  • Professors need research assistants or supplemental instructors for classes. Career and scholarship networking, mentoring relationships, and rich learning opportunities may result. See Undergraduate Research website (URSA).

  • Recommenders need to know enough about you to make a good statement, with personal examples. If they hesitate for any reason, thank them and ask someone else.

  • Additional tips:

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Be a well rounded student

  • Be involved in clubs, your church, or other groups.

  • Take leadership roles in areas that are important to you.

  • Get involved in sports or other extracurricular activities.

    • The Rhodes scholarship asks specifically about sports involvement.

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  • Apply for large and small scholarships.

  • Ask several faculty members to proofread your research proposal or essays.

  • Practice interviewing. Many scholarships require several interviews.

  • Mock interviews can be very helpful.

  • Resume and Interviewing Workshops:

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The Application

  • Start the application process early. You may be in competition with students who have been planning to apply for many months.

  • Give yourself enough time when writing proposals or personal statements to revise them with feedback from advisors or teachers. Twenty drafts could be necessary.

  • Contact your references at least three weeks ahead. Provide a packet with everything they will need and with the deadline clearly noted. See guidelines at

  • Always type up the application. Presentation is important.

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Start looking

  • Scholarship help from faculty and advisors on campus:

    • Faculty experts in the field you are pursuing

    • (General)

    • (NSEP)

    • (Goldwater)

    • (Udall)

    • (Fulbright)

    • The University National Scholarship Committee

    • Our Website

  • Personal Statements:

    • Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Application Essays, by Joe Schall, Pennsylvania State Univ., Outernet Publishing, ISBN 1-58175-653-4

    • Baylor tips:

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The Good News/Bad News

  • The effort is huge. Sacrifice is involved.

  • Many students feel the experience is worth the effort, win or lose.

  • The competition is intense nationwide.

  • Since 2001 Baylor students have been selected for 12 Fulbright, 3 Goldwater, 2 DAAD, several Rotary, 1 Rotary World Peace, 4 Truman and 2 Marshall Scholars.

  • With hard work, you will be able to become competitive for these and other awards, too.

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Good News

  • Baylor students recover if they do not win.

  • Documents are ready to apply for other graduate programs.

  • Many fulfill some variation on this academic dream because once they have placed themselves in the way of this gift, they cannot or will not let the angel go without a blessing.