Time Management Guidelines for Prestigious Scholarship
- Application requirements that should be accomplished during
the freshman and sophomore years (and junior and senior years)
to be a viable candidate.
- GPA--Maintain a high GPA (3.75+).
- Join as many honor societies/honoraries as you can
and seek leadership positions within the honor
- Get involved in campus activities (e.g., Honors
Congress, SGA, UPC). (Note: The friends you make within
these activities can help you get invited to other more
selective organizations and honor societies such as
Squires, Cardinal Key, Mortar Board, and Spades.)
- Participate in as many community service or
church-related activities as you can work into your
- (For Rhodes applicants) Participate in intramural or
- Application requirements that should be accomplished prior
to beginning your senior year.
- Career interest--Set goals, priorities, and
milestones for yourself. Begin to develop a life plan
and work toward fulfilling that plan.
- Academic interest--Determine what subjects within
your major interest you and think about possible areas
for graduate research. (Note: graduate research is not a
requirement for some of these awards. You may read for a
bachelor’s degree with a Marshall or Rhodes scholarship.
Applications are regarded more favorably if the
applicant can identify an academic interest and describe
why this field of study excites him or her.)
- Destination--Determine the university, department,
and professor you wish to study under and be able to
justify why this is the right place for you. (Note: You
may find it useful to correspond in writing with
professors/universities that offer programs that
interest you. As a result, you can justify your
selection of a university and academic program in your
- (For Fulbright applicants) Fulfill the foreign
language requirements for the country you select as a
- Application requirements to complete by the October deadline
at the beginning of your senior year.
- Read the application requirements carefully and
follow them exactly.
- Select your references and provide them with the
necessary materials. (Note: if required, the Director
will help you get references from the University
president and deans.)
- Meet the deadline with time to spare.
- Ways to improve your chances of receiving a prestigious
scholarship by developing your interview skills.
- Develop oral communication/articulation skills.
- Consider joining the local Toastmasters
- Take a speech communications course such as
- Read avidly to improve your vocabulary.
- Participate in current events
- Cultivate your knowledge of current world
affairs as well as your knowledge of federal, state, and
- Read a daily national newspaper (New York
Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal
--available in RBD Library 1st floor and, except for
WSJ, for free online).
- Participate in scheduled current events
- Take HIST 0306 ("Contemporary History") during
your junior year.
April 17, 2014