Academic Excellence

Potential applicants should have demonstrated the potential to achieve the highest levels of academic merit and accomplishment, including sustained participation in original research or creative projects. The formation of close relationships with faculty mentors is also essential to building a competitive profile toward these awards.

Record of Service and Leadership

Practical leadership may take many different forms, such as:

  • Founding roles in new organizations or entrepreneurial ventures;
  • Rising, within an existing organization, from the entry level of member or volunteer to a position of significant responsibility and influence;
  • Sustained participation and dedication to achievement of increasingly challenging objectives related to a particular project or cause;
  • Significant, progressively-responsible work or internship experience.

You must be able to articulate how you made a unique and measurable impact, separate from other members of the project or organization and others who have held the same or similar roles. The formation of close relationships with supervisors and mentors is essential to building a competitive profile toward these awards.

Cross Cultural Engagement Skills

Potential applicants are able to describe their participation in coursework and/or extracurricular activities that develop intercultural fluency, including but not limited to:

  • Foreign or second language learning
  • Study abroad program participation
  • Peer mentoring or conversation partner experience
  • Membership and volunteer service (and preferably, leadership roles) in cross-cultural campus or off-campus organizations.