Seek an academic experience that maximizes your personal,
intellectual, and professional growth. You become a strong scholarship
candidate by striving towards meaningful ends.
excellence in challenging classes. Good grades are prerequisite for
scholarship success, but the best students seek more than the grade. Develop your thirst for knowledge. Take challenging and diverse courses
outside your major.
- Work on
your communication skills; many scholarships require essays and
interviews. Take courses in the
liberal arts tradition to develop your skills and to learn how to
construct effective arguments.
- Get work,
internship, and volunteer experience in your field. Start looking for such
experiences right after your freshman year and use every summer productively.
- Make time
for public service and volunteerism in areas that you care about.
your knowledge of the people and events that are shaping your world. Read
a serious newspaper and subscribe to one magazine or journal that covers
matters of interest to your future profession. Participate in cultural
events and attend lectures to hear fresh viewpoints.
travel and study abroad. Go as early as possible.
- Study a second language -- it will open many doors.
involved in interesting extracurricular activities that are meaningful to
you. There are no formulaic "best" activities. What you do with
them is more important.
- Seek out
leadership positions. This does not necessarily mean holding offices in
five different clubs. It means becoming an active player and contributor. Make
things happen! Start your own organization if you see an unfilled need.
submitting essays to essay contests and competing for smaller
scholarships. These awards can function as building blocks.
- Seek the
opportunity to do research in your field whenever possible. This
may take different forms with different majors, but it will help you
prepare for your academic future and complement your classroom experience.
- Present a paper at NAU symposiums and/or professional conferences; work to publish in a peer-reviewed journal.
- Get to
know people. Engage your professors, advisors, administrators and
employers. Give them the opportunity to share opportunities and insights
with you. They will be able to write more effective letters of
recommendation for you, and you will gain the chance to discover their
valuable life experience.
- Read books
independently to enrich your perspective and fertilize your mind.
- If it
looks like you could reasonably compete, summon up the time and courage to
go for it. Why should you be the person who rejects your
Adapted from Kansas State University College of Arts and Letters.