PURPOSE AND PURVIEW
The Star of the West International Summer Scholarship is a one-time grant of up to $7,500 to support the academic enrichment of cadets whose project proposals present a clear connection between the summer experience and their goals after graduation. Special consideration is accorded to applicants pursuing highly competitive awards for graduate study, such as Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, or Truman scholarships. Particularly distinguished recipients may be invited to apply for a second or third grant.
Eligible for the Star of the West International Summer Scholarship are rising cadet sophomores, juniors, and seniors posting a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Applicants must submit a narrative proposal, detailed budget, and two lettesr of recommendation from a faculty member.
APPLICATION TIMELINES FOR Summer 2014:
There is a two-round application process:
All completed applications must be received by noon, Friday 14 November 2013.
All completed applications must be received by noon, Friday 21 February 2014. The review panel can give you a decision by Thursday, 28 February. Note, if your application is denied during the early deadline period, we will hold your application so it can compete with those submitted in February! You will still be eligible for the award.
Recipients are required to file a report on their activities and a detailed listing of expenditures with receipts for the Star of the West Board of Directors.
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APPLICATION FORMAT FOR Summer 2014
The Star of the West International Summer Scholarship application consists of two single-spaced pages (with one-inch margins) formatted in twelve-point Times New Roman font. Follow the instructions carefully to insure full consideration of your application. Do not encase your application in a binder; simply staple the two pages together.
PAGE ONE is composed of a two-paragraph, narrative proposal, not to exceed 500 words. As this essay will afford the selection panel insight into your ability to organize and articulate your thoughts, take great care in writing it.
On PAGE ONE begin with a centered title including your full name, CWID, campus email address, current academic classification, and description/location of your proposed study, and amount requested, eg,
John Arthur Evans, CWID3333343 (
), 2A, Citadel Summer Study in Spain, requesting $6,877.00
In the first sentence of the first paragraph state your major(s), minor(s) cumulative GPA, d, eg,
A political science (international) major and Spanish minor,
I am currently posting a 3.33 cumulative GPA.
Fill out the rest of the first paragraph by providing the exact dates and host institution (if applicable) of your proposed study and the curriculum of the program with which you wish to affiliate. If you propose independent research, ie, a project unaffiliated with a host institution, explain in detail the thesis, methodology, and anticipated outcome of your research.
In the second paragraph of PAGE ONE identify your plans upon graduation and clarify how the Star of the West International Summer Scholarship will further progress toward your goal.
On PAGE TWO put the same information at the top as in page one and present a detailed budget. The total program cost is not to exceed $7,500. Estimates must be precise and verifiable by source (provide URLs where necessary). In large part your application will be rated on how closely you approximate anticipated expenses. Include costs of registration, tuition, accommodation, meals (a maximum of $25 per diem if not included in program package), visa fee (if any), airfare, ground transportation, and excursions. List the total as your bottom line.
Your two-page application must be accompanied by TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, one from the faculty member most familiar with your academic preparation and an additional personal reference. Allow your refereses at least ten days to draft the letter. Provide the referees with a complete copy of your application, as (s)he will be expected to comment on the viability of your proposal. Refer your recommenders to this site for instructions for completing the letter, or cut and paste the instructions below and email them to your instructor or adviser. Collect the sealed letters and deliver it with your application to Dr Sparks in the Fellowships Office, Bond 370U, by noon Friday, 16 November 2013.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REFEREES
Please read carefully the candidate's application for a Star of the West International Scholarship. On departmental letterhead please give your candid assessment of the applicant's preparation, suitability, and potential. All references will remain confidential. Please give it to the candidate in an envelope signed on the seal. The deadline for receipt of applications with recommendations is noon 16 November. Thank you for taking time to assess the merit of the applicant's proposal.