Remembrance Scholar - FAQs

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Who is eligible to apply?

Students who will be graduating in December or May of the following academic year are eligible to apply.

When should I apply?

The application is available November 15 with a deadline of January 21.

What are the requirements to apply?

Applicants are judged on 3 criteria – academic achievement, community service, and responses to three essay questions. Applicants must demonstrate their competence and/or ability in all of these areas.  The Selection Committee evaluates each application with respect to all 3 criteria.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes, international students are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Who chooses the Remembrance Scholars?

A committee consisting of 12 SU faculty and staff and 12 former Remembrance Scholars make the selections.

If I am studying abroad (or off campus), am I still eligible for the scholarship?

Yes, if you are studying abroad (or off campus), you can still be considered for the scholarship. A student who reaches the interview stage in the selection process, but is not on campus, will be interviewed via telephone conference call.

Do I need to submit references?

Yes, 2 letters of reference are required. One letter must be from a faculty member who has taught, advised, mentored, or supervised you. The second letter can be from an individual who knows you in a professional capacity (employer or supervisor) or can be from another academic.

You should chose recommenders who know you well and who can comment thoughtfully on your abilities or personal attributes. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide their recommenders with any materials that would be helpful to them in writing the recommendation. Transcripts, writing samples, and draft application essays are common resources that recommenders find helpful.

Requests for recommendations should be made early in the application process to ensure that the recommender has enough time to respond.

Should I list my community service from high school or at a previous college (transfer student), or does only my community service as an SU student count?

Greater emphasis is placed on your current activities, but it is important to establish your overall commitment to community service.

When do I submit my Remembrance Application?

Applications are due, via the on-line application site, on January 21. You must submit your completed application and request your letters of recommendation by the deadline. However, your recommenders will have until January 28 to complete their materials.

 I’ve submitted my application. What happens next?

The Remembrance Scholar Selection Teams review all applications during the month of February. Between the end of February and prior to Spring Break, applicants are notified whether or not they have been selected for an interview. Interviews are scheduled for early April, and students selected to be Remembrance Scholars are notified by April 30th. Students studying abroad are interviewed in a telephone conference call.

If you have any further questions, please send an email to remember@syr.edu