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Self-Nomination to LAS James Scholar Program

With this application process, part of your story is revealed through your grade-point average, but we at LAS Honors believe that is just a fraction of who you are, what you are capable of, and who you will become.

The application consists of a resume of activities and achievements, and a pair of essays. Think carefully about what you would like to include, remember we are looking to learn about who you are and what inspires you.

Remember that the essays are a critical component to your application—for they are your place to express your voice. As they are for admission into an Honors Program, they must be well-written, but the best essays have style, and provide the reader with a sense of the author. The essays will be read by a variety of people from the LAS Honors Community—potentially including faculty, staff, and students—so craft them with care.

The application process begins with an online form and ends at the conclusion of the academic year when all James Scholars and self-nominees are certified. Although self-nominees begin to receive the majority of the benefits of the program when their application is approved, early registration does not occur until the Fall semester following their certification for classes in the Spring.

The application is now available. Apply by 11:59 p.m., December 31, 2014. You must have reviewed your Fall 2014 GPA and have a 3.70 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The application will involved the completion of two essay questions. To give you time to write the strongest essays possible, the questions you need to consider are provided below.

Complete two out of three. (500-word limit per question.)

Question 1

Discuss a humanitarian issue of importance to you. What are the challenges inherent with this issue; what do you feel needs to be addressed to mediate the issue; and what do you hope the outcome will be?

Question 2

It has been said that only 1% of the world’s population will ever have the opportunity to attend an institution of higher education (go to college or university). As you are among the very few to have this opportunity, what do you hope to do with your education? How would being part of the James Scholar Program help you in achieving your goals?

Question 3

Part of being at university involves enrichment outside of the classroom—co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Focusing on these types of activities, please tell us what you are currently involved with or what would you like to become involved with and why?