application process for the Scholar's Program is a multistep process. Each step
is briefly outlined below so that you will have a better sense of the process.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the application process, please
contact Dr. Jeff Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1 - Read the Scholar's Program Description. The
Scholar's Program description is provided below, and will give you details on
what the program is and what is required to participate.
Step 2 - Fill out the brief application survey. The survey can be found by clicking the triangle just to the left of the Scholar's Program link and clicking on Application.
Step 3 - Submit a cover letter, essay, and writing
sample. You may want to have these materials prepared before starting the
application process. If you are not prepared to submit these materials yet, you
can come back to this step through the confirmation email you received.
Step 4 - Contact three faculty members who will be
willing to fill out a recommendation form on your behalf. All materials should be mailed to Dr. Jeffrey Parsons in one bundled packet. Please do NOT submit any materials separately.
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you make it through the initial screening, you will be invited to come to the
main campus at Lindsey Wilson College to meet with the faculty participating in
the Scholar's Program. You will also get a chance to meet other students who
may be participating in the program.
SCHOLAR’S PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
students have the opportunity to apply for participation in the School of
Professional Counseling Scholar’s Program. The Scholar’s Program is designed to
prepare motivated students for additional post-graduate studies, such as a
doctoral program. The application process is competitive and is limited to no
more than 2 students per participating Scholar’s Program committee
member. Students participating in the program will participate in research,
present at professional conferences, and have the opportunity to complete a master’s thesis, working
closely with a faculty advisor.
to the Scholar’s Program has several prerequisites:
1. Minimum 3.5 GPA
2. Membership in Chi Sigma
3. Registration the second or third semester of the Counseling and Human
4. Membership in the American Counseling Association
must provide the following materials as part of the application process:
- Essay detailing why they are best suited for the program
- A writing sample from existing academic work
- Three letters of recommendation from faculty
- Sponsorship by a Scholar’s Program committee member
will arrange to interview with members of the committee and must find a
committee member willing to sponsor them in the program. Faculty willingness to
sponsor a student will be based on perceived similarities in professional,
research interests, and faculty availability. Faculty sponsors will be assigned
as mentors to students they select. The admissions committee (comprised of
faculty participating in the program) will review the application materials and
approve all proposed sponsorships.
admitted to the program will begin official participation the semester after
they have been accepted. Participating students will be required to maintain a
3.5 GPA while in the Scholar’s Program. Successful completion of the Scholar’s
Program does not guarantee acceptance into a doctoral program, nor does
participation in research guarantee a publication. Participation in the
program will require additional work above and beyond coursework required for
graduation and will likely require travel to meet with faculty advisors and
intent of the Scholar’s program is to encourage scholarship and academic
preparation for students considering doctoral studies. Participating students
will engage in a range of activities tailored to this purpose.
Participate in a research team (led by the faculty advisor)
working toward scholarly publications and will receive authorship status
commensurate with their participation on published works. Actual publication is
NOT required, so long as students actively work on the research team.
Participate in one professional presentation at a professional
Prepare for and take the GRE
Students also have the option of generating a master's thesis in consultation with the faculty advisor. While optional, a master's thesis is often required by doctoral programs.
Faculty advisors will work actively with students in assisting them to hone
research skills and will assist them in all phases of the application process
for doctoral studies (such as vita preparation, taking the GRE, developing a
quality letter of application researching schools that are a good match for the
student’s goals, etc).
During the last semester of a student’s participation in the
program, the scholar’s committee will evaluate the student’s work. If students have met all of the requirements for the program,
they will receive the following:
1. Recognition of their Scholar’s status during
their pinning ceremony, including a brief outline of their successes
(acceptance to a doc program, professional publications/presentations, etc).
2. SPC Scholar’s Program participation indicated on