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Scholar's Program Application

The 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

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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Columbia, KY 42728

If 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                                                      

Qualified 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.

Admissions Process

Admission 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 Development program
   4. Membership in the American Counseling Association

Applicants must provide the following materials as part of the application process:

  1.    Essay detailing why they are best suited for the program
  2.    A writing sample from existing academic work
  3.    Three letters of recommendation from faculty
  4.    Sponsorship by a Scholar’s Program committee member

Students 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.

Students 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 research teams.

Program Requirements

The 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.

Students will:

1.       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.
2.       Participate in one professional presentation at a professional conference
3.       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). 

Successful Completion

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 their transcript/diploma

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