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ABOUT THE AWARD

The James Edward Oglethorpe (JEO) Scholars competition recognizes your outstanding record of academic achievement and great potential to contribute to the community life of Oglethorpe University. Up to four full-tuition JEO scholarships will be awarded following Scholarship Weekend. But remember, all participants in Scholarship Weekend are guaranteed a renewable, annual merit award with a value between $17,000 – $20,000!

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Three primary activities will help determine the winners of the JEO scholarship. These three components (outlined below) seek to identify students who are effective communicators, emerging scholars, and dynamic community participants.

Seminar:

Oglethorpe professors and small groups of scholarship candidates gather for a discussion-based seminar that centers on a topic of common interest. You will be required to rank your seminar preferences online and later to download and review a reading related to your assigned topic. As a participant, you will get to experience an Oglethorpe classroom setting at the same time that our faculty members can observe the qualities that you bring to the discussion at hand.

Essay:

Following the discussion session, each candidate has an opportunity to respond in writing to the seminar. The prompt for this essay will be related to the seminar discussion, and the scholarship committee will review this writing sample as a further indication of your thought processes and self-expression.

Interview:

Members of the Oglethorpe alumni community meet individually with candidates for a one-on-one personal interview lasting about fifteen minutes.

The scholarship committee will also give consideration to each candidate’s academic achievement and involvement as evidenced in the admission application.

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Civic Engagement competition acknowledges your deep commitment to service and leadership in your community. In conjunction with Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement and the Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (A_LAB), these scholars are at the forefront of leadership and service initiatives both on and off campus, and they seek to understand the connections between their academic pursuits and the society around them. Two full-tuition Civic Engagement scholarships will be awarded following Scholarship Weekend. But remember, all participants in Scholarship Weekend are guaranteed a renewable, annual merit award with a value between $17,000 – $20,000!

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Three primary activities will help determine the winners of the Civic Engagement scholarship. These three components (outlined below) seek to identify students who are engaged community members, emerging leaders, and devoted volunteers.

Interview:
Center staff, faculty and community partners will meet with you individually to conduct an interview lasting approximately ten minutes. While not interviewing, you will hear from current students and faculty about experiential learning opportunities available through our A_LAB.

Presentation:
You will present on ONE service or leadership experience that has been meaningful to you. Presentations should be 5-6 minutes in length, and should include an electronic visual component such as PowerPoint or Prezi. Presentations should be prepared prior to the event, and should either be accessible by web or saved onto a flash drive. Though you are encouraged to be creative, in your presentation you might:

  • Describe your specific role in your service or leadership project
  • Explain the goals of the overall service or leadership project
  • Discuss why and how this project was meaningful to you personally or academically
  • Share how you plan to continue your work with this project or a similar cause

Roundtable:

Candidates will hear a panel of community leaders and participate in small-group discussions on the nature of civic engagement. You will be invited to download and review a short reading in January prior to the competition. The roundtables also aim to better acquaint candidates with the focus and work of the Center.

Learn more about Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement on the A_LAB website.

ABOUT THE AWARD

The OU Theatre competition honors your commitment to performing and understanding the field of theatre. This award is the result of exciting collaboration between Oglethorpe University and its professional theatre company partners in the city of Atlanta. Scholars may also be interested in Oglethorpe’s minor in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies! Two full-tuition OU Theatre scholarships will be awarded following Scholarship Weekend. But remember, all participants in Scholarship Weekend are guaranteed a renewable, annual merit award with a value between $17,000 – $20,000!

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Three primary activities will help determine the winners of OU Theatre scholarship. These three components (outlined below) seek to identify students who are talented thespians, interdisciplinary learners, and effective communicators.

Essay:

Following the seminar, participants will be asked to write a 3-4 page paper based on the seminar discussion that must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. More information about the essay requirements will be given during the seminar.

Audition:

Candidates must prepare two contrasting Shakespearean monologues, one comedic and one dramatic, each no more than 90-120 seconds in length. Total audition time is not to exceed 4 minutes. Memorization is expected, and any props should be basic and required by the monologue (such as a piece of paper for a letter). Candidates will perform in the same “street clothes” worn for the seminar. Auditions will take place in a group setting.

Meet the pros:

Dr. Bob Hornback, Professor of English, is an early modern scholar, and director of the minor in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies. Matt Huff, Assistant Professor and Director of OU Theatre.

Learn more about Oglethorpe’s Theatre major.