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Citadel honors program/scholarships

Discussion in 'Publicly and Privately Funded Military Colleges' started by eagleman, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. eagleman

    eagleman 5-Year Member

    Jun 3, 2011
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    Is anyone familiar with the Citadel honors program as far as being accepted as an incoming freshman? Are there statistics based on GPA/ test scores.

    Also does anybody know the statistics for receiving a scholarship from the school? (Note: I am not a resident of SC)

  2. SCcandidate2015

    SCcandidate2015 5-Year Member

    Aug 1, 2010
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    Yes, I know a thing or two.

    At The Citadel, their in-house scholarship-selections process is called Citadel Scholars. The process works like this: you are identified, based on your admissions application, as being an above-average candidate. They request that you go online to the Scholars web page and write a well thought out two-page essay on a prescribed topic. There are three to pick from. You write this essay, then submit it by a certain date. On this web page, you are also invited to attend what is called a Scholars Day competition. This entails actually going to the college (either on a Friday or Saturday, I can't remember) and being grouped into sets of selectees based on the content of your essay and which prompt you chose to respond to. In this grouping, you are in a private room with the other selectees and a Citadel professor. You then have to have a general argument, a discussion of sorts, on the topic, and present your stance on it to the other selectees and just basically have a very easy-going, but intellectual, conversation. The professor makes some comments sometimes but generally lets the selectees do the talking. The professor takes notes through this process, and awards a certain number of "stars," of which five are possible, in three different grading areas. Then the professors, at a later date, corroborate their information in a board and decide who gets X amount of money ($5000 recurring to full tuition). You are then mailed a letter stating your award. I THINK, but I don't know for certain, that everyone who is selected to attend the Scholars Day gets a $5000 recurring scholarship automatically. Certain other attendees who showed exemplary performance get higher awards. The man who runs this is Dr. Jack Rhodes, also The Citadel Honors Program Director.

    You should know that if you do not attend the Scholars Day that you can not receive a scholarship through the Citadel Scholars program, however. And your residency has nothing to do with it.

    Now, about the Honors Program. The Honors Program is open to any Citadel applicant. The majority of participants start out their freshman year, and they apply before they matriculate, so before they get there. However, some participants are recruited from the Corps as already matriculated freshmen and sophomores. If you are still in high school, you can apply online. You take core honors courses. No major-specific courses are honors courses. Your honors courses would be like English 101, 102, 201, 202; History of Western Civilization 101 and 102. You also participate in an "Honors Seminar." You are awarded a special seal on your diploma at graduation indicating your participation and there is also a paragraph on your transcript detailing the rigor of the program and the philosophy of it. Like I said, Dr. Rhodes runs this program.

    I was selected as a Citadel Scholar but regrettably, I never applied to the Honors Program. However, I think I might be picked up for it eventually. You can call Dr. Rhodes if you like about both programs. He is a very jolly, silly, nerdy (couldn't help that) man, and he would probably be ecstatic to answer your questions better than I can.

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    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  3. Brodie07

    Brodie07 5-Year Member

    Apr 6, 2011
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    Couple of additional points. The process for scholarships is weighted towards SC candidates and early applicants. If you are interested you might want to apply as early as practical. Also, the stats for out of state freshman are higher than the average reported in college admission sites.

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