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Excellence Scholarship Application Details

Criteria for Consideration

  • Must be admitted to Houghton College.*
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 in high school or previous college work; both first-year and transfer students are eligible to be considered for these awards. For the awards offered in conjunction with the Houghton Honors Programs, students must be invited to apply for the program.
  • Completion of the Excellence and James S. Luckey Scholarship application by January 10, 2014 or completion of the Houghton Honors Application.
  • Participation in scholarship interview on Monday, February 17, 2014, by invitation or for Houghton Honors Candidates by participating in an interview as part of the honors process.

*Since the application deadline for these awards is January 10, 2014, you are strongly encouraged to complete your application for admission no later than Monday, December 16, 2013.

Note: If you are interviewing for a Houghton Honors Program (either East Meets West or Science Honors), there is no need to apply separately for an Excellence Scholarship.  You will automatically be considered for the Excellence Scholarship in the Honors category.


Qualification Process

Step 1 Be admitted to Houghton College.  If you haven't applied yet, do so today.
Step 2 Complete the Excellence Scholarship application. (Qualified students will be sent a link to the application by the Office of Admission.)
Step 3
Participate in an Excellence Scholarship interview on February 17, 2014.  (Qualified students will be invited to interview by the Office of Admission.)
Step 4
Receive notification of the Excellence and James S. Luckey Scholarship decision after March 1, 2014.


Application Questions

Below are the scholarship questions for each Excellence Scholarship category.  Only students who have been accepted for admission may apply.

Global Engagement can be defined as the intentional action of building relationships with diverse peoples and communities around the world so as to mutually learn, grow, and serve together. The outcome of this is the transformation of worldviews and praxis so as to build God’s kingdom in every culture.

The question for you is: “Where do you fit into this story?”

We invite you to respond to the following two-part question by writing an essay of 500-800 words. Essays will be judged on your ability to clearly and concisely present your philosophy, experiences and goals. Your response should demonstrate critical thinking and integration of faith and action. 

Part 1: Within the complexity of today’s multicultural world, explain your philosophy of ‘global engagement.' In other words, what does 'global engagement' mean to you and what are the approaches, opportunities and/or challenges of global engagement that you envision?

Part 2: Describe specific ways that you are or have been involved in global engagement in or beyond your community. How has this influenced you as a Christian and your direction in life?

In his book, Putnam argues that the decline in voting is only part of a broader decline in many forms of civic involvement, including volunteering for or participating in groups such as labor unions, parent-teacher associations, the Boy Scouts, the Red Cross, or religious organizations.  Is Putnam correct?  Think about yourself and your peers.  Does the trend Putnam describes persist today?  To what extent do you see evidence of this decline in civic involvement in your own life or among your peers?  What factors have influenced you or your peers to resist the trend?  What additional means would you recommend to increase community engagement?

Digital photos of your work are preferred.