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Council on Honors Education (CoHE)

of the Association of Public and

Land-grant Universities (APLU)


Presents a Workshop Entitled

Rarefied Air: Successfully Advising Exceptional Students for Competitive Awards

When: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Honors College at the University of Houston (a five-minute walk from the HERU conference at the Hilton University of Houston).

Registration for the workshop is available as part of the HERU 2022 Conference registration.

Thousands of outstanding students from across the county vie for a limited number of awards each year in hope of receiving funding to elite programs perceived as having the potential to help launch their careers. Only a relatively few of the exceptional students who apply win. Preparation matters, and an increasing number of institutions provide these students with organized support. According to Melanie Meinzer, a former Marshall Scholarship administrator, in 2022 all 41 Marshall Scholars came from institutions with an office focused on nationally competitive awards. 

This interactive presentation will examine ways to organize informed support to guide students as they put forward authentic, compelling applications. Programs offering this support have enjoyed greater success. Expanding the definition of winning for the student and for the institution can also create additional opportunities for both. No rubric for winning any of these awards exists, but there is a winning approach that students, advisors, and institutions can take to help build success for all. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences. Following the presentation, participants are invited to breakout sessions where experienced fellowships advisors will be on hand to share scholarship specific application tips. 

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