Selection of undergraduate students of the Claremont Colleges to become Robert Day Scholars is based on a combination of academic performance and demonstrated leadership potential.
Scholars are, by definition, academically accomplished students. The initial review of applications strongly considers academic classroom performance.
Subsequent reviews of applications will seek evidence of strong leadership potential demonstrated on-campus, both in and outside of the classroom, as well as through off-campus activities.
The Robert Day Scholars program is designed to be challenging, and to meet these demands students should be independent thinkers with strong analytical skills. Scholars are expected to be able to work in a professional environment. Moreover, all Robert Day Scholars are expected to demonstrate sound judgment and strong ethics. The selection committee takes a holistic approach to make these determinations.
All Claremont College sophomores are eligible to apply, including those studying off-campus. By applying, all applicants commit to completion of academic requirements and participation in leadership development activities during your senior year.
On-line applications for members of the Class of 2016 must be completed by the end of the day, Wednesday October 16, 2013 The on-line application requires the following:
- basic biographical information
- upload of current transcript
- upload of current resume
- cover letter: your cover letter should be no longer than a single page. The letter should be professionally written, but requires no special formatting. You are encouraged to address why you seek to be a Robert Day Scholar and what you would contribute as a member of the Robert Day Scholar community. (We regret that this requirement was omitted from the most recent update to this web site. Please address any questions or concerns to the RDS Director of Admission at RDScholars@cmc.edu or x73347)
- identification of three references: (1) faculty member who can speak to academic performance and leadership potential demonstrated in the classroom, (2) faculty, staff or other reference who can speak to on-campus leadership outside the classroom and (3) faculty, staff or other reference who can speak to leadership potential demonstrated off-campus. You will be asked to provide contact email addresses for each, but no letters of recommendation are required with the application.
Applicants will be notified of changes in their application status by email. Questions may be addressed at any time to RDScholars@cmc.edu.
To begin or to complete an application to either the BA or BAMA Scholars program (you may apply to only one), use the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.
Please note that the expectations that influence the selection of Scholars continues through completion of the Scholars program. Scholars are expected to maintain a standard of academic accomplishment as defined below. Scholars are also expected to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct on and off of campus. Failure to maintain such standards may result in revocation of both Scholars designation and scholarship support.