Act Six Leadership Scholarship

Organization & Scholarship Description:
Act Six is a leadership development and college scholarship program that brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of emerging urban leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. An initiative of Pursue Scholars, Act Six is Chicago’s newest full-tuition, full-need urban leadership award. Act Six will select approximately 7 of Chicago’s most promising urban leaders for scholarships to Taylor University. Create an account on the Act Six website to begin the application process.

Website: Act Six Scholarship
Application: Create an Account & Apply
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum 2.5 unweighted GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need through FAFSA or Student Aid Report
  • Graduating class of 2020, high school senior students ONLY
  • Student must plan on attending Taylor University

Additional Requirements:

  • Four essays (maximum of 500 words each)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor and community member
  • An official high school transcript submitted by a school counselor
  • Participate in an interview at an interactive event with the Pursue Scholars team (see Phase II)

Timeline Details…
Online Application: Applicants complete an initial online application that includes a basic college admissions application as well as additional essay questions, letters of recommendation, and family financial information. All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm on November 5, 2019 .

Phase I: After an initial screening of written application materials, top applicants are notified by email on November 26 and invited to participate as candidates in Phase II.

Phase II: Candidates participate in a local half-day interactive event on December 7 where they demonstrate their academic and leadership potential while working together to address a complex community issue. Candidates learn more about Taylor University. A local community committee considers candidates’ performance on both the written and interactive components to name between 15-20 semifinalists for Taylor. Decisions are emailed on January 9.

Phase III: Semifinalists travel to Taylor for a two-day event between January 24 to February 13. Phase III allows students to experience campus life as they participate in a four-part evaluation process that includes a personal interview, an on-site writing task, academic seminar discussions, and group problem-solving activities. A parent or guardian is invited to participate in a portion of the visit.

Decision: Taylor selects finalists and mails decision letters on February 19. Finalists are given a week to decide and commit to the Act Six program, agreeing to attend the college for which they were selected and to participate fully in the five-month training program. Applicants may withdraw from the process at any time prior to this commitment. The new class of Act Six scholars are formally announced to the public at a community celebration on March 6.

Open to DREAMers: Yes
Renewable: Yes, over 4 years of undergraduate education at Taylor. Persistence in the program and studies is the only requirement of renewability.
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