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Maxwell Scholarship Competition

   

You are invited to participate in the
73rd Annual

 

Maxwell Scholarship Competition

Saturday April 21, 2018
Syracuse University

 

Compete for one of 25 four-year renewable scholarships:

One $20,000 four-year scholarship for distinction ($5,000 per year)

One $16,000 four-year scholarship for excellence ($4,000 per year)

One $12,000 four-year scholarship for merit ($3,000 per year)

Twenty-two $8,000 four-year scholarships for achievement ($2,000 per year)

   

All students admitted to any Syracuse University undergraduate program, as a freshman, for fall 2018 are invited to participate in SU’s prestigious Maxwell Scholarship Competition.  Offered each year by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as part of its internationally recognized mission of preparing leaders in government, business, and the nonprofit sector, the competition seeks to reward students with outstanding leadership potential. 

 

The competition provides an opportunity for students who have been admitted to SU to win one of 25 partial scholarships.  Participants in the competition are required to submit a memo outlining a policy recommendation and are required to attend a one-day conference in Syracuse with other participants to determine if you win a scholarship.

 

Past year winners proposed the use of solar panels to save energy in the school system.  Another winner proposed that defibrillators be placed in parks throughout her town.  In both cases, local governments not only considered these ideas but took steps to implement them.  For you to win a scholarship, you don’t necessarily have to be as successful in changing policies as these two students were, but you have to want to improve government and be willing to pursue ideas to improve your community.  

 

The scholarships are awarded as follows:

 

One $20,000 four-year scholarship for distinction ($5,000 per year)

One $16,000 four-year scholarship for excellence ($4,000 per year)

One $12,000 four-year scholarship for merit ($3,000 per year)

Twenty-two $8,000 four-year scholarships for achievement ($2,000 per year)

 

Each scholarship is renewable each year for a total of four undergraduate years at any college within Syracuse University, subject to normal academic requirements for retaining scholarships.

         

About the Competition

The competition is run by the Public Affairs Program in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and The College of Arts and Sciences under the direction of Professor Bill Coplin.

 

Short policy memos must be submitted electronically, in PDF format to scholarship@maxwell.syr.edu  no later than 11:59PM (EST) Thursday, March 29, 2018. Participants are invited to participate in a required one-day conference at SU on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to determine which participant will receive one of the 25 partial scholarships. Participant’s combined scores on the written policy memo and evaluations by their peers on April 21 will determine the 25 winners.  Attendance at the conference is mandatory in order to win a scholarship.

 

The Advantages

  • Meet other outstanding Syracuse University applicants.
  • Work with Professor Coplin, a Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence.
  • Compete for one of 25 scholarships, which have a collective value of $224,000.
  • Participate in an experience which -- year in and year out -- benefits many top students and leaders at Syracuse University.
  • You may also be eligible, as a freshman, to join the Maxwell Citizenship Learning Community.

For detailed information on the Maxwell Scholarship Competition Guidelines for 2018 click here