External Scholarships on WRFL
The Office of External Scholarships was featured on an episode of Campus Voices on UK's public radio station, WRFL. Dr. Pat Whitlow, Director of External Scholarships, Desiree Jones-Smith, Boren Scholarship Recipient, and Dr. Dan Rowland, Marshall Scholar and retired History professor, discussed the Office of External Scholarships (OES) and the steps students should take to apply for prestigious awards.
Jennifer Strange, staff associate in the Office of External Scholarships, gives background information about the office.
Desiree Jones-Smith describes the campus endorsement process and how the Office of External Scholarships prepared her to apply for the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship. Dr. Whitlow expands on her points explaining that the one of her main purposes is to help students with their applications.
Many of the scholarships that OES works with are for students with specific interests. In this clip, Dr. Whitlow explains that there are non-specialized opportunities available for students.
Dr. Rowland gives his opinion on how students can make themselves a recipient of one of these prestigious awards. He suggests that students should explore career goals early and gain experience to set them apart from other applicants.
Desirae Duncan interviews Meg Marquis, Advisor of the Honors Program about starting early and Desiree Jones-Smith discusses how long she took for her application process.
Dr. Rowland explains his steps for applying for prestigious awards. Most important, students should be considering the future including an ideal career and how the scholarship will help them achieve that goal.
Desirae Duncan asks students, Molly Coffey and English Speaking Union winner, Nicole Schladt, about getting to know faculty and asking for letters of recommendation.
Dr. Rowland explains how students can build strong relationships with professors for letters of recommendation, an important component of the scholarship application process.
Dr. Whitlow explains how letters of recommendation can set apart otherwise similar applications.
The panel explains final thoughts about the process and the encouragement the Office of External Scholarships provides.