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CNP 393 (12014) Page 1 of 2 DON D. JORDAN SCHOLARSHIP Application Period February 1 March 31 The CenterPoint Energy Don D. Jordan Scholarship (formerly Chairman 's Fund) was established to provide
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The CLS Program is a highly competitiveand prestigious program of the US Department of State Each year theprogram receives around 5500 applications for approximately 550available awards The program is very selective but there are several waysthat you can improve your application and become a more competitive candidateWe're going to talk through what it takes to be a successful applicant forthe CLS Program and especially what you can do in your essays to prepare thebest possible application You can find detailed selection criteria for the CLSProgram on our website at wwwclscholarshiporgapply In a successful application you need to address three big questions for the reviewers who will be selecting finalists First how does the CLS Program and the language you are applying for contribute to your future academic orprofessional career goals Second what specific interests experiences orbackground do you possess that make you a good candidate And finally how can youshow us that you will be successful in the rigorous academic program and in theimmersive cultural environment of the CLS Program while abroad We're going tolook at each of these one by one The CLS Program is a unique study abroadopportunity in its goal to support more and more diverse students to masterlanguages that are critical to America's national security and economicprosperity In particular applicants are selected based on their plans to applytheir language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits acrossevery field To make that case begin with your field of studying and consider howit is related to the language you want to learn Take the time to think abouthow you can engage with knowledge of this language and culture in your fieldAlso do some research to find out what people are doing in your field globallySuccessful applicants come from a broad range of fields medical fieldsengineering business political science and international relations as well asarts and humanities Each participant successfully makes a case connectingtheir studies and future goals with their language goals Be as specificabout your career goals as you can Not everyone knows exactly where they'd liketo end up professionally but this is a chance for you to show that you haveideas about the professional field you'd like to work in Be ambitious butrealistic and try to avoid generalities If you're a freshman or sophomore takethe time to think about what you would like to do and lay out a plan for howyou will get there Later on in life your plans may change but you should show that you've given it substantial thought and that you're committed If you're a master's or doctoral student it should be easier toflesh out your career goals and evaluators will definitely be lookingfor more evidence of a clear plan Once your career goal is clear think abouthow the language skills and cultural knowledge that you will acquire on theCLS Program will strengthen your plans to...