How to Apply

William & Mary invites all admitted, first-year students to apply to the Sharpe Community Scholars Program. We will accept and notify applicants on a rolling basis.

Transfer students are not eligible for the Sharpe program. There are other ways to explore engaged scholarship. Contact [[mdgrif, Professor Monica Griffin]] for more information.

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The application will include
  • Your contact information (including email address)
  • Brief background on past volunteerism
  • Your preference for a seminar (consult the current offerings)
  • A 750-word short answer to the following question: How might your FIRST preference for a Sharpe seminar best meet your learning needs and goals to developing community-based research skills? (If you develop your answer in a Word document first, you will be able to copy and paste directly into the application.)

We accept applications on a rolling basis. The absolute deadline is the start of fall classes. However,

  • Sharpe Scholars may choose to live together in Spotswood Hall. This living-learning experience is optional.
    If you wish to live in Spotswood with other Sharpe Scholars, we must have your application by MAY 31.
  • All Scholars must enroll in a Sharpe Seminar in the fall. We offer priority registration to Sharpe Scholars to accommodate this requirement. To qualify for priority registration, we must have your application by AUGUST 1.
About the Essay Question

What we're looking for:

  • A clear indication of promise for developing a scholarly orientation toward community engagement. Refer to your intellectual, social, or emotional transformation. How have you changed from early engagement experiences to more recent ones?
  • A clearly defined and articulated academic orientation to community engagement. For example, what is your intended major? or What course in the current Sharpe curriculum most interests you?
  • A focused approach to engaged learning. Do you have interests or community activities beyond a general interest in volunteerism?