Frequently Asked Questions

Application FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?

Students who will be graduating in December or May of the following academic year are eligible to apply.

When should I apply?

The online application becomes available late November, and the application deadline is January 23.

What are the requirements to apply?

Applicants are evaluated on 3 main criteria – academic achievement, community service, and responses to three essay questions. Applicants must demonstrate their competence and/or ability in all of these areas. The Selection Committee evaluates each application with respect to all 3 criteria.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes, international students are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Who chooses the Remembrance Scholars?

A committee consisting of 12 SU faculty and staff and 12 former Remembrance Scholars make the selections.

If I am studying abroad (or off campus), am I still eligible for the scholarship?

Yes, if you are studying abroad (or off campus), you can still be considered for the scholarship. A student who reaches the interview stage in the selection process, but is not on campus, will be interviewed via Skype or phone.

Do I need to submit references?

Yes, 2 letters of reference are required. One letter must be from a faculty member who has taught, advised, mentored, or supervised you. The second letter can be from an individual who knows you in a professional capacity (employer or supervisor) or can be from another academic.

You should choose recommenders who know you well and who can comment thoughtfully on your abilities or personal attributes. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide their recommenders with any materials that would be helpful to them in writing the recommendation. Transcripts, writing samples, and draft application essays are common resources that recommenders find helpful.

Requests for recommendations should be made early in the application process to ensure that the recommender has enough time to respond.

Should I list my community service from high school or at a previous college (transfer student), or does only my community service as an SU student count?

Greater emphasis is placed on your current activities, but it is important to establish your overall commitment to community service.

When do I submit my Remembrance Application?

Applications are due, via the on-line application site, on January 23. You must submit your completed application and your recommenders must submit their letters by the deadline.

I’ve submitted my application. What happens next?

The Remembrance Scholar Selection Teams review all applications during the month of February. Between the end of February and prior to Spring Break, applicants are notified whether or not they have been selected for an interview. Interviews are scheduled for early April, and students selected to be Remembrance Scholars are notified by early May. Students studying abroad are interviewed in a telephone conference call.

Interview FAQs

If I am selected for an interview, will I receive confirmation?

Yes. All students selected for an interview will receive directions on how to schedule an interview online, and they will receive an e-mail confirmation.

What should I wear to the interview?

Business casual attire should be worn to your interview.

Who will be at the interview?

The Remembrance Scholarship selection committee is comprised of 24 faculty, staff and Remembrance Scholars (current and alumni). Two faculty/staff members and two Remembrance Scholars will conduct each interview.

What type of questions will be asked at the interview?

No two interviews are exactly alike. However, you’ll likely be asked questions about current events – local, national and international. It is also likely that you’ll be asked questions about your SU experiences and any information that you included in your application. The interview is an opportunity to expand on what you’ve written, not simply repeat what the committee has read about you.

If you have any further questions, please send an email to remember@syr.edu