As illustrated on the graphic timeline above, Act Six scholars are chosen through a rigorous, highly competitive, three-phase selection process that spans four months.
Applicants complete an initial online application that includes a basic college admissions application as well as additional essay questions, letters of recommendation, and family financial information. All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm on November 7, 2017 .
After an initial screening of written application materials, top applicants are notified by email on November 29 and invited to participate as candidates in Phase II.
Candidates participate in a local half-day interactive event on December 9 where they demonstrate their academic and leadership potential while working together to address a complex community issue. Candidates learn more about each partner college and can update the list of colleges for which they wish to be considered. A local community committee considers candidates’ performance on both the written and interactive components to name 20-30 semifinalists for each partner college. Decisions are emailed on January 12.
Semifinalists travel to the college for which they were selected for a two- or three-day event between February 1-18. Phase III allows students to experience campus life as they participate in a four-part evaluation process that includes a personal interview, an on-site writing task, academic seminar discussions, and group problem-solving activities. A parent or guardian is invited to participate in a portion of the visit.
Each partner college selects finalists and mails decision letters on February 22. Finalists are given two weeks to decide and commit to the Act Six program, agreeing to attend the college for which they were selected and to participate fully in the five-month training program. Applicants may withdraw from the process at any time prior to this commitment. The new class of Act Six scholars are formally announced to the public on March 9.