Students are eligible to apply if they:
- love your community and want to use your college education to make a difference as a leader on campus and at home;
- will graduate from high school in 2022, or previously graduated in 2021 or 2020;
- are not currently enrolled at a four-year college (students at two-year colleges may apply);
- live in one of our seven Act Six program sites; and
- want to attend at least one of the Act Six partner colleges in your program site.
While ethnicity and family income are considered as factors in selecting an intentionally diverse group of scholars, there are no income restrictions, and students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
There is no minimum GPA requirement and admissions standards vary across our partner colleges. In general, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will need to demonstrate their readiness for academic success in college through their recommendations, essays and/or test scores.
Act Six now utilizes Common App to make the application process more efficient for applicants and the recommenders who support them. The information provided to Act Six through Common App can also be used to apply to more than 900 colleges across the country.
The Act Six application consists of three major components, which must all be submitted by the November 30 deadline. Details and instructions for each component are available at the bottom of this page.
- Act Six Application, which includes:
- Contact and demographic information
- College preferences
- Two Act Six essays
- Financial summary
- Common App, which includes:
- Profile and family information
- Education background and optional testing results
- Activities list
- Personal essay
- Common App Recommendations, which include:
- School report
- Teacher evaluation
- Community evaluation
The process to apply is as follows:
- Complete the Act Six Interest form. If you are eligible, we’ll email you a link to start your application.
- Use the link in your email to create an Act Six account and start your Act Six application.
- Use the button provided in your Act Six application to create a Common App account and add Act Six to your “My Colleges” list. If you have already started your Common App, the button will add Act Six to your existing application.
- From the Common App, send invitations to your school counselor, teacher and community recommenders.
- Complete and submit your Common App to Act Six.
- Submit your Common App to each of the Act Six partner colleges who accept Common App. These colleges are flagged when you select them on your Act Six application. We’ll send your application to the other colleges you select.
- Complete and submit the Act Six application. This requires first completing the FAFSA, if eligible. Those not eligible to complete the FAFSA must complete the College Board EFC Calculator.
Act Six scholars are chosen through a rigorous, highly competitive, three-phase selection process that spans four months.
Phase I: Online Application
Applicants complete an initial online application that includes three major components: an Act Six application, the Common App, and three Common App recommendations. All application materials must be submitted by November 30 at 11:59 pm. After an initial screening of written application materials, applicants are notified whether they will advance by email on December 10.
Phase II: Video Submission and Interactive Group Assessment
Candidates will be given a prompt and have one week to submit a 3-minute, unedited, individual video to supplement their application materials by December 17. Videos are assessed on their content, not on the quality of the filming.
Candidates then participate in a local half-day interactive event on January 8 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 based on that information can update their college preferences after the event. A local community committee considers candidates’ performance on both the written and interactive components to name 20-30 semifinalists for each partner college. Depending on local conditions, an alternative virtual event may also be offered. Decisions are emailed on January 31.
Phase III: Virtual Campus Visit
Semifinalists travel to the college for which they were selected for a two- or three-day on-campus event between February 11 – March 4. 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. Depending on local conditions, an alternative virtual event may also be offered. Partner colleges select finalists and decisions are emails on March 7.
Final Decision and Announcement
Finalists are given one week to decide and commit to the Act Six program by March 14, agreeing to participate fully in the six-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 25.
Every year Act Six recruits diverse, multicultural cadres of a region’s most promising emerging urban and community leaders. We seek young people who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.
Act Six scholars must be:
- committed to anti-racism and compelled to work for justice and equity,
- passionate about learning,
- eager to foster intercultural relationships,
- willing to step out of their comfort zones,
- committed to serving those around them, and
- ready to make a difference on campus and at home.
The selection process also places high value on applicants’ teamwork, critical thinking, communication skills and academic potential.
Selecting Act Six scholars is a complex and multi-faceted process that considers many factors. The selection committees use the following questions to guide their evaluation of Act Six applicants. These questions best summarize what we are looking for in Act Six scholars.
- To what extent will the student contribute to the racial, economic, and experiential diversity of an Act Six cadre?
- To what extent is the student prepared to succeed and thrive academically at the selected college?
- To what extent will the selected college be a good fit for this student?
- To what extent will the student eagerly engage in a year-long exploration and discussion of Christian perspectives on leadership, diversity, and social justice?
- To what extent does the student understand and desire to advance the stated mission of the selected college?
- To what extent will the student be a service-minded leader and an agent of transformation on the college campus?
- To what extent will the student be committed to serving others and to what extent will s/he view the Act Six initiative as an opportunity to reach out to those around them?
- To what extent will the student be committed to and effective in fostering intercultural communication and acting as an agent for social change on the college campus?
- To what extent does the student see a sense of purpose in their participation in the Act Six Initiative?
- To what extent will attending the selected college and participating in the Initiative align with and/or transform the student’s goals and vision for their life?
- To what extent will the student be able and willing to persevere through hardship? How resilient are they to the challenges and struggles that life brings?
- To what extent does the student possess a depth and strength of character that will serve to encourage, support, and empower those around them?