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 6, 2018 .
After an initial screening of written application materials, top applicants are notified by email on November 27 and invited to participate as candidates in Phase II.
Candidates participate in a local half-day interactive event on December 8 where they demonstrate their academic and leadership potential while working together to address a complex community issue. Candidates learn more about Taylor University. A local community committee considers candidates’ performance on both the written and interactive components to name 15-20 semifinalists. Decisions are emailed on January 9.
Semifinalists travel to Taylor University for a two-day event between January 25 to February 14. 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.
Taylor selects finalists and mails decision letters on February 20. Finalists are given a week 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 at a community celebration on March 8.