Bennis Scholars Online Application

Sign up for an information session to learn more about the Spring 2018 application process!

Information session dates:
Friday, January 19th, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., JFF 239
Wednesday, January 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., JKP 204

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Students wishing to join the third cohort of Bennis Scholars, beginning Fall 2018, should complete the online application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.  


Résumé / List of Activities

Your application must include a one-page list of academic and extra-/co-curricular activities.  Activities from high school may also be included.

Two Essays

Essays should be double spaced, 12-point font answering the following questions:

  • Essay 1: (400-word limit) Give us an example of when you took a leadership role. What motivated you to lead?
  • Essay 2: (200-word limit) Close your eyes. It’s twenty years from now. What does your professional life look like today?


Students: Please select a recommender, preferably a USC professor or administrator, who can speak to your leadership capacity.  We understand that you are early in your college career and may not as yet have formed any close relationships with professors.  If you do not have a professor or administrator who can submit a recommendation, please ask an individual who has seen you in a professional or leadership setting – perhaps an internship or job supervisor or club advisor. Recommenders should not be students. Once you log into the application portal, please add your recommender and send them a request for recommendation email. Recommenders will then receive a series of short answer questions to respond to rather than be asked to submit a letter of support.

Recommenders: We are looking for students who display an exceptional capacity to lead and have community impact over the course of their careers. You should receive an automated email once the student sends you the recommend email via the application portal. The recommendation will consist of a series of brief questions.

Interview Availability

Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by the end of February. Interviews will take place in March.


The application deadline is Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.

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