How to Apply

To apply to the Social Science Scholars Program, you must provide the following materials:

  • An academic record comprising high school transcripts and ACT, SAT and AP test scores. We do not always have access to University records so request our own copy. Please send these directly to Jenn Arbogast at or 509 East Circle Dr., Room 307, Berkey Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.
  • Two reference letters from high school teachers and/or advisors/professors sent directly to Jenn Arbogast.
  • A written statement of up to 2,000 words that will enable the selection panel to evaluate your suitability for the program. This may take the form of (a) a personal reflection on why this program would benefit you and suit your abilities and aspirations; (b) an analysis of specific social, political, economic, environmental or ethical issues that are of personal interest to you; or (c) some combination of (a) and (b). Please paste your statement into the application form.

Selected applicants will then be invited for an on-campus or Skype interview. The deadline for applications each calendar year is April 1 for admission in the fall but early application is strongly recommended.


For more information, contact:

John Waller
Social Science Scholars Program
Berkey Hall

Jenn Arbogast
Academic Specialist
Social Science Scholars Program
Berkey Hall