How to apply to the Brock Scholars Program
Apply for Admission to UTC
Step 1: First, you must apply for admission to UTC.
You do not need to wait for your admission decision from the Undergraduate Admissions Office, but you must initiate that application process—including paying the required admission fee—or we cannot consider your Brock Scholars application.
Step 2: Complete and submit your Brock Scholars Program Application.
To apply click the above link and it will take you to the UTC Application Portal. You will use the same email address and password as you used to complete your admissions application to UTC. Once logged in, select the blue button that says “Other Applications” and you will see the option to select Brock Scholars Application from that drop down.
The Brock Scholars application is used for determining admission to the Brock Scholars Program and for the awarding of William E. Brock, Jr. Scholarships. Please remember that you are applying to participate in a program and NOT a scholarship.
All materials, including your recommendation, must be received no later than 12pm/noon EST on January 21, 2023 for your application to be considered complete and eligible for review. You must submit the following materials no later than 12pm/noon on January 21, 2023, for your Brock Scholars application file to be complete.
Please make sure you read the application instructions carefully before you begin.
The Elements of the Brock Scholars Program Application
Items that appear BEFORE you submit your application:
Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities:
- Please list no more than three(3) extracurricular or co-curricular activities that have contributed significantly to your personal growth. Please include the length of time that you have participated in this activity, Beneath each activity please provide a brief one to two sentence statement on why/how this activity was meaningful or impactful to your high school experience.
- If you were unable to participate in extracurricular or co-curricular activities please use this space to tel us how you spent your time outside of the classroom. If you have a job, you can include that in this section.
- Please do not simply list all of your activities and involvement in this section. *This is not an opportunity to list activities in which you’ve held a leadership position, experiences you’ve had working an after-school job, your participation in athletic activities, etc. We’re looking for anything outside of your regular coursework that has contributed to your growth as a person. If you have had other familial obligations or less conventional extra-curricular activities, please include them if they have contributed meaningfully to your growth.
- Please list no more than three(3) high school courses that have had the most impact on your academic experience. Beneath each course please provide a brief one to two sentence statement on why or how this course was meaningful or impactful. Remember, impactful does not always mean positive. This is an opportunity to tell us why or how a particular course influenced you regardless of the grade you may have received.
- Please do not simply list your Advanced Placement(AP), International Baccalaureate(IB) or Dual Enrollment Courses here.
The items listed below will appear AFTER you submit
Short Answer Essay Prompts
These should demonstrating sharp, original thinking and showcase your writing at its best. On the tab labeled “Requirements” you will find three prompts. Please ensure that you read the instructions and submission requirements for each prompt carefully, answer each prompt, and upload files ending in .docx, .doc, and .pdf. If we are unable to open your file, we will consider your application incomplete and it will not be reviewed. The application prompts for the upcoming application cycle can be found below.
- Prompt # 1: Help us get to know you better. Please write three simple sentences (numbered 1-3) that give us some insight into you, your life, your interests, and your experiences. There are no right answers--feel free to be creative and think outside the box. (Three numbered sentence maximum.)
- Sentence one.
- Sentence two.
- Sentence three.
- Prompt #2: Personal interaction with works of art, objects, images, and spaces can be so powerful as to change the way one thinks. Describe an experience where your personal interaction with a work of art, object, image or space effected this type of change in your thinking. (300-word maximum)
- Prompt #3: Choose one of the prompts below and respond to the prompt.
- Option A: Below is a quote from Luuvie Ajayi Jones TEDTalk "Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable"
- "And here's the thing: "I'm the person who says that you might be thinking but dared not to say. A lot of times people think that we're fearless, the people who do this we're fearless. We're not fearless. We're not unafraid of the consequences or sacrifices that we have to make by speaking truth to power."
- Describe a time when you had the opportunity to be "fearless" Which choice did you choose, and would you do anything differently?
- Option B: Below is a quote from Tim Ferriss' TEDTalk "Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead of Your Goals."
- "What we don't often consider is the atrocious cost of the status quo--not changing anything. So you should ask yourself if I avoid this action or decision and actions and decisions like it, what might my life look like in say six months, 12 months, three years?"
- Describe a situation in which you had an opportunity to change yourself, an organization, club, etc. Did you make the change, or did you maintain the status quo? How might things be different if you made a different decision?
- Statement of Additional Information: What else do we need to know to get a better picture of you as a student and as a person? Please do not recap your resume or transcript here. Instead, we want to know anything about you that doesn't appear in other parts of your application, but would help us better understand your potential for the Honors College. This is not a space to upload your admissions essay, research paper, etc. (150-word count)
- Recommendation – We require one recommendation for your application:
- This recommendation can come from a teacher/supervisor/coach/mentor. This person cannot be a family member or a family friend. Instead, they should be someone who can provide a holistic picture of you as a student and a person. This can be a coach, a supervisor, a community service chair/supervisor, or another teacher.
If you have questions about how to submit your application, email [email protected] or call 423-425-4128.