What are the benefits for applicants who do not win awards?

Most nominees who make a commitment to the competition and accept guidance from their faculty advisors

  • clarify their career goals;
  • get a better sense of the most appropriate graduate studies for them;
  • become more aware of their strengths, interests, and ways to prepare for their career;
  • improve their writing skills and, if they become finalists, enhance their interviewing skills;
  • get a head start in preparing applications for graduate education and other scholarship competitions;
  • have an experience for learning and personal growth that is not normally possible in the classroom.