As conceived by students, faculty, staff, and alumni, the Cook Achievement Fund is a scholarship pool intended to support activities that enhance a student’s
résumé and learning experience. Financial support for the Cook Achievement Fund originates with Bob Cook as well as recent honors college alumni and private donors.
Achievement Fund activities are learning experiences that exceed standard curricular requirements and engage the student as a professional in his or her field. Examples include internships, conference presentations, scholarly publications, undergraduate
research, study abroad, etc.
Use the sample application and the guidelines below to help you to complete your application. If you have any questions, ask the Honors College staff.
This cover sheet must be completed and submitted with your Cook Achievement Fund proposal.
This is a statement you sign that explains how the fund is supported by Robert Cook and by alumni and encourages continuation of alumni support in the future.
This is an essay that puts forth a narrative explanation of who you are as a person, what motivating factors drive you, how you come to be who you are, where you are going, what is important to you, what thinkers you admire, what philosophy informs your
life, and how your goals, dreams, and career objectives emerge from them. Keep these things in mind as you draft your narrative:
Some background resources on writing a personal statement:
Use the examples that follow to write a proposal including:
Sample Achievement ApplicationThis application is from a first-year student who had not yet declared a major at the time of submission. It is not perfect. But all the elements are there
and they work together to create an overall strong application. The cover sheet and signature page are excluded to protect anonymity.
A sample résumé is shown in the sample application.
Your four-year-plan should focus on activities you are doing outside the classroom. We are not interested in your course schedule. We want to know your plan
for study abroad, internships, community service, leadership, post-graduate preparation and activities on and off campus.