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Apply to be a Jackson Scholar

Deadline to Apply for Class of 2019-2021: October 2018

The Jackson Scholar Program admits students through a competitive application process that offers students from across the university the chance to gain experience with leadership, ethics and learn more about their own values.

Before you begin the application process, please read the Jackson Scholar Program Handbook available here or in the Assistant Director’s office in Edwards 232.

There are four parts required to apply for the Jackson Scholar Program:

  1. The completed application form
  2. A written statement from the applicant
  3. An unofficial copy of the applicant's transcript
  4. A letter of recommendation from a current Coastal Carolina University faculty or staff member

The Application

Fill out the Jackson Scholar Application completely. When finished, save the file with your name (LastFirst) and Application (ex: SmithJohn_Application.pdf). Please make certain to save your application as a .pdf file. 

If you encounter any issues, please contact the Assistant Director of The Jackson Family Center for Ethics & Values at 843-349-4149.

Submission Deadline: October 2018

The Written Statement 

In a statement of not more than 750 words, please address the following:

  1. Describe the character of a person who you admire (sorry, no parents!): what makes them a good leader or role model?  
  2. Give personal examples of a success and a failure in upholding one of your values. 
  3. Explain why you chose your major(s), and what role you think it will play in your future life.z

Double space your written statement and use Times New Roman 12 point font. Save the file as your name (LastFirst) and Statement. The file should be in .pdf format (ex: SmithJohn_Statement.pdf).

Writing Sample

Submit a sample of your written work of which you are proud. It can be on any topic, from any class and of any length, but it should showcase your ability to communicate your thoughts on paper. 

Save the file as your name (LastFirst) and Sample. The file should be in .pdf format (ex: SmithJohn_Sample.pdf). 

The Transcript

Go to WebAdvisor and log into your student account. Under ‘Academic Profile’ click on the link ‘View Your Unofficial Transcript.’ If you are turning in a hard copy of your application, print your unofficial transcript and attach it to your application. If you are emailing your application, save it as a .pdf file and include it with your application email.

Your unofficial transcript file should follow the same naming structure as the other parts of the application format (ex: SmithJohn_Transcript.pdf).

The Letter of Recommendation

The letter of recommendation must come from a current faculty or staff member at Coastal Carolina University. The letter must be sent by the faculty or staff member directly to the Assistant Director of The Jackson Family Center for Ethics & Values, Kaitlyn Powalie at


Once your application, written response, and transcript are complete you may submit them to the Assistant Director.  If you are completing a hard copy, submit it to the Assistant Director in EHFA 232.  If you are emailing your application, then attach all three files to an email and send them to If you not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please contact Alan Lam at 843-349-4149.