Project Pericles

Application Process for Class of 2020

The application process opens September 1, 2016 and closes on March 10, 2017 at noon for first-year students.

There are three components to the application: (1) a letter of recommendation from a faculty person; (2) a letter of application; and (3) an interview with the Class Mentor. Applicants are notified of their acceptance prior to preregistration for fall semester.

The letter of application should include the following:
• A brief statement describing why you are interested in becoming a Periclean Scholar and making this long term commitment.
• A brief statement identifying your strengths and how these might be useful to the Class and its projects.
• A written response to the following prompt. Please limit your response to 1,000-1,200 words.

Application essay prompt
The country of focus for the Class of 2020 is Cuba. As relations between the US and Cuba change and as travel, trade and diplomatic relations progress, our Elon cohort will be among the first U.S. student-led organizations to establish meaningful and hopefully enduring relationships with Cuban people and organizations. For this essay, imagine that your cohort starts this relationship in Spring or Fall of 2016.  By Spring of 2020, what do you hope you and your cohort will have learned from your Cuban partners? 


Following receipt of your materials, you will be contacted for a personal interview with Dr. Brian Nienhaus, Mentor for the Class of 2020 Periclean Scholars. Please email your application materials (as .pdf files) to Dr. Nienhaus at Please have the letter of recommendation emailed to Dr. Nienhaus at, or sent through campus mail to him at Campus Box 2075.

Note: As soon as you decide to apply, please contact Dr. Nienhaus so your interview can be scheduled as early as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to contact him at