Application Form and Other Materials

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Lumen Prize program is currently exploring the possibility of moving to on-line applications for the 2017-18 academic year. Until that process is finalized, we are continuing to include here the forms that were used in the 2016-17 academic year. We expect the content of the application to remain, on the whole, similar to the content as described in these forms, although the means of submitting the application may well change. Keep checking this site for updates in September 2017!

All materials -- your application and the letters of recommendation -- must be submitted by the posted deadline for your proposal to be considered.   All material is to be submitted electronically to the Lumen Prize office at  Keep a saved copy of your application for your own records.  Please note that the deadline for all materials is Wednesday, 12:00 noon, March 14, 2018.  

Application Form
Interested and eligible students should download and review this form carefully. You are strongly encouraged to meet with the person you hope to serve as your mentor as early in the process as possible. Please note that the completed form will require both of your electronic signatures [full names typed where indicated].

Mentor's Letter of Recommendation
This is the form to be submitted by the mentor of the applicant for a Lumen Prize. Your efforts in addressing the requested information clearly and thoroughly are appreciated. For more information about your role as a mentor to a Lumen Scholar, please review the document immediately below.

Information for Mentors
This document provides detailed information for mentors including who is eligible to serve as a mentor, the compensation policy associated with mentoring a Lumen Scholar, and the program’s expectations concerning the responsibilities the mentor has toward his or her Scholar.

Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation is the second of the two letters of support applicants arrange to have submitted. [The mentor's letter of recommendation is the first.] Applicants are advised to select an individual who can best speak to their accomplishments and potential, but they are further advised that having recommendations with more than a single perspective can strengthen applications. That is, a recommendation coming from someone in a different department or program within the university than the mentor, or from outside of Elon, might be the best complement to the mentor's letter of recommendation.  Choosing one's recommender wisely is part of preparing an outstanding application packet.  

For More Information

Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703


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