<p>I applied to Centre this past cycle and ended up winning the Brown. I turned it down though, for the following reasons:</p>
<p>1)Though the scholarship opportunity in itself is great, I couldnt help but feel that it was making up for the deficiencies of the college. This is a fairly new program and it showed that the school was only beginning to figure out how to handle prospective students, how to interview them, how to organize the weekend… </p>
<p>2)Centres location. </p>
<p>3)The fellows that had already won. Truly, they werent all that impressive.</p>
<p>4)The scholarship is set up to make the fellows global citizens. Yet, they havent actually experienced anything globally. And traveling or living for a few months in foreign countries doesnt make you a global citizen. </p>
<p>5)The homogenous nature of the student body (70% are from Kentucky). That was the deal breaker for me. </p>
<p>As for the entire scholarship application, I applied to Centre and after I had gotten accepted, I realized there was no chance Id get the Brown and decided not to write the 500 word leadership proposal required for consideration for the scholarship. So, I missed the January 15th deadline. Come January 26th, I get an email telling me that theyd chosen to extend the deadline for certain early action applicants. At the time, I was working on the three essays for another schools scholarships and decided to apply for Centres full ride only after I had finished the other schools. Exactly one day before the deadline, I wrote a leadership proposal. Early March I was told I was a finalist. Then I had to attend a competition weekend early April. The weekend consisted of an interview with the foundation granting the scholarship, an interview with a professor, and an interview exercise.
Two days after the weekend, I was told that I had gotten the Brown.</p>
<p>The interviews were fairly easy and consisted of standard interview questions. The interview exercise went like this: the applicants are split into groups of 5 or 6. They sit in a circle of chairs with a professor/dean of admissions/Brown Foundation Member. A question is asked (Ill post the ones I remember below) and each applicant has one minute to answer. After everyone in the circle has answered the question, the professor/dean of admissions/Brown Foundation Member rotates. And so it goes for ten questions.</p>
<p>After, each group is assigned a problem to solve and then present in front of the other groups and the evaluators. </p>
<p>The questions for the interview exercise were (sorry, I cant remember all of them):
1)Whats the biggest problem facing the US today?
2)What sets you apart from your peers?
3)What do you want to change about the world?
4)What is a way in which people perceive you incorrectly? Why?</p>
<p>Ten students were selected as fellows. Five were chosen as alternates. I know of two students other than myself who turned down the scholarship so if you end up an alternate, theres a strong chance youll win. </p>
<p>Overall, for the right type of student, this scholarship would be a once in a lifetime opportunity - it just wasnt for me.</p>