Capitol Hosts a Record Number of Applicants to the Capitol Scholars Program Scholarship (CSP)
This Saturday, February 22, almost 40 students gathered at Capitol Technology University to vie for the prestigious Capitol Scholars Program Scholarship (CSP) which provides a full-tuition scholarship to 5 accepted students who demonstrate their academic merit in the fields of engineering, information technology, and computer science.
In addition to the financial benefits, the CSP offers students a support system with dedicated mentors, and incorporates career planning and internships into each scholars' education.
Supported by their families who were waiting in the wings, each applicant presented their academic, extracurricular, and technical skills to a two person panel of Capitol faculty and staff. A question and answer portion followed the students’ presentations, which often manifested as a Powerpoint slideshow, but could be any demonstration of their ability in the major of their choosing.
During presentations, students showed their involvement in STEM clubs, certifications earned, volunteer positions fulfilled, personal projects, and internships they sought out to supplement their senior year classes.
Before each presentation, the Capitol panels reviewed materials submitted by each applicant including high school transcripts, SAT scores, and letters of recommendation.
Each panel included one technical member, who was an expert in engineering, IT, or computer science; while the other non-technical member focused on reviewing each applications soft skills such as study habits, ability to communicate, and reasoning behind their technological methodologies.
Students who were unable to travel to Capitol, were able to present to a panel via Skype, by scheduling Skype appointments in the week following the on-campus CSP event.
This rigorous process is not taken lightly by anyone involved in the CSP. Before the CSO recipients are announced, Capitol would like to congratulate each applicant for their incredible accomplishments, professionalism, and ultimately their courage to share their achievements and dreams.
To qualify for the CSP, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum total SAT score of 1,100.
If you would like to apply for future Capitol Scholars Programs:
- Apply to the college and be accepted.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal student aid (FAFSA). Results must be sent to the Capitol College Office of Financial Aid two weeks prior to interviews.
- Arrange a presentation, on-campus or via Skype, demonstrating their academic interests. Students may consult with admissions representative for interview preparation.