Shimer College

Dangerous Optimist’s Scholarship for Transfer Students

Two-year, full-tuition scholarship

for spring transfer students who will change the world.

The Dangerous Optimist’s Scholarship rewards you for what you are capable of today, not your past grades or your previous accomplishments.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Apply: Apply to Shimer College for the Spring 2015 Semester by November 17 by visiting our online application portal.
  2. Write a couple essays: Download the reading for 2015 which will be posted here soon and write one of your two required essays for the application based on the prompt at the end of the essay.
  3. Interview: Interview with one of the Shimer faculty  on The Dangerous Optimist’s Scholarship Committee by November 21. Be prepared to spend at least half of the interview discussing the reading for 2015 with your interviewer.

Some things to note:

  • Scholarship applicants will be judged solely on the quality of their essay on and discussion.
  • All participants will be contacted by December 8.
  • To be eligible for The Dangerous Optimist’s Scholarship, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form before a scholarship can be awarded.  Note: Students who are awarded federal or state grants may have their scholarship adjusted if the combined amount of all aid exceeds the cost of tuition.

Important Dangerous Optimist’s Scholarship Dates:

November 17

Last day to complete your application for Spring 2015 including your essay on the 2015 reading.

November 22

Last day to complete your interview with Shimer faculty member

December 8

Scholarship Recipient Announced

Before December 15

Submit completed FAFSA form online

January 5

Deadline for winner to accept scholarship and submit enrollment deposit for Spring 2014

Guidelines: The Dangerous Optimist’s scholarship is effective for four semesters of fulltime enrollment or the equivalent within a 3-year period beginning with the initial date of enrollment at Shimer College.  It is automatically renewable for students who maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 and are in good social standing. Enrollment during summer sessions and/or on a part-time basis is permissible and will be prorated (for example, two semesters of halftime enrollment counts as the equivalent of one semester of fulltime enrollment).  Leaves of absence are permitted if approved by the Dean of the College, although they do not negate the 3-year completion stipulation. The award applies only to tuition fees and does not include other fees such as books, orientation or graduation fees.

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