The James Baldwin Scholars Program provides scholarships to talented students from underserved communities who would benefit from a transition year before college in which to improve general academic skills and prepare for the rigor of college studies.
Baldwin Scholars receive a scholarship that fully meets the cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, and meals.
Successful completion of the transition year prepares students to apply for acceptance to Hampshire College with coursework already completed credited toward Hampshire's academic requirements. Students may also choose to apply to other selective liberal arts colleges.
James Baldwin Scholars Application
Interview and Baldwin Personal Statement
January 15, 2017
February 1, 2017
We do a holistic read of your application, meaning we look at everything. To apply, submit the following materials through the Common Application:
Register here for a James Baldwin Scholars phone/skype interview with a Hampshire College admissions representative. If you plan on coming to campus to do your interview, you can register for an on-campus interview time here. You can sign up on any of the following dates throughout the months of November-January. Interviews must be completed by February 1.
November 15, 16, 17, 18
December 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15
January 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
We will contact you at the number/skype ID you provided on your registration form. If you have any questions about the interview or have scheduling conflicts with the dates offered, please reach out to Miguel Santiago at email@example.com or 413.559.5737.
Some optional application materials can be submitted through the Common Application. You will also have the opportunity, after applying, to submit additional optional materials such as photos, videos, PDFs, Word documents, and music files through your online application portal with Hampshire College.
We like to geek out here at Hampshire, and our essay questions give you a chance to do the same. So here's a sneak peek at the questions you'll find on the Common App. We can't wait to read what you come up with.
Once we process your application, we will send an acknowledgment letter that includes a username and password for you to check the completeness of your admissions file online. Hampshire College has entered the 21st century and now releases decisions online. To make sure that you receive your decision, we recommend not opting out of email communications.
Prospective Applicants can get Common App online support through the Applicant Help Center. From the help center, click the "Ask a Question" tab to contact our support team and access a comprehensive FAQ resource covering different aspects of the application process.
Counselors/Recommenders with Common App questions or suggestions can contact them through the Recommender Help Center. You can also receive real-time support through the new chat program available now from 12-4 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
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