Lang Opportunity Scholarship (LOS) Program Application

"The Eugene M. Lang Opportunity Scholarship Program each year selects up to six members of [the] Swarthmore College sophomore class [to be] Lang Scholars.  Selection criteria include distinguished academic and extra-curricular achievement, leadership qualities, and demonstrated commitment to civic and social responsibility. As its central feature, the Program offers each Scholar the opportunity and related funding to conceive, design and carry out an Opportunity Project that creates a needed social resource, [generates] a significant social change or improves the condition of a community in the United States or abroad. The Program was [created] and endowed by Eugene M. Lang '38." - Adapted from the 2007 LOS Program Endowment Agreement

A completed application includes:

A.                  Cover Page

B.                  Personal Essay

C.                  Project Essay

D.                 Bibliography

E.                  List of References

F.                   Resumé or CV

G.                 Unofficial transcript(s)

Applications are due by NOON on November 11, 2013.   Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Your last name and page number should appear on each page of the application.  Send completed applications by email to: AS A SINGLE WORD ATTACHMENT, labeled as follows: "Your Last Name.LOS-16.doc"

A. Cover Page


Photo: (Please attach photo as a jpeg or tiff file to email.)

Student I.D. number:



Local address:

Home address:

Academic advisor:

Proposed project title:

Summary of project (500 words maximum): 

B. Personal Essay (1000 - 1500 words total)

This personal essay is a chance for you to let the selection committee know who you are and why you'd be a good choice for the LOS Program. To this end, we invite you to tell a story from your past...Describe an experience you have of creating or participating in a social action project, program, organization, that was innovative in some way. What niche did it fill? What was the goal?  What was/were the outcome/s?  How did it work?  What role did you play?  Why did you get involved?  What was most difficult, challenging and/or fulfilling to you?  What would you do differently? What did you learn?

C. Lang Project Essay (2000 words total)

Please discuss a potential Lang Project you would like to carry out. The committee is aware that you are not in the midst of carrying out such a project; rather, we are asking you demonstrate comprehensive and thorough thinking about what you aspire to do. With this in mind, please respond to the following prompts:


  1. What is the social problem you are most passionate about and what do you want to do about it?
  2. Describe what you know about the social problem in the community context where you'd like to implement a project.
    • What population will be involved in project? 
    • What are the existing community assets or resources?
    • What have others done to address this social problem in this community and with what effects?
    • Why is a project like yours needed in this community context?

3.      What are the key strategies and activities of your project design?

4.      What are the goals and objectives of your project?

5.      How will you measure the outcomes of the project?

  1. In what way(s) is this project innovative?

7.      Who will be involved in the project and in what role(s)?

8.      What skills, experiences, connections and/or knowledge have prepared you for this sort of project?

9.      What kind of timeline do you envision for this project? That is, do you plan to implement the project during the school year, over summer or winter breaks, take time off from school, and so on.

  1. Describe your sustainability plans.  That is, how might the project be maintained, replicated or scaled up in the next five to ten years?

D. Bibliography

E.  List of References (Please list name, title, phone, email address for no more than three references. If you are selected to be interviewed, we will contact your references.)

F. Resumé or CV

G. Unofficial transcript(s)