Pew College Society Paves Way for Graduate School Applications

by University Relations

Nearly every senior in the Pew College Society earned acceptance into prestigious graduate programs across the country, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Cornell University, Duke Divinity School, Texas A&M University, and University of California, Davis, among others. Many also received generous fellowships and other financial awards as part of their acceptance. Pew sponsors specialized activities and provides much-needed funds to help offset the cost of the graduate school application process.

The society, initiated by Pew Charitable Trusts and now fully funded by Azusa Pacific, offers annual seminars and lectures that promote scholarship and aid students with graduate school selection, admissions tests, and techniques for successful applications and interviews. The Pew College Society pairs each student with a mentor in his or her field to personalize the experience and maximize the outcome. Workshops also give graduate school applicants a distinct advantage, providing students with in-depth training in key areas such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and graduate school application essay writing.

Furthermore, the society offers approximately $375 per student toward expenses related to applying for and entering graduate school. These funds can be used for application fees, travel expenses incurred while visiting institutions, academic conferences, exam fees, or any other costs associated with the process. “I owe my wide selection of opportunities to the Pew College Society, because a large portion of my application fees were covered,” said Caleb Wagner ’14, who received acceptances from the doctoral physics programs at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; the City University of New York; and Brandeis University, where he began studies this fall with full financial support.

Emily Chesley ’14 applied to several master’s programs, including Princeton Theological Seminary’s M.Div., Duke Divinity School’s M.T.S., and Fuller Theological Seminary’s M.A.T. Accepted at all three, she decided to attend Princeton with the assistance of the Seminary Fellowship, a merit scholarship offered only to a select few students each year that covers full tuition, including summers, plus $1,000 for fees. “The Pew College Society has been a blessing,” said Chesley. “It gave me the freedom to apply to the programs I was most interested in without concern for finances.”

Originally published in the Fall '14 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.