Pew College Society Reaches Record Membership

by University Relations

The Pew College Society, Azusa Pacific’s support program for graduate-school-bound students, included 80 members during the 2015-16 academic year—the largest group to date. The program, originated by Pew Charitable Trusts and now an undergraduate initiative fully funded by APU under the Office of the Provost, invites individuals based on their academic promise in the pursuit of advanced studies.

The list of prestigious institutions accepting APU Pew Society students into their graduate programs this year includes Azusa Pacific University; Drew Theological School; Drew University; Duke University; Emory University; Fuller Theological Seminary; Oregon State University; Oxford University; Princeton Theological Seminary; Trinity College Dublin; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, Riverside; the University of Southern California; Vanderbilt University; Yale Divinity School; and a number of others.

The Pew College Society facilitated these opportunities by offering annual seminars and lectures that promote scholarship and aid students with graduate school selection, admissions tests, and techniques for successful applications and interviews. Further, the program 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 them with in-depth training in key areas such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and graduate school application essay writing. To further assist their efforts, the program provides up to $375 per student per school year for reimbursements for graduate-school-related expenses such as application fees, GRE fees, and traveling to schools. These funds have made all the difference for some students, extending their ability to apply to certain schools.

Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the Pew College Society, continually works with individual departments to identify potential members, and annually presents a graduate school workshop as part of the Common Day of Learning to provide promising scholars every opportunity for success.

Originally published in the Fall '16 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.