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The Kairos application consists of two distinct parts: an online application and a phone interview. Before you can fill out the application, you must prepare the following documents. All documents (with the exception of the short answer) should be saved in PDF format with your first and last name in the file name.

1. Cover Letter

This letter should express your interest in and reasons for applying to be a Kairos Scholar. Please comment on your expectations of a member of the community of Kairos, based upon your knowledge of the program thus far and your previous experiences in various communities. Describe the qualities you as an individual will contribute to this academic community.

2. Curriculum Vitae

Your CV should cover your involvement in the following areas: - Important classes you have taken - Clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities in which you have participated - Honors and awards you have received - Volunteer and/or other service experience - Any international travel or experience abroad

3. Letter of Recommendation

You should have two letters of recommendation. One of these letters must be from a teacher or school official who knows you in an academic setting. Letters must be e-mailed to Kairos by the person writing the recommendation. Applicants should not submit letters of recommendation themselves. For Writers of Letters of Recommendation: With your recommendation, please include information about how long you have known the applicant and the nature of your relationship. Comment regarding the applicant’s academic potential, intellectual capacity, character, ability to collaborate with others, and motivation for participating in the Kairos Scholars Honors Program. Letters of Recommendation should also be in PDF form, should include the applicant’s last and first name in the title, and should be emailed directly to, Attn: Kairos Admissions.

4. Essay

Your responses should be double-spaced, 12 pt font. Please save them as PDFs with your First and Last Names in the file name. Your essay should be no longer than two pages (double-spaced). You are planning a dinner. Which historical figure would you invite? What specific qualities about that person do you respect which made you want to invite them in particular? What would you talk about? (Jesus is present at every meal, so please choose someone else for the sake of this question) In your response, be sure to develop your reasoning for your choice of historical figure and the questions you would ask them. We care much more about these components than the reputation or fame of the figure you choose.

5. Short Responses

You should not upload a pdf of your short answers, but we recommend having them already written so you can simply copy and paste them into the provided spaces of the online application. The questions are as follows: - Beyond academics, what are you passionate about? - Are you more of a leader or a follower? Why? - Which academic subject do you find least interesting? Why? - What is something about which you have changed your mind in the last few years?

Required Documents

Once you have all five documents prepared, you can now fill out this online application.


Finally, student members of the Kairos Scholars Recruitment Committee would like to conduct a brief phone interview with each applicant. The interviewer will ask you a few questions over the phone, allowing the application reviewers to get to know you better. Feel free to ask any questions you have about the Kairos Scholars program at this time.

You will be asked to sign-up for a half-hour interview time as part of the online application. If you need to reschedule or are unable to be interviewed at your scheduled time, please contact us at We will make every attempt to reschedule missed interviews.