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Benjamin Franklin Scholars

Application for Admission

First Name:

Last Name:

Penn ID Number:

School (select all that apply using CTRL+click):

Primary Major:

Secondary Major:

Anticipated Year of Degree:

Address 1:

Address 2:



Zip Code:

Local Phone Number:

Penn Email:

How did you learn about the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program?

Have you applied before?

Have you taken a BFS Seminar?

If so, which ones?

If not, why not?

Please self-report your SAT scores (or skip if you took the ACT instead):



If you took the ACT instead of the SAT, please self-report those here instead:

Composite Score:





Combined English/Writing:

List honor societies to which you have been elected, academic honors, awards(academic, extracurricular, community), titles of publications, etc. in high school and/or college.

List your major extracurricular activities and interests, indicating leadership positions when applicable.

Have you ever been brought before the Judicial Inquiry Officer?

If yes, do we have permission to review your Student Dispute Resolution Center file?

Please briefly explain:

Please attach the following in one .pdf or .doc:

Essays are to be no more than 500 words each. Meeting this limit is part of the essay requirement. Longer essays will not be read.
1) Reflect back over the last several years, and consider the moment you would choose when your thinking processes seemed to be working at their very best. The context could be academic or not, but the outcome of this experience should be a seriously intellectual one.
What kinds of things were you doing then? Why did your thoughts turn out so well? (If it is helpful or illustrative, you might detail the content of the ideas you were having and the reasons for which you think they were valuable, but the point of this essay is for you to convey an experience that portrays the character of your intellect at its most creative, activist, or insightful, and to do it descriptively with precision and elegance, not in a self-congratulatory way.)
2) What is your plan for the formal development of your academic personality at Penn? What are its essential components (why?), and how do they fit together? How does this plan cumulate into a larger whole? From this perspective, what do you have to offer the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program?
Please acquire a copy of your high school transcript, either paper or electronic. If you order a paper copy, please have it sent to CURF; otherwise, add it to the end of the essays. Please copy your Penn transcript from Penn-In-Touch and paste it into the document. NOTE: We normally do not consider applications with grades of I, NR or GR. If you know that your transcript includes such, please append an explanation.

Please put the essays and available transcripts together in one .pdf or .doc, named YOURPENNKEY.pdf or YOURPENNKEY.doc

Faculty Recommender 1 (first name):

Faculty Recommender 1 (last name):

Faculty Recommender 1’s Department

Faculty Recommender 1’s email:

Faculty Recommender 2 (first name):

Faculty Recommender 2 (last name):

Faculty Recommender 2’s Department

Faculty Recommender 2’s email:

You will now be asked to authenticate via PennKey. By hitting submit, you acknowledge that your PennKey stands in lieu of your signature

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