How to Apply

The recruitment and application process for the 2022-23 academic year will begin on May 1 and will run until capacity is reached. The application portal is currently open.

Two pathways are available to apply to the program.

  1. We routinely reach out to College Deans and university advisors seeking nominations for students to participate in the program. If you are interested, we encourage to let your advisor and Dean know of your interest; or
  2. You may apply directly to the program.

All applicants, whether nominated or applying directly, must submit an application by the designated deadline – Monday, May 30.

Students should confirm that their schedules will accommodate the program – the ULS meets weekly for 50 minutes on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM.  

Applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of OSU faculty and advisors, practitioners who are familiar with the ULS, and students who have previously participated in the Program.

Applications will be reviewed based on answers to two questions (see below) and a current resume. Ranking factors include, previous involvement or engagement in university or community-based activities; writing ability; degree to which the applicants follow the application directions, and the applicant’s demonstrated awareness of, and ability to represent, the diverse array of students enrolled at OSU.

The application requires four substantive elements:

  1. A brief “personal statement” that addresses why you are interested in participating in the ULS;
  2. A brief “issue statement” that identifies a state policy issue that is of concern to you;
  3. A current resume; and
  4. The name and contact information of an OSU faculty or staff member who can serve as a reference. Transfer students may use a reference from another institution.

Scholarships are Available

Students who plan to enroll for credit, may be eligible for a scholarship applied to the cost of enrolling in the program. The ULS Scholarship is awarded to third- and fourth-year undergraduate students in any major who are enrolled in the ULS Program for two credits. Recipients will have financial need, be the first in their families to attend college, or both. Up to 10 students will be selected to receive a scholarship award for the 2022-23 academic year.

PLEASE NOTE: Students seeking a scholarship must submit two applications, one for the program and one for the scholarship:
Application to the ULS Program
Application to the Scholarship via Scholars Dollars

If you have questions about the program, the program application, or the scholarship, please contact Jock Mills at