Applying to the Holleran Center

Interested sophomore students submit applications to the Holleran Center in the fall. The deadline for applying in the 2014-2015 academic year is Friday, November 14, 2014, by 5 p.m. 

Steps in the Application Process  

1. Attend one of the application meetings/info sessions and submit the statement of interest form.

Applying students complete the Statement of Interest form at the application informational session in September. This does not commit students to proceed with the application process. It does allow the Holleran Center Staff to assign you a faculty and student application adviser.

2. Meet with a PICA application adviser.

The Holleran Center staff assigns each applicant to a faculty member who serves on the Steering Committee of the Holleran Center. These faculty members will be able to answer questions about the program requirements, give advice about the application procedures, and provide helpful feedback on the application essay. Students should contact their application advisers by October 17 to schedule a meeting to discuss their proposal. A rough draft must be submitted to the application adviser by October 31. Students may only apply to one academic center. We expect students to make the decision about their intention to apply to the Holleran center by October 31. For the final application, students must obtain the signature of their PICA faculty application adviser signifying this faculty member's involvement in the application process. Applications without the signature of the Holleran Center application adviser cannot be considered by the steering committee.

In addition to a PICA faculty adviser, applicants have the option of working with a PICA student adviser. These current PICA scholars can informally help you to navigate the application process.

3. Request recommendations from a Connecticut College faculty member and a community member. 

Each application must include two completed recommendation forms, one from a Connecticut College faculty member and one from a community member or someone who has supervised the applicant's work outside the classroom. This work may have been as a volunteer or as a paid employee. This can be someone from either on or off campus (i.e. coach, volunteer supervisor, employer, eta.).

4. Obtain an official transcript or grade report.

Transcripts and grade reports are available at the Office of the Registrar at no charge to students. Please request an official transcript be sent to the Holleran Center.

5. Submit the completed PICA application. Applicants must have his or her adviser's signature on the PICA application in order to submit the application for consideration by the steering committee.

A complete application must include the following:

1. Application form/cover sheet signed by your faculty application adviser
2. Essay, typed, double-spaced, 3 to 5 pages in length
3. Completed PICA Proposed Program of Study form
4. Recommendation form completed by a Connecticut College faculty member
5. Recommendation form completed by a community member/someone who has observed your work outside of the classroom
6. Transcript or grade report
7. Resume

The Holleran Center's faculty steering committee reviews all applications. Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by the winter break.

Holleran Center Contact Information:


Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy

Box: 5277

Connecticut College

270 Mohegan Avenue

New London, CT 06320-4196


Phone: 860-439-2596

Fax: 860-439-5408