Application Checklist

Follow the steps outlined on this checklist to help you successfully apply for the Project GO scholarship program in Russian at Lewis University.


Student Application Deadline Thursday, March 8th, 2023, at 11:59 PM (ET)
Selection Notification Date Thursday, March 22nd, 2023
Student Decision Deadline: Wednesday, March 29th, 2023
Waitlist Admissions Begin Friday, March 30th, 2023
Waitlist Students’ Decision Deadline Thursday, April 6th, 2023
Notification of Acceptance for Waitlist Students Thursday, April 13th, 2023
Wrapping Up Selection Process April 20th – April 27th, 2023
Student List Finalized Friday, April 28th, 2023
Students arrive at the campus June 18th, 2023
Instruction begins June 19th, 2023
Program ends August 13th, 2023

  1. Schedule a Project GO Advisement Meeting in November.
    Email to set up a time to discuss your Project GO program options!  Recommended Deadline: November 1st, 2022.
  2. Start a Project GO Application in October. Attend one of our webinars for useful guidance. Webinars will be offered in November. Stay tuned for more information on when and where the webinars will take place! All webinars will be recorded and available on our website.
    You can also start the application independently by going to
    If you have questions or would like to request a personalized webinar, feel free to reach out to the Program Coordinator, Dr. Iwona Lech, by emailing   
  3. Send Recommendation Requests.
    The Project GO application requires 2 recommendations:
    1. A letter from your commanding officer.
    2. An academic letter of recommendation that addresses:
         a) the relationship between the recommender and applicant and
         b) the reason the applicant is a good candidate for this scholarship.​
    Other Tips: 

    • Send requests for recommendation early in the application process.
    • Communicate with your Academic recommender that you plan to request a recommendation from them.
    • Some recommenders may request additional information from you so that they can write an ideal recommendation.
    • Be sure to make time to help your recommender or the PGO Program Coordinator help you in your Project GO application process. 
    • Write your PGO Essays, this is your chance to explain why you are an excellent candidate for Project GO! 
    Pro Tips:
    • Write up to the maximum word count, take every opportunity that you can to make a case as to why you should be awarded.
    • Answer the actual question(s) being asked! It seems simple, but rambling essays are far too prevalent. 
    • Provide examples!
    • Have someone review your essays (like the free writing center in the Library).
    • Attend the Project GO Application webinars that cover Essay writing for more assistance and tips!
  4. Follow up with your Recommender. Check your Project GO application, if your recommender has not yet submitted a recommendation on your behalf, you may need to follow up with them with an email or an office visit. It is your responsibility to gather your recommendations. Keep in mind that applications will NOT be considered complete past the deadline without 2 appropriate recommendations.

    Here's an example of a follow up letter for academic recommendations: 

    Good afternoon, Professor _____,  I hope this email finds you well. I am contacting you to follow up with you regarding my request for recommendation for the Project Global Officer Scholarship. Through your support for my application to Project GO, I hope to have the opportunity to attend The Lewis University Project GO in Russian this summer.  The deadline for the scholarship application will be March 8th, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET and my application will be considered incomplete without an Academic recommendation. Please let me know if there is any additional information that I can provide to assist in completing the recommendation. Thank you for your support of my application.  All the best, Cadet _____ 

  5. Add your Transcript to your Application. Upload your unofficial transcript to your Project GO application. (WAIT until Fall grades have posted!!)  To order a transcript at Lewis University, click HERE.
  6. Review, Finalize, Submit
    Review your application and make sure that all required components are present.
    • Essays
    • 2 recommendations (see above) 
    • All other required fields
    Recommended Application Submission: January 30th, 2023.
    Application Deadline: March 8th, 2023 at 11:59pm ET.

    Hit the submit button before the deadline! Deadlines are determined nationally by Project GO.

    Only applications submitted before the deadline can be considered for review.

Learn more about PGO nationally