What is the difference between the Project Description and the Personal Statement?
The Project Description states very clearly what you propose to do, including details about where, when, and how you are going to do it. This Project Description should also make a compelling case that your project is feasible (that you can gain access to the places or people that you want to see) as well as interesting and/or significant to you. The Personal Statement should demonstrate that you are prepared to do this project—by virtue of previous coursework, training, or experience. For a Franklin award, the Personal Statement should also demonstrate how the proposed project will advance and extend your work at W&J—and also contribute to your future plans. For Geary, Walker, and Kelso awards, you need to explain how and why the project is important to you. Taken together, the Project Description and Personal Statement should tell a compelling story about an interesting/important project for which you are well prepared and which will challenge you to be independent, to take initiative, and to solve problems imaginatively and creatively.