Third and Fourth Year students who maintain at least a 3.7 GPA are invited to engage in an intensive exploration of several merit-based awards that are due in the Fall semester of the senior year. Students may apply for awards as seniors or alumni following graduation. Weekly meetings are all optional and will explore building a strong application for multiple fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates-Cambridge, Schwarzman, Knight-Hennessey and other scholarships. Program representatives, local DC-Area Scholars and Howard alumni are normally invited to discuss award requirements and a broad range of issues related to leadership, scholarship and service. Dinner is normally provided for evening meetings. Participation in SEI is not required for university endorsement, and applying for awards is not required after participation in SEI.