Application Guidelines

Rewarding role models and drivers for social change

In the registration form, students must submit the following documents:

  1. A curriculum vitae.
  2. A personal letter of motivation,
  3. A substantiated case assignment.

The nominated candidate must submit a personal motivation letter. The candidate can take the following questions as a guideline for the motivation letter:

  • What are your aspirations, barriers, challenges, but also your victories / milestones during your studies?
  • What are your ambitions for the future?
  • What is your motivation for making a social contribution to society? What is the social impact of your social activities?
  • What does the nomination mean to you and why is winning the ECHO Award important to you?
  • What do you appreciate about taking a summer course in the United States and what are your expectations from the summer course?

Tip! Don’t be too modest in your personal motivation. All information contributes to a more complete picture of you for the jury of the ECHO Award.

The nominated candidate must elaborate on a case in relation to the role they want to fulfill as an ECHO Ambassador.

Below are two concrete cases that ECHO works with in daily practice. Select one case and try to answer the assignment question as concretely as possible.

Many higher education institutions are struggling with the reality of a diverse student population. This is also evident from the large gap that exists in the study success of native Dutch students and Dutch students with a non-Western background. This often has to do with the fact that students with a non-Western background do not feel at home at the institution and do not see their identity and perspectives reflected in the curriculum and the teachers.

As ECHO Ambassador you may be asked to participate in meetings with education professionals as sparring partner. In this role you can be asked to share ideas, advice and suggestions you have to make a learning environment more inclusive. Please share three recommendations that you would offer the educational institution you are studying at and explain how your ideas can contribute to a more inclusive learning environment. (guideline 300 words)

Many young people with a non-western background struggle to find a job after graduation. This may be related to limited job application skills, but also to exclusion mechanisms on the labor market.

As ECHO Ambassador you may be asked to participate in sessions for employers from the corporate industry or in the public sector. In this role you may be asked about your ideas, advice and suggestions to improve the image of a company for a diverse target group. Formulate three recommendations that you would offer an employer of your choice and explain how your ideas can contribute to an image that reflects diversity and inclusion. (guideline 300 words)

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