Trinity Fellows Program - Student Applicant Selection Rubric Categories

Trinity Fellows student applications are evaluated by a selection committee based on five main categories: Academic Qualifications, Service Qualifications, Social Justice, Leadership, and Individual Goals and Program Goals Alignment. Applicant selection rubric categories are listed below.

Section 1: Applicant Criteria



Academic Qualifications



  • Demonstrates ability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program, as demonstrated by undergraduate GPA, transcripts, academic LORs, and GRE (if required for the graduate school application)
  • The minimum acceptable undergraduate GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; Exceptions may be made in some programs if other application credentials are very strong

Service Qualifications



  • Has completed service in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Teach for America, or other comparable full-time service organization OR
  • 2+ years of full-time employment with a nonprofit organization
  • Has relevant service/professional experience that extends beyond service eligibility requirement (i.e. worked in a non-profit or mission-driven organization)

Social Justice

  • Demonstrates a commitment to advancing social justice in their life through their actions and goals


  • Demonstrates potential for and commitment to leadership

Individual Goals Align with Program Goals


  • Goals demonstrate alignment with Marquette University and Trinity Fellows mission, vision, values
  • Goals are consistent with working in the nonprofit sector in the US while obtaining a master’s degree
  • Academic goals are consistent with graduate program of choice
  • Potential for success in nonprofit placement
  • Fellow is interested in Milwaukee


Section 2: Additional Considerations

Additional Notes, Concerns, or Qualities

  • Anything not captured above that has had an impact on selection committee review and rating (i.e. acknowledging personal preferences, biases, cognizant of communication styles)