Create Your Résumé

In the video, Kyla (a 2014 high school senior at the time of filming) shares her experience in completing the ‘Developing an Academic Résumé’ activity and explains how her résumé resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in additional scholarship money resulting in a free undergraduate education at Xavier University of Louisiana.

The photograph below shows Kyla graduating on-time and debt free as she receives her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Kyla is has gone on to receive a full tuition fellowship to medical school, together with a $25,000 per year research stipend. 

You must develop an Academic Résumé in our format. If you currently have a résumé, you must transfer the information onto the format provided. Our one-page academic résumé format is what we use to present students to colleges and reflects a format that has proven effective with college admissions officers and scholarship providers.

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Click here to create a copy of the ‘Résumé’ document. 

  • Select the ‘File’ menu on the top left of the document.
  • Select ‘Make a copy’ from the File Menu.
  • Replace ‘Copy of Your Name’ in the name of the document with your first and last name (properly capitalized).
  • Select ‘SHARE’ to share your newly created document to cpc@collegeplanningcohort.com, or with your parents or cohort facilitator.

Step 1: Edit the document: Gather, or reflect on the information, by category (i.e., education, school- and community-based activities, work experience, and awards) in which you have been involved throughout high school. Use the sample résumés as a guide:

Note: Most of the information required to complete our résumé should be listed on your ‘My Profile’ form.

  • Education: Change the information on the form to reflect your school, city, state, and beginning/graduation years:
    • GPA (enter a GPA based on the following scale: 90 – 100 ‘4.0’; 80 – 99 ‘3.0’; 79 or less ‘2.0’)
    • Weighted and unweighted GPA
    • SAT and/or ACT Scores
    • Class Rank
  • Community Service/Employment: Change the information on the form to reflect your work experiences or community service. Add leadership roles to the beginning of each area, e.g., Volunteer: Red Cross Blood Drive.
    • School-related
    • Faith- or community-related
    • Translation services
    • Tutoring, baby sitting, etc.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Change the information on the form to reflect your work experiences or community service. Add leadership roles to the beginning of each area, e.g., President: National Honor Society, Captain: Varsity Football.
    • College Planning Cohort
    • School-based activities, e.g., sports, clubs, student organizations
    • Faith- and community-based activities, e.g., church involvement, community programs, parks and recreation
    • Summer and after school programs, e.g., camps, pre-college programs, leadership
  • Honors and Awards: Change the information on the form to reflect all honors and awards received throughout high school, e.g., Varsity Letter for Basketball, Induction into the National Honor Society, Principal’s List.
    • Academic
    • Sports
    • Creative arts
    • Leadership, such as Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts or Junior Achievement
    • Perfect Attendance

Within each of the areas, indicate the year(s) of involvement, leadership roles, and include a brief description of the activity.

Note: Years of involvement should be listed in the following formats: 

  • List a single year for involvement that does not go beyond one year (e.g., 2017, 2018, etc.)
  • List a year range for involvement that extends beyond one year (e.g., 2014 – 2015, 2015 – 2018, etc.)
  • List the beginning year and the word ‘present’ for involvement that is continuous (e.g., 2014 – present, 2018 – present, etc.).
  • All dates that end in ‘present’ are listed first, followed by most current, e.g., ( 2016 – present, 2017 – present, 2018, 2016, 2014 – 2015, etc.)

Step 2: Limit to one page: If you have more than one page, make a copy of your résumé and name the document [Your Name] – Resume (Long) and use the long version as your reference résumé. Return to your original document and edit your information down to one page.

While the information contained on your profile will ultimately be used to determine your match to colleges and for scholarships, copies of your résumé should be attached to email inquiries and provided as application supplements whenever possible. Your résumé should also be presented to interviewers. Following are examples of the résumés of students who received multiple scholarship offers:

  • Kimberly: QuestBridge Scholar and full scholarship offers to Princeton, Duke, Vanderbilt, Washington & Lee, Amherst, and Williams.
  • Kristen: Offered admission to Duke, Emory, Baylor, Amherst, Swarthmore, Williams, and Davidson; and full scholarship offers to Tuskegee, University of Richmond, and Wake Forest. 
  • Mikayla: QuestBridge Scholar; Gates Millennium Scholar; Meyerhoff Scholar; and a full scholarship offer to the Claflin University Honors College.
  • Thuong: Full scholarship offers to UNC-Wilmington Honors College, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Elon University Odyssey Program.
  • Brenna: QuestBridge Scholar; full scholarship to Amherst College.
  • Rebeca: Gates Millennium Scholar.
  • Kyla: Full scholarship to Xavier University of Louisiana.
  • Kyrah: Full scholarship offers to Clark Atlanta and Xavier University of Louisiana.
  • Damian: Full scholarship offers to Bates College and Northeastern University Torch Scholar Program.
  • Otis: Full scholarship offers to Emory and Henry and Northeastern University Torch Scholar Program.

Following are examples of special-focus résumés: