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Application Process and Guidelines

Applications for the 2020 – 2021 cohort of the Torchbearer 100 is now open and will be accepted through Friday, January 15, 2021.

Students may apply on their own behalf, or be first recommended by a faculty or staff person of Florida State University. Each candidacy packet includes both a Student Application and a Candidate Recommendation.

Students will receive a notification once their candidacy packet has been received in full. Both components should be submitted by Friday, January 15.

Candidate Recommendation

FSU faculty and staff members are invited to submit a recommendation for a student’s candidacy for the Torchbearer 100. Please note that faculty and staff members may first offer their recommendation or submit upon request of a student. If by student request, the student is responsible for making their request in a timely fashion and supporting the recommendation process as necessary.

Faculty and staff members are welcome to recommend multiple students. Recommendations received from undergraduate student staff will not be considered in the selection process.

Recommendations include a 200-400 word case for the candidate’s alignment with the Torchbearer 100 based on their personal development, investment in the university, and promise to well-represent Florida State beyond their time here.

A downloadable sample of the recommendation form may be found here.

The Student Application

This is student's opportunity to tell the story of their legacy of leadership on campus. Applicants will move through five questions that will prompt reflection on their personal development; the impact they have made throughout their time as a student thus far; draw connections between their experiences at FSU to how they hope to make a positive impact beyond campus; and how they envision continuing their relationship with Florida State after graduation.

A downloadable sample of the Student Application form may be found here.


Applications are open and will be accepted through Friday, January 15. At this point, the Student Application and the supplemental Candidate Recommendation from a faculty or staff person should both be submit for review.

Packets will then be passed to the selection committee for review. This group is comprised of representatives of the Division of Student Affairs, the Division of Academic Affairs, University Athletics, University Relations and the Alumni Association. The committee will review and rank each nomination packet carefully against program criteria reflecting the essence of the Torchbearer 100. The 100 highest scoring candidates who have met program requirements will make up our next class of the Torchbearer 100.

The Torchbearer 100 will be announced mid-February. On Thursday, March 4, these students will be invited to join together for an introduction meeting and on Thursday, March 25 we will induct this year's cohort at the Legacy Gala. All candidates should hold the morning of March 4 and the evening of March 25 in anticipation of these events.

While the implications COVID-19 will have on the spring 2021 semester remain uncertain, both virtual and in-person event options are being explored. Details will be released as soon as we may confidently do so.