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Shield Society Application

Early Application Timeline

Any student can submit application materials during the early application timeline and receive priority selection for the Shield Society. Fill out the application form below.

  • Early applications open November 1st, 2022.
  • Early applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on December 1st, 2022.
  • Early applicant interviews take place between December 1st - 16th, 2022.
  • Early applicant selection emails are sent on December 21st and 22nd, 2022.

Open Application Timeline

All applicants who did not apply for the Shield Society during the early application timeline must submit materials during the open application timeline to be considered for one or more of the Societies. Fill out the application form below.

  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on February 19th, 2023.
  • Applicant interviews take place between February 1st and February 28th, 2023.
  • Selection emails are sent on March 6th and 7th, 2023.

Shield Society Descriptions

The Hansen Leadership Program (HLP), named after Zenon C.R. Hansen, has been developing student leaders at Doane since 1994. Each year, 40 incoming students with a desire to develop their leadership skills are selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship and live in Hansen Leadership Hall. HLP supports students through their leadership identity development while at Doane, with the goal of preparing students to use their leadership skills in their workplace and communities after graduation.  


Inclusive Scholars is a peer network that provides a multi-year leadership experience to prepare the next generation of difference makers. Over four years, students learn to leverage inclusive excellence to positively impact innovation, equity, and engagement where they live and work. The Inclusive Scholars experience facilitates students' personal and professional success through individual and team community projects, leadership coaching, and skills-based workshops. Students admitted to Inclusive Scholars receive scholarships that renew yearly.


Interfaith Scholars will engage with religious, secular and spiritual diversity among themselves and in the community, learning about and advocating for religious pluralism, to prepare to be interfaith leaders in any career field. Co-curricular experiences like interfaith courses and diverse religious site visits will guide students' religious literacy and desire for interfaith cooperation as we seek those common values that help us build towards the common good. A possible upto $1,000 scholarship can be awarded to students who participate in this program.   


Housing Note

Each Society requires accepted students to live in specific residence halls during their first year at Doane.


Hansen Leadership Program: Hansen Leadership Hall (suite style housing)

Inclusive Scholars: Frees Hall(traditional housing)

Interfaith Scholars: Frees Hall (traditional housing)


Applicants must fill out regular Doane housing paperwork in case they are not selected for a Society. Students may not transfer out of their housing assignment during their first year without consent of the individual Society Director. Such a move will generally be denied except for demonstrated health or safety needs. After their first year, Shield Society students must follow the standard housing process to acquire rooms for subsequent years on campus.

Demographic Information

Final GPA will be checked.



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Essay Question

You are welcome to apply for multiple Societies, but you can only be accepted into one. Each essay question that you respond to will be considered an application for that unique Society.
Please describe a time in which you showed leadership when you were NOT in an official leadership role/position. What skills did you use? What were the results?
In at least 500 words, please share how you have been an advocate for diversity and a culture of inclusion and belonging through service, academic, and/or leadership activities?
What belief or value is most important to you? How do you express this belief or value in your daily life? Provide an example of a time you acted on this belief or value to help you build bridges with others who are different from you.

Rank Your Society Preferences

If you are applying for multiple Societies, please rank your choices below. The Shield Society Selection Committee will do their best to give you your first choice. "1" should be your first choice. Please select "N/A" if you are not applying for that Society.

Video Introduction

Provide a introduction video sharing the following information:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Explain why you are interested in joining one or more of the Societies
  • Share how you believe this Society or these Societies could benefit you

Please make your video 1 - 5 minutes long. Upload your video to Youtube and list it as unlisted (only people with the link can view it). Please paste your video's link into the text box below OR send it via email to Type “Shield Society-YOUR NAME" in the subject line.