The process for selecting All-USA Scholarship recipients is: Step 1-Faculty committee scoring of essays; top 5 essays move forward to application process. 2013 scorers indicated they'd have preferred a more specific, helpful rubric to improve rater reliability. In 2014 it was replaced by the EMCC Writing Rubric which produced distinction between essays, however, scorers were dissatisfied with criteria that didn't account satisfactorily for content and voice. Thus, 6-Trait Writing Rubric will be used in 2015. Step 2-Essay semi-finalists submit applications to a 2nd committee for ranking. 2013 faculty ranking the applications experienced disparity, recommending a list of guidelines be developed for the ranking process. In 2014 a checklist was developed and provided to the faculty committee; all indicating it was helpful in ranking the applicants contrasted to the prior year. Rankings produced clear winners with reduced disparity. This is anecdotal evidence, as essay, application, and scoring data are confidential.