The Presidential Scholarship Program
Villanova University Presidential Scholars are transformational leaders both on and off campus who have demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities. Presidential Scholars represent diverse intellectual, social, ethic, and economic backgrounds. Each year, of the 28 Presidential Scholarships, 6 scholarships are reserved for candidates from historically underrepresented groups; including African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Native Alaskan, Asian/Pacific Islander, first in their family to pursue a college education, and low income (generally Pell Grant eligible) students. Successful candidates are awarded this renewable, merit-based award covering full tuition, room, board (up to 19 meals-per-week plan), general fee, and the cost of textbooks for eight consecutive semesters.
Presidential Scholarship Committee
The Presidential Scholarship Committee is composed of the Deans of each of the undergraduate colleges (Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Engineering and Nursing) as well as the Director of the University Honors Program and the Assistant Vice President of Multicultural Affairs who serve as Co-Chairs. College selection committees for each of the colleges are appointed annually by their respective Dean.
The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated academic achievement and active participation in their school and broader civic community. While there are no minimum grade point average or standardized test score requirements for Presidential Scholarship eligibility, the average high school GPA among Presidential Scholarship finalists for the Class of 2017 was 4.26/4.00 on a weighted scale, the average combined SAT score (critical reading + math) was 1470/1600, with ACT scores that were similar in competitiveness. The Selection Committee takes a holistic approach in reviewing applicants and looks at multiple criteria including academic achievement, civic engagement, creativity, expertise in a particular field, leadership and resiliency.
In order to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, students must first be nominated by the chief academic officer of their high school (principal, president, headmaster), guidance counselor, or an official school designee. They can also be nominated by a representative from a home school entity or non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping high school students with the college search process. They then must submit a completed application for admission by December 1. Upon nomination, students will be given further instruction on how to apply for the Presidential Scholarship.
For more information regarding the Presidential Scholarship Program, visit the following web sites: Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and The Center for Multicultural Affairs. For more information regarding the Program’s particular commitment to enrolling Underrepresented Students, contact the Center for Multicultural Affairs at 610-519-4075.