Presidential Scholarship Program

The Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is a 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. Representing diverse intellectual, social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, 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.

The Presidential Scholarship Committee welcomes nominations and applications from all qualified candidates beginning September 15, 2015.  Each year, of the 28 Presidential Scholarships offered, 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.

Please note: The Presidential Scholarship and the Villanova Scholarship are two different and distinct separate scholarship processes.  If you are offered an interview for both, we strongly suggest that you consider taking advantage of both opportunities.


The Presidential Scholarship Committee takes a holistic approach in reviewing applicants and looks at multiple criteria including:

  • Academic  Achievement - Academic excellence as evidenced by high school course selection and GPA as well as a high level of achievement on the SAT and/or the ACT.
  • Civic Engagement - Demonstrated commitment to service in school and in the civic community
  •  Expertise in Field/Creativity - Capacity for creative expression and willingness to engage in new ideas
  • Leadership - Demonstrated ability to motivate and build consensus to effect change
  • Resiliency - Ability to handle systemic challenges and navigate resources to overcome obstacles

For more information, please use the following links:

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.

Important Information

The deadline to be nominated for the Presidential Scholarship is at 11:59pm (PST) on December 1, 2015.

The Presidential Scholarship Application will close at 11:59pm (PST) on January 2, 2016.

All inquiries may be directed to our office via email or by phone at 610-519-8803.

Further Information
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.

Important Dates

December 1, 2015
* Nomination form must be received by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

* Application for admission must be received in the Office University Admission for Presidential Scholarship consideration.

January 2, 2016 
Deadline for submission of all Presidential Scholarship application materials (online). The Presidential Scholarship Application will close at 11:59pm PST on January 2, 2016.

Week of January 25, 2016
Notification of finalists

February 14-16 2016
Presidential Scholarship Interview Program

Week of February 29 2016
Notification of awardees

May 1, 2016