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.  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.


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.

Application Process

Presidential Scholarship Policies

Frequently Asked Questions (Please read!)


Presidential Scholars 2010-2011 Slideshow

Important Information

The Presidential Scholarship Application will close at 11:59pm (PST) on January 2, 2015.

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, 2014
* 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, 2015 
Deadline for submission of all Presidential Scholarship application materials (online). The Presidential Scholarship Application will close at 11:59pm PST on January 2, 2015.

Week of January 26, 2015
Notification of finalists

February 15-17 2015
Presidential Scholarship Interview Program

Week of February 23 2015
Notification of awardees

May 1, 2015

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.