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
Capacity for creative expression and willingness to engage in new ideas
Demonstrated ability to motivate and build consensus to effect change
Ability to handle systemic challenges and navigate resources to overcome obstacles