Instructions and Essays

In order to be considered for a Presidential Scholarship, students must have submitted the Villanova Supplement to the Common Application and must be nominated by one of the following: the chief academic officer of their high school (principal, president, headmaster), guidance counselor or an official school designee, or a representative from a home school entity or non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged high school students with the college search process. We recommend that each school nominate no more than four students. If you do not use our preferred method (online nomination), you are limited to four nominations per school.

The Nomination Form must be received by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships by December 1. The student’s Villanova University Admissions Application materials must also be received in the Office of University Admission by December 1. for Presidential Scholarship consideration. This includes the Common Application with essay, the Villanova Supplement to the Common Application with essay, official high school transcript, Common Application Secondary School Report Form and standardized test scores.

*If you need assistance filling out the Villanova Supplement to the Common Application or the Common Application, please contact the Admissions Office.

Once the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships has received the Nomination Form, the student will be notified via email and will be granted access to the online Presidential Scholarship application materials. This email will come from presidentialscholarship@villanova.edu. Please make sure that all email accounts are set up to receive messages from this email address. This email will direct them to the myNova Prospective Student Portal and give them instructions for accessing the Presidential Scholarship Application which must be submitted by January 2. In addition, the nominator will receive an email confirming that the nomination has been received and processed.

It will take several days to process before we are able to confirm that we have received your nomination.

Students will not have access to the Presidential Scholarship Application until they have submitted the Villanova Supplement to the Common Application, received the email notification, and joined the myNOVA Prospective Student Portal.

Application for the Presidential Scholarship in no way ensures acceptance to Villanova University.

Student Checksheet:

1.  Submit the Villanova Supplement to the Common Application.
2.  Be nominated.
3.  Receive email with myNOVA details. 
4.  Submit Villanova Admissions Application materials (Common Application with essay, official high school transcript, Common Application Secondary School Report Form and standardized test scores) by December 1.
5.  Fill out the Presidential Scholarship Application available through the myNOVA portal by January 2.

Nomination Form:

  • Online nomination can be found here.
  • Online nomination entails an information section.
  • It is not possible to save and return to the Nomination Form at a later time to make changes or complete the form. Online submission of the Nomination Form is final.
  • The Nomination Form must be received by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships by December 1.

Once the online nomination is received, along with the submitted Villanova Supplement and creation of the myNOVA account:

  • The nominator will receive an e-mail confirming that the nomination has been received and processed.
  • The nominee will receive an e-mail notifying them that they have been nominated and giving them access to the Presidential Scholar Application through the myNOVA Prospective Student Portal.

If the nominator is unable to complete the Nomination Form online, please contact Jane Morris to receive a hard copy of the form (610.519.5928 or presidentialscholarship@villanova.edu). If you do not use the online method, the process may be delayed, and you are limited to four nominations per school.

Nomination for the Presidential Scholarship in no way ensures admission to Villanova University.

Presidential Scholarship Application:

The Presidential Scholarship application will be available to the student through the myNOVA Prospective Student Portal once the nomination is received and the student has joined myNOVA.

  • To apply, eight short essays need to be completed (word limit is 200 words per essay).
    • Essays can be viewed by downloading the application from the portal by clicking the link “Download Presidential Scholarship Application”.
    • Essay responses can be prepared directly on the downloaded Word document and saved to your computer until it is ready for submission. (To save the application to your computer,  use the ‘Save As’  function on Microsoft Word).
    • To submit your completed application, upload your document using the “Browse” function and then click “Submit”.
    • Once you click “Submit” your application submission is final and you will no longer have access to the Presidential Scholarship Application.
    • You will receive a message on your browser that the application has been submitted successfully and your checklist will be updated to show that your Presidential Scholarship application has been completed.
  • The Presidential Scholarship Application must be submitted online through myNOVA by January 2.

Please Note: In the Presidential Scholarship Application, students will also be asked if they would like to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship for historically underrepresented students (members of a low income family (normally Pell Grant eligible), African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Native Alaskan, Asian/Pacific Islander, and those who are the first in their family to pursue a college education). Students can be considered for the Presidential Scholarship for historically underrepresented students in addition to the Presidential Scholarship for their respective college (Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Business, or Nursing). Eligibility for the Presidential Scholarship for historically underrepresented students is limited to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

If the student is unable to complete the application online, please contact Jane Morris for a hard copy of the application (610.519.5928  presidentialscholarship@villanova.edu).

Application for the Presidential Scholarship in no way ensures acceptance to Villanova University.

Review of Applications

The Presidential Scholarship Committee reviews all University Admissions Application materials as well as the Presidential Scholarship Short Essays (Short Essay Question can be found below) . The Presidential Scholarship Committee will review applications and announce Presidential Scholarship Finalists during the week of January 26. Applicants can view their status (Finalist, Non-finalist) on myNOVA during the week of January 26.

Interview Program

Presidential Scholarship Finalists are required to attend the interviews on campus from Sunday, February 15 through Tuesday, February 17. Finalists are expected to stay on campus for the entire three days.

Notification of Awardees

Awardees will be notified during the week of February 23. Awardees will be required to notify Villanova of their decision to accept or decline the award by May 1.