Policies for Presidential Scholars
Recipients of the Presidential Scholarship are expected to participate in the University Honors Program to an extent appropriate to their course of study. Presidential Scholars receive academic advisement according to the policies established within their respective colleges. The Director of the University Honors Program will advise Presidential Scholars regarding the Honors Program curriculum, and the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships will provide direction with respect to opportunities for developing strong candidacy for nationally competitive scholarships. Together, these academic advisers are responsible for the intellectual and cultural development of the Presidential Scholars. Students are informed that they must maintain current standing on the Dean's List as defined by their colleges (AR, SC, VSB, EG, and NU) and they must comport themselves in a manner that assures the continuance and enhancement of the University's high purposes and traditions. Scholarships are renewable annually so that a student failing to make Dean's List in any given semester is normally placed on probation for the following semester. The final decision regarding renewal of scholarships rests with the Co-Chairs of the Presidential Scholarship Committee.
Presidential Scholars Academic Standing Policy
The Presidential Scholarship allows us to provide our students with the opportunity to pursue their studies and transform their lives at Villanova. This gift comes with a set of responsibilities and expectations. Presidential Scholars are academic and cultural leaders on campus, charged with embodying lives of academic excellence combined with service. Any Presidential Scholar who fails to live up to these responsibilities and expectations jeopardizes their scholarship.
In terms of the academic expectations for Presidential Scholars, they are as follows:
In cases where there are extenuating circumstances, exceptions can be given at the discretion of the Presidential Scholars Academic Standing Committee, particularly if a student is making good academic progress semester to semester.
Students who are on academic probation who study abroad get their probation deferred for the time they are abroad.
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The application process for 2015-2016 will open soon.
The Presidential Scholarship Application will close at 11:59pm (PST) on January 2, 2015.
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.
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
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.