Villanova's Presidential Scholars Program is a premier full scholarship program inspired by St. Augustine—who pursued truth (veritas) through faith, taught leadership through love (caritas) and sought change through community (unitas).

The program's goal is to recruit, train and support transformational leaders to follow St. Augustine’s example and to build upon the positive work of the Presidential Scholars who came before them. 

The nomination form for the Fall 2024 entering class is now CLOSED. Nominations WERE due by 11:59 PM (EST) on December 1, 2023.



The Presidential Scholarship is a renewable, merit-based award covering undergraduate Villanova University tuition (fall and spring semesters), on-campus room, board (meal plan includes up to 21 meals per week), the general fee, and the cost of textbooks to the completion of one undergraduate degree or up to eight semesters, whichever comes first. Twenty-five Presidential Scholarships are offered annually.


Below are the annual deadlines and key dates for Presidential Scholar Program applicants.

December 1

Nomination Form must be submitted online by 11:59 PM (EST)

December 5

All required application materials for admission must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) in order to be eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholarship.


Presidential Scholarship application (eight short-answer essay responses) must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST).

Note: Villanova requires applicants to submit both their Common Application essay and two short Villanova Essays.

January 2024

  • All applicants will be notified of their status in late-January to early-February.

February 2024

  • On-Campus Interview Program for Presidential Scholarship finalists.

March 2024

  • All finalists will be notified of their status by the end of the month.

May 1, 2024

  • Decision due.


Presidential Scholars are transformational leaders—representing diverse intellectual, social, ethnic and economic backgrounds—who have demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities.

Free from most of the financial burdens of undergraduate education, Scholars are encouraged to focus on academic excellence and to seek a life of service and meaning. Hear from our graduates about the impact the PSP had on them.


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For more information about The Presidential Scholarship, contact us by email or phone (610-519-8803).