About the Presidential Scholars Program

Program Oversight

The Presidential Scholars Program (PSP) is managed by the Director of the Center for Research and Fellowships with the advice of a 15-member Advisory Board, six of whom also serve as the Chairs of the PSP selection committees. Strategic decisions regarding the Underrepresented Presidential Scholarship for Diversity, Equity, and Social Change are made with the advice and consent of the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The PSP selection committees take a holistic approach in reviewing applicants and look at multiple criteria including academic achievement, civic engagement, creativity, expertise in a particular field, leadership and resiliency.

Director of Presidential Scholars Program (PSP)

  • Director of Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF)

Academic Chair of the Underrepresented Presidential Scholarship for Diversity, Equity, and Social Change also UPS Selection Committee Chair

  • Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Advisory Board Members, also College Selection Committee Chairs

  • Representative from Arts (appointed by Dean of CLAS)
  • Representative from Sciences (appointed by Dean of CLAS)
  • Representative from Business (appointed by Dean of VSB)
  • Representative from Engineering (appointed by Dean of ENG)
  • Representative from Nursing (appointed by Dean of FCN)

Advisory Board Members

  • Director of the University Honors Program
  • Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Representative from President's Office (appointed by the University President)
  • Dean of Enrollment Management (or appointee)
  • Director of Financial Assistance (or appointee)
  • Director of University Admission (or appointee)
  • Director of Center for Access, Success and Achievement (or appointee)
  • Assistant Vice Provost, Graduate Education and Research
  • Associate Director of Center for Research and Fellowships (& PSP)

The Presidential Scholars Program is administered by the Center for Research and Fellowships.