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Application Process

By December 1

Students interested in applying for the Presidential Scholarship must be nominated via the online Nomination Form by one of the following by 11:59 PM (PST) December 1:

  • Chief academic officer of their high school (principal, president, headmaster)
  • Guidance counselor or an official school designee 
  • Representative from a home school entity
  • Representative from a non-profit organization dedicated to helping high school students with the college search process
  • Commanding Officer (for Veterans who have been out of high school for more than two years)

Students interested in applying for the Presidential Scholarship must submit a complete application for admission to Villanova University through the Common Application by 11:59 PM (PST) December 5. If you need assistance with the Common Application or the Villanova Supplement to the Common Application, please contact the Office of University Admission.

Once the online Nomination Form is submitted, the nominee will immediately receive a confirmation email, which includes a link to an interest form. Upon completion of this interest form, the student will receive an email with a link to the Presidential Scholarship application. The application consists of eight short-answer questions, which must be answered and uploaded by January 2.

Emails will come from presidentialscholarship@villanova.edu. Please make sure that all email accounts are set up to receive messages from this email address. Some high school email accounts may filter our emails to junk mail or block them altogether.

Nominators and nominees will receive immediate confirmations by email. Please contact our office if you do not receive a confirmation email.

Students will not have access to the Presidential Scholarship Application until they have applied to Villanova, have received the nomination confirmation email, and have completed the online form indicating their interest in being considered for the Presidential Scholarship.

 

Optional Consideration for the Presidential Scholarship for Historically Underrepresented Students at Villanova University:  Each year, the University awards a portion of Presidential Scholarships to historically underrepresented students who have demonstrated leadership in their ability to make significant academic and social contributions to their school and communities. Eligible candidates are considered for both the Presidential Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship for historically underrepresented students. Examples of historically underrepresented students include but are not limited to those who identify as low-income (normally Pell Grant Eligible), African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Native Alaskan, Asian/Pacific Islander, and/or those who are the first in their family to pursue a college education. Eligible candidates for the Presidential Scholarship for historically underrepresented students must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, although international students are welcome to apply for the Presidential Scholarship.

 

 

By January 2

A link to the Presidential Scholarship Application will be sent to the student via email once the nomination is received and the student has completed the online form indicating their interest in consideration for the Presidential Scholarship.

Please note: The Presidential Scholarship Application cannot be submitted until the student has applied to Villanova University through the Common Application.

  • To apply, eight short essays must be completed (limit of 200 words per essay).
    • Essay responses can be prepared in a document and saved to your computer until they are ready for submission.
    • Once you submit, your application submission is final.
    • You will receive a message on your browser that the application has been submitted successfully and your checklist will be updated with a green checkmark to show that your Presidential Scholarship application has been submitted.
    • Failure to confirm that your application has been successfully uploaded may result in your application not being submitted to the Presidential Scholarship Committee for review.
  • The Presidential Scholarship Application must be submitted online by 11:59 PM (PST) January 2.


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

Late January

The Presidential Scholars Program (PSP) selection committees review all University Admissions Common Application materials, as well as the Presidential Scholarship short essays. The PSP selection committees review applications and announce Presidential Scholarship Finalists during late January. Applicants can view their status (Finalist, Non-finalist) on their Applicant Status Page at that time.

Late February

All finalists will be notified of the selection committees' decisions at the end of February.

For more information about The Presidential Scholarship, contact:

presidentialscholarship@villanova.edu
610-519-8803

Contact Information

Center for Research and Fellowships
Garey Hall 200 (top floor) 
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
crf@villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-8803
Fax: 610-519-6623

Michael Westrate
Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program
michael.westrate@villanova.edu
610-519-5928

Catherine Stecyk
Associate Director, Center for Research and Fellowships
catherine.stecyk@villanova.edu
610-519-8766

Chelsea Benincasa
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program
chelsea.benincasa@villanova.edu
610-519-5935

Kelsey Fenner
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships
kelsey.j.fenner@villanova.edu
610-519-8852

Sage Milo
Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Research and Fellowships
sage.milo@villanova.edu
610-519-5986