2024 Application Guide for Bluffton University Presidential Scholarship

Scholarship Awarding University: 
Bluffton University

Type of degree: 

Scholarship Deadline: 
Applications for this scholarship will end on the 15th of December, 2023.

Scholarship Summary: 
All eligible domestic students automatically qualify to participate in the annual Presidential Scholarship Competition. Students attending these events compete for one of two full-tuition Presidential scholarships.

Scholarship Applicant Criteria: 
To be eligible for the scholarship competition, participants must meet the following requirements;
i. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
ii. Score a minimum 24 ACT/1160 on the SAT (critical reading and math)
iii. Apply and be accepted to Bluffton University by the above deadline
iv. Register for the competition

Value of Scholarship: 
The Presidential Scholarship is valued at more than $138,800 through the four years of undergraduate education at Bluffton.

All participants will receive a $1,000 annual scholarship for four years, just for participating in the Presidential Scholarship Competition.

Scholarship Application Guide: 
If eligible, you will be invited to attend the Presidential Scholarship at the Bluffton campus (the first 60 people to register will be eligible to compete for the full-tuition scholarship);

1) Participating students prepare for the competition by completing an assigned reading that is chosen by the faculty lecturer for the competition.
2) Once on campus for the competition, students will attend a 45-minute presentation from the Presidential Scholarship Lecturer. Students are encouraged to take notes during this lecture.
3) After the lecture, participants will have approximately 90 minutes to write an essay in response to a question provided on the topics of both the reading and the lecture. Students may use the assigned reading and notes taken during the lecture as reference when writing their essay.

The two Presidential Scholarship Competition winners are chosen based on 3 criteria:
i. Essay scored by two Bluffton University faculty members
ii. GPA
iii. ACT/SAT

For the Fall 2024 session, high-achieving high school students will be invited to campus on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024 for the scholarship competition.

Scholarship Website: 
Find further information on this scholarship opportunity at the Bluffton Presidential Scholarship Page.