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Presidential Scholarship Competition

Class of 2018 Dates

Saturday, October 28 , 2017 & Saturday,  November 18, 2017

Eastern Michigan University awards millions of dollars in academic scholarships each year. Most will be awarded to students who participate in our annual Presidential Scholarship Competition. High school students in the Class of 2018 will participate in the Presidential Scholarship Competition in one of the dates listed above. The Presidential Scholarship Competition for members of the Class of 2017 took place in November 2016.

Qualified students will be competing for a chance to receive our largest academic award - a four-year full-ride Presidential Scholarship, valued at approximately $85,000 over four years. Traditionally, 21 Presidential Scholarships are awarded each year.

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible to compete in the Presidential Scholarship Competition if you are a current high school senior in the Fall of 2017, officially admitted* to the University for Fall 2018 and you meet or exceed the GPA/test score combination below:

Minimum qualifications:
GPA = 3.5 (cumulative)

ACT = 25 (composite)
SAT = 1200 (on 1600 scale)

Students attending a school that does not weight grades for Honors or AP/IB courses will have their transcripts reviewed and recalculated, if necessary.

*You must be officially admitted with all documents submitted to Eastern Michigan University by November 27th, 2017 in order to be qualified.

What is the format of the competition?

The competition consists of an essay test (the topic will be provided to you one week prior to the competition date and must be written prior to competition), a personal interview with EMU faculty and staff, and a review of your academic and extra-curricular background.

First-round finalists are invited back to campus for a second interview in December 2017 to determine the 21 award recipients.

Is there a cost to participate in the PSC?

There is no charge for participating in the PSC.

How do I sign up for the Presidential Scholarship Competition?

Click on the green "Register Here" button at the top-right of the page. Once you arrive at the event registration page, use the search features to search the "Special Events."

What is the deadline for registering for the competition?

The priority registration deadline for all competition dates is one week prior to the event date. If you miss the priority deadline, please call 734.487.6453. Registration for all dates is limited so register early.

How can I be sure that I am registered and that my participation is confirmed by EMU?

Shortly after you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail notifying you of your eligibility status and all the information that you will need for the competition date. Please make sure the email address you provide with your registration is the email address in which you wish to receive your confirmation.

When and where do I compete?

You may apply for the date most convenient for you. You must compete on one of the PSC dates to be eligible for competition scholarships. No exceptions can be made.

You will come to the EMU Student Center on EMU's main campus to begin the day. You will be escorted to other locations from there. After the competition, you will return to the EMU Student Center for an opportunity to talk with EMU faculty, staff and students.

Are there hotel accommodations?

Should you be traveling from a further distance and need hotel accommodations, there are many hotels in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area.

What will my parents do while I am taking part in the competition?

While you are partaking in the competition, your parents/guests will be able to participate in the Parent Program. They will be able to choose sessions about University Housing, Financial Aid, Study Abroad, the Honors College, First Year Success Programs, Undergraduate Research, and an EMU Parent and Student Panel.

What if I need special accommodations?

Contact the Students with Disabilities Office at 734.487.2470.

When and how will I find out what scholarship I have been awarded?

The EMU Office of Admissions will send out emails after the Thanksgiving holiday break and before Decemner 1, 2017 informing all test takers of their scholarship status.

What if I have more questions?

Contact the Admissions Visit Programs office at 734.487.6453.