The Presidential Scholarship

Eastern's most prestigious award for incoming first-year students, the Presidential Scholarship, covers full tuition and room and board for four years (valued at approximately $100,000). Presidential Scholars are active and engaged members of The Honors College at EMU, complementing their academic college experience with further opportunities for critical thinking, community engagement, and leadership. Qualified students can apply for the Presidential Scholarship during their senior year of high school.

The Presidential Scholarship Application is closed for the Fall 2024 application cycle. Information for the Fall 2025 Application will become available in August 2024. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior, incoming Freshman for Fall 2024
  • Must have at least, 1.) a 3.5 cumulative GPA and 2.) 25 composite ACT or 1200 SAT (Critical Reading + Math)
    • SAT/ACT requirements are waived for those with a GPA of 3.85 or higher
  • Must apply for admission to Eastern Michigan University and submit all official transcripts and test scores by scholarship deadline.

How to Apply:

  • Submit Presidential Scholarship Application Form
  • Submit Presidential Scholarship Essay Form 
  • Attend Official Campus Visit
    • For eligibility, your visit must be completed during the 2023 calendar year. An official campus visit is considered a campus tour, an open house, or another virtual admissions event. Find our visit options at
    • The EMU Honors College will be offering special virtual sessions (Oct. 28, Nov. 7, and Nov. 15) that will count for visit eligibility. You can find more the dates and sign up for these events on our registration site

Application Deadline and Additional Important Dates

  • August 1, 2023:  Presidential Scholarship Application & Essay Form becomes available.
  • December 15, 2023: All application materials mentioned in application instructions (including campus visit) must be completed and submitted by this date at 11:59 p.m. No exceptions will be made.
    • Please note: You must also submit all official admission application documents to EMU by this deadline to be qualified.
  • January 19, 2024: Students will be notified about moving on to second round by this date.
  • February 10, 2024: Save the Date! All selected finalists will be welcomed to campus to continue on in the competition.

If you have questions regarding The Presidential Scholarship, contact the Office of Admissions staff at 734.487.6453, or email [email protected].


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