Presidential Scholarship Competition

Class of 2019 Dates:

To be determined

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Eastern Michigan’s Presidential Scholarships are awarded through our annual Presidential Scholarship Competition. Qualified students compete 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 annually.

High school students in the Class of 2018 will participate in the Presidential Scholarship Competition on one of the dates listed above. 


You're eligible to compete if:

    • You're a current high school senior in fall of 2017
    • You're officially admitted* to EMU for Fall 2018
    • You have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
    • You have at least a 25 composite ACT or 1200 SAT (Critical Reading + Math).
    • If your school doesn't weight grades for honors or AP/IB courses, we'll review your transcripts and recalculate, if necessary.

*You must be officially admitted with all documents submitted to EMU by November 21 to be qualified.

Competition Format

The competition consists of an essay (topic provided a week prior and must be finished prior to competition); a personal interview with EMU faculty and staff; and a review of your academic and extra-curricular background. Events are held on-campus in the EMU Student Center. You must attend one of the dates listed above to be eligible. No exceptions. First-round finalists are invited back to campus for a second interview in January 2018 to determine the 21 award recipients.