- Who should apply?
- I notice that the scholars for 2006 are both chemistry majors. I am a Philosophy major - will I have a chance?
- What are the most important criteria for selection?
- Can I use the scholarship to finish my thesis?
- Can I still apply for a presidential scholarship if I have received a Carson grant or Lilly project grant?
- Does the Undergraduate Awards Committee always select two scholars?
Presidential Scholars will be among the top young scholars in the CLA. While GPA is an important factor, and Presidential Scholars have generally had GPAs above 3.7, applications from students with exceptional promise but lower GPAs may be selected as scholarship recipients. However, it is unlikely that you would be selected if your GPA is not above 3.3.[back to top]
2. I notice that the scholars for 2006 are both chemistry majors. I am a Philosophy major - will I have a chance?
The Grants & Awards Committee does not consider disciplinary distribution across the college. Scholars may be from any discipline or department.[back to top]
The principal criteria for evaluation are research design, originality, and contribution to the discipline.[back to top]
Projects should extend beyond the average thesis in both scope and design. If the applicant has finished their thesis, the scholarship may be used to extend the thesis research or to pursue new work. Applicants should consult with their advisors and departments regarding their project's feasibility, thesis requirements and course credit.[back to top]
5. Can I still apply for a presidential scholarship if I have received a Carson grant or Lilly project grant?
Students who have received a Carson Undergraduate Research Grant, Summer Collaborative Research Program Science Grant or Lilly Grant MAY NOT be a Presidential Scholar in the same year. Students who received a Carson Undergraduate Research Grant, and SCRP Science Grant or Lilly Grant in their sophomore year ARE ELIGIBLE for the Presidential Scholarship in their Junior Year.[back to top]
The Committee may decide not to appoint scholars if applicants do not meet the selection criteria.[back to top]