Presidential Scholars were leaders in their high schools with superior academic achievement, a commitment to service and inspiring personal qualities. Now, at Georgia State, these students are leading again and making an impact in a wide variety of ways
Presidential Scholars receive the following benefits each semester for eight semesters:
- Cost of tuition and fees (through HOPE/ZELL for GA residents)
- Cost of mandatory student fees
- Cost of housing
- A yearly living expense stipend
- A one-time $2,500 stipend for credit-bearing study abroad expenses
- Opportunity to compete for a paid University Assistantship to explore research and engaging work experience on campus
- Access to individualized classes and mentoring opportunities
This award totals up to $28,803 per year depending on in/out-of-state student status and University Assistantship participation.
To be considered for this highly competitive scholarship you must:
- Apply to Georgia State University (submitting your Common Application) and submit a Presidential Scholarship application by Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
- If selected, Presidential Scholarship finalists will be notified via email and invited to on-campus interviews in January 2020. On-campus interviews will take place at Georgia State on February 28, 2020.
I'm a current student at Georgia State, or I attend another university and am planning to transfer to Georgia State. Am I still eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholarship?
I'm in high school, but I'm not yet a senior. Am I eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholarship?
Only high school seniors who are also applying to Georgia State for the upcoming fall semester are eligible to apply. However, you may submit this contact form asking us to notify you when the application cycle, during which you would be eligible to apply, has opened.
I took a gap year before applying to Georgia State. Am I still eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholarship?
I was home-schooled. Am I eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholarship?
Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
Is there a minimum GPA, SAT or ACT score required to apply for the Presidential Scholarship?
I'm planning to take/retake my ACT and/or SAT exam(s). Is it OK if my scores are sent after the November 15th application deadline?
The Presidential Scholarship application review process begins immediately following the November 15th deadline. So, we encourage you to take your ACT or SAT exams as early as possible to ensure we receive your most updated scores.
When should I apply?
We encourage you to spend as much time on your application as possible, improving and perfecting it. Early application submission will not enhance your chances of receiving the scholarship.
However, we also encourage you to avoid waiting until the last minute to submit your application. If you wait until the deadline, a variety of scenarios could prevent you from submitting your application on time—Internet connectivity problems, power outages, miscalculating the Eastern Time Zone. We’ve seen it.
Last submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.
What kind of information are you looking for in my essays?
- The essays are our first chance to get to know you. We’re looking for students who possess academic curiosity, were active leaders in their high schools and/or communities and those who are looking to make an impact in the future. We want you to thoughtfully reflect on your high school experiences and personal qualities and how they relate to your goals at Georgia State.
- Don’t regurgitate your resume at us! As you answer the essays, don’t simply tell us about your summer internship; show us how your summer internship inspired you to pursue your choice of major. Or show us what leadership skills you developed as president of a club. Was there an assignment in an AP course that was particularly challenging but developed your research skills? Reflect deeply on your experiences and how they have made you who you are today and how they are making you into the person you hope to become.
Where should I write and save my essay drafts?
Saving essays drafts to your computer hard drive or a USB drive can be risky. If those devices fail, are lost or become damaged, you will have to rewrite your essays.
Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.
May I have a teacher provide feedback on my essays?
Whom should I select to write my letter of recommendation?
Letters from family members will not be accepted.
How do I ask for a letter of recommendation?
Ask them if they feel comfortable writing you a strong letter of recommendation.
Give them enough time to write you a strong, thoughtful, detailed letter—four weeks is optimal—and provide them with any materials they may need to complete it, such as your resume, application essay drafts, list of accomplishments, etc.
Once they submit your letter, write them a thank you note. Regardless of whether you receive the scholarship, they took time to help you pursue your goal.
My recommender has not received the email request to submit my Presidential Scholarship recommendation letter via the online application system. What do I do?
Ensure that your recommender has checked their junk or spam folder.
Ensure that you have properly typed the correct email address when requesting a recommendation from them.
If no errors can be found, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and include your name, your recommender’s name and email address, and a description of the issue in the body of the email.
Why do you need a professional photo of me?
Your photo will be used for these internal purposes only and will not be posted publicly.
What is Scholarship Day?
The morning will consist of keynote speakers from both university leadership and current Presidential Scholars. After interviews, you will have lunch with university leadership, faculty and staff. (You may even be sitting by Georgia State President Mark Becker!)
When will I find out if I've been invited to Scholarship Day?
I have a prior obligation at the same time as Scholarship Day. If invited, may I request an alternate date to interview?
I received an invitation to Scholarship Day. How should I prepare for it?
Remember that the entire is an interview. So, always present yourself at your best.
I attended Scholarship Day. How soon will I find out whether I've been selected for the Presidential Scholarship?
How have Presidential Scholars excelled at Georgia State?
Removing the financial burden of college expenses has allowed our scholars to focus on and expand their academics and extracurricular experiences and opportunities.
How many students are in the Presidential Scholarship program?
What is required of Presidential Scholars?
- First-year scholars are required to enroll in HON 1000—Presidential Scholars Seminar in their first fall semester, which is taught by the Honors College Associate Dean Sarah Cook.
- All Presidential Scholars are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA, full-time status (12 credit hours or more) and attend the yearly Founders Lecture, Induction & Welcome Ceremony, and other Honors College events. They also are required to meet yearly with Dr. Sarah Cook or Honors College Dean Larry Berman.
Are Presidential Scholars required to live on campus?
Can Centennial Merits Scholarships be applied on top of the Presidential Scholarship?
Are there opportunities for other scholarships within the Presidential Scholarship program?
The Honors College also offers scholarship opportunities specifically to honors students every year. There is also a Scholarship Resource Center on campus to help you apply for Georgia State scholarships.