Participant information

Competition format

  • Participating students prepare for the competition by completing an assigned reading that is chosen by the faculty lecturer for the competition.

  • Once on campus for the competition, students will attend a 45-minute presentation from the Presidential Scholarship Lecturer Students are encouraged to take notes during this lecture.

  • After the lecture, participants will have approximately 90 minutes to write an essay in response to a question provided on the topics of both the reading and the lecture. Students may use the assigned reading and notes taken during the lecture as reference when writing their essay.
  • Competition materials

    • The reading for the 2018 competition will be sent to all registered participants in January 2018.
  • Choosing a winner

The two Presidential Scholarship Competition winners are chosen based on 3 criteria:

  • Essay scored by two Bluffton University faculty members
  • GPA

Remember, all students that participate in the competition will receive an additional $1,000 annual scholarship to Bluffton. This is a total of $4,000 over four years.

After the competition

  • After the students have turned in their essays they may continue on with the scheduled activities for the day.

Register to participate

All students wanting to participate in the Scholarship Competition must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and register before January.

Contact the admissions office with questions at 419-358-3257 or