Scholarship Competition

Jan. 27, 2018

 

The date for the 2019 scholarship competition is to be determined. 

High-achieving high school students are invited to campus to compete for one of two

Full-Tuition Presidential Scholarships


These scholarships are valued at $121,000 through the four years of undergraduate education at Bluffton.

Participants receive a $1,000 annual scholarship just for participating in the Presidential Scholarship Competition.    

To be eligible for the scholarship competition, participants must meet the following requirements:

      • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale 
      • Score a minimum 25 ACT/1200 on the SAT (critical reading and math)
      • Earn admission to Bluffton prior to the competition date
      • Register for the competition


 All eligible students are welcome to participate in this competition. Families are also welcome to come to campus. 

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.
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  • 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
  • ACT/SAT


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.

Register to participate

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

2018 Competition day Schedule 

8:45 -9:15 a.m.

9:15 a.m.

9:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m

12:30 p.m.

1:20 p.m.

1:45 p.m.

3 p.m.

Registration and continental breakfast

Welcome

Lecture

Essay exam for students

Alternate activities for parents

Luncheon

Presentation of certificates

Academic Fair and dessert, faculty showcases

Other afternoon options available (Campus tours, men's basketball game)