Participant information

Competition format

  • Students will prepare for the competition by completing the assigned reading.
  • The day of the competition students will engage in a 45-minute on-campus presentation from the Presidential Scholarship Lecturer. You may take notes during the presentation.

  • Students will then have approximately 90 minutes to write an essay in response to a question provided on the topic.
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  • The reading can be brought with you to the competition for reference. No additional materials can be used to write your essay.

 

Competition Materials

  • In order to prepare for writing the essay, students will want to make sure to read the following:

 

Any questions, please feel free to contact the admissions office at 419-358-3257.

 

  

After the competition

  • Each essay will be read and scored by two Bluffton faculty members. Winners of the two premier scholarships will be determined by essay score, GPA and ACT/SAT results.
  • All students competing will receive at least an additional $1,000 annual scholarship to Bluffton (worth $4,000 over four years).