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.
  • The reading can be brought with you to the competition for reference. No additional materials can be used to write your essay.


Competition Materials


Print versions of the competition materials will be sent to all registered participants via mail as well. 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).