Scholarship Competition


High-achieving high school students are invited to campus on either Nov. 10, 2018, or Feb. 16, 2019 , to compete for one of two

Full-Tuition Presidential Scholarships

These scholarships are valued at more than $133,000 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 24 ACT/1200 on the SAT (critical reading and math)
      • 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.
  • 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.

Register to participate

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

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



Essay exam for students

Alternate activities for parents


Presentation of certificates

Academic Fair and dessert, faculty showcases

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