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.
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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.

After the competition

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