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

  • Readings for the 2017 competition were sent to all registered participants by mid-January 2017.

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).