The U.S Presidential Scholars Program was introduced in the year 1964. The program was launched by the then President of United States of America with a view to identify and reward the most talented graduating High School Seniors of the country.
Florida State University has collaborated with the US Department of Education to launch its very first Presidential Scholars Program this year. As many as 25 entering freshmen to Florida State University in fall 2014 have been awarded this prestigious scholarship. The program was established by the university in order to attract more undergraduate students to the university in future.
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When and How to Apply?
Scholars for the 2014 batch have already been selected by Florida State University. Students who wish to apply for 2015 intake may submit a complete online application request no later than January, 2015. The university will accept only certain a number of qualified candidates who will have to appear for an on campus interview in March. Students who apply for the Honors program are also eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholars Program at Florida State University.
In order to apply for the Presidential Scholars Program for Undergraduates at Florida State University, the applicants must satisfy few conditions. The conditions are as listed below:
The applicants must have attained or should attain US citizenship status by the application deadline. In case an applicant is not considered as a US citizen on the day of taking the SAT/ACT exam or requested to the College Board to hold their exam scores from release to outside institutions, he/she must contact the US Presidential Scholars Program to ascertain the fact that the exam scores are considered for application purposes.
The applicants must earn a diploma or graduate from high school between January and August of the academic year being considered for the opportunity .
The applicants must have scored really well on the SAT conducted by the College Board or on the ACT of the American College Testing Program. The applicants may also be nominated by the Chief State School Officer of Florida in case he/she demonstrates outstanding academic achievements.
Additionally applicants who are willing to apply for the arts component of the program must take part in the National Young Arts Foundation’s countrywide program.
As previously stated, all undergraduate applicants to Florida State University can apply for this highly competitive program.
Students who qualify for this application program will be entitled to get an annual scholarship worth $4800 for four years. In case a particular student who receives this award does not hail from Florida State, he/she is exempted from paying the out-of-state tuition fee.
Apart from the annual aid amount, the scholars are entitled to receive additional funding to participate in international events such as Global Scholars and Study Abroad Programs, research, projects, social service, internships and management skill development. The upper limit for additional funding for each student at Florida State University is $12500 for the duration of the study.
The Presidential Scholars at Florida State University will also receive the guidance and support through the Office of Undergraduate Research, Office of National Fellows and Honors Program.
They will receive extensive faculty mentoring and classes on leadership skills. The scholars will also get the rare opportunity to participate in the group meetings of Honors, Fellow House and Scholars for discussion and interaction with other esteemed candidates.
Getting selected for the Presidential Scholars Program at Florida State University is not at all easy. All applicants must submit a number of mandatory documents that include essays, secondary school reports, transcripts and a self-assessment document. Selection of candidates is based on their academic performance, personal traits, leadership qualities, social service, extracurricular activities and detailed analysis of their essays.
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