What is a Presidential Diversity Scholarship?
The Presidential Diversity Scholarship (PDS), a $128,000 scholarship ($32,000 per year) was first awarded in 2000-2001 to encourage diversity in the student body, and thereby ultimately enhance educational benefits for all students. In celebration of the 10th year of the Presidential Diversity Scholarship, the dollar value of the scholarship was increased and the program expanded to include students of any racial background who have demonstrated commitment to, and appreciation for, racial and ethnic diversity. Once on campus, Presidential Diversity Scholars participate in activities planned for this group of students coordinated by the Dean of Student Life, including participation in a mentorship program.
Who is named a Presidential Diversity Scholar?
- Students of any race/ethnicity who have demonstrated leadership, commitment, and activism for racial and ethnic diversity, or other areas of diversity as identified below.
- Students of African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic American or Native American heritage on the basis of leadership and service to community within their demographic.
- Students who identify as LGBTQ, students who are members of non-Christian religions, and students with disabilities may also apply on the basis of leadership, service, or activism within their demographic.
How to Apply?
First-year students interested in applying for the Presidential Diversity Scholarship must submit a complete application (Common Application) by February 1. Transfer students and students applying Early Decision must submit scholarship material with their completed application. Student who are U.S. citizens or are U.S. permanent residents, applying as first-year or transfer students are also eligible to apply.
Counselors may also nominate students for this scholarship by completing a nomination form.