Presidential Scholars

The Presidential Scholars program is for high-achieving incoming students who possess an innovative spirit partnered with academic success. Candidates are invited to submit a proposal on a technological innovation of their choice and present it on President’s Day before a faculty panel. Selected students typically have an SAT score between 1400 and 1600 in conjunction with strong performance in mathematics and sciences. Presidential Scholars have also demonstrated their unique innovative spirit. Recipients of this scholarship will receive a $50,000 scholarship paid over four years.

Competition Registration for is now closed. The deadline to submit proposals was January 31, 2020.

Event Details for Participants

Monday, February 17, 2020

Presentations: maximum of 4 minutes in length; judges may ask questions for no more than a maximum time of 8 minutes (presentation and questions combined);

Attire: Business professional

Student Check-In Starts: 8 a.m., Admissions Center; Please arrive by 8:30 a.m.

Parent Check-In Time: 2 p.m. (12:30 p.m. for the Optional Tour), Admissions Center

Awards Ceremony: 4 p.m., Admissions Center

What to Bring: Your presentation saved on a USB; any visual aids or supporting materials needed; a change of clothes (see more information below)

Where to Park:

Parking for the event will be in the grassy lot behind the Wellness Center (Building G), across from the Admissions Center. Please see the campus parking map. The Admissions staff will provide you with a parking pass and direct you to check-in. Signs will be in place to assist you in finding the correct parking lot.

If you are being dropped off, your parent or guardian may drop you off at the Admissions Center. If your parent or guardian is joining for the continental breakfast, they need to follow the parking instructions.

Drop Off Materials (if needed):

When you arrive, please stop at the Admissions Center and drop off any materials you do not wish to transport from the parking lot.

What to expect upon arrival:

Please arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.; around 9:00 a.m. we will transition over to the presentation space. You will check-in at the Admissions Office and bring any visual aids you wish to use. At check-in, we will shuttle your visual aid to the presentation room where it will stay until your presentation time. You will also need to bring your presentation, if you choose to create one, saved on a USB and saved online as a backup. We will download your presentation onto our USB to ensure everything will run smoothly in the presentation rooms. Once checked in, please enjoy a complimentary breakfast in Admissions. Your parent or guardian is welcome to join you for breakfast but will not be allowed to accompany you to the presentation.

What should parents do in the morning?

Parents are welcome to attend the complimentary breakfast but will not be allowed to participate in the morning presentations. The Office of Admissions will provide each parent or guardian with a #Lakeland Guide created by the Admissions staff. This guide provides information on the Admissions Counselors’ favorite places to eat, grab coffee, hang out, or go shopping and catch a movie.

What should parents do when returning for the tour and afternoon sessions?

Parents should park in the grassy lot just like the morning. If you arrive early or late and need assistance, please call Admissions at 863-874-4774.

Additional Attire Information:

If you are wearing shoes or an outfit that would be uncomfortable to wear the entire day, you are welcome to bring along a change of shoes/clothes. You will have time to change after your presentation. Please keep your change of clothes business casual but you will want to be comfortable as you walk around campus for the afternoon activity and tour.



Contact Michelle Powell, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, at 863-874-8634.