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.

Register for Presidential Scholars

Application Information

Eligible students must submit their undergraduate admissions application by November 1. There is no further application needed.  Only the applicants that have completed the admissions process by November 1, including all required documents, will be considered for the Presidential Scholars program. Students selected for the Presidential Scholars program will receive an invitation after December 1. The competition will take place on February 17.

Competition

Students will propose a solution or product to solve the problem of their choice in the fields of technology or engineering. On the day of the competition, students will have four minutes to present their “pitch.” Any platform may be used for the presentation and prototypes or models are allowed. Prior to the competition on campus, students must submit their project proposal. Guidelines for the proposal are listed below. No feedback will be given on the proposals. The purpose of the proposal is to provide the panel of judges with relevant information on the problem and assist students in the planning stages of their project. As a tip to students, consider this proposal as a research proposal in which you are striving to secure research funding or convince the faculty of Florida Poly to support your research or idea. The proposals submitted by Jan. 31 are not considered as part of the competition assessment. They are solely a means of confirming your RSVP for the event. The competition is based on the presentation content. Presentations will be a maximum of 4 minutes in length.

Additional event information regarding student and parent schedules will be shared with students closer to the event. Students should plan to participate in the full day of activities. The general schedule includes presentations in the morning followed by an afternoon of activities with current students. Parents may join their student for the continental breakfast but are asked to leave campus until the parent sessions begin.

Event Details

This is a closed event only open to those who receive a formal invitation. Event details can be found below: pre-submission information, tentative schedule, and the 2020 rubric. Please submit your registration below then send your pre-proposal to Michelle Powell at mpowell@floridapoly.edu by the deadline.

Additional event information regarding student and parent schedules will be shared with students closer to the event. Students, please plan to participate in the full day of activities. The general schedule includes presentations in the morning followed by an afternoon of activities with current students. The day begins around 9 AM for students and lasts until approximately 4 p.m. Parents may join their student for the continental breakfast at 9 AM but are asked to leave campus until the parent sessions begin around 1 p.m.

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Questions?

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