The President’s Scholars are a select group of incoming freshman who apply to the program and demonstrate exceptional academic and intellectual potential who will contribute to the campus. These students will compete to receive a $50,000 scholarship to use toward their four years of study at Florida Polytechnic University provided they maintain good academic standing. These awards are among the most prestigious and competitive awards offered to incoming freshmen. President’s Scholars typically have an average ACT score greater than 32 or SAT greater than 1420.
The benefits to students admitted to the Scholars Program include:
- A $50,000 scholarship ($12,500 annual scholarship over four years)
- Florida Poly President’s Scholar Leadership Series
- Innovation Forum’s with the president
Eligible students must submit their undergraduate admissions application by Nov. 15. There is no further application needed. Only the applicants that have completed the admissions process by Nov. 15, including all required documents, will be considered for the President’s Scholars program. Students selected for the President’s Scholars program will receive an invitation after Dec. 1. The competition will take place on Feb. 18.
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. 30 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 3 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. The day begins at about 9 a.m. for students and lasts until approximately 4 p.m. Parents may join their student for the continental breakfast at 9 a.m. but are asked to leave campus until the parent sessions begin at about 1 p.m.
Contact Michelle Powell, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, at 863-874-8634.