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President's Scholarship Competition Frequently Asked Questions

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First, congratulations are in order! Because of your 3.9+ cumulative high school GPA, you are eligible to compete for the scholarship. The President's Scholarship covers tuition and mandatory fees up to 124 credit hours toward your first degree. In other words, your first bachelor’s degree is on us! Students must be admitted to the university and meet all eligibility requirements by December 1st to participate in the President's Scholarship Competition.


NOTE: Students must be admitted to the university and meet all eligibility requirements by December 1st to participate in the President's Scholarship Competition.

Minimum of TWO DAYS before your competition date (November 17th or December 1st): Complete the online President’s Scholarship Questionnaire (PSQ) that will assess non-cognitive traits like leadership, community service, and goal-orientation. Your answers to the PSQ will be anonymized, then scored using a rubric by SVSU's Center for Community Engagement. 

The PSQ should take 15-45 minutes and you should be prepared to complete the assessment in one session. Once you have begun the PSQ, you cannot save your progress and must complete the entire assessment. If you encounter technical difficulties during the assessment, you may email our Office of Admissions at admissions@svsu.edu to have your PSQ reset.

November 19th or December 3rd: Students will be asked to complete a timed President’s Scholarship Essay (PSE) at one of our on-campus events. They will sign up on a first-come-first-served basis for either Friday, November 19th, or Friday, December 3rd. On their assigned competition day, students will complete their essay on a given prompt, meet with faculty from their major of choice, have a free lunch on us, and tour the school!

January 4th - January 31st: Traditionally, President’s Scholarship finalists have been required to attend an in-person competition. This year, we have adapted this requirement to allow you to speak online with an Admissions Representative, though you may still attend an in-person individualized tour of campus if you are comfortable doing so! Your safety is our primary concern. If you still need to complete this requirement, please visit svsu.edu/visit to set up an appointment with an Admissions Representative.

You have already completed this requirement if:

· You completed an in-person tour of campus through the Office of Admissions between 9/1/2020 and 1/31/2022

· You have met online or over the phone with an Admissions Representative between 9/1/2020 and 1/31/2022

· You attended a Cardinal College Day or Open House between 9/1/2020 and 1/31/2022

January 22nd – March 1st: A committee comprised of SVSU faculty will review the President’s Scholarship Essays and assign a score to each. These scores will be combined with the PSQ and your cumulative high school GPA to award 30 President’s Scholarships. Recipients will be notified by mail.


To be considered for the President’s Scholarship, applicants must complete each phase of the competition within the established time frame. Unfortunately, if you did not complete the questionnaire in time, you will not be able to move on to the next phase of the competition.


Congratulations! You are moving on to Phase 2 of the competition. In this phase, you will sign up to attend an on-campus competition date on either Friday, November 19th, or Friday, December 3rd. On your assigned competition day, you will be given an essay prompt to complete during as a timed writing exercise. Afterwards, you will meet with faculty from your major of choice, have a free lunch on us, and tour the school!


Prepare to be with us on campus from 9:00am – 3:00pm. After you write your timed essay, you will be introduced to freshman programs of distinction, meet with professors in your major, eat a free lunch on us, and tour the school. It will be a full day of activities, all designed to help you learn if SVSU is the right fit for you!


Absolutely! We welcome parents. (Note you may bring a maximum of 2 guests.) During the essay-writing portion of the day when students will be busy, we will be presenting information about scholarships and financial aid to parents/guardians who choose to attend. After the essay is completed, you will be able to attend the rest of the day’s events together.


President’s Scholarship finalists have traditionally been required to attend an in-person competition. This year, we have adapted this requirement to allow you to speak online with an Admissions Representative, though you may still attend an in-person individualized tour of campus if you are comfortable doing so! Your safety is our primary concern. If you still need to complete this requirement, please visit svsu.edu/visit to set up an appointment with an Admissions Representative.

You have already completed this requirement if:

· You completed an in-person tour of campus through the Office of Admissions between 9/1/2020 and 2/12/2022

· You have met online or over the phone with an Admissions Representative between 9/1/2020 and 2/12/2022

· You attended a Cardinal College Day or Open House between 9/1/2020 and 2/12/2022


Each year, 30 scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen. This year, we will use a combination of cumulative high school GPA; an assessment of non-cognitive measures like leadership, community service, and goal-orientation; and a timed essay to determine the recipients.


Yes!

SVSU has nearly $2M in private scholarships available for new freshmen awarded on the basis of academic excellence, leadership, and extracurricular involvement. You can apply for all of the scholarships for which you qualify at svsu.edu/scholarships beginning December 1 with a priority deadline of January 15.

Our top private scholarship is the Thompson Scholarship which is $5000 per year toward your first SVSU degree for a total of $20,000! President’s Scholarship competitors meet all of the academic requirements for the scholarship and are highly encouraged to apply at svsu.edu/thompson.


Students who do not initially receive the President's Scholarship will retain their initial academic scholarship and are also placed onto a waitlist for the President’s Scholarship. We know that many students and families are unclear about what being on the waitlist will look like. The questions below will explain more about that process.


If a President's Scholarship becomes available after the initial awarding, the scholarship committee will review the files of all applicants remaining on the waitlist and immediately send a new award letter to the next best candidate based on their President’s Scholarship Score (PSQ+PSE+GPA).


In recent years, as few as one and as many as five students have gotten upgraded awards. However, we cannot predict the exact number for this year.


Initial awards for the President's Scholarship will be mailed out on March 1st, 2022. All other candidates will be notified by mail as well if they have been put into a waitlist. It is difficult to predict the timing of any upgrades for students on the waitlist; however, most final offers are determined by the end of May.


We would love to talk to you and your family one-on-one about your questions and any other scholarship opportunities. The best way to do this is to attend one of our online President’s Scholarship Information Sessions or arrange an Admissions Virtual Appointment with an admission representative. If you haven’t visited campus or seen our #1 nationally ranked housing, you may also schedule an on-campus personal tour here.

Additionally, you can email, call, or text us:


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