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Presidential scholarship competition February 5

Deadline January 28

Bluffton University is inviting high-achieving high school students to campus on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, to compete for one of two full-tuition scholarships. The awards are valued at more than $138,800 through the four years of undergraduate education at Bluffton.

Participants receive a $1,000 annual scholarship just for participating in the Presidential Scholarship Competition.    

Eligibility requirements:

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Score a minimum 24 ACT/1160 on the SAT (critical reading and math)
  • Register for the competition

Applied and accepted to Bluffton University

Participating students prepare for the competition by completing an assigned reading that is chosen by the university faculty lecturer.

At the competition, students attend a 45-minute presentation from the Presidential Scholarship Lecturer. Students are encouraged to take notes during this lecture.

Next, participants will have approximately 90 minutes to write an essay in response to a question provided on the topics of both the reading and the lecture. Students may use the assigned reading and notes taken during the lecture as reference when writing their essay.


The two Presidential Scholarship Competition winners are chosen based on 3 criteria:

  • Essay scored by two Bluffton University faculty members
  • GPA

Apply online at the Bluffton University website. Deadline: January 28.

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