Full tuition annually, valued at approximately $52,500. The award is renewable for three additional years provided the recipient maintains a 3.5 grade point average and remains a model citizen of the BC community throughout that time.
15 students are selected as Presidential Scholars annually. Presently, there are 64 scholars in the program.
There is no minimum grade point average or SAT score requirement. Scholars are selected by the Committee on Admission based on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership ability, significant community service involvement and potential. Typically, the students selected are in the top one to two percent of the national pool of freshman applicants. Letters of invitation are sent out to the finalists in late December of each year. Finalists visit Boston College (at the University's expense) for a weekend in February to learn more about the University, the Presidential Scholars Program, and the city of Boston. Personal interviews with faculty members and administrative staff and a written essay done over the weekend serve as the basis for the final choice of Presidential Scholars, who are generally notified in March. Presidential Scholars receive a merit scholarship that covers full tuition at BC, regardless of financial need. If the merit award does not meet their financial aid requirements, scholars receive additional grant and aid resources sufficient to meet full need. The cost of summer programs is fully covered by a separate award.
Applications for admission are available online from the Boston College (BC) website. There is not a separate application for this award. The student will be considered upon admission. A completed ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.