Presidential Scholar Awards are merit scholarships awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admission to incoming freshmen applicants. To be eligible, the applicant must be considered by the Admission Committee to have outstanding academic qualifications.
The scholarship is renewable for four years (five years for students pursuing the five-year accredited professional program track in Architecture) provided the student maintains a 2.700 cumulative grade point average and continuous enrollment in a full-time undergraduate division (enrolled for at least 12 credit hours).
Students may not receive a Presidential Scholar Award in combination with any other Tulane merit scholarship, ROTC scholarship, Faculty-Staff Tuition Waiver, or Tuition Exchange Scholarship. Students may combine the award with a partial athletic scholarship, a partial Community Service Award, National Merit Scholarship, Valedictorian Scholarship and TOPS. Students offered a Presidential Scholar Award may qualify for need-based aid but are required to fill out and submit the necessary forms to be considered.
Students must submit an application for admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by January 15 to be considered for this scholarship. Scholarship recipients are notified when they receive their acceptance for admission.
General Renewal Conditions
The scholarship is guaranteed at the same amount awarded to the student as an entering freshman for four years of undergraduate study (or five years, in the case of students pursuing the five-year accredited professional program track in Architecture) provided the student maintains a 2.700 cumulative grade point average and continuous full-time enrollment. Any "incomplete" grades must be resolved before eligibility for continuation of the scholarship can be determined. Students suspended from the university for honor or disciplinary violations will forfeit all remaining portions of any university merit scholarship they have been offered. The scholarship is not applicable to summer semesters and is not applicable for students who are not charged full-time undergraduate division tuition at the standard rate.
Seniors in their final semester before graduation who are not required to take a full load in order to graduate (and are being charged undergraduate tuition at the standard full-time undergraduate division rate) may still receive a portion of the tuition scholarship, but the amount will be adjusted on a pro-rated basis by the reduction in undergraduate tuition from the full-time rate.
Other students who enroll in or drop to less than full-time in the fall semester will have their tuition scholarship reduced on a pro-rated basis by their tuition reduction, if any. They will be allowed to retain their tuition scholarship for the spring semester provided they enroll full-time, but will lose eligibility for all following years since the scholarship guidelines require that students maintain continuous full-time enrollment. Students who enroll in or drop to less than full-time in the spring semester will have their tuition scholarship reduced on a pro-rated basis by their tuition reduction, if any, but lose eligibility for the scholarship in future academic years. A student with truly extenuating circumstances may appeal the loss of scholarship aid. For more information about the appeal process, please click here.
Students who take an approved leave of absence may regain their scholarship upon their return provided they continue to meet all academic, enrollment, and housing conditions and submit documentation verifying the approved leave of absence. Acceptable documentation is either a copy of their college's approved leave of absence form or a letter from their academic dean's office confirming the terms and length of the student's approved leave of absence.
Page last updated on December 10, 2013.
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