The Presidential Scholars Program at Centenary University is comprised of individuals who receive the most prestigious merit award offered annually for a maximum of four years (eight semesters). Designed to recruit and retain the top-achieving students of each class, the Presidential Scholarship is awarded to individuals who are committed to scholarship and academic excellence; those who are exciting and creative; and those who show initiative, depth of character, and exceptional potential.

In addition to the enrolled coursework, Presidential Scholars engage in mentored scholarship and/or research; community and civic engagement; and other programs that prepare them to compete in a global marketplace. Participants in the program demonstrate exceptional talents that support the University’s academic mission. Each department engages scholars through its curriculum and also provides opportunities to enrich and nurture the individual student’s intellectual curiosity and passions. Participants in the program are anticipated to excel in the classroom as well as outside, and are expected to reflect the financial commitment that the School is bestowing upon them.


Eligible students must undergo subsequent and meticulous review from the admissions department and respective academic departments. A high school GPA of at least 3.6 or higher is required, in addition to an 1100 or better on the old SAT (Critical Reading + Math) or an 1190 on the new SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) or a 24 on the ACT.

Selection of Presidential Scholars

Names and profiles of finalists for the Presidential Scholarship award are reviewed by the specific academic departments for further evaluation. In addition, candidates may undergo on-campus interviews with faculty, students, and current department presidential scholars (if applicable). Upon completion of academic departmental review, each department submits their candidate to the Office of Academic Affairs. In an effort to provide scholars with a reasonable time to decide which institution they should attend, recipients will be notified of these awards by March.

Review of Details

  • Minimum of a 3.6 high school GPA required for program admission and maintenance of 3.5 GPA for each semester thereafter
  • 1100 Critical Reading + Math (old SAT) or 1170 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) or 24 ACT
  • Scholarship offered annually for a maximum of four years (eight semesters)
  • Students must be full-time and have filed a completed admissions application
  • Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually
  • Award only offered to incoming full-time freshmen