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Presidential Scholars Program


Through the Presidential Scholars Program, motivated & talented SUNY Potsdam students are given the opportunity to create their own independent project and to more fully develop their interests and intellect.

The Presidential Scholar's Program provides recognition and additional financial resources to students who have achieved academic excellence and who demonstrate a commitment to their own academic progress.

Students selected for the program are required to complete an educational plan and project that lead to fulfillment of their academic goals. Presidential Scholars are supported in the design and implementation of their project by individual advisers. For more information about the eligibility and requirements, see Admissions Criteria & Expectations.

Students who wish to explore possibilities beyond the limits of traditional classroom experiences are strongly encouraged to apply to the Program. Learn about what other past Presidential Scholars have done, see Current and Past Projects.

Contact Information

Dr. Kelly Bonnar, Director of Presidential Scholars Program
309 Dunn Hall
(315) 267-3188

Presidential Scholars Office Hours

Tues/Thurs 11-Noon or by appointment (

Funding for the Presidential Scholars Program comes from gifts to the Potsdam College Foundation from alumni, friends, faculty and businesses who support higher education at SUNY Potsdam and believe in self-directed learning.

The Presidential Scholars Program is especially appreciative and grateful for the generosity of Mildred Eveline Post and Bill Farley in support of funding student scholars and program activities.