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The Presidential Scholars application consists of the following:

  • An online (Qualtrix) Application Form to be completed by the student
    • Available at “forms” link below
    • Includes a requirement to upload a completed Project Description (PDF) and digital scans of any budgetary support documents
  • A Project Description (Essay, Timeline, and Budget) to be completed by the student
    • Fillable PDF available at “forms” link below
    • To be uploaded into the Qualtrix form by the student
  • Two letters of Recommendation (one must be your Faculty Mentor)
    • Fillable PDF available at “forms” link below
    • To be sent by Mentors directly to the Presidential Scholars Committee

Application forms, information forms, and recommendations are due no later than Thursday, October 10, 2019 (by 4 p.m.). Outdated PDFs or paper forms will not be accepted.

Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. Selected applicants will be scheduled for interviews. Presidential Scholars applications are accepted only in the Fall.

All forms related to the Presidential Scholars Application process and award disbursement are to be found online.

View Forms Here

Note about Recommendations: Your application requires two confidential letters of recommendation from faculty members. One letter must be from your prospective Faculty Mentor (or Professional Mentor if you are working with an on-campus staff member or off-campus mentor). Choose recommenders wisely; the best recommendations are those that come from people who know your academic work and potential well, and who are familiar with your proposed project. Please direct your recommenders to use the Recommendation form available online, which must be sent to PresidentialScholars@potsdam.edu by the due date listed above. Questions about the recommendation process may be directed to Bonnie Lawrence at this email address.