The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious of the McPherson College scholarships. Awards range from $500 – $3,000 and is in addition to the Merit Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to all who qualify for a Presidential Scholarship Competition Day and is based on the following: a cognitive ability test, round table discussion, personal interview and high school academic record.

Total institutional awards (Merit plus Presidential) range from $13,000 to $18,000 per year for first time freshman and are renewed annually for four years provided satisfactory academic progress is maintained.

One full-tuition scholarship is awarded after all of the scholarship days are completed. 

About the Day

The scholarship assessment portion of the day includes the cognitive ability test, a round table discussion and personal interview. Students will also have an opportunity to visit with faculty regarding their major, meet current McPherson College students and be our guest at the Presidential Scholarship Luncheon. Professional dress by students is appreciated for this event.

Parents will have a separate schedule during the assessment portion of the day and will join students for the luncheon.

Apply for the Competition

Acceptance to participate in a Presidential Scholarship Competition is based on your acceptance to McPherson College, the receipt of your official ACT scores and High School transcript.

To see if you qualify for the competition, use our merit award calculator below. Applicants must meet a minimum combined GPA/ACT score.  SAT scores can easily be converted to ACT equivalent scores via this chart.

Merit Award Calculator
Entering as:
GPA: (unweighted)
ACT: (freshman only)

2018-2019 Presidential Scholarship Competition dates:

  • October 13, 2018
  • November 17, 2018
  • February 8, 2019
  • March 30, 2019