The Presidential Scholars Program is the most prestigious scholarship program offered by Randolph College. Each year it awards scholarships to students of the highest academic ability.
Through the program, students who have excelled in their high schools are given the opportunity to pursue an education that challenges them to discover new perspectives, take risks, and reach their highest potential. The Presidential Scholars as a group embody the spirit and ideals of the College’s motto: Vita Abundantior, the life more abundant.
Presidential Scholars have a wide variety of achievements and aspirations. The characteristics they have in common include academic strength, focus, and the desire to be inspired through the process of learning and challenge. They are leaders, scholars, and good citizens.
In high school, these students took extremely demanding classes and made substantial contributions to their schools and communities. Some of their achievements include: Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar, National Honor Society, Boys State, Girls State, Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, the Horatio Alger National Scholars Award, Maximum Cum Laude for the National Latin Examination, Outstanding Rated Violin Soloist, and National Merit Scholars Finalist. They have also been presidents of student government, newspaper and yearbook editors, riders, musicians, dancers, and varsity team captains, as well as religious and volunteer leaders. Together they have an average SAT score of 1420, an average ACT score of 33, and GPAs ranging from 3.7 to 4.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
In addition to its extremely generous scholarship component, the Presidential Scholars Program gives recipients the opportunity to share in a number of educational experiences on campus.