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Presidential Scholars

Welcome to the Presidential Scholarship Program. Here you will find everything you need to know about the Presidential Scholarship Program and Events.

In addition, this website will provide you with resources to support your time here at Montclair State University.

What is the Presidential Scholars Program?

The Presidential Scholars Program serves as a recognition for high-achieving students who exemplify hard work and dedication.

Students in the Presidential Scholarship Program receive a scholarship of $5,000/year for four years.

In addition to the scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship Program is designed to guide students through high-impact career and academic preparation experiences, such as the ones outlined below.

Experiences Available for Presidential Scholarship Students.

Each year, students have the opportunity to participate in experiences that build on the ones from previous terms, allowing for deep learning and added value our student’s Montclair State degree.

Exclusive Overnight Orientation for Presidential Scholarship Students

Adjusting to college life can be overwhelming for even the best students.  At this extended overnight orientation, Presidential Scholars will get additional attention from faculty and staff and have more time to connect with their new peers and explore the campus.

  • Date | June 20th-21st, 2018

  • More details to come

The President’s Banquet

Presidential Scholars are invited to celebrate the start of their academic experience during their first few months at the university.

The Banquet, hosted by Dr. Susan A. Cole, President of Montclair State University, provides an opportunity for students and faculty to come together to reflect on the fall term and become inspired about the future of the program.

The Presidential Scholars Common Book

To create an engaged community of Scholars, each participant in the program reads the Common Book. This book is analyzed in the First Year Writing course and features prominently throughout the year’s activities.

This year’s Common Book is The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. The Common Book will be distributed and introduced during orientation.

Faculty & Expert Lecture Series

Our high-achieving Presidential Scholars will have the opportunity to deepen their learning through a series of lectures and discussions led by faculty and experts from beyond the university.  This year’s lecture series will focus on issues related to climate change, as highlighted in the Common Read.

Integrated Learning Communities

An integrated learning community is a set of courses that students take together.  In an integrated learning, faculty teaching the courses and staff supporting the Presidential Scholars Program are working together to make connections between the courses.

This high-impact learning experience allows students not only to develop deeper relationships with their classmates but to enhance their intellectual environment and critical thinking skills.

Career Development Plan

Many college students don’t begin thinking about life after college until junior or even senior year.  We know Presidential Scholars are a focused, driven group of students, so they will have special access to Career Services professionals who will work with them to develop comprehensive, four-year career development plans.  These plans will help students map out actions, experiences, and next-steps that build upon each other to prepare them to be competitive applicants in the job market upon graduation.

Leadership Development Certificate Program

Besides looking great on a resume, the Leadership Development Certificate Program is a fantastic opportunity to develop and improve on your leadership skills.

There are four tiers to the program; each year a student participates in the program represents a tier.  After completing each tier, the student receives a certificate demonstrating their mastery of the competencies they’ve learned.

Though the Leadership Development Certificate Program, students learn:

  • To communicate effectively with peers and professionals
  • To think critically and reflectively to better themselves
  • To practice self-advocacy with confidence
  • To problem solve by linking past experiences
  • To learn through reflection
  • To understand and appreciate diversity
  • To engage and improve the community
  • To motivate and inspire others
  • To devote themselves to continuous development

Spring Break Gives Back

Spring Break is a time for relaxation, but it’s also an opportunity for giving back to the community.  Through the Spring Break Gives Back program, Presidential Scholars can opt for a multi-day experience of service learning and community engagement.

Students will stay in university accommodations during the program and will participate in projects that give back to the surrounding community.