Presidential Scholars Program to Begin in Fall 2018

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Beginning in fall 2018, the University will launch its Presidential Scholars Program, which will offer $5,000 scholarships – and additional programming – to highly accomplished first-time freshmen.

“As a newly designated public research university, we are intent on leveraging the capacity of the extensive educational programs and facilities we have built to advance our mission of serving the needs of New Jersey,” says President Susan A. Cole. “By making our outstanding education accessible to the state’s most valuable resource – talented, motivated students – this dynamic new program allows the University to make a positive contribution to the state’s economic and social development.”

The University will automatically consider New Jersey applicants with a 3.5 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale in a rigorous course of high school study that includes, for example, additional years of math, science and world language; AP or IB courses; or courses for college credit. The Presidential Scholars Program will also provide scholars access to special academic and career preparation opportunities, including high-impact educational experiences across all four years of their undergraduate study.

“We anticipate that Presidential Scholars will be highly diverse and among New Jersey’s most ambitious and determined young people who are looking to maximize their college experience, explore opportunities and gain every possible advantage,” explains Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Indiveri-Gant. “This program encourages them to put a stake in New Jersey ground and establish themselves as the next generation of leaders and professionals.”

As long as Presidential Scholars maintain program academic standards, they will continue to receive a $5,000 scholarship for each of four years of full-time study at Montclair State – for a potential total award of $20,000.