Presidential Scholarship

For exceptionally strong incoming freshman students, the Pine Honors College offers three different awards. This application pertains to the Pemberton Presidential and Presidential Scholarships. You can find more information here:

Who is the ideal EIU Presidential Scholar?
We are seeking to build a diverse class of Presidential Scholars who exemplify the best qualities of the excellent students who are part of the Pine Honors College. Presidential Scholars come from all majors and areas of academic interest.

Presidential Scholars demonstrate outstanding qualities, including but not limited to: true uniqueness, intellectual rigor, a passion for problem-solving, brash creativity, visionary leadership, an open-minded attitude, curiosity, grit, and determination in the face of obstacles. In short, we want the best ambassadors for the values we uphold in the Honors College.

The Pemberton Presidential Scholarship: The most prestigious of Honors College scholarships, the Pemberton Presidential Scholarship covers on-campus room and board (approximately $11,000 per year) and up to $13,500 per year towards tuition and fees for four years. Each freshman Honors College class will include approximately five Pemberton Presidential Scholars. This particular scholarship cannot be combined with automatic merit awards that students would otherwise receive from EIU.

The Presidential Scholarship: The Presidential Scholarship is up to $13,500 per year for four years, which is approximately the amount for tuition and fees for a full-time student taking 15 semester hours. The award is not limited to tuition costs, however. Each freshman Honors College class will include up to fifteen Presidential Scholars. This particular scholarship cannot be combined with automatic merit awards that students would otherwise receive from EIU.

To retain their awards, all Honors scholarship recipients are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40; maintain full-time consecutive enrollment; and remain in good academic and disciplinary standing with Eastern Illinois University, the University Honors Program, and the Presidential Scholars Program.

In evaluating applications, we consider high school transcripts, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and personal essays. We are looking in particular for leadership potential, ambition to make the most of college, and intellectual maturity. The financial need of academically eligible students may also be considered. All applications are reviewed by the Honors Council (a faculty and student body).

Eligibility requirements for the Pemberton Presidential Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship:

First-time freshman with a minimum 3.75 high school GPA (on a 4.00 scale) or first-time freshman with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and an SAT of 1230 or an ACT of 26.

Please note: When you apply for the Presidential Scholarship, you will automatically be considered for the Honors Award for Incoming Freshmen and thus do not need to complete the Honors Award application.

Eastern Illinois University - General, Honors College
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please list the classes you are taking in your senior year. If applicable, indicate which are honors, dual credit, AP, etc. Please mention if your high school does not offer honors, dual credit, and/or AP courses.
  2. Please describe two to three of your most significant extracurricular, volunteer, and/or employment experiences. Briefly explain their significance to you, as well as any leadership you have taken in these experiences. (200-300 words)
  3. As one pursues goals, one frequently encounters obstacles. In a short essay, tell us something about an obstacle you have overcome and what the experience has taught you. (200-300 words)
  4. A higher education does more than prepare one for a particular career. What do you most hope to gain from your Eastern Illinois University experience and how will you contribute to the environment of EIU? (200-300 words)
  5. Please submit your current email address. *Please refer to this email for interview notifications.*
  6. Please submit your current cell phone number.
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