Illinois State University offers this scholarship for incoming freshmen, based on their academic achievements in high school. The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship available to new freshmen. Presidential Scholars receive a $44,000 award ($11,000 per year, renewable for up to four years).
Applications for the Presidential Scholarship are automatically reviewed for admission to the Honors Program. Students who are awarded a Presidential Scholarship participate in the Honors Program and complete a series of Honors Seminars, including Honors Mindset Seminar, Interdisciplinary Investigations, Innovation and Inquiry, and Leadership in Action.