The Presidential Scholarship is named in honor of the presidents who have served Erskine College since the school’s founding in 1839. It is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship offered at Erskine. The scholarship covers tuition, room, board, and fees for the winners (minus any state, federal, and outside scholarships or grants); is renewable for a total of four years of study; and is valttued at approximately $185,000. Students who apply for the Presidential Scholarship are also considered for the Solomon Award, which covers tuition for a four-year period. This scholarship is available to high school seniors only.


Apply for admission to Erskine College and submit the Presidential Scholarship Competition Application, Essay, Letter of Recommendation, and Summary of Activities  by October 6, 2018.

You may not submit a PSC application after October 6, 2018.

Please be attentive to your communication outlets, as we will respond to applications as they are received and will be asking that you RSVP to Semi-Finals by October 8, 2018 in order to have enough materials for the Semi-Finals competition.

PSC Finals Weekend will be held on November 9-10, 2018.

New For This Year semi-final attendees who meet certain qualifications will be eligible for a seperate $100,000 scholarship.


The Selection Process:

The Presidential Scholarship Selection Committee is looking for highly motivated and creative individuals whose activities reflect qualities of leadership and service in their respective schools, churches, and communities. When committee members review a student’s application materials, they will consider the following factors:

Christian commitment
Outstanding academic performance in high school
Intellectual curiosity
School, church, and community involvement
Demonstrated leadership and service
Desire and potential to excel at Erskine

Scholarship Essay 

Scholarship Essay

Please write an essay of no more than 500 words on the following topic.  

“What is the purpose of a college education? What do you hope to gain from your college experience?


Summary of Activities: 

Please tell us about your involvement in service opportunities, activities, clubs, and organizations during high school.