The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship offered at Erskine College. The scholarship is in recognition of the sixteen individuals who have served as presidents of Erskine College since its founding in 1839.The Presidential Scholarship covers tuition, room, board and fees for the winners (minus any state, federal, and outside scholarships or grants). The Scholarship is renewable for a total of four years of study and is valued at approximately $165,000. Students who apply for the Presidential Scholarship are also considered for the Solomon Award, which covers tuition and fees for a four-year period.

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

Scholarship Essay and Academic Résumé:

Scholarship Essay
Please choose one of the following topics and write an essay using 600 words or fewer. The essay should be written in a Word Document (No PDFs) with Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced.

1) At Erskine we encourage students to going beyond simply preparing for careers and consider the larger purpose of their lives. College is an excellent time to consider how your unique talents interests and opportunities fit into the bigger picture (your vocation or calling).

How do you plan to use your college experience to explore your vocation or life’s calling.

2) Discuss how your personal interests, goals, and your approach to learning align with Erskine’s mission statement (below).

“The mission of Erskine College is to equip students to flourish by providing an excellent liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment where learning and biblical truth are integrated to develop the whole person”

3) With a presidential election quickly approaching in November 2016, many candidates have been discussing issues that they will address if elected president. Considering what you have witnessed and experienced in your community and studied in school, what do you think is the most pressing societal issue we face today? Why?

Academic Résumé (limit: 2 pages)
Along with contact information, please include the following:Extracurricular School Activities
Service Projects
Church Involvement
After-School/Summer Employment
Submit your Scholarship Essay and Academic Résumé here.


Apply for admission to Erskine College and submit the Presidential Scholarship Competition Essay and Resume between September 1, 2015 – December 4, 2015.
You may not submit a PSC application after December 4.
Notification for students invited to participate in the Semifinals Interview Day will be sent on December 7. (Please allow time for delivery)
PSC Semifinals Interview Day is January 9, 2016.
Notification for students invited to participate in the PSC Finals Interview Weekend
will be sent on January 15. (Please allow time for delivery)
PSC Finals Weekend will be held on February 5-6, 2016.