FSU’s Presidential Scholars Scholarship is planning to expand its admissions pool

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In order to double the number of students in each class from 30 to 60, the administrators of the Presidential Scholars Program are preparing to accept more applicants than ever this year.

Since the program’s commencement, this is the first time the class size has increased. The program will be expanded for incoming students who satisfy its admission standards for the 2023–2024 academic year, as per an announcement.

According to a Florida State University release, the Presidential Scholars Program, established in 2014, aims to draw the “highest-achieving minds in the nation.” In the first year, 25 students received the merit-based award; since then, the number of recipients has varied between 20 and 30.

With a total award package of $38,000 plus a waiver of out-of-state tuition, the Presidential Scholars Program is the top undergraduate merit scholarship offered by FSU. However, administrators highlight that the program’s advantages go far beyond financial aid.

Dr Craig Filar, Director of the Presidential Scholars Program, told the FSView. 

FSU received $46,481,148 in institutional investment for the 2022–2023 academic year, which is the second-highest amount among all institutions in the state university system, as believed by the Florida Board of Governors. This represents an $808,338 increase from the academic year 2021–2022. The state government’s performance-based funding for Florida State University depends on the success of the Presidential Scholars. The University Honors Program and the Presidential Scholars Program encourage the growth of entrepreneurs among their cohorts.

Dr Filar credits “donors who have invested in the Presidential Scholars program and our students” for helping the program expand successfully in part. With 1% of first-year students participating in the programme, the Presidential Scholars Program seeks to grow along with freshman enrollment.

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