2020 Presidential Scholar Competition
Entering freshmen with a score of 29 or higher on their ACT or 1330 or higher on their SAT are considered Presidential Scholars at Mississippi College - recipients of the highest academic award within our scholarship program. Presidential Scholars are awarded $12,000 annually in a Presidential Scholarship, plus provided the opportunity to qualify for additional scholarships and need-based MC Grants. See our scholarship page for a comprehensive overview of MC's scholarship opportunities.
All Presidential Scholars are also invited to participate in the Presidential Scholarship Interview Competition in the spring of their senior year. Here, a select number of Presidential Scholars will be chosen for additional scholarships based upon an interview and submission of the items listed below.
There are two interview dates to choose from. Thursday-Friday, January 30-31, and Thursday-Friday, February 6-7. The dinner will be held on the Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m., respective to your interview date, and all competing scholars and their accompanying family are required to attend. Interviews will be conducted throughout the day on the following Friday.
Participants will be evaluated based upon an interview with the Admissions Committee and their submission of an essay, resume, and letters of reference. Interviews are conducted in a panel format, with 3-5 students interviewing at one time. Essays and resumes are graded by MC staff and faculty members. Scores from each area are calculated to determine the levels of additional scholarship.
Thursday Evening's Agenda
Location: Anderson Hall in the B.C. Rogers Student Center
5:15 PM - Cadaver Lab Tour. For those students and their families interested in learning more about our wet cadaver lab, arrive in Anderson Hall no later than 5:15 for this exclusive tour with a member of the pre-medical program faculty.
6:00 PM - Scholars' Reception. Representatives from each academic department have been invited to be present before the dinner between 6 and 6:30 PM. This is optional to you, but a great time to meet a faculty member and other students interested in your academic discipline.
6:30 PM - Presidential Scholar Dinner. Dinner will be served followed by a short program of speakers who will charge you as the top of the entering class at MC.
Business attire is requested for the interview and the dinner.
Requirements & Registration
In order to interview for additional scholarships, students must register online for the competition. Interview time preferences may be indicated on the registration form; we will do our best to accommodate your preference. Your interview time will be assigned after you register and you will be notified shortly thereafter.
Students must complete the following in order to be eligible for additional awards:
- Must be provisionally accepted in Admissions
- Registration of an interview time (see below)
- Submit an introductory video of yourself (one-minute maximum). Tell us who you are - have fun with it!
- Submission of a resume (two pages maximum) outlining your academic and extracurricular involvements/achievements during high school. Include a current photograph.
- Respond in a 500 words or less essay to this question: “Should college be free?” Offer your ideas with a clear claim and good development. Your audience is the faculty of the college who are interested in getting to know what you think. At the end of the essay, list your total word count.
- Submission of two letters of reference attesting to your character and leadership abilities. These should not be from family members.
Deadline for all required items: Friday, January 24th at 4:30 p.m.
Documents should be submitted to:
Office of Enrollment Services
Attn: Carrie Stafford
Clinton, MS 39058
Trustee & Distinction Scholar Awards
After students are evaluated on all competition criteria, four students will be named Trustee Scholars, receiving full tuition, room, and board scholarships. Forty students will be selected as Presidential Scholars with Distinction, receiving an additional range of $1,000-$3,000 per year on top of their current scholarship offer.
There are only a limited number of Trustee and Distinction Scholarships. However, everyone who attends the interview competition who does not receive one of the top tier awards will receive an additional $500 per year to their standing offer.