Presidential Scholars Weekend
Our Presidential Scholars Weekend will take place on our Deerfield campus in January 24-25, 2020. Participants will have an opportunity to compete for the Presidential or Kantzer Scholarships (covering tuition, room, board, and required fees), the Regents or Ruud Scholarships (full-tuition and required fees), the Dean’s scholarships ($20,000), and the Faculty scholarships ($17,000). Students accepted into the Undergraduate Honors Program are automatically eligible to participate in the Presidential Scholars Weekend.
A word from past winners
Nate Schlagel (center), ’19
“Trinity did a brilliant job making a potentially stressful and intimidating event feel like a big ice-breaker."
Hannah Rumple (right), ’20
“I met so many wonderful people, some of whom have now become dear friends. The weekend itself was relaxed and the staff cheered us on."
Sawyer Henderson (right), ’19
“Not only did I meet impressive students who would become my best friends during college, but also the phenomenal faculty."
In order to be considered for this opportunity, students must:
- Be accepted to the Undergraduate Honors Program
Achieve a CGPA of 3.75 or higher (4.0 scale) and a 28 ACT or higher, 1310 SAT or higher–Critical Reading, Math or an 86 CLT or higher.
- Be accepted to Trinity International University for Fall 2020
- Submit a completed FAFSA by January 18, 2020
FAFSA must be completed
Acceptance of invitation due
Presidential Scholars Weekend
Option 1: Apply for admission to the Undergraduate Honors Program. Students admitted to the Honors Program qualify automatically for the Presidential Scholars Weekend.Apply to the Honors Progam
Option 2: Request opportunity to enter the Presidential Scholars Weekend by invitation, provided all eligibility requirements listed above are met. Students invited to participate will receive email notification of their selection.Request to enter
Nate Schlagel, ’19
“Trinity did a brilliant job making a potentially stressful and intimidating weekend feel like a big ice-breaker. I remember how thrilled I was to be meeting dozens of people, students and faculty alike, who were intellectually gifted, academically dedicated, and thoroughly in love with Jesus Christ."
The weekend will include an optional campus showcase for all attendees, featuring a campus tour, chapel, lunch in the dining hall, and a classroom experience. The campus showcase will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
Friday, January 24 – check-in is at 4:00pm
- Dinner sponsored by the Undergraduate Honors Program with President and Mrs. Dockery
- Evening social event for students, with a separate event for parents.
Saturday, January 25 – events run from 8:00am-3:00pm
- Personal interviews
- Group discussions
- Student-only lunch
Hannah Smith, ’20
“I met so many wonderful people, some of whom have now become dear friends. I even met my roommate there! The weekend itself was relaxed and the staff cheered us on. I would recommend it to any prospective Trinity student!"
Following the Presidential Scholars Weekend
Once the weekend concludes, elements of student interaction – which consist of, but are not limited to, a personalized interview with faculty, participation in a group discussion with other competitors and a comprehensive evaluation of the student’s admissions file – will be evaluated and scored. The committee will make their recommendations to the President, and notifications of awards will be made by February 17, 2020.
*Any invited competitors unable to travel to campus will have the option to schedule their interview via Skype.
For information about participating in the Presidential Scholars Weekend, please contact the Admissions office, at 847-317-7000 or [email protected]
Eligible students are encouraged to apply to the honors program to enhance their experience.Honors Program Details & Application
Sawyer Henderson, ’19
“Not only did I meet impressive students from all over the world, but also the phenomenal faculty that I now get to interact with on a daily basis. Discovering that the results of this scholarship program would help me attend the school I fell in love with was the greatest feeling in the world."