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Presidential Scholars

NOTE: The deadline for the Presidential Scholarship application has been extended to Wednesday, January 25. Please see a list of requirements below.

The TU Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious academic merit award given by the University. The award is based on a number of factors, including exceptional performance in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, ACT/SAT scores, demonstrated leadership and/or service. The Presidential Scholarship Program recognizes scholars who will make a difference in the world.


Award Amount

Full tuition and basic room and board for four years (8 consecutive undergraduate semesters total, excluding summers). Basic room and board is defined as the cost of a standard double-occupancy room in a residence hall with a 17 meals per week meal plan.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, applicants must meet one or more of the following eligibility requirements. Only U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply.

  • National Merit Finalists who list The University of Tulsa as School of Choice
  • National Hispanic Scholars who rank in the top 10% of their graduating class
  • Students who score in the top 1% on ACT/SAT (or earn a superscore of 33 on the ACT or a superscore of 1540 on the SAT Critical Reading + Math) AND rank in the top 5% of their graduating class (students who attend a high school that does not rank must earn a 4.0 weighted grade point average)

Application Requirements

To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, interested applicants must:

  • Submit a completed application for admission to The University of Tulsa by January 25 (extended deadline).
  • Submit the online Presidential Scholarship application, with essay, by January 25 (extended deadline).
  • Complete a Presidential Scholarship interview during a TU campus visit, high school visit or off-campus event by March 6.
  • Visit campus by March 6.

Additional Information

Awards are funded by the University of Tulsa, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Oklahoma State Regents, and any “outside” scholarships for which the student has qualified. Total scholarships, excluding need-based government grants, may not exceed full tuition, basic room and board. A minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 3.25 and attendance of special events are required to maintain each scholarship.