Future Presidential Scholars will receive a Study Abroad voucher if they attend a special dinner in February.
Changes are made to the award each year as more students become eligible for the award.
“This year, scholars are being named based on their application to ACU and their academic profile – high school transcripts and test scores,” said Tamara Long, director of admissions.
One change that is being made is the amount of the award. In years past, students could receive a 25 percent, 50 percent or 75 percent award.
“All named scholars are guaranteed 50 percent tuition discount,” Long said.
Students also have the opportunity to collect Study Abroad vouchers worth $1,000 or $2,000.
“If they attend the event on Feb. 16 or 17, they will receive a Study Abroad travel voucher for $2,000 if used during a long semester or $1,000 if used during a short or summer semester,” Long said.
The event is a dinner that will feature Donald Miller, public speaker and author of “Searching for God Knows What”.
“The February dinner is hosted to honor these scholars and their guest,” Long said. “We have asked Donald Miller to join us and speak to this unique group about their life choices and direction in life as it relates to God’s call.”
Past recipients have benefited from the award and it is expected that future students will as well.
Jenna Johnson, sophomore English and vocational missions major from Tuscon, Ariz. said the scholarship helped her because her parents are educators and have four kids in college at the same time.
“If it hadn’t been for that, I wouldn’t have been able to come to ACU,” she said.
Students who received the award are expected to maintain a 3.5 GPA and participate in community service. Future recipients can expect the same and more.
“It seems like they are kind of revamping the program that will be more of an intentional community,” Johnson said. “I didn’t meet anyone else who got the award, so I think it will be a really good influence on campus if they do service projects together and form a community with each other.”