Presidential Scholars Weekend | Benedictine College

Presidential Scholars Weekend

January 28-29 and February 11-12, 2022 (Friday and Saturday)

Benedictine College awards 15 scholarships to outstanding young men and women who are selected from the annual Presidential Scholars Competition. Ten Presidential Scholarships in the amount of $32,830 and five Dean’s Scholarships of $24,622 are awarded each year.

The Presidential Scholars Weekend, which includes the Scholarship Competition, is a signature campus event that involves our entire college community. We warmly invite students to experience the most complete expression of our hospitality and scholarship by attending in person.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Submit an official high school transcript showing a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Submit an official ACT composite score of 27 or higher, an official SAT score of at least 1260 or an official CLT score of at least 84 or higher. 

  • Be granted admission as an incoming freshman to Benedictine College for fall 2022.
  • Test-Optional candidates will be invited on the strength of their GPA and application for admission.

Weekend Overview

The Competition Weekend consists of a Friday visit day, scholars' dinner, and Saturday competition. Along with the chance to compete for an incredible four-year scholarship, students have these opportunities:

  • Audition with the music department (see requirements) - Friday only
  • Meet outstanding students from all over the country
  • Preview our Academic Departments and meet with faculty members

The Competition

On Saturday students from all over the country will compete for one of these prestigious scholarships through:

  • An on-site essay based on 3-5 prompts
  • A 20-minute interview* with 2 faculty members, administrators, or board members

Attendance on Saturday is mandatory for all competitors, although all participants are encouraged to take advantage of the Friday activities.

*Your resumé will be provided to faculty or staff members prior to your competition interview. It must be kept to one page. Please do not include your GPA, class rank or test scores on this resume.

Transportation to Campus

Benedictine College is offering a $150 flight reimbursement to visitors. Fly out to visit our campus, and we will cover your flight up to $150! To obtain the flight reimbursement, please talk to an admissions representative at the conclusion of the your visit.

Benedictine College personnel will provide transportation to prospective students traveling without a parent or guardian to and from Kansas City International Airport, Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. After 5:00 PM and on weekends, we will coordinate transportation through 5 Guys Transportation. For further details, please visit or call 816-891-999.

Prospective students traveling with a parent or guardian are asked to secure their own transportation.

COVID-19 Notice

We will manage both Scholars Weekend events in a manner consistent with regulations from the state of Kansas and Atchison County.