Nova Southeastern University’s Presidential Scholars Program is a prestigious scholarship program designed for highly motivated students. Consideration for this scholarship is by invitation only. To be considered, students must demonstrate academic excellence and engagement both inside and outside of the classroom. NSU Presidential Scholars are proactive leaders who promote integrity and seek to make a positive impact on campus, as well as in their communities. 

Selected students will have an opportunity to interview for the program during one of the Shark Preview Weekends.

“Being a Presidential Scholar means both raising and exceeding the bar here at NSU, both in terms of academics and student involvement. Being a Presidential Scholar means that you are a leader where necessary and a follower when needed. You are a versatile student that can manage any challenge you are faced with.”

Vincenzo Ledonne | 2020 Presidential Scholar

What Can You Gain as a Presidential Scholar?

Full Tuition Scholarship*

Focus on Your Academic Success *Confirm with Your Financial Aid Adviser

Hands-on Training

As a Mentor of the Student Success Program

A Broad Network

Build Lasting Connections
with Your Peers

Impactful Experiences

Boost Your Skills and Resume
by Serving in 1 of 5 Communities
that Support NSU

Program Requirements

As a recipient of NSU’s most prestigious scholarship, you’ll discover your passions and live out leadership lessons by immersing yourself in activities on and off campus. You’ll have opportunities to participate in Scholar Committees, serve as a mentor to other students, engage with prospective students during Shark Preview Weekends, sit on student panels, lead various campus initiatives, and more. As a Presidential Scholar, you’ll make a meaningful impact while helping NSU and its surrounding communities thrive.  

What Do We Expect from Presidential Scholars?

Community Engagement

Presidential Scholars lead by example, champion diversity, and get directly involved in local and global causes.

Academic Excellence

Presidential Scholars represent the top of their class and are committed to excelling in a challenging curriculum. Scholars should maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the end of the academic year.

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Cocurricular Participation

Presidential Scholars serve on one of nine committees, each with its own focus area that aims to impact the NSU community, including:

  • Environmental Wellness
  • Pre-Health
  • Student Success
  • Women's Empowerment
  • Mental and Emotional Wellness
  • Pre-Professional
  • Social Media and Newsletters
  • Prospective Students and Parent Support
  • Case Competitions and Experiential Learning

Serve as a Student Success Mentor

Presidential Scholars gain experience as mentors to our “Student Success Scholars” and receive hands on training to support their mentees transition into college.

 Campus Champions

Presidential Scholars can participate in the Hometown Sharks Program. To participate, students will attend an informational session at their hometown high school and share their NSU experience. If a student is successful in recruiting high school seniors to a Shark Preview Weekend during the enrollment period, they will receive an e-gift card for each student recruited.

Academic Requirements while in the Program


3.0 Cumulative

Academic Excellence

Maintain High Academic
Performance and Engagement

Full Time

Must Be Full Time Until
the Last Semester

Ready for the Next Step?

Here’s how to apply.

Consideration for a President's level scholarship is by invitation only. Students are selected based on a variety of categories including academic excellence, leadership experiences, past contributions to community, capacity to contribute to NSU, engaging/mature demeanor, and an overall passion to become a part of the NSU Shark family.   

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Apply for Undergraduate Admission

You can use the Shark Select Application or the Common App to apply to Nova Southeastern University.

Receive Invitation

Consideration for this scholarship is by invitation only.

Interview During Shark Preview

If you’re selected, you will be invited via email to choose which Shark Preview Weekend works for your schedule.

Connect with the Presidential Scholars Program

If you have any questions about the program, please contact (954) 262-8000 or