Undergraduate Admission

2021 Presidential Scholars

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is a four-year award that includes:

  • Full tuition (up to 18 hours per semester for eight semesters)
  • Room and board
  • General fee
  • One-time, $3,000 stipend for a summer experience

Each academic year, The University of Toledo awards the Presidential Scholarship to a select group of incoming freshmen whose high school achievements distinguish them both as students and as members of their respective communities.

UToledo's Presidential Scholars enjoy the campus' highest distinction an undergraduate can earn. This credential and the award that goes with it can open doors to campus leadership and research opportunities, internships and the often life-changing summer experiences the scholarship enables.

Presidential Scholarship Requirements

  • Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.8 for all applicants. You may apply with a minimum GPA of 3.8 with no penalty. Applicants submitting test scores should have a 30 ACT or 1360 SAT.
  • Submission of your application for admission to UToledo, including official transcripts and optional test scores, by December 1, 2021.
  • Submission of Presidential Scholarship application, including extracurricular résumé and personal essays by December 1, 2021.
  • Students who are selected for scholarship consideration must be available for an interview.


The Presidential Scholarship application also serves as the application to the Jesup Scott Honors College, UToledo's premier academic experience for undergraduates. Enrolling in the Honors College confers many distinctions and benefits, including Honors-specific courses and experiential learning opportunities, dedicated Honors housing, and priority class registration. Check out the Honors College website to meet Honors students and faculty, and to learn more about life as a UToledo Honors student.

Who are UToledo Presidential Scholars?

Future scientists, artists and engineers. Researchers and healers. Builders of businesses, creators of nonprofits and leaders of communities. Young people with dreams and ambitions, just like you. For nearly three decades, The University of Toledo Presidential Scholars have applied their academic talents to advance their careers and the causes that inspire them. Meet a few of our most recent Presidential Scholars below, and some of our past recipients here.

Rachel Whitman / Ney, Ohio
Major: Psychology

Presidential Scholar Rachel Whitman"I have had the dream of becoming a counseling psychologist from a young age. Now, that dream is becoming a reality as I draw nearer to graduation.

"After completing my undergraduate studies, I am going to graduate school, then on to earning my doctorate so I can counsel trauma victims... since earning the Presidential Scholarship, many more pathways have opened up to me. The University of Toledo is aiding my goals by having opportunities to take courses in counseling, while conducting my own research.

"The longer I'm at UToledo, the more I realize how true all the clichés are about college. This is the time that we, as students, learn who we are and what we are passionate about. If we make the most of it with friends, organizations, campus traditions, and working hard in classes, then college is the time of our lives. UT encourages students to be a part of something bigger and make a difference, then aids students in achieving their goals."

Abel B. Castillo / Bowling Green, Ohio
Major: Biology

Presidential Scholar Abel B. Castillio"After the completion of my undergraduate degree at UT, I plan to attend medical school and pursue an M.D. The University of Toledo continues to mold me and my aspirations on a consistent basis. Every single day, I feel encouraged to continue pursuing my goals and make the most of my education.

"As a Presidential Scholar, I set the goal of getting good grades while still getting involved in my school community. I am proud to say I have maintained great grades while getting involved in numerous extracurricular activities. Some of these activities include Honors Ambassadors, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Lambda Sigma Honors Society and undergraduate research focused on cancer-cell migration mechanics.

"UT has been a wonderful environment for me. I have been blessed with nothing but great opportunities since my arrival on campus. The Presidential Scholarship has proven to be an invaluable platform for me and my academic growth and successes."

Colleen Rose Anderson / Toledo, Ohio
Major: Paralegal Studies

Presidential Scholar Colleen Rose Anderson"My plans after graduation are to attend law school, and then to begin my career as an attorney. UT has impacted those goals in numerous ways, all of them positive. The flexibility of my schedule at UT has allowed me to work for the last year both at Toledo Municipal Courthouse, as well as in the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office, both of which have helped better prepare me for law school.

"During my internship, I got to attend a regional conference on judicial reform in Budva, Montenegro, where I participated in a dialogue on creating and maintaining effective court administration systems with judicial experts and leaders from numerous West Balkan countries. Accomplishing the goal of studying abroad and participating in a global dialogue was incredibly meaningful to me... I learned more than I ever could have envisioned.

"The most important thing about UT has been that it has given me the freedom to do more than sit in a classroom and learn. With the help of my program director and professors, I've achieved a level of readiness for my career that I couldn't have dreamed of when I started at UT, and it only continues to grow."

Last Updated: 8/31/21