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Presidential Scholars and Fellows

To recognize and reward incoming first-year students, the Honors Program and the University of Idaho provide three types of merit-based distinction and scholarship awards.

This is the highest distinction given to incoming members of the Honors Program.  

Six to ten Honors Presidential Scholars are selected each year from the approximately 150 first-year students who enroll in the Honors Program. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership and involvement in meaningful activities and/or service to one’s school and community.  

Honors Presidential Scholars are expected to pursue an Honors Core Award (19 credits) or an Honors Certificate (27 credits) and to actively seek opportunities to develop their personal abilities through leadership, service and/or undergraduate research.  

During the first year, the Honors Presidential Scholar cohort will be encouraged to meet weekly to build friendships over hot chocolate/tea and snacks and to talk about diverse topics of common interest.  These types of cohort groups which are available to all honors students are affectionately called “Things That Matter” (TTM) groups.  

All honors students, including Honors Presidential Scholars, are provided opportunities for individual mentoring related to major and career, summer jobs and internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, leadership and citizenship development, preparing for graduate school and preparing to apply for national scholarships (Rhodes, Truman, Mitchell, Goldwater, Boren, Gilman, Udall etc.).

Out-of-state residents (from western states) selected as an Honors Presidential Scholar receive an annual Western University Exchange Scholarship (WUE) and an Honors scholarship of $1,000.  

Idaho residents receive an Honors scholarship of $1,500.  

Presidential Scholars may renew their Honors WUE and Honors scholarship award for up to four years contingent on meeting the Honors 3.3 cumulative UI GPA requirements and sustaining membership in the Honors Program (see membership requirements).

All first-year students admitted to the Honors Program are automatically considered for selection as an Honors Presidential Scholar.  

Selection criteria includes high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores, writing ability and information in the Honors essays, activities and leadership listed on the UI supplemental application and an informal interview (if the applicant visits campus).

Approximately ten Honors Fellows will be selected each year from the first-year Honors class based on academic ability and achievement (high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores) and other factors which may include leadership ability and service within their communities.  

Honors Fellows are expected to pursue an Honors Core Award (19 credits) or an Honors Certificate (27 credits).  

They will also have the opportunity to participate in weekly student discussion groups and to receive individual mentoring relative to their major, career, internships, national scholarships, etc.  

Out-of-state residents (from western states) selected as Honors Fellows receive a Western University Exchange Scholarship (WUE) and will be considered for other Honors scholarships.  

Idaho residents selected as an Honors Fellow will receive an Honors Scholarship of $1,000.  

Honors Fellows may renew the Honors WUE and Honors scholarship for up to four years, contingent on meeting the Honors 3.3 cumulative UI GPA requirements and sustaining membership in the Honors Program (see membership requirements).

Students who have been admitted to the Honors Program are automatically considered for selection as an Honors Fellow. No additional application is required.

National Merit Finalists who meet UI requirements are guaranteed a full-ride scholarship that covers university-defined educational costs for basic tuition, fees, room and board for four years.

National Merit Finalists are eligible to apply to the Honors Program for selection as an Honors National Merit Scholar (based on academic potential and achievement); but they do not receive additional scholarships.

Physical Address:

UI Commons
Room 315A
875 Perimeter Dr.
MS 2540 
83844-2540

Phone: (208) 885-0154

Email: honors@uidaho.edu