International Student and American Students Abroad Presidential Scholarship

FDU's Presidential Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for International and American Students Abroad, first-time freshmen that recognizes exceptional academic performance.


Fall (August):  January 15
Spring (January): November 1


  • SAT (Critical Reading + Math) = 1300 or higher or ACT = 29 or higher
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Personal essay of 400-500 words on a topic of the applicant's choosing
  • Guidance/career counselor or Education USA Advisor must submit a Presidential Scholarship Nomination Form
    Nominations from agents/consultants are not accepted.
  • On-campus housing is required for the duration of study
  • Renewable up to 4 years

This scholarship covers full tuition costs but does NOT cover housing, food, insurance and other fees.

Applicants for the Presidential Scholarship who will be studying in the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 student visa must submit a bank statement and affidavit of support when applying for FDU. All Presidential Scholarship applicants must provide proof of ability to cover all incidental expenses other than tuition.

NOTE:  The paper form may only be submitted for interntational students or Amercian students abroad.  U.S. citizens residing in the 50 U.S. states must have this form submitted by their guidance counselor electronically.  Please see. to access the form.

NOT an International Student? Use the Presidential Scholarship Nomination Form for Domestic American Students.

IMPORTANT: This is a selective and highly competitive scholarship.  Not all students who meet the above criteria and application deadline will be selected to receive this award.  Applicants who do not meet the deadline and/or who are not selected to receive the Presidential Scholarship will still be considered for other merit-based scholarships.

TIMELINE:  Students who have applied for the scholarship will be notified of their status on or before March 1 for the fall 2016 semester.

The Presidential Scholarship Nomination Form can accompany the student's application or e-mailed to