The Presidential Scholarship is an academic award Webster offers incoming students. Historically, Webster awards five incoming freshman with the award. This year, it doubled to award an additional five students to make ten presidential scholars.
Freshman Philip Irving is one of the ten students who received this scholarship. Irving said he was very thankful when he found out because he was worried about what the expense of college would do to his family.
“It would have been extremely hard on my family to pay a huge chunk of the tuition here and at other universities,” Irving said. “When considering a great school at a price that was by far most affordable, Webster was the only logical choice.”
Over 100 incoming students applied for the scholarship, which left Irving very grateful. He said his goal is to learn as much as possible and this scholarship has put him on path to his dreams.
“I felt really confident in myself and happy to see the joy in my parents faces when I told them,” Irving said. “It was great to see all that hard work finally paid off.”
Webster administration said the doubling of awardees is part of the commitment to improve diversity and academic credentials of students. Webster University President Elizabeth Stroble said in a press release she is confident in the university’s student achievement.
“I look forward to the contributions this year’s exceptional class of Presidential Scholars will make to our academic community,” Stroble said. “Their record of achievement has merited Webster’s investment in their education, and we know that they will continue to excel as campus leaders and scholars.”
The 10 awardees average a GPA of 4.11 and excel at standardized testing. They were required to write an essay and go through a panel interviewing process. The award is valued at $110,000 over the course of four years. Each awardee can renew their scholarship annually, but only if their GPA is at a 3.5 or higher.