Each year, a select group of our most highly qualified applicants to the incoming class is invited to apply to the Presidential Fellows program.

The Presidential Fellows application process for the Class of 2020 is complete. Applications for the Class of 2021 will be available in 2017.

If you are chosen to become a Presidential Fellow, you'll receive a $20,000 annual merit scholarship renewable over four years and be matched with a mentor from the faculty or University staff who will include you in a significant, long-term project or experience that can give you an edge after college.

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Kelsey O'Donnell '17

markets, innovation & design

Kelsey O'Donnell ’17

Integrating Marketing, the Environment and Study Abroad

"Through my experiences both inside and outside the classroom, I've come across conceptual spaces where marketing, design, and the environment coincide."

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Scholarship Details

  • $20,000 annually
  • Renewable for four years
  • Contingent upon participation in the program
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at Bucknell

If you are eligible for need-based aid as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, and you receive a Presidential Fellows scholarship, it will be included as part of your aid package.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the Presidential Fellows program for the Class of 2020 is Saturday, Feb. 20. Award recipients will receive notification as part of their admitted student packet.

Noelle Watters '16


Noelle Watters ’16

Passion for Mathematics

"Everyone in the math department is encouraging - they're always giving us advice or helping us find internships. The professors know good teaching and it's a huge plus to have the support system they provide."

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Fellowship Details and Contact

As a Presidential Fellow, you'll work closely with a professor or University administrator on a challenging, long-term project that matches your interests. Your weekly commitment will be six to eight hours per week during the academic year. In addition to the scholarship, Presidential Fellows receive an additional allowance of up to $1,800. Fellows are invited to academic and cultural activities on campus and select dinners with visiting scholars.

Projects change year-to-year, but past fellowships include:

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  • Assistant curator and research assistant, Samek Art Museum
  • Researcher, developing a low-emissions snowmobile for use in Antarctica (mechanical engineering)
  • Researcher, early language development (psychology)
  • Fellow, Bucknell Institute for Public Policy
  • Researcher, the social concepts of nonhuman primates (animal behavior)
  • Business consultant, Bucknell's Small Business Development Center

Note: Fellows may change their fellowship positions as their interests grow and develop.

Contact Information

Dr. Sally Koutsoliotas
Professor of Physics
Director of the Presidential Fellows Program



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