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

If you are chosen to become a Presidential Fellow, you'll receive a $30,000 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

  • $30,000 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 Information

Eligible Class of 2022 Bucknell applicants will be invited to apply by mid-February via mail and/or email.

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 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 participate in special professional development events.

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
presfellows@bucknell.edu
570.577.3105

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