Thanks to the generosity of sponsors from our local community and beyond, the President’s
Challenge Scholarship assists first-generation Ulster County high school students
with overcoming financial barriers associated with attending college. Students are
identified in eighth grade by their sponsoring school district and receive mentoring
and college readiness preparation through the completion of high school. Upon graduation,
students are able to attend SUNY Ulster tuition-free for two years!
To apply, students must be in 8th-grade. Students must also be first-generation college students, have an 80% cumulative
GPA (75% in their four core classes – English, math, science and social studies) and
have an 85% or better attendance record in school with minimal discipline infractions.
Preference is given to students with economic need.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
This year, due to the ongoing public health crisis, the timeline and process for applications,
interviews, and scholarship awards may be adjusted to ensure we meet school district
policies and schedules. Here is the past application process for reference:
- Applicants must submit an application and essay prior to the deadline set by the school
district, which is typically in the spring of a student’s 8th-grade year.
- Each school reviews the application materials and identifies the top 10 candidates
for their district.
- These candidates are invited to participate in a brief interview at the high school
with members of the school district and SUNY Ulster.
- Five scholarship recipients are selected after the interview process.
- Recipients are notified shortly before their Moving-Up Ceremony in June.
- PCS recipients participate in college readiness activities throughout high school
PCS Student Experience
Starting in 9th-grade, PCS recipients take the PCS Promise as well as work with a PCS College Mentor (comprised of members of the SUNY Ulster Enrollment
and Success Center team). Mentors, assigned to support PCS students from a participating
high school, meet with students on campus, at the schools and online. In addition
to motivating students to remain on the college-bound track, the PCS College Mentor
will assist with college readiness skills like academic planning, communication, and
career exploration, as well as other engagement and growth opportunities as the program
Access your school district's PCS Application:
The application period for 2021 has closed. Please check back in April 2022 when we
look to award the next 50 scholarships to 8th-grade students across Ulster County!
For more information or to request a paper or Spanish application, contact PCS Program Coordinator Nancy Clarke by phone at 845.688.1927 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org