Presidential Scholars

FSU student receives prestigious Boren Scholarship

Florida State University Presidential Scholar Maddy Johnson has been awarded the prestigious Boren Scholarship to study Arabic next year in Amman, Jordan. Boren Awards, offered through an initiative of the National Security Education Program, allow students to study abroad for up to a year in areas of the world critical to U.S. national security and […]

Filar pushes FSU students to dream bigger

When Craig Filar first started as the director of Florida State University’s Office of National Fellowships, he knew how competitive it is to win some of the nation’s most prestigious awards. But that didn’t stop him from encouraging FSU’s high-achieving students from dreaming bigger. Instead, he started likening his position at ONF to that of […]

FSU’s first class of Presidential Scholars leaves lasting legacy

When the first cohort of 25 Presidential Scholars stepped foot on Florida State University’s campus, they had big plans for how they would spend the next four years. The Presidential Scholars Program, Florida State’s premier undergraduate merit scholarship program, launched in 2014 with the mission of recruiting promising leaders who would become engaged scholars on […]

Power of WE: An unlikely friendship forges positive change on campus

Florida State University President John Thrasher and graduating senior Inam Sakinah are not a pair one would typically expect to be working together to catalyze change on campus. But since meeting in 2014 during the president’s visit to one of FSU’s neurology labs, the two have formed a strong bond despite their differences in age, […]

Presidential Scholars reflect the best of Florida State

Four years ago, Florida State University launched a premier merit scholarship program with the mission of investing in students who have extraordinary potential to be transformational leaders of their generation. The first cohort of 25 Presidential Scholars arrived on campus in 2014 and hit the ground running, immersing themselves in all FSU has to offer. […]

Florida State’s new freshman class is one of biggest, brightest ever

Florida State University will welcome about 42,000 students — including what is expected to be one of the largest incoming freshman classes in university history — as classes begin for the 2017-2018 academic year Monday, Aug. 28. FSU anticipates about 300 more incoming freshmen than last year, an increase in yield following a record number of applications […]

FSU organization revolutionizes new student recruitment

A Florida State University organization is changing how the next generation of Seminoles is recruited. The Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), founded in 2015 by Presidential Scholars William Boose, Amanda Schell and Sophie Rottenberg, is designed to recruit high quality students from high schools around the country through student-to-student style communication. “Three of our Presidential Scholars […]