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Powell Scholars Program

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Annual Award: $38,500

The Powell Scholars Program is the University's premier academic merit award, and is designed to cultivate future leaders through mentoring, instruction, and service.

Qualification of Candidates | Terms and ConditionsFAQ | Key Dates


In addition to the generous scholarship award, Powell Scholars will have special access to research opportunities, study abroad programs, and nationally recognized speakers visiting Pacific. They participate in extensive mentoring and leadership development.  Each Powell Scholar will have access to up to $5,000 for research projects and up to $2,500 for international travel.

To view the components of the program and some accomplishments of our Powell Scholars, go to: » go.pacific.edu/powellscholars.

Students apply for the Powell Scholars Program in their senior year of high school. The application deadline is December 1. Students enter the program as college freshmen: upperclassmen and transfer students are not eligible. The Powell Scholars award is renewable each year of your undergraduate studies assuming a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 is maintained. The award may be accompanied by additional need-based financial aid, but not other merit-based scholarships from Pacific (including the President's or Regents' awards).  If you are selected for more than one of these scholarships you will receive the most advantageous award.

Given the opportunities in research, fellowships, study-abroad, cultural experiences and community service supported by the scholarship, the Powell Scholars Program is designed to coincide with a four year undergraduate curriculum. Therefore, students who apply for and are offered admission to the Powell Scholars Program AND a Pacific accelerated program must choose either the Powell Scholar Program OR an accelerated program for enrollment by May 1st. All Powell Scholars must earn an undergraduate degree.


Qualification of Candidates

University of the Pacific is seeking Powell Scholars candidates who have:

  • A cumulative high school GPA of 3.7 or higher (on an unweighted 4.00 scale)
  • Undertaken a rigorous academic curriculum - Honors, AP, and/or IB courses
  • Demonstrated superior leadership skills in two or more areas, including but not restricted to student government, community service, cultural groups, research or creative activities
  • Combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score of at least 1350 or ACT composite score of at least 30

Students who meet these minimum criteria are encouraged to apply. A select number of finalists will be invited to campus to interview with the Powell Scholars selection committee.


Powell Scholars Program Key Dates (Fall 2017 Applicants)

December 1, 2016
Powell Scholars Program Application Deadline

January 15, 2017
Priority application date (FAFSA) for need-based grants, loans, and work-study

Month of February 2017
Students selected as finalists will be invited to campus to interview with the Powell Scholars Selection Committee

March 15, 2017
Powell Scholars Program winners announced

May 1, 2017
Freshman Confirmation Deadline


Terms and Conditions

  2017 Terms and Conditions


 Common Questions (FAQ)