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The President’s Scholars Program (PSP) is designed to offer an enriching personal, cultural, and academic experience to outstanding students here at Murray State College.  The program includes bi-weekly seminars, an educational field trip in the fall semester, and individual research projects carried out under the supervision of MSC faculty.  The multidisciplinary learning encompasses science, philosophy, art, culture, social and political issues.  Guest speakers, films, debates, and panel discussions enliven the seminars. The cultural and educational field trips are always organized to be fun and to allow the students to expand their cultural horizons.

Listed below are some of the requirements for students in the PSP program.

As a freshman:
  1. Enroll in and participate in all Scholars Program Seminars held bi-weekly (every two weeks each semester).
  2. Tutor two hours a week in a public school.
  3. Perform ten hours of community service in both the fall and spring semester
  4. Attend and participate in the PSP trip.
  5. Maintain a 3.25 overall grade point average to remain eligible to participate in the program.

As a sophomore:
  1. Enroll in and participate in the bi-weekly Scholars Program Seminars.
  2. Tutor two hours a week in a public school.
  3. Attend and participate in the PSP trip.
  4. Make an “H-option” contract with instructors as needed to complete requirements for “H-option” coursework.  “H-option project” is a research project in the major field of the student.  The “H-option project” consists of a four page research paper and a power point presentation of at least 15 slides.  The student must send a copy of the contract to Committee Chairman by the end of the second full week of the fall semester and receive Committee approval of contract. In the second semester of the sophomore year, the student will complete an independent study project. A contract for independent study with an instructor in your major or special area of interest must be approved by the Committee Chairman.  Independent study consists of a research paper between eight and twelve pages in length and power point presentation of at least twenty slides.  A copy of the contract must be presented to the Committee Chairman by end of second full week of the semester and receive Committee approval of contract.
  5. Maintain a 3.25 GPA in your coursework to remain eligible to participate in the program.
  6. During second semester, submit application for “graduation with honors.”  A 3.5 overall GPA is necessary to graduate with honors.  Committee will determine honors status and notify Registrar and President prior to graduation ceremonies.

Participants in PSP receive an excellent scholarship package* each semester including:

  • Resident Tuition
  • Book Waiver
  • MSC Fees

* Subject to Financial Aid Requirements. Contact MSC Financial Aid Office at 580-387-7220 or mscfao@mscok.edu for more information.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Applications must be submitted to the Murray State College President’s Scholars Program by April 1, with a priority deadline of March 1 to qualify for scholarship consideration.

All applicants will receive notification on or before April 25 of the PSP Committee’s decision.
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