Eligibility

Presidential Scholars are eligible to apply for their Enrichment Award funds of $2,500 at any time during their four undergraduate years of enrollment at the University of Connecticut. The Enrichment Award is intended to help students participate in educationally and/or professionally enriching activities related to their academic program that might not otherwise be possible without the enrichment award funds. Students must apply for the enrichment grant at least four to six weeks prior to beginning their enrichment activity. The enrichment grant must be used prior to the end of the 8th semester of attendance.

Acceptable Uses for Presidential Scholarship Enrichment Award Funds

Study Abroad
Students may use the Enrichment Award funds ONLY for travel and foreign room and board. Learn more.
Unpaid or Low-Paying Internships
Students may use award funds to cover living costs (room and board away from home/school address) and other expenses (travel, for example) incurred during unpaid internships. For low-paying internships, award funds may only be used to cover expenses exceeding the internship salary.
Summer Research
Students may use award funds to cover costs associated with their research projects (e.g. supplies and/or consumables in the laboratory, printing and copying, etc.) as well as living costs (room and board away from home address) and other expenses (travel, for example) during the research experience. *This award is intended to support expenses that are specific to a student’s project and consumed through use in the student’s project. The project may not be for a course that is a required element in the curriculum for the student’s undergraduate degree program (e.g., senior project for BFA students, design lab for Engineering students). However, students pursuing optional research projects that go beyond degree requirements, and who may be enrolled in independent study credits related to those projects, may receive funds to support their project supply costs.
Research During the Academic Year
Students may use award funds to cover costs associated with their research projects (e.g. supplies and/or consumables in the laboratory, printing and copying, travel to collections, etc.) *This award is intended to support expenses that are specific to a student’s project and consumed through use in the student’s project. The project may not be for a course that is a required element in the curriculum for the student’s undergraduate degree program (e.g., senior project for BFA students, design lab for Engineering students). However, students pursuing optional research projects that go beyond degree requirements, and who may be enrolled in independent study credits related to those projects, may receive funds to support their project supply costs. Students may not receive funds for living expenses during the academic year.
Professional Development
Students may use award funds to conduct field-work, to travel for research purposes, and to attend pre-professional or academic conferences.
Volunteer/Service Experience
Students may use their award to cover costs associated with approved volunteer or UConn-sponsored service activities.

Unacceptable Uses for Presidential Scholarship Enrichment Award Funds

UConn fee bill balances, including tuition, fees, parking tickets, pharmacy charges, etc., or other items such as course textbooks, computers/tablets, lab fees, program costs and course materials.
Tuition, program costs or fees that approximate tuition at other educational institutions or agencies.
Applications must be submitted PRIOR to the enrichment activity and may not be used retroactively for past experiences

If you have questions about a specific experience or use of your award, please contact us.

Questions not related to the $2,500 Enrichment Award should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid or Admissions Office.