2017 Distinguished Scholars Program

Saturday, February 25, 2017

About the Program

The Distinguished Scholars Program is an invite-only opportunity for you to show us your ability and talent and earn additional scholarship money to attend Albion College. With your participation, you will be eligible to receive additional scholarship assistance; more than $250,000 was awarded to participants last year. One participant will receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend Albion College!


Plan to register for this event as soon as you decide to participate - space is limited. Register online at: https://apply.albion.edu/register/dsp. You are asked to complete and submit this form no later than Thursday, February 16, 2017. This guide will help you select your preferred presentation option. Please note that this is an invite-only event.

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Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Registration for morning presenters (Science Center)
9:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Morning presentations, campus tours and information sessions
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration for afternoon presenters (Science Center)
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon (Baldwin Hall)
1:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Afternoon presentations and campus tours

Options for Presentation

There are two options for presenting at our Distinguished Scholars Program. Select the vehicle that will best showcase your personality, abilities and potential. Faculty and staff members at Albion look forward to learning your original thoughts, projects, compositions, ideas, inventions, and interests. This interactive forum mirrors intellectual inquiry at the College and is a great way to begin your Albion journey.

Option 1: Math Problems and Interview

A set of seven math problems is provided to solve without outside assistance, calculators or computers. You should come prepared to present your solutions to at least four of these problems. Full solutions, with justification, are expected. Simply stating an answer is not sufficient.

Math Problems

When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider one or more of the following questions:

  • How did I solve these problems?
  • How did I come to the solutions of the problems?
  • What is my interest in mathematics?
  • Have I had any out-of-class experience with mathematical competitions?

This review centers on a discussion of your work. Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members. Please bring five copies of your solutions with you to campus.

Option 2: Presentation and Interview

Present on a topic of your choice. You will want to pick a topic that illustrates your intellectual maturity. Inspiration for the topic might arise from a research project, a research paper, your intercultural understanding, or other interests. It is perfectly acceptable to present a research project you completed as part of your school work.

When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider one or more of the following questions:

  • What academic disciplines are you most interested in studying? What do you enjoy talking about? What subject(s) are you considering for a major?
  • What have I done to prepare myself academically (courses in school), or personally (special science camps, etc.) that developed my expertise on this subject?
  • How will my experience(s) translate into opportunity for me at Albion College?
  • What academic and co-curricular programs will enhance my interest, and where will I fit into the college community?
  • How will I enhance the quality of the Albion College community, the student body, and continue my "mission"?
  • What opportunities do I look forward to pursuing and how are they connected to what I have done already?

Please note that these are guiding questions and not all are appropriate for every presentation.

Your presentation will last approximately 15 minutes followed by 15 minutes of questions by the faculty members. Please prepare a 1-2 page handout that is a guide to your presentation, a summary of the presentation, or a summary of your specific accomplishments related to your presentation.​ Please bring five copies with you to campus.​

* We cannot make scholarship decisions regarding athletic interests

Overnight Accommodations

Need overnight accommodations? Blocks of rooms are available at:

Selection Criteria

Albion College faculty members select scholarship recipients using the following criteria:

  1. The Quality of Your Presentation, Discussion and/or Portfolio of Works – Choose the option that will allow you to best demonstrate your intellectual curiosity, academic interests, achievement and future potential for growth at Albion College.
  2. Extra-Curricular Record – We recognize that students often combine superior scholarship with other interests, unique talents or achievements. Please come prepared to talk about yourself and your accomplishments – your motivation, your inspiration, and your passion for learning.


Students selected as a Distinguished Scholar will be notified by Monday, March 13, 2017. Final results will be announced publicly for those recipients who have made the commitment to attend Albion College.

Important note: Participation in Distinguished Scholars Program fulfills the interview requirement for the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Students should complete their Honors Program application before competing in this program.

Apply to the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do We Offer our Distinguished Scholars Program?

What programs will you offer for me and my parents when I am not presenting?

How will I find my presentation room?

What questions should I expect from the faculty members who attend my presentation?

How many students participate in the Distinguished Scholar Program?

When will I be notified of the judges' decision?

I am now interested in the Honors program—what do I need to do?

Who can I talk with if I have questions about this program or my participation?

How Much Time Will I Have?

Who Is In The Audience During My Presentation?

How Do I Decide Which of the Two Options is Right for Me?

How Will I Be Evaluated?