Prospective Scholars

What Is President's Emerging Scholars?

President’s Emerging Scholars (PES) is an educational opportunity program that provides a wide range of support for high-achieving, historically underserved students as they pursue a degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

As a community, PES is made up of mostly students who are the first in their families to attend college, students from modest-income backgrounds, indigenous students, and students of color. Older students, rural students, student parents, students for whom English is not their first language, and students with disabilities also find community in the program.

Program Benefits

PES students have access to:

Peer Mentoring

A peer mentor who acts as a personal coach and friend for the first and second years of college

Individualized Academic Advising

Individualized advising in their college of enrollment


$1,000 scholarship in their first and last years at the University. Additional scholarships set aside exclusively for PES students, including:

  • Engagement Scholarship for internships, learning abroad, undergraduate research, and more
  • Fund the Gap Scholarship for study abroad
  • Fischer Family Scholarship for study abroad
  • Funds offered in collaboration with partner organizations like the University of Minnesota Foundation

Special Programs & Events

Courses and events set aside exclusively for PES students to aid in making life-long friends and building the 21st-century skills needed for college success, including:

  • Summer Seminar, a free, five-day summer program for newly admitted students
  • Fall Conference, a one-day conference offered in September for the purpose of building community and skills
  • Courses and events offered by students’ college of enrollment
  • Events put on by the PES Student Board


Students are selected for the PES community based on holistic review conducted by the Office of Admissions. Admitted students have strong academic and leadership experiences, connect in meaningful ways with their high schools and neighborhoods, and demonstrate resilience through their overcoming of personal and systemic barriers.

If you’re interested in being a member of the PES community, check the box in the Freshman Application indicating your interest in PES, and you’ll be considered (no guarantees!) for admission to the program.

Checkbox for PES on application