Founders Scholarship

Compete to win a full-tuition scholarship!

The King’s College is awarding up to three scholarships amounting up to the full cost of tuition to students who embody the combination of leadership and academic skills that the College highly values. The Founders Scholarship is awarded through a competitive process that includes an essay and presentation components. To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit a 1200-1500 word essay and attend an Inviso to give a five-minute presentation for evaluation.

2022-2023 Prompt

If you could instantly become an expert in any one skill or field, what would it be and why? How would you apply your newfound expertise to reflect the mission of The King’s College?

Competition Dates for 2022–2023

Students will prepare an essay and a five-minute presentation answering the prompt. More details on deadlines and format will be emailed after you register.

Upcoming Founders Dates

  • Thursday, October 13th
  • Thursday, November 17th
  • Thursday, December 1st


Essay Component

Students must submit a 1200-1500 word paper on this year’s prompt. Please double space and use MLA, APA, or Chicago format when citing references. The Works Cited page is excluded from the word count. As the essay is an academic research paper, citations are required and you should write in a formal style.

All papers must be submitted through our online submission form or by email to one week before your scheduled presentation.

Read essays from past Founders Competition Winners:

Presentation Component

The presentation component will take place on the Thursday prior to an Inviso. Upon registration, you will receive details on the format and deadlines.

While the essay is a formal academic research paper, the five-minute presentation allows you to summarize the main points of your paper and share information in a more creative way.

A media component or visual aid (prop) must be used during the presentation. You will lose points by going over or under the time limit. You will be prompted with how much time remains during your presentation.

There will be a panel of judges composed of faculty, staff, and former Founders winners. After your presentation, the judges will ask two questions concerning the material in your presentation. We will be recording the presentations and the winners’ presentations will be posted online.

Please email your accompanying presentation (in Powerpoint format) to one week before you present.

Eligibility and Terms

Any high school senior or transfer student who has completed an application and meets The King’s College admission standards eligible to compete in the Founders Competition.

The Founders Scholarship is renewable for all four years. Winners must maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA and full-time status, and may not be placed on academic or disciplinary probation while at King’s.

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2021-2022 Prompt

New York City has launched numerous concepts, careers, and cultural movements. People, policies, ideas, and institutions develop here. Research how the city has served as a launchpad for someone or something in your area of interest. What’s its history? Why does it matter? How does it inspire you as you look to your future at The King’s College – New York City?

Inviso is our premiere visit opportunity. You’ll sit in on a class, hear from students and faculty in panels and breakout sessions, and take a tour of housing and campus.