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 attend an Inviso Virtual Visit to give a one-minute pitch on their chosen subject or submit a pitch by email, and then submit a 1200-1500 word essay and four- to five-minute presentation for evaluation in spring 2021.

Whether they won one of the full-tuition scholarships or not, previous applicants have identified this competition as an ideal setting to learn about the quality of a King’s education and the caliber of their future peers. The competition fosters long-term relationships and encourages students to consider the relationship of culture and education.

2020-2021 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?

Pre-Qualify by January 31, 2021

To participate in the Scholarship Competition, students must pre-qualify by attending an Inviso Virtual Visit and delivering a one-minute pitch of their proposed answer to the prompt. The one-minute pitch can be done at the end of Inviso Virtual Visit on January 28th or by sending in your video to Students who qualify to compete in the spring will be notified by email within two weeks of their pitch.

Submit Your Video

During an Inviso Virtual Visit, students will see the campus, hear from President Tim Gibson, and interact with current students. The two-hour program takes place over Zoom and includes breakout sessions based on major. Each Inviso Virtual Visit has limited capacity so you have the chance to ask your questions and interact with the students, staff, and faculty at King’s.

Compete in Spring 2021

In the spring of 2021, students will prepare an essay and a four to five-minute presentation answering the prompt. More details on deadlines and format will be emailed to pre-qualified students in January 2021.

Upcoming Founders Dates

  • Thursday, February 25th
  • Wednesday, March 10th
  • Monday, March 22nd

Time: 5:30pm to 8:00pm ET


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 72 hours before your scheduled presentation.

Read essays from past Founders Competition Winners:

Presentation Component

The presentation component may take place over a virtual presentation or an in-person visit, depending on the status of travel guidelines and restrictions this spring. In January 2021, we will send an update by email to pre-qualified students with more details about the format and deadlines.

While the essay is a formal academic research paper, the four- to 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 PowerPoint presentation to 72 hours before you present.

A compilation of the 2018 Founders Competition Winners: Calvin Blake, Brigitta Naugle, Graham Popadic, and Aisha Seay.

2012 Founders Scholar Jessica Gibson gives her advice to Founders Scholarship competitors: choose a topic that you really believe in.

Eligibility and Terms

Students must be high school seniors or transfer students who have applied for admission at The King’s College and have submitted high school transcripts. All participants must have a high school or college GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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.