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 Visit Weekend to give a five-minute presentation for evaluation.

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?

The Inviso Visit Weekend 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. You can also choose to join a city excursion with a faculty member or explore NYC on your own.

Competition Dates for 2021–2022

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, November 18th
  • Thursday, December 9th
  • Thursday, February 3rd
  • Thursday, February 17th
  • Thursday, March 3rd
  • Thursday, March 24th


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 Visit Weekend. 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

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.