Presidential Citizen Scholar Program

Important Dates for Incoming Cohort:

October 23: Applications Due

October 30: Decisions Sent Via Email

Note: Must be available Wednesday's from 11-12:15 during Spring Semester.


The Presidential Citizen Scholar Program is a multi-faceted, civic engagement experience that prepares students to become community leaders now and in the future. The program is by Presidential invitation only. Students who are invited to apply submit their application to PACE for review.

The Scholars program offers students of all majors and levels of experience opportunities to become engaged in the political life of the community and to develop habits of democratic citizenship. Students who complete the requirements of this program receive a certificate and distinctive recognition as "Presidential Citizen Scholars."

This program builds on SU's mission statement "to empower students with knowledge, skills, and core values that contribute to lifelong learning and active citizenship in a democratic society."

Cohort 2015-2017 Capstone Project: View PowerPoint Presentation

1. Chopped: Dorm Edition

Student cooking competition. Students were given healthy ingredients and a microwave to create a dish to be judged. Goal: Teach students how to be creative, resourceful, and healthy with their meals while in a dorm setting.

Hosting  Winning Dish

2. Healthy Cookbook

Goal: To provide Salisbury University students, who live on campus, with health conscious recipes that can be made in the dorm room or in a community kitchen. Recipes include:

  • Avocado Chicken Salad
  • Vegan Cucumber Salad
  • Strawberry Caprese Salad
  • Five Minute Burrito Bowl
  • Mason Jar Oatmeal
  • Microwave Omelet...and more!

Recipe 1  Recipe 2

3. Bike Event

Goal: To provide students with increased knowledge about healthy options and groups both on campus and in the Salisbury community, as well as giving them vital information about biking safety and maintenance. Activities included:

  • Guided bike ride to ACME
  • Biking Safety courses
  • Bike “Fix-It” classes
  • SU Health/Dining Faculty discussions
  • Health associated on-campus organizations
  • Local Farmers’ Market members

Bike 1  Bike 2

Student, Katie Kirby created this "go-pro" video about the bike event:

Wheelhouse Video (JaMir Wilson from Immersive Journalism):


In the summer of 2004, Dr. Harry Basehart and Dr. Francis Kane (PACE Co-Directors) were co-recipients of the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship. Each year this prestigious award is given by the University System of Maryland to four USM faculty members, based on their professional qualifications and the projects they are developing. Funds from this award were used to develop a pilot version of the Presidential Citizen Scholar Program. This program built on PACE's mission to address student apathy and cynicism about politics by partnering with regional and state civic organizations to provide experiences of what authentic politics can be and to offer students hands-on learning opportunities in government.

The pilot program (2004 - 2005) was a multi-faceted, year-long civic engagement experience that prepared students to become future community leaders. It offered students of all majors and levels of experience opportunities to become engaged in the political life of the community and to develop habits of citizenship. Students who completed the requirements of this program received a certificate and distinctive recognition as "Presidential Citizen Scholars".

In the summer of 2005, Dr. Basehart and Dr. Kane were awarded the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship for a second year for their work with the Presidential Citizen Scholar Program. These funds were used to fund the first year of the new two-year program (2005-2007). In the fall of 2007, the program changed to a one-year program.

In the fall of 2014, the program was re-developed and modernized to include innovative curricular enhancements and was changed to a three semester program.;