About the Students

The TRHLP is made up of a very diverse group of students from across the country and around the world.  TRHLP scholars are pursuing a number of different majors.  On top of being excellent students, TRHLP scholars are also active participants in Blue Hawk athletics and a wide variety of different on-campus clubs and organizations.  The TRHLP is unique in its focus on bringing together such a diverse group of young people to come together in a learning community. 

TR scholars will learn:

  • How to lead teams of people in collaborative decision-making and problem solving
  • Tools for lifelong learning and peak personal performance
  • Practical reasoning skills for 21st Century leaders
  • How to succeed in a diverse and rapidly changing workplace dominated by global competition
  • Leadership theories


All participants in the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program must be baccalaureate degree seeking. It is mandatory all TR Scholars graduate with a Leadership Studies Minor. Students will only be admitted to the program in the fall and if they have fewer than 60 college credits total. Incoming freshman must have a 3.5 grade point average or higher in high school and/or ACT score of 26 or higher SAT score of 1170 or higher. Transfer students may enter the TRHLP in the fall only and if they have under 60 credit hours. These students will need to make up required coursework in order to graduate with the leadership studies minor. Transfer students must have a college/university GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Students who have earned a place in the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program will receive the following scholarships, totaling $14,400 over four years.*

  • First and second year students: A $1,600 Theodore Roosevelt Scholarship plus a $1,600 Presidential Scholarship, for a total of $3,200 per academic year.
  • Third and fourth year students: A $2,400 Theodore Roosevelt Scholarship plus a $1,600 Presidential Scholarship, for a total of $4,000 per academic year

Please note that TR Scholars who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing will receive a fifth year of scholarship support at $4,000.

All TRHLP students must maintain a satisfactory grade point average of 3.25, be enrolled full time (12 credit hours) at DSU every semester, and attend the required mandatory events in order to remain qualified for the scholarships.

For priority consideration, please submit applications by November 1st. We will accept applications through February 1st.

*If a student receives other financial aid or scholarships, the total amount cannot exceed the total cost of attendance at DSU.