About the Reagan Leadership Program


A truly unique scholarship opportunity, the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program was founded by President Reagan during his first term in office. This program is one of the premier educational experiences that any student at Eureka College can have and among the most unique, innovative scholarship programs in the country. Recipients of this scholarship practice and exemplify Eureka College’s core values and commitment to learn, serve, and lead.

Reagan Fellows receive:

  • A four-year, full-tuition scholarship at Eureka College.

  • Stipends to cover the program’s special travel and mentoring opportunities.

  • Two on-site mentorships with prominent leaders. Past sites include: Switzerland, Australia, Mexico, Boston, London, Hawaii, Israel and Zimbabwe

First-year Fellows travel on fellow-only trips to domestic and international destinations. Fellows must live on campus, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and display attributes of leadership, service and active citizenship. Up to four Reagan Fellows are accepted annually and are expected to participate fully in all program activities.


Prestigious Awards

Up to four Reagan Fellows are named each year, chosen for their leadership accomplishments and potential, scholarly abilities, and commitment to service. Semifinalists are invited to campus for one of two in-person competition events that become a central factor in the selection process. Notification of scholarship winners is made four weeks following the on-campus event that the semi-finalist attends.


Competition Requirements

  • The Reagan competition is by invitation only for incoming freshmen.

  • Must submit an Application for Admission and be admitted to Eureka College

  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*

  • RSVP and submit 2 essays and a resume.




To be considered for the full-tuition scholarship, candidates who have been invited must attend the competition event hosted on Eureka College’s campus on November 13, 2021 (registration will begin at 9:15).  Additionally, there will be a required evening Zoom Meeting at 6:30 pm on Friday, November 12, 2021 (schedule will follow).  


During the campus event and after follow-up interviews, we select up to four students who will return as Reagan Fellows and Eureka College freshman in Fall 2022.