About President's Emerging Scholars

President’s Emerging Scholars (PES) is an educational opportunity program that supports high-achieving, historically underserved students in their pursuit of a bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Students are selected for the program based on holistic review conducted by the Office of Admissions. Participants have strong academic and leadership experiences, as well as connect in meaningful ways with their schools and neighborhoods. They also show resilience through their overcoming of personal and systemic barriers. Overall, PES students demonstrate distinctive qualities which make them assets to the University community.

PES students are also diverse: Many are the first in their family to attend college, indigenous students, older students, rural students, student parents, students for whom English is not their first language, students of color, and students with disabilities.

Mission, Vision, and Values


The PES Program ensures timely graduation of its participants by encouraging and supporting academic, career, and personal wellbeing through scholarships, programming, professional advising, and peer mentoring.


All PES students will attain self-determined success.


Authenticity Openness and honesty increase organizational effectiveness.
Community Relationships and sense of belonging are essential.
Integrity PES serves its stakeholders honestly and ethically.
Quality PES practice is research-informed, innovative, and collaborative.
Self-Determination Students are expert in defining and attaining their goals.
Social Justice PES advances inclusion and human rights.
Student Success Students’ holistic wellbeing is paramount.