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Merit-Based Scholarships

Beloit College recognizes academic achievement, talent, leadership—and potential in all of these areas. Our merit-based aid program sets the stage for Beloit’s academic excellence and makes for a strong community of future scholars, leaders, and innovators.

The scholarships listed here are intended for first-year domestic applicants. International students click here for more information about financial aid; transfer applicants click here.

For most scholarships, consideration is based upon a completed application for admission and no additional steps are required, unless otherwise noted.

The Wisconsin Distinguished Scholar Award, recognizing excellence in academic achievement, is awarded to Wisconsin residents admitted to the college with a 3.5 grade point average or higher. 

Award: $100,000 over four years ($25,000 per year)

The Presidential Scholarship is Beloit’s most prestigious academic honor. The selection of candidates is based on exceptional academic achievement and potential for continued success as a scholar and contributor to campus life. 

Award: $72,000-$100,000 over four years ($18,000-$25,000 per year)

The Eaton Scholarship recognizes students who have achieved outstanding academic success and who have shown significant leadership qualities.

Award: $40,000-$72,000 over four years ($10,000-$18,000 per year)

The Charles Winter Wood Scholarship, named after one of Beloit’s first African American students (Class of 1895), is available to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in American higher education.  In addition to these scholarships, qualified Charles Winter Wood Scholars are encouraged to apply to TRIO, federally funded programs offering resources and opportunities to qualified students for academic success and scholarly research.  Beloit is one of the select few liberal arts colleges in the U.S. to offer three TRIO programs on its campus.

Award: Up to $30,000 per year, renewable for 4 years

Criteria: Low income (definition here), first generation, and/or domestic minority status • Record of academic achievement in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and evidence of leadership and involvement

Notification: Sent in March or April 

Sau-Wing Lam and Marjorie Brown Leff Music Scholarships have been established for first-year students who exhibit high ability in the area of bowed string instruments (Lam Scholarship) or vocal, instrumental, and keyboard performance (Leff Scholarship).  Students need not be music majors to apply or win.  Scholarship winners are chosen competitively by the faculty of the Beloit College music department and based on a recorded video or audio audition and recommendation by the student’s music instructor.  Recordings must be submitted no later than January 15. 

Award: $20,000 ($5,000 per year)

Deadline: A completed application for admission and music scholarship application, recorded audition, and online instructor recommendation by January 15

Scholarship Application Procedure:  More detailed information regarding the music scholarships and the application to compete is available online.

The American Field Service/Rotary Overseas/Youth for Understanding/U.S Citizens Living Overseas scholarships are open to students who have had a study abroad experience for at least one semester during high school.  The scholarship is also available to U.S. citizens who live overseas as ex-patriates and study in high schools with American-type high school curricula.  Students must submit an essay discussing their international experience.

Award: $20,000 ($5,000 per year)

Competition Procedure: An essay of no more than 500 words discussing their international experience

Deadline: A completed application for admission and special essay submitted by January 15 

The Founders Scholarship recognizes students who have been selected as National Merit Finalists.  To be eligible for the award, students should provide proof to the Beloit Financial Aid Office of their finalist status. This notification usually happens in early-mid February. Finalists who decide to enroll at Beloit are encouraged to list Beloit as their first choice with the National Merit Corporation. 

Award: $20,000 ($5,000 per year)

Deadline: A completed application for admission by January 15

The Field Experience Grant is awarded to select students to support a significant, self-designed learning opportunity in the summer following the first year at Beloit College. Past field experiences have included organizing a student research trip by canoe in the Boundary Waters, attending a JAVA bootcamp, interning with a sports team or a band, shadowing medical professionals, interviewing legal professionals, taking flight lessons, and living and working on an organic farm in Scotland. Field Experience Grants provide opportunities for students to jumpstart their Beloit College liberal arts experience. 

Award: Up to $2,000 to support a significant, self-designed learning opportunity in the summer following the first year.

Beloit College merit-based scholarships may be awarded in combination up to a maximum of $30,000 annually. Renewal of merit scholarships is predicated on students maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress and not being in any warning or probationary status with the Dean of Students Office.