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Merit-Based Scholarships

Beloit College rewards 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. We want to recognize our outstanding applicants and make Beloit affordable for them.

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.

Beloit College merit scholarships may be awarded in combination up to a maximum of $27,000 annually.  Our merit-based scholarships: 


The Presidential Scholarship, Beloit’s most prestigious academic honor is valued up to $88,000 over four years ($22,000 per year).  Applicants are identified by the admissions committee and recommended to the president for this award.  The selection of candidates is based on exceptional academic achievement and potential for continued success as a scholar and contributor to campus life.  Although not required, an interview is strongly recommended as a way to give further dimension to the application.

Award: $72,000-$88,000

Criteria: Applicants who have demonstrated high achievement in a demanding academic high school curriculum are recommended to the president for this award.  Typically, Presidential Scholars have achieved a 3.5 grade point average (unweighted, on a 4.0 scale) or rank in the top ten percent of their class, have achieved a minimum 27 on the ACT or 1220 (CR and Math) on the SAT, and have demonstrated leadership and service to their schools or community. 

Deadline: A completed application for admission by January 15

Notification:  Within two weeks after the admissions decision has been sent.

 


The Eaton Scholarship recognizes students who have achieved outstanding academic success and who have shown significant leadership qualities.  Students eligible for consideration will be recommended to the scholarship committee for review.  These scholarships are valued at $6,000-$14,000 annually, renewable for up to eight semesters.

Award: $24,000-$56,000

Criteria: 3.25 unweighted academic grade point average (4.0 scale) or rank in the top 25% of class • Significant extracurricular participation

Deadline: A completed application for admission by January 15

Notification:  Within two weeks after the admissions decision has been sent.

 


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 few liberal arts colleges in the U.S. to offer three TRIO programs on its campus.

Award: Up to $40,000 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 • Students eligible for consideration will be recommended to the scholarship committee for review.

Deadline: A completed application for admission by January 15

Notification:  Within two weeks after the admissions decision has been sent.

 


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.  These scholarships are valued at $20,000 over four years ($5,000 per year).

Award: $20,000

Criterion: High musical ability

Deadline: A completed application for admission and music scholarship application, and recorded audition 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.  The scholarships are valued at $20,000 over four years ($5,000 per year).

Award: $20,000

Criterion: Participation in AFS, RO, YFU or similar study abroad programs

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 advise the National Merit Corporation that Beloit College is their first-choice school.  These scholarships are valued at $20,000 over four years ($5,000 per year).

Award: $20,000

Criterion: National Merit Finalist

Deadline: A completed application for admission by January 15

Award procedure: To be eligible, students should inform the National Merit Corporation that Beloit College is their first choice school.