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Porter Scholars

The Porter Scholars Program

Each year, high school seniors from the greater Beloit area are selected as Porter Scholars to enroll in one course at Beloit College each semester, tuition-free. Porter Scholars have the opportunity to study courses not available at their high schools—such as anthropology, sociology, biochemistry, geology, Russian, and Chinese—or to enrich their academic experience by studying their fields of interest at a higher level. Porter Scholars work closely with college faculty and current students while preparing to become successful college students themselves. 

Why Study at Beloit College?

Beloit College is a nationally ranked, private liberal arts and sciences college that enrolls students from nearly every state and from more than 40 foreign countries.  The College has been recognized as an innovative leader in higher education and offers more than 50 fields of study to its student body of 1,250.  The Porter Scholar program has been in existence since 1958, and is held in high esteem by residents of the Stateline area and the universities that enroll Porter Scholar alumni. It is an important partnership between Beloit College and local high schools.

How Do I Apply?

To qualify for Porter Scholar consideration, students must be:

  • High school juniors from partner high schools 
  • Rank in the top 10% of their class

The Porter Scholar Application is an online application. Click the link below to create your account, and start your application:



What Are the Benefits of the Porter Scholar Program?

  • Students may take one course per semester free of charge.
  • Students who perform well in their courses will have earned college credits that can be transferred to other colleges and universities.
  • Registered students receive a Beloit College ID and have access to the library, athletics center, and student discounts.

May a Porter Scholar Enroll at Beloit College After High School?

  • Yes! To be considered as a degree-seeking student Porter Scholars complete the Common Application; many supporting materials are converted from the original Porter Scholar application.
  • Porter Scholars who enroll at Beloit College as degree-seeking students are eligible for the Porter Scholarship of $20,000 over 4 years ($2,500 each semester) by achieving a “B” or better in a one unit Beloit College course.
  • Students may also be eligible for other merit scholarships such as the Presidential or Eaton Scholarships. Students are also encouraged to apply for need-based financial aid, which can include grants, student loans, and work opportunities.

Important Notes about the Porter Scholars Program:

  • Students may take one course per semester free of charge (one course is a maximum of 1 unit / 4 semester hours).
  • The program does not include books, private lessons, course materials (such as art supplies), and campus services that charge a fee (such as official transcript requests).
  • Students will be notified of their admissions decision by June 15.  Admitted students will be invited to orientation and registration prior to the start of Beloit’s Fall semester.

Click here to download a PDF of the Porter Scholars Program Brochure