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Monmouth College Fellows and Scholarship Competition
The Monmouth College Fellows and Scholarship Competition recognizes first-time freshmen students from across the nation who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and leadership in their schools and communities. More information
Monmouth College Academic Achievement Scholarships

When being admitted to Monmouth College, each student’s individual academic profile and official transcripts including their cumulative grade point average and ACT score, are reviewed. An initial (renewable) Academic Achievement Scholarship will be announced by the Office of Admission to selected students. Academic Achievement Scholarships are determined automatically, no additional application is needed from the student.

Monmouth College Departmental Awards and Endowed Scholarships
These awards are provided to returning students each year during the annual Honors Convocation. Students are selected as recipients and no application process is needed.

Talent and Special Interest Scholarships

Monmouth College Visual Art Scholarships

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student interested in pursuing your passion in the visual arts while enrolled at Monmouth College, you are encouraged to meet with our faculty in the Art Department during your individual visit to campus anytime throughout the year. We want you to take a tour of our art gallery, classrooms, foundry, and discover the many opportunities awaiting you in the Art Department at Monmouth College. You are encouraged to bring with you a portfolio or digital presentation showing 15 to 20 pieces of your prior work. The portfolio can include paintings, drawings, photographs, 3-dimensional works, or photographs of larger works, and should be presented in the most professional way possible. Students who share a portfolio prior to February 1st will be considered for a potential Monmouth College Art Scholarship to be announced in the spring/summer of 2016.

To arrange for your visit to campus, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-747-2687.

Monmouth College Music Scholarships
If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student interested in continuing to pursue your passion in music while enrolled at Monmouth College, you are encouraged to meet with our faculty in the Music Department during your individual visit to campus anytime throughout the year. We want you to take a tour of our performance hall, and discuss the many opportunities for participation awaiting you in the Music Department at Monmouth College including but not limited to: The Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Winds and Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Pipe Band.

Students who wish to formally audition prior to February 1st will be considered for a potential Monmouth College Music Scholarship to be announced in the spring/summer of 2016.
 
 Instrumental Requirements
  • Two contrasting pieces, or two contrasting movements of one piece. The solo can be one extended movement if contrasts in style and mood are apparent.
  • Scales and possible sight-reading
  • Strings: Two to three octave majors chosen from C, G, D, A and F
  • Wind and Percussion: Two to three octave majors chosen from C, G, D, A, F B-flat, and E-flat
Vocal Requirements
  • One piece, memorized.
  • Note: Popular music/musical theatre repertoire is not considered appropriate

To arrange for your visit to campus, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-747-2687. 

Monmouth College Theatre Scholarships

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student interested in pursuing your passion in theatre while enrolled at Monmouth College, you are encouraged to meet with our faculty in the Theatre Department during your individual visit to campus anytime throughout the year. We invite you to tour our state-of-the-art Wells Theatre, and discuss the many opportunities for participation and skill development in acting, directing, design, management and technical sound or lighting awaiting you in the Theatre Department at Monmouth College. We hope your visit will also allow you time to meet with members of Crimson Masque, the department’s drama society, or members of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society. Students who visit prior to February 1st and come prepared for an interview/audition will be considered for a potential Theatre Scholarship to be announced in the spring/summer of 2016.

Students who wish to formally audition on campus should be prepared with the following:

  • A letter of reference from your high school/college drama director.
  • A resume.
  • Technical applicants should bring a portfolio of his/her work (set pictures, designs, programs, etc.)
  • Performance applicants must prepare two contrasting monologues between 3 and 7 minutes in length.

To arrange for your visit to campus, please contact that Office of Admission at 800-747-2687.

Bagpipe and Highland Drumming Scholarships

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student with experience participating or competing with a pipe band and would like to continue this passion while enrolled at Monmouth College, we invite you to meet with members of our band during your individual visit to campus. Students who visit campus prior to February 1st and would like to officially audition, will be considered for scholarships in varying amounts based on skill and continued participation. Scholarship recipients will be announced during the spring/summer of 2016.

Requirements

A student must be accepted for admission and will audition on campus with members of the Monmouth College faculty and Pipe Band.

Prepare the following for an on-campus audition:

  • March (2/4) of at least four parts
  • March (6/8) of four parts
  • Reel of at least two parts
  • Strathspey of at least two parts

For more specific information and application, please visit the Pipeband website.

To arrange for your visit to campus, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-747-2687

Speech and Debate Scholarships

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student interested in participating on the Forensics team while enrolled at Monmouth College, you are encouraged to meet with our faculty in the Communication Department during your individual visit to campus prior to February 1st.

As a member of our Forensics team, students construct competitive collegiate speeches in the areas of oral interpretation, public address, limited preparation speaking, and parliamentary debate. Our team has the opportunity to travel to 2-4 regional tournaments per semester with the possibility of qualifying for an annual national tournament. Students develop skills in research, writing, critical thinking, argumentation, performance, and team-work. Students who wish to official compete for a scholarship prior to February 1st, must:

  • Be accepted for Admission
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Submit a resume outlining forensic background and an essay on why you would like to be considered for this scholarship.
  • Prepare for an on-campus interview with a selection of your favorite high school speech or debate between 5-7 minutes in length.

To arrange for your visit to campus, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-747-2687.

Monmouth College Department of Classics - Latin Awards
Latin Scholarships are provided to first-time freshmen and transfer students. You do not have to major or minor in Latin to be eligible for this award, but recipients are expected to demonstrate some competence in comprehending and translating Latin with the aid of a dictionary. The scholarship is renewable up to three years additional years if the student successfully completes a half credit hour of Latin per semester. For more information go to the Classics Department site or contact Professor of Classics, Tom Sienkewicz

Requirements

The student must be accepted for admission and will interview on campus with Monmouth College faculty and students.

Prepare the following for an on-campus interview:
  • Letter of recommendation from your Latin teacher, to be submitted prior to or during the interview.
  • A short passage (c. 30 to 50 lines) in Latin prose or poetry to discuss with Monmouth College faculty and students during the interview.

If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-747-2687. 

Presbyterian Scholarship

The Presbyterian Scholarship is for first-time freshmen and transfer students interested in connecting their Presbyterian faith to an education at Monmouth College. The scholarship is for up to $21,000 and is renewable for up to three years. In order to renew the scholarship, students must be in good academic standing and have actively participated in the Religious and Spiritual Life program. More information.

If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-747-2687. 

Sustainability Scholarship

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student interested in organic vegetable gardening, bee keeping, or perennial berry crop and small orchard management, you are encouraged to meet with faculty and students of the “garden crew” during your campus visit anytime through the academic year.

We will do our best to arrange a tour of the educational garden on campus and our small but productive market farm just east of town. We can talk with you about the college’s food security initiative, our campus outreach to the local community, and about several course offerings in ecology, nutrition, and global sustainability that will shortly become a packaged minor in “Food Studies.”

Finally, if you are interested in joining our “crew,” you may be considered for a renewable “Sustainability Scholarship” involving planning and work in the garden and on the farm. Though we honor students who come to us with dirt under their nails, no prior experience or expertise on your part is required, just a willingness to work with others while you learn about sustainable gardening and farming practices.

Garden and Farm website

Requirements
  • Have a high school or transfer GPA of 3.0
  • Submit an essay (prior to February 1st) on why you would like to be considered for this scholarship via email to admissions@monmouthcollege.edu. Please put “Sustainability Scholarship” in the subject line
  • Work an average of 3-5 hours a week on one or more assigned or self-assigned sustainability projects: i.e. four hours weeding, seed blocking, transplanting at the garden on a Saturday morning
  • Sponsorship and attendance at a Tuesday night “sustainability” film series at the Garden House
  • Serving as tour guides for grade-school fieldtrips to the garden or the La Suer Nature Center, etc.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA while at Monmouth College
If you would like more information, please contact professor Craig Watson, who oversees the Educational Garden. 

To arrange for your visit to campus, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-747-2687
Richard “Doc” Kieft Scholarship 

The Richard “Doc” Kieft scholarship is awarded to a limited number of incoming domestic students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry major. This scholarship is renewed each year as long as the student remains a Chemistry or Biochemistry major and is in good academic standing.

The scholarship is named after longtime Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Richard “Doc” Kieft. Doc Kieft was a professor in the Chemistry Department at Monmouth College from 1975-2006. Loved by all students, Doc was honored as professor of the year by the Monmouth College student body in 1995. Doc truly loved his job; he would spend many evenings on the chemistry floor helping students as well as talking with them about their day. As one of the biggest believers in a Monmouth education, Doc left his entire estate to the Chemistry Department. These endowed funds are currently being used for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors for summer research; for travel to National Chemistry Meetings; for the Garrett W. Thiessen Chair of Chemistry, and for this prestigious scholarship.”

To be eligible for the Doc Kieft Scholarship, you must:

  • First-time Freshmen: Have at least a 3.5 GPA AND at least a 26 ACT or 1170 SAT score
  • Transfer Students: Have at least a 3.5 college GPA
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a Chemistry instructor (or a science instructor) via email to: admissions@monmouthcollege.edu
  • Intend to major in Chemistry or Biochemistry
  • To maintain the Doc Kieft Scholarship for your four years at Monmouth College, you must:
  • Remain a Chemistry or Biochemistry major
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

This scholarship will be available in February 2016.

Church Affiliated Scholarships

Presbyterian Scholarship
The Presbyterian Scholarship is for first-time freshmen and transfer students interested in connecting their Presbyterian faith to an education at Monmouth College. The scholarship is for up to $21,000 and is renewable for up to three years. In order to renew the scholarship, students must be in good academic standing and have actively participated in the Presbyterian Scholar program. More information.

If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-747-2687.

National Presbyterian College Scholarship
For young students preparing to enter as full-time incoming freshman in one of the participating colleges related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Students must be members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Scholarship criteria and applications are available at the following webpage: http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/financialaid/national-presbyterian-college-scholarship/.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Monmouth College Transfer Excellence Awards
Students transferring to Monmouth College from another institution who have achieved a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or above and earned a minimum of twelve credit hours will be recognized with the Transfer Excellence Award. The award will provide a $19,000 annual scholarship to the students who meet this level of achievement. No application is necessary. A student’s most recent transcript will be evaluated to determine eligibility. Transfer Excellence Awards may not be combined with other Monmouth College academic scholarships; rather a student will be provided with the most prestigious academic award.
Monmouth College Phi Theta Kappa Awards
Phi Theta Kappa is a nationally known honor society recognizing students who have excelled academically in a junior or community college atmosphere.In recognition of such a student’s academic accomplishments, Monmouth College will provide an annual scholarship of up to $19,000 to a student transferring from a junior or community college who has earned a minimum of twelve credit hours and been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. No application is necessary. A student’s most recent transcript will be evaluated to determine eligibility. Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships may not be combined with other Monmouth College academic scholarships; rather a student will be provided with the most prestigious academic award.
Monmouth College Achievement Awards
Students transferring to Monmouth College from another college or university will be considered for an Academic Achievement Award. Amounts vary based on the individual student’s academic profile and accomplishments documented on their most recent transcript. Monmouth College Achievement Awards may not be combined with other Monmouth College academic scholarships; rather a student will be provided with the most prestigious academic award.
Wallace Founders Scholarship
The Wallace Founders Scholarship for prospective domestic transfer students recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership. Transfer students with a 3.2 cumulative GPA at their current college or university are eligible to apply for this scholarship that is worth up to full-tuition. This scholarship is renewable annually for up to 3 years. More information

Annual and Endowed Scholarships

The Tom Johnson Scholarship

This annual scholarship, funded by the Mellinger Foundation, is awarded to a junior at Monmouth College for use in their senior year. The student selected will have a strong interest in business and exemplify the characteristics of local businessman, Tom Johnson. Click here for Tom's biography. Application

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship
This endowed scholarship is awarded to new incoming students from rural communities with populations of less than 20,000. Students who are selected will receive $1,250 for the first year and $625 for their second year at Monmouth College. Application
Twomey Foundation Scholarship
This annual scholarship is awarded to students from Warren and Henderson Counties in Illinois. Preference will be given to students whose family is considered to be a farm family. The number of awards and amount of the scholarships vary each year. Application
Laverne Noyes Foundation Scholarship
Applicants for this award must be citizens of the United States and a blood descendent (grandchild/great-grandchild) of World War I Veteran whose service was terminated by death or honorable discharge. Application
Aileen and Cully Bryant Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship will be awarded to students who have graduated from the former Yorkwood, IL High School now known as United School District and who wish to pursue a degree in Education. Application
Eyler Family Scholarship
This endowed scholarship will be awarded to an incoming new student who enters college with a B average and who demonstrates financial need. Application
Virgil S. Boucher '32 Scholarship
The award will be given to Monmouth College students that have graduated from school district 150, Peoria, Illinois. Application
Allen and Alex McGehee Scholarship
The endowed scholarship will be awarded to a prospective Monmouth College student from United Township High School District with a preference given to students from Silvis. Application
Arminta McKelvey Sheats Scholarship
This award will be given to a student coming from Mercer or Henderson Counties in Illinois and who has graduated from the Mercer County High School. Application
Jordon Nichols Memorial Scholarship
This endowment will provide an award to a worthy incoming Monmouth College freshman from Illinois with preference given to students from Cerro Gordo High School. Application
Roy S. Anderson Scholarship
This award will be given each year to a new student at Monmouth College coming from the Lincoln Community High School in Lincoln, Illinois. Application
Parr Scholarship
Scholarship recipients must have graduated from Princeton High School, Princeton, Illinois and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Application
Tommy Hoerr Memorial Fund Scholarship
The scholarship, named in honor of Monmouth College student, Tommy Hoerr, Class of 2013, was established to provide scholarship opportunities for select students based on a combination of high graduation, financial need, community engagement and academic merit. Priority will be given to prospective students from Brimfield, Illinois. The scholarship recipient should have a GPA of 2.75 or higher and be a multi-dimensional student who is actively involved in at least two extra-curricular activities, and who demonstrates community involvement. Application
Henry and Frances Jahn Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship is to be awarded to an incoming Monmouth College student who plans to major in business. The scholarship recipient should be a multi-dimensional student who is actively involved in extra-curricular activities. Application

Military/Veterans Benefit

Army ROTC Scholarships
Full-tuition scholarships are awarded based on a student's merit rather than financial need. There are also separate allowances for books and fees as well as stipends that are worth up to $5,000 annually, all of which allow students to focus on academics and their training rather than their finances. For more information on the National ROTC scholarship click here: http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/index.jsp. For information specific to the Monmouth College ROTC program please email MSG Jack Harlan, Military Science Program.
The New Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Benefits
Designed and established for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 and who are pursuing education on or after August 1, 2009. Visit www.gibill.va.gov for up-to-date information on this and other military educational benefits.
 
The Yellow Ribbon Program
This GI Educational Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Under this program, individuals who meet minimum service requirements may receive funding in addition to the general Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Under this program, Monmouth College has entered into a voluntary agreement with the Veteran’s Administration to provide matching assistance to help cover tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Once a student has exhausted their military benefits, financial assistance available for future semesters will be figured in the standard method (based on financial need and the academic profile of the student at the time of entering Monmouth College). For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program click here: http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/Yellow_ribbon.htm   To talk with someone from the Monmouth College Office of Financial Aid, please send an email to: finaid@monmouthcollege.edu 
The Plaid Ribbon Program
Unique to Monmouth College, the Plaid Ribbon Program was created to help even more Post 9/11 individuals who served our country. The Plaid Ribbon Program is a commitment from Monmouth College to provide assistance to help cover educational expenses not already covered through the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, without the restrictions and the minimum lengths of service required by the Yellow Ribbon Program listed above. Plaid Ribbon funding awarded by Monmouth College is not restricted to tuition. Once a student has exhausted their military benefits, financial assistance available for future semesters will be figured in the standard method (based on financial need and the academic profile of the student at the time of entering Monmouth College). For more information about this unique program, please send an email to: finaid@monmouthcollege.edu 

Local Community or Private Scholarships

Our Office of Financial Aid staff at Monmouth College is continually announcing scholarship opportunities via the electronic bulletin board on campus. Students are encouraged to monitor the bulletin board on a regular basis and pursue scholarships often. In addition you may choose to seek scholarships through your church, your hometown/civic organizations or newspapers. The best time of year to seek private scholarships is October – February. Most scholarship deadlines are during March and April each year.

The Robert "Bob" Stenander Exemplary Male Scholarship

The main reason for this scholarship is to help with the cost of an education at Monmouth College and to encourage young men who exemplify the principles which the fraternity sees as paramount qualities in aspiring leaders.

This scholarship will be awarded to the recipient the committee chooses based on leadership potential and our three cardinal principles: friendship, sound learning, and moral rectitude. This scholarship is open to any incoming student.

A recipient does not need to join Phi Delta Theta to accept the scholarship.

For application information, please visit the Fraternity & Sorority Life Scholarship Opportunities page.

Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship

Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship Awarded to incoming freshman males who have demonstrated the characteristics of a balanced man throughout their high school careers. Selection criteria for this award include but are not limited to: academic achievement, sports and extracurricular involvement, a strong, moral character, superior drive to succeed and any accomplishment that exemplifies self-awareness.

For application information, please visit the Fraternity & Sorority Life Scholarship Opportunities page.

Interfraternity Council Scholarship

The Interfraternity Council gives two $150 scholarships to incoming freshmen males annually. One is given to a man who has shown profound success in academics. The second will be awarded to a man who has demonstrated himself as a leader in his co-curricular activities and service to his community. It is not required for applicants to join a fraternity.

For application information, please visit the Fraternity & Sorority Life Scholarship Opportunities page.

Panhellenic Council Scholarship

The Panhellenic Council provides two $150 scholarships to incoming freshmen females annually. One is given to a woman who has shown profound success in academics. The second will be awarded to a woman who has demonstrated herself as a leader in her co-curricular activities and service to her community. It is not required for applicants to join a sorority.

For application information, please visit the Fraternity & Sorority Life Scholarship Opportunities page.

Mary Davis McKnight Trust Scholarship
Applicants for this award must be residents of Knox County, Illinois. Applicants must be considered an orphan, i.e. at least one parent deceased. Application
Searching the Web for Scholarships
As students begin their college search, many will conduct an "outside" scholarship search as well. An important thing to note is that Monmouth College accepts 100 percent of outside scholarships without reducing institutional dollars. Instead, we reduce the student’s self-help portion of their Financial Aid package (the amount you pay, the amount you borrow, or the amount you work through the work-study programs). This is an unusual advantage to students as most colleges and universities will reduce their own institutional dollars to students when outside scholarships are received. There are many websites that will allow you to conduct online searches for available scholarships. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you do this……1) do not pay for a search service, 2) steer clear from websites that ask you for several key personal identifiers including name, address, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth.

 

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