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Academic Scholarships

Monmouth College Midwest Scholars
First-time freshmen students from across the nation are recognized as a Midwest Scholar based on demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and leadership in their schools and communities. Students with a 3.7 GPA or 25 ACT or 1130 SAT (Critical Reading and Math only) are eligible to apply for this scholarship that is worth up to full-tuition. More information
Monmouth College Academic Achievement Awards

After being admitted to Monmouth College, each student’s individual academic profile and official transcripts including their cumulative grade point average, class rank and ACT score, are reviewed. An initial academic-based (renewable) Achievement Award will be announced by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to selected students. Achievement Awards 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

Art Scholarships are available to first-time freshmen and transfer students. It is not necessary to major in the scholarship area. Applicants must bring a portfolio or digital presentation showing 15 to 20 pieces of his/her best 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.

To schedule an audition/interview please complete and submit your RSVP today!

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

Monmouth College Music Scholarships
Vocal and instrumental scholarships require continued participation in the department. It is not necessary to major in the scholarship area. First-time freshmen and transfer students are eligible. 

Requirements

The student must be accepted for admission and will interview on campus with Monmouth College faculty and students.
 
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 schedule an audition/interview please complete and submit your RSVP today!

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

Monmouth College Theatre Scholarships
Technical and Performance Theatre scholarships require continued participation in the department. It is not necessary to major in the scholarship area. First-time freshmen and transfer students are eligible.

Requirements

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

Prepare the following for an on-campus interview:
  • Letter of reference from your high school drama director, to be submitted prior to or during the interview.
  • A resume 
  • Technical applicants must 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 schedule an audition/interview please complete and submit your RSVP today!

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

Bagpipe and Highland Drumming Scholarships
Awards are offered ranging up to full tuition and require continued participation. First-time freshmen and transfer students are eligible.

Requirements

The 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 schedule an audition/interview please complete and submit your RSVP today!

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

Speech and Debate Scholarships
Awards are renewable up to an additional three years and require continued participation in team activities. First-time freshmen and transfer students are eligible.

Requirements

The student must be accepted for admission and have all required scholarship information.
To be considered for this award, you must:
  • 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 the following for an on-campus interview: A selection of your favorite high school speech or debate between 5-7 minutes in length

To schedule an audition/interview please complete and submit your RSVP today!

If you have questions about the scholarship, 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.

To schedule an audition/interview please complete and submit your RSVP today!

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.

To schedule an audition/interview please complete and submit your RSVP today!

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

Sustainability Scholarship
Sustainability Scholarships are offered to incoming students interested in alternative agriculture, sustainability, and environmental issues. In order to renew the scholarship, students must be in good academic standing and actively participate in the sustainability program. Students do not have to be science majors. First-time freshmen and transfer students are eligible. More information.
 
Requirements
  • Have a high school or transfer GPA of 3.0
  • Submit an essay on why he/she 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
For inquiries about Sustainability scholarships, contact Dr. Craig Watson.
To schedule an audition/interview please complete and submit your RSVP today! 

If you have questions about the scholarship, 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 28 ACT or 1860 SAT score
  • Transfer Students: Have at least a 3.5 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

The deadline to submit all of your materials is February 1st.

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 $17,000 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 a $17,000 annual scholarship to student transferring from a junior or community college with a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or above and who have earned a minimum of twelve credit hours. 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

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 Aledo 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 financial aid office, 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 

International Student Scholarships

International Distinguished Young Leaders Scholarships
These scholarships are designated for students with outstanding potential as scholars and leaders. The highly competitive scholarships are offered to a limited number of students each year and provide a tuition waiver of up to $21,000. All admitted international students are automatically considered for these scholarships, which are renewable for three additional years of study with the maintenance of a 3.0 GPA or above.
International Merit Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to admitted international applicants who demonstrate strong scholastic abilities and potential. Award amounts vary, with a maximum of $18,000, and may be renewed for three additional years of study. An applicant does not need to demonstrate financial need to be eligible.
Merit Scholarships for International Baccalaureate Students
These scholarships will be awarded to admitted international applicants who have completed the IB Diploma program at an IB World School (http://www.ibo.org/school). Award amounts will vary, with a minimum of $10,000, and may be renewed for up to three additional years of study. The applicant should provide proof of graduation from the IB World School in the form of the high school transcript (course marks), sent directly from the high school. An applicant does not need to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this scholarship. Monmouth College welcomes IB students!

Local Community or Private Scholarships

Our Office of Scholarships and 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.

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. The link to the application: http://www.monmouthsigep.com/
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.
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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