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Scholarships and Awards Available

 

For more information on Multicultural Student Scholarships, please see Multicultural Scholarships.

Either the Blanchard or Holmes Award can be combined with the National Merit Scholarship. Recipients will be granted the higher award for which they qualify.

Source

 Eligibility

 Amount

 Comment

National Merit Scholarship

National Merit finalists listing Wheaton as first choice college 

$5,000 for incoming freshmen (renewable up to 4 years). Please note that Wheaton College supplements the amount of the National Merit Scholarship bringing the sum to a total of $5,000 per year.

Take PSAT in junior year; student must identify self to Admissions Office as a semi-finalist.

If a corporation, including the National Merit Corporation, sponsors a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship, Wheaton will instead supplement that scholarship for a combined total of up to $5,000. 

Charles Blanchard President’s Award

Minimum 3.7 unweighted high school GPA on 4.0 scale, plus minimum 1400 SAT (Critical Reading and Mathematics highest composite score) or 32 ACT (superscore of subtests). Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale  for incoming transfer students.

$5,000 per year for incoming freshmen and transfers ($2,500/semester renewable up to 7 additional semesters)

No separate application. 

For 2015-16, must take SAT by January and/or ACT by February. Note: If you register for January or February test dates, please request that the scores be sent to Wheaton College at the time you register for the test. 

Award notification with acceptance letter.

Renewal contingent on maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

Arthur Holmes Award

Minimum 3.6 unweighted high school GPA on 4.0 scale, plus minimum 1330 SAT (Critical Reading and Mathematics highest composite score) or 30 ACT (superscore of subtests). Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale for incoming transfers.

Recipients are granted the single highest award for which they qualify, either the Blanchard or Holmes award. 

$2,500 per year for incoming freshmen and transfers ($1,250/semester renewable up to 7 additional semesters)

No separate application. 

For 2015-16, must take SAT by January and/or ACT by February. Note: If you register for January or February test dates, please request that the scores be sent to Wheaton College at the time you register for the test. 

Award notification with acceptance letter. 

Renewal contingent on maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

 

James E. Burr Scholarship

Freshmen from under-represented minority groups with minimum 3.5 GPA, 25 ACT, 1050 SAT, or in top 20% of class.

$1,000 - $4,000

For more information and application, please see Multicultural Scholarships.

Don and Ann Church Scholarship

Six incoming African-American students per year; based on scholarship essays and academic standing

Full tuition charges, renewable

For details and application, please see Multicultural Scholarships.

President's Achievement Award

Freshmen named finalist in the Hispanic Scholar Recognition program or the National Achievement program through the PSAT exam are eligible for this award.

Scholarships are for $1000 per year and may increase to $2000 based on financial need.

For details and application, please see Multicultural Scholarships.

Special Achievement Award in Music

Students enrolled in Conservatory

$1,000 - $5,000

Selection on basis of audition

For more information, please contact: 
Conservatory Admissions
630-752-5099

Dorothy Dixon Scholarship in Education

Students enrolled in the Education program; based on overall achievement and potential for becoming a teacher

$2,000 minimum per recipient

Recipient selected by Education Department faculty

Department Scholarships

Some departments offer merit scholarships.

One example is the Physics Department which offers four awards per year of $6,250 each (freshmen also eligible).

Another is the Wheaton Engineering Scholarship awarded by the Physics Department to potential freshmen engineering students.

Amounts vary.

Recipients generally selected by Department faculty.

For more information, please contact the department.

Acker Academy Excellence in Home Education Scholarship

Incoming freshman having graduated from a long-term home education program.

$1,000 one time award:  $500 awarded for fall semester with the possibility of an additional $500 awarded for spring semester.

Recipient selected by Financial Aid office based on documented community service and standardized test scores.

Alvero L. Nieves Latino Scholarship

Freshman Latino students with a preference to U.S. citizens.

Full tuition, room and board charges, renewable.

For details and application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

W. Ross & Amilee Phillips Scholarship

Freshman intending to major in Business/Economics; must be active volunteer in a ministry among the underprivileged in the U.S. while enrolled at Wheaton College.

Varies, renewable for four years

No additional applications required, contact Financial Aid Office for more details.

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