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A wide variety of merit scholarships are awarded to students who meet established criteria as determined by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

All students receiving a scholarship from Hillsdale College must maintain standards of good citizenship and moral conduct.

How to Apply

Those students wishing to apply for a Hillsdale scholarship based on outstanding achievement and satisfactory citizenship need only complete an application for admission.

Any student accepted for admission is automatically considered for an award at the appropriate date by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Due to the competitive nature of the awards, not everyone who qualifies can receive an award.

Application Deadline

Applications for admission must be postmarked by the dates noted on the published Application Plans.

How Merit Awards are Decided

Academic Merit Awards are based on the overall strength of the student’s application and not awarded solely on the basis of grades and test scores.

Preference is given to students who present outstanding academic credentials, a superior record of leadership, substantial volunteerism, work experience and extracurricular involvement, and a demonstrable desire to learn in a rigorous, challenging, honorable academic environment.

Merit awards range from $1,000 to half tuition with a few three-quarter to full-tuition awards given each year. An interview with an Admissions representative is strongly recommended.

Scholarships are awarded to incoming students and are renewable for four years provided the specified academic performance is maintained.

Applicants are encouraged, without jeopardizing the merit award, to file the Hillsdale College Confidential Family Financial Statement to qualify for additional financial aid based on need. Our comprehensive Financial Aid Program also includes athletic and fine arts scholarships.

Admission and financial aid are granted without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national or ethnic origin.

Hillsdale College partners with RaiseMe, which allows students to earn micro-scholarships for accomplishments throughout their high school career. Students must register and build a profile, which you can do so by going to RaiseMe. You can begin seeing potential earnings today. Students must apply for admission, gain admission, and meet the minimum requirements, and enroll to realize their scholarship.”

Outside Scholarship Searches

In addition to Hillsdale College-sponsored scholarships, many organizations offer financial support for undergraduate study.

The following scholarship search services offer free online searchable databases of private sector scholarships representing billions of dollars in aid for higher education.