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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.

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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 GPA on 4.0 scale, plus minimum 1400 SAT (Critical Reading and Mathematics highest composite score) or 32 ACT (superscore of subtests) $5,000/year for incoming freshman. ($2,500/semester renewable up to 7 additional semesters)
  • No separate application. 
  • For 2014-15, 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 GPA on 4.0 scale, plus minimum 1330 SAT (Critical Reading and Mathematics highest composite score) or 30 ACT (superscore of subtests) Recipients are granted the single highest award for which they qualify, either the Blanchard or Holmes award.  $2,500/year for incoming freshman. ($1,250/semester renewable up to 7 additional semesters)
  • No separate application. 
  • For 2014-15, 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:
    Debbie Rodgers, Conservatory Admissions Counselor
    800-325-8718 or 630-752-5097
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 Varies, renewable for four years Recipient must be active volunteer in a ministry among the underprivileged in the U.S. while enrolled at Wheaton College.

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