Apply for a Colson Scholarship

Scholarship Awards

Awards are based on need and commonly matched with other funding, including grants, to defray the total cost of a Wheaton College education. Awards are for tuition for one degree or credential program only, and may cover room and board for undergraduate students only. Scholarships are competitive and only one to two are given each year.


To qualify, an applicant must:

  • be a Christian
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • have a felony record that is not a sex offense, arson, or repeat violence offenses
  • be free from incarceration for at least one full year
  • be established in a local church
  • possess a high school diploma or a GED
  • be able and willing to move to Wheaton, IL for the undergraduate and/or graduate program 

How to Apply

The scholarship application portfolio consists of the following documents:

Next Steps

  • Make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements
  • Apply for the Colson scholarship
  • Apply to Wheaton College


  • Colson applications must be submitted before January 15th for the following Fall semester
  • Invitations to attend the Colson Scholarship Committee in April will be set up in early or mid March
  • Invitation will include a travel voucher to pay for part of your trip to Wheaton College if you live more than 150 miles from campus. You will have the option to stay on campus.
  • This invitation includes visiting a class, attending chapel, and an interview for a chance to be selected as Colson scholar
  • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance as a Colson scholar in April