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Academic Scholarships

2021 Presidential Scholarships

The Presidential Scholarships, named after Wheaton College’s historic leaders, extend the College’s investment in students who demonstrate deepening Christian faith and significant academic achievement in their schools and communities.

  • $16,000 ($64,000 over four years)
  • $14,000 ($56,000 over four years)
  • $10,000 ($40,000 over four years)

How Are Scholarships Awarded? 

Every applicant to Wheaton is given consideration for Presidential Scholarships based on academic credentials and review of their application for admission. Students who qualify will receive their scholarship offer with their acceptance letter.

Scholarship eligibility expires after eight semesters of enrollment. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to qualify for a Presidential Scholarship. For enrolled hours between 6-11 hours, the scholarship is prorated based on the number of billing hours. No additional scholarship is provided for hours over 18. Total institutional scholarships and grants are capped at the cost of student’s tuition.

If a student accelerates their program, they may request one semester of the award to be used for a summer term in lieu of a fall or spring term provided the student is enrolled at least half-time during the summer. The scholarship will be prorated based on the number of hours and the sum of all institutional gift aid is capped at tuition.

Renewal is contingent on maintaining good academic standing at the College or being on Financial Aid Warning status. Students must appeal for continued eligibility if they do not attain good academic standing after the semester on Financial Aid Warning. Once the award has been lost it will not be reinstated, other than through the appeal process.

If a student leaves Wheaton College for up to one year and returns, their Presidential Scholarship award can be retained.

National Merit Semi-Finalists

National Merit Semifinalists are automatically awarded the highest Presidential Scholarship which is $16,000 per year for up to four years. Students who advance to Finalist status can receive additional funding from National Merit based on their awarding criteria. Wheaton College does not have an institutional fund for National Merit Finalists.

Additional Wheaton College Awarded Scholarships

Multicultural Student Scholarships

Require a separate application. Learn more about Multicultural Scholarships >

Music Merit Scholarships

Available to Conservatory of Music students that range in amount. Learn more about Conservatory of Music Scholarships >

ROTC Room and Board Scholarship

Annual merit scholarship available to enrolled Army ROTC cadet. Applications are available from the Military Science Department. Learn more about ROTC Scholarships >

Aequitas Program in Urban Leadership

A highly selective, four-year, cohort-based, experiential program that educates Wheaton College Aequitas Fellows to promote just, sustainable, and flourishing urban communities through academic study, experiential learning, immersion programs, and Christian service. Learn more about Aequitas Fellows >

Departmental Restricted Endowed Scholarships

Awarding of endowed scholarships is made based on donor designated criteria. Scholarships are awarded through Student Financial Services based on recommendations from academic departments. All awards are disbursed to students through payment onto the student account. Scholarships are prorated based on the number of billing hours and the sum of all institutional gift aid is limited to the cost of tuition.

Additional External Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarship opportunities available from external sources. Check out our list of other undergraduate scholarships.