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Frequently Asked Questions about the Presidential Leadership Awards and Multicultural Scholarships

Are there any academic minimums to qualify for these Merit Scholarships?

There are academic minimums to qualify for the Presidential Leadership Awards and Multicultural Scholarships. A successful scholarship recipient must meet at least one of the following academic criteria:

  1. Graduate in the upper 20% of the high school graduating class
  2. Earned a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.5 (4.0 scale)
  3. Had an ACT score of 25 or greater
  4. Had an old SAT score of 1140 or greater, or new SAT score of 1210 or greater
  5. Earned a college grade point average of 3.3 (4.0 scale) or greater if the student is transferring from another college.

The Presidential Leadership Awards and Multicultural Scholarships require completion of the Wheaton College Scholarship Application. When is the Scholarship Application deadline?

Because of changes made to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) this year, we've moved up our scholarship timeline as well to help you receive your financial aid award package sooner! Scholarship Application deadlines follow general admissions deadlines for applicants to Wheaton College.

Application Round Admission
Application Deadline
Application Deadline
Scholarship Notification
First-Year Early Action November 1st November 1st January 1st
First-Year Regular Action January 10th January 10th April 1st
Fall Transfers March 1st March 1st April 1st
Spring Transfers and First-years October 1st October 1st December 1st

I’m a student athlete, and I know that because Wheaton College is a member of NCAA Division III, it cannot provide athletic scholarships. Can I still apply for merit scholarships?

Absolutely! The Presidential Leadership Awards are for students who possess leadership skills and knowledge in many areas, and are invited to reflect upon these accomplishments through the lens of their Christian faith.

As a member of NCAA Division III, Wheaton College cannot award scholarships on the basis of athletic leadership. Applicants should focus their essays on leadership skills and qualities rather than athletic activities.

Multicultural applicants who are also athletes are also welcome to apply for our Multicultural Scholarships, given to students who engage with issues of ethnic diversity in the United States or would contribute to building a healthy, diverse community at Wheaton College.

Are there other forms of merit scholarships available to me?

Yes there are! The Arthur Holmes Faith and Learning Scholarship is a $5000 academic merit award renewable annually based on GPA and standardized test score. There are also Conservatory of Music Scholarships, ROTC Scholarships, National Merit Finalist Scholarships, and departmental scholarships available each year. See our list of Scholarships for 2017-2018

How many students earn a scholarship to come to Wheaton College?

Between one-third and one-half of the incoming class at Wheaton College earns a scholarship each year.  About 10% of the incoming class will earn a Presidential Leadership Award.

How else can I receive financial aid to attend Wheaton?

Wheaton College provides more than $30 million in grant aid and scholarships and $10 million in loan support each year to undergraduate students. For those who qualify for any need-based aid, the average financial aid package is over $27,000 per year. To be considered for additional financial support, students are encourage to apply for financial aid through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the Wheaton College Institutional Aid Application. You can learn more about the financial aid process at the Financial Aid website.

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