Scholarships

TRUSTEE HONOR SCHOLARSHIP 

Awarded for outstanding academic achievements, the Trustee Honor Scholarship is merit assistance and does not have to be repaid. If you are receiving grant, loan, or employment assistance in addition to the Trustee Honor Scholarship indicated on your award notification, you must complete Grinnell's regular application process by our published deadline each year. Once you have paid your deposit, a special certificate for the Trustee Honor Scholarship will be sent to your high school principal for presentation at graduation or honor ceremonies.

  • Highly competitive, based on an admission evaluation
  • No separate application needed
  • Must maintain 2.75 GPA to renew

Grinnell performs a comprehensive review of each applicant's qualifications for admission and merit aid. Though most successful applicants are outstanding high school students, we do value other dimensions of the application including (but not limited to) the essay, letters of recommendation, extra-curricular activities, and demonstrated commitment to one's family and/or community. We do not use a simple formula to determine the admission of our applicants. Similarly, our decisions about scholarships are reached through a comprehensive review of each admitted student's unique qualifications. Consequently, it is possible for students with similar academic records and test scores to receive different awards.

GRINNELL COLLEGE'S DESIGNATED & ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS 

  • Institutional scholarships funded by friends and alumni of the college
  • Based on need, merit, or other select criteria

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP - GRINNELL SPONSORED

Awarded to National Merit finalists who list Grinnell as their first-choice on the National Merit Corporation's application.

  • $2,000 per year for all eligible students
  • Renewable for three years

DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS

As a collegiate partner, Grinnell matches noncorporate, local chapter Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America awards to an incoming student.

  • Scholarships from participating Dollars for Scholars
  • Grinnell College will match up to $500 one year only

OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS

Outside scholarships are scholarships with no affiliation to Grinnell College. 

  • If you are receiving only merit-based assistance, outside scholarships do not affect your award in most circumstances.
  • If you are receiving need-based assistance, the first $3,000 of outside scholarships reduces self-help. Any amount above $3,000 evenly reduces self-help and gift assistance.
  • If you are receiving Tuition Remission or if you have further questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

STAFF/Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) TUITION REMISSION

The award covers a percentage of the tuition portion of our comprehensive fee and applies only to on-campus study and Grinnell-in-London. It is not available for other study abroad or elsewhere in the U.S. In addition, this award is based on your parent's continued employment at a participating college. Eligibility determination requires that the employed parent contact his or her home college to complete the required official paperwork. Any change in employment status must be reported to our office immediately. If you are receiving grant, loan, or employment assistance in addition to the tuition remission indicated on your award notification, you must complete Grinnell's regular application process each year by our published deadline.

GLCA TUITION REMISSION EXCHANGE

The award is the amount authorized by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) Tuition Remission Exchange. If the amount changes, we will send a revised award over the summer. The award is based on your parent's continued employment at a participating college. Eligibility determination requires that the employed parent contact his or her home college to complete the required official paperwork. Any change in employment status must be reported to our office immediately. If you are receiving grant, loan, or employment assistance in addition to the tuition remission indicated on your award notification, you must complete Grinnell's regular application process each year by our published deadline.