Merit Scholarships and Admissions Grants

2017-2018 Merit Scholarships and Admissions Grants for New and transfer Students

First-year, first-time students or new transfer students may qualify for a Presidential Merit Scholarship or Admissions Grant based upon our holistic review of the student's application, submitted documentation and interviews. Scholarships and grants range from $16,500 to $8,000. 

In addition, students who meet the criteria could qualify for one of the following special grants or awards:

  • Governor’s Institute Grant $5,000 (for students who have completed a governor’s school summer program)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Grant $2,500 (transfer students only)
  • Community College Grant $1,000 (for transfer students from Community College of Vermont or Greenfield Community College)
  • Hendrick's Award $2,000 (for veterans)
  • Beautiful Minds Scholarship (enrolling winners of the Beautiful Minds Challenge Scholarship Competition)

Awarding Criteria for Presidential Merit Scholarships and Admissions Grants:

  • All first-time, first-year applicants or new transfer students who apply for admission who have an unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) may be considered for renewable Marlboro scholarships or grants each academic year.
  • Where an unweighted grade point average is not available on an applicant's transcript (homeschooler, etc.) the awarding of a scholarship will be based upon the college's additional criteria.
  • Additional criteria considered: rigor of curriculum, grades/written evaluations, writing samples, recommendations, co-curricular involvement, community service, and quality of the application.
  • While the GPA ranges provide some structure in determining scholarship or grant eligibility, each scholarship or grant awarded is ultimately determined by a holistic review of all of the application materials submitted in each applicant's file. Applicants may be awarded scholarships or grants at levels above or below their respective grade point averages. 

The final awarding of all scholarships or grants to eligible applicants is ultimately at the admission committee's discretion.

Maintaining Merit Scholarships and Admissions Grants for Returning Students (2017-2018)

Students who enrolled full-time at Marlboro College and were awarded a merit scholarship or admissions grant and, who qualify to return to the college full-time in the next consecutive academic year are eligible for their scholarship or grant to be renewed on an annual basis under the following criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled full-time (approved leave of absence and absentia will be considered).
  • Satifactory academic progress must be maintained. (See 'Standards of Progress' in the college handbook at
  • Students typically lose scholarship or grant eligibility upon withdrawal from the college. For students who are readmitted within two semesters, eligibility for reinstatement may be considered on a case-by-case basis by appealing to the financial aid office.
  • Note: Renaissance Scholarships are renewable under different criteria. See 'Maintaining your Renaissance Scholarship' below.
  • The maximum length of the scholarship or grant offer, depends on the year in school of the student at the time of enrollment. (Example: first-year freshman is eligible for 4 years or 8 semesters; a junior transfer is eligible for 2 years or 4 semesters).
  • Scholarship or grant types for returning students may include, but are not limited to: Trustee’s Merit Scholarship, Presidential Merit Scholarship, Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Transfer Scholarships, 60th Anniversary Grant, Transfer Grant, Potash Hill Award, Governor’s Institute Grant Grant, Phi Theta Kappa Grant, Community College Grant, Beautiful Minds Grant, Renaissance Scholarship, Founders Grants, Leadership Grants.

Maintaining Your Renaissance Scholarship (2017-2018)

At Marlboro College we feel that the values students presented to become eligible for the Renaissance Scholarship are lifelong. That is why we require Renaissance Scholars recipients to demonstrate their continued commitment each year to maintain their awards.

The criteria to maintain Renaissance Scholarship eligibility from year to year is:

  • Acheive a 3.0 or higher academic grade point average;
  • Remain in good community standing throughout their enrollment;
  • Maintain consistent full-time enrollment at Marlboro College;
  • Reside on campus for the duration of their enrollment at Marlboro;*
  • Demonstrate a high level of community engagement, both on and off campus throughout their enrollment;**
  • Submit a yearly 'Statement of Engagement' to the Financial Aid office outlining the specifics of their community involvement (due no later than the last day of the spring semester).

* Students who are on an approved absentia status or who have been approved for any type of leave of absence will be exempt from this requirement for no more than two consecutive terms.

**Students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of engagement per semester.