Renaissance Scholarship

Marlboro College is searching for the best, brightest, and boldest students to participate in our Renaissance Scholars program: students from across the nation who possess intense intellectual passions, a desire to leave the world better than they found it, and the tenacity to realize their most ambitious goals. These unique students are hungry for a college experience that transcends traditional academic models. At Marlboro, they will experience the freedom to pursue diverse interests in multiple disciplines, conduct original scholarship, and enrich our learning community in return. In celebration of these daring, inventive minds, the Renaissance Scholars program offers free tuition to a student from each U.S. state who can most benefit from the Marlboro experience. Are you that student?

Open Minds Open Doors

The Renaissance Scholars program is an exceptional opportunity for amazing students who are willing to give their all. In the spirit of great minds like Leonardo Da Vinci, Renaissance students possess an unquenchable curiosity that inspires them to create, innovate, and discover. They often work across disciplines—synthesizing their broad knowledge to tackle complex questions in imaginative ways. As leaders on campus and in the community, they demonstrate an inspiring commitment to their fellow humans, which they bring to life in ways that lift up others in service of the greater good.

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The Renaissance Scholarship is open to both first year and transfer applicants. To be eligible you must be a US citizen or permanent resident who can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and be a resident of one of the 50 US states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.

Your submission will be will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Community Service: involvement in activities that benefit the greater good.
  • Leadership: ability to enlist others in the accomplishment of a common task
  • Innovation: creativity to find unique and productive solutions.
  • Perseverance: resolve to sustain projects and prevail in the face of challenge.

How to apply and deadline

To apply for the Renaissance scholarship, you must first complete the application for admission to Marlboro, and submit all required materials for general admission:

  • Common Application or the Marlboro College application
  • “Why Marlboro?” supplemental essay
  • Expository writing sample
  • Official high school/college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $50.00 application fee
  • Admissions Interview
  • Test scores are optional

Second, you need to complete the supplemental scholarship application:

  • Scholarship essay in which you reflect on how your diverse interests and community experiences will add to our learning community here at Marlboro College. Essays should be a minimum of one page
  • Any supporting materials that help demonstrate your renaissance chops.  You might send a photo of you as a Big Brother/Big Sister, a video of your science fair project on climate change, a mural depicting social activism, a computer model of world peace, anything you think will help support your reflection.  

Deadline for submission of general application materials and Renaissance application: January 15, 2017

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Selection Process and Notification

To be considered for the Renaissance Scholarship, you must be admissible to Marlboro College. Supplementary Renaissance Scholarship submissions will be reviewed by a judging panel composed of Marlboro faculty, staff, and students, which will consider your academic performance and how your essay and supporting materials demonstrate your commitment to community service, leadership, innovation, and perseverance.

Based on the panel review of your Renaissance materials, the office of admission will offer the scholarship to the best qualified candidates from each the 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Recipients will be notified by mail on February 15, 2017

Questions about the application and selection process for Renaissance Scholarships? Email us at, or call us at 1-800-343-0049.