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Merit Scholarships

Westminster Scholars

The Westminster Scholars program is designed to identify and recognize students who present academic achievements along with an SAT or ACT score that would place them among the country's top achieving college-bound high school students. Along with the distinction of being recognized as a Westminster Scholar, selected students will be awarded a minimum of $17,000 per year and be given an opportunity to compete for a larger four year award through a Scholarship Writing Competition. Students must apply by March 1 to participate in the Writing Competition.

Merit-based scholarships are four year subsidies and include the following:

Presidential Award

Full Tuition
To be eligible, a student must present a minimum GPA of 3.7, have a minimum 1200 SAT (cr + math) or a 27 ACT composite, and compete in the scholarship writing competition.

Vance Award

$80,000 ($20,000 per academic year)
To be eligible, a student must present a minimum GPA of 3.7 and have a minimum 1200 SAT (cr + math) or a 27 ACT composite.

Titan Award

$68,000 ($17,000 per academic year)
To be eligible, a student must present a minimum GPA of 3.5 and have a minimum 1100 SAT (cr + math) or a 24 ACT composite.


Worth approximately $130,000 the Lemmon Family Scholarship is a four year full-tuition scholarship for students enrolling in the pre-health program, renewable with the maintenance of a 3.4 cumulative GPA and satisfactory academic progress.


Students with exceptional ability in music, who are music majors or minors, may receive a grant for their participation. Interested students should contact the Department of Music to apply.

Students will be notified about the Scholarship Writing Competition by mail shortly after admission.

All recipients are required to maintain academic progress towards graduation and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) during their studies at Westminster College to have their award renewed each year.


Nominated Merit-Based Scholarships

$74,000 ($18,500 per academic year)
To be eligible, a student must be a member of the Presbyterian Church USA, be nominated by his/her church and present a minimum GPA of 3.50.

$74,000 ($18,500 per academic year)
To be eligible, a student must be nominated by an educator who is a Westminster College graduate and present a minimum GPA of 3.50.

Legacy Scholarship

$72,000 ($18,000 per academic year)
To be eligible, a student must present a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have a parent or grandparent who earned a degree from Westminster College.

How do you know if you qualify for a merit-based scholarship?

Complete an application for admission and submit it to the Office of Admissions. If you are accepted for admission and qualify, you will be notified by mail. If you have further questions, contact the Office of Admissions at 724-946-7100 or


Notes: In instances where a candidate qualifies for more than one scholarship, the student will receive the largest scholarship for which s/he qualifies. Any consideration for scholarship adjustment will be based upon scores and grades received by the end of February.


Outside College Scholarships

Many Westminster College students receive scholarships from various outside resources. Many of these scholarships are applied for as early as February or March and are awarded for the next academic year. The Guidance Office at your high school is an excellent source for obtaining these types of scholarships that may be local to your area.

You can also search for national scholarships using websites such as FastWeb. FastWeb is a free scholarship search that includes more than 600,000 scholarships worth more than $1 billion. To use FastWeb, a student fills out a detailed profile through a series of online forms. After the forms are complete, FastWeb responds with a list of matching awards. Each entry in this list includes information about deadlines, eligibility requirements, award amounts, and contact information for the award provider.

If you live in the Pittsburgh area, you should also visit the Pittsburgh Foundation website to find a list of scholarships available.

The Presbyterian Church USA has individual scholarship applications available through its respective churches for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. Contact your church for an application for these scholarships or visit the Presbyterian Church USA Financial Aid Programs for Undergraduates.

Other outside scholarships may be applied for through:

After the financial aid awards are applied to the student's account, there could be a remaining balance due to our Business Office. If additional funding is necessary you may choose from the following options: