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Merit Scholarships

For First-Year Students Entering Fall Term 2014

Westminster Scholars


The Scholars program is designed to identify and recognize students who present academic, extracurricular and leadership 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 $14,000 and an opportunity to compete for a larger four year award through the Scholars Competition.  Westminster Scholars are selected through the admission process.

Scholars Competition Awards are four year subsidies and include the following:

Presidential Scholars Award
Full Tuition
Vance Award
$22,000 ($88,000 for four years)
Titan Award
$14,000 to $20,000 ($56,000 to $80,000 for four years)

The Scholars Competitions will be held on campus and will include interaction with faculty at Westminster College and an essay written on a predetermined topic on the day of the competition.

All recipients are required to maintain standard academic progress towards graduation and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average during their studies at Westminster College to renew each year.


Nominated Merit Scholarships


Legacy Scholarship

To be eligible, students must present a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average, and have a parent or grandparent who earned a degree from Westminster.

Jerb Miller Scholarship

Westminster College alumni who are educators have the opportunity to nominate a deserving student for 100 Jerb Miller Scholarships. The Jerb Miller Scholarships are four-year renewable awards. The scholarships are created in honor of Dr. Jerb Miller, a beloved professor of education at Westminster from 1968 until his death in 1992.

Westminster alumni who are in the education field have been asked to identify a highly qualified graduating high school senior who possesses the personal characteristics that would honor Westminster. Students may select from any of Westminster's 41 majors. The scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who are nominated by an educator who is a Westminster College graduate and have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher.

Nominations close October 31, 2013 for the 2014-2015 Academic Year and a Completed Application for Admission must be received by November 15, 2013.

Young Presbyterian Scholarship

In 2002, as Westminster College celebrated its 150th anniversary, the Board of Trustees took a serious look at the question of what it means to be a PC(USA) related college. As a result, the decision was made to offer up to 150 scholarships, to outstanding PC(USA) students and offer them a way to continue to grow in faith and leadership while on our campus. The Young Presbyterian scholarships are four year renewable awards. The scholarships are given to all PC (USA) congregations, in essence, to award to a graduating high school senior of their choosing who meets the qualifications of active membership in a PC (USA) congregation and a 3.5 or higher high school grade point average. Candidates must be nominated by their pastor.

Nominations close December 2, 2013 for the 2014-2015 Academic Year and a Completed Application for Admission must be received by December 16, 2013.


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, a separate application for a merit scholarship is NOT necessary. You will be notified about the Young Presbyterian or Jerb Miller Scholarship by mail. If you have further questions, e-mail the Office of Admissions OR write to the Office of Admissions, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA 16172-0001, or call (800) 942-8033, or (724) 946-7100.