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Merit Based Scholarships

Academic Awards

The following scholarships are based on a combination of academic performance, curriculum, standardized test scores (SAT/ACT), and co-curricular activities. Each student who is accepted is eligible to receive a merit-based scholarship and will be notified of their award shortly after admission. All Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Scholarship Committee.

Merit-based scholarships are four year subsidies. The scholarships listed below, and the amounts quoted, are available to the entering class of 2021.

Presidential Scholarship *

Full Tuition, currently worth $36,700/year

Westminster Scholarship *

Currently worth up to $24,000/year

Tower Scholarship

Currently worth up to  $22,500/year

Titan Scholarship

Currently worth up to $21,000/year

Trustee Scholarship

Currently worth up to $19,500/year

Blue & White Scholarship

Currently worth up to $14,000/year

Currently worth up to $18,500/year 

To be eligible, a student must present a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have a parent or grandparent who earned a degree from Westminster College. Eligible students should indicate the names of their family members who graduated from Westminster on their applications for admission to the college. 

Scouting Scholarship

Currently worth up to $18,500/year 

To be eligible, a student must have earned the Life or Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts or the Gold Award in the Girl Scouts and present a minimum GPA of 3.0. Eligible students should indicate their scouting experiences on their applications for admission to the college. 


Nominated Scholarships

Currently worth $21,000/year 
To be eligible, a student must be nominated by an educator who is a Westminster College graduate and present a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Currently worth $21,000
To be eligible, a student must be a member of a Presbyterian or historically-related congregation, including PC(USA), ECO, EPC, Orthodox Presbyterian and Covenant Presbyterian Churches, be nominated by his/her church, and present a minimum GPA of 3.5.

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


Stackable Scholarships

The following scholarships may be added to those mentioned above (not to exceed full tuition):


Currently worth up to $8,000/year

For students enrolling in a pre-health program, this scholarship is renewable with the maintenance of a 3.4 cumulative GPA and satisfactory academic progress.

Music Talent Award

Students with exceptional ability in music, who are music majors or minors, may receive a renewable award ranging from $500 to $2,000 for their participation.
Interested students should contact the School of Music administrative assistant, Kristen Kuzma, at 724-946-7270 or

* Recipients are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) during their studies at Westminster College to have their award renewed each year.


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. Westminster is also pleased to be a Preferred College Partner of The Pittsburgh Promise, a scholarship program for students who live in the city and attend Pittsburgh public schools. More on The Pittsburgh Promise Program.

The Presbyterian Church USA has individual scholarship applications available through its respective churches. 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: