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Merit 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 and include the following:

Presidential Scholarship *

Full Tuition, currently worth $34,830

Vance Scholarship *

Currently worth $24,000

Tower Scholarship

Currently worth $22,000

Titan Scholarship

Currently worth $20,000

Trustee Scholarship

Currently worth $17,000

LeGACY Scholarship

Currently worth $18,500 

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.


Full tuition, currently worth $34,830

For students enrolling in the pre-health program, 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 grant for their participation. Interested students should contact the Department of Music to apply.

* 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.


Nominated Scholarships

Currently worth $19,000 
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.

Currently worth $19,000
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.

Currently worth $18,000
To be eligible, a student must be a member of a Presbyterian Church, 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 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. 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: