Merit Scholarship Applicants
Merit scholarships are an investment made by the college in students who display particular accomplishments and potential. All applicants who submit their applications by February 1 and complete the additional requirements listed on the application will be considered for any merit scholarships for which they are eligible. Some very strong applicants will be invited to campus to be considered for our most competitive merit awards.
Merit scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, extracurricular distinction, personal motivation and character. By the conclusion of the 10th grade, most merit scholarship applicants have completed at least two years each of English, mathematics (including geometry and algebra II), science, social studies, and a foreign language; applicants entering the College after the 11th grade typically have completed three or more years of each subject. Applicants wishing to be considered for merit scholarships are asked to submit an additional essay and recommendation. Guidelines and a checklist for merit scholarship applicants are provided in the application.
Merit scholarships awarded to incoming students are renewable for four years provided the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and meets the necessary GPA requirements. Recipients of merit awards are also eligible for need-based grants and loans.
ACCELERATION TO EXCELLENCE PROGRAM (AEP) SCHOLARSHIP
The Acceleration to Excellence Program offers merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to full tuition. Applicants must be enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade, and show proof of an outstanding high school record and a life well-lived outside the classroom. Home schooled students with well-documented academic histo¬ries are welcome to apply.
W.E.B. DU BOIS SCHOLARSHIP
The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholarships meet a significant portion of the financial need of eligible students of color who apply during the 10th or 11th grade and have a record of academic achievement and motivation. When funds are available, this scholarship may also be awarded to students who apply after February 1 and before May 31.
BERKSHIRE REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Berkshire Regional Scholarship provides merit-based awards equal to 40 percent of tuition to students from 14 surrounding counties—in Massachusetts: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire; in Connecticut: Hartford and Litchfield; in New York: Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Rensselaer, and Ulster; and in Vermont: Bennington and Windham. Prior to entering Simon’s Rock, eligible students must have completed at least the 10th grade or its equivalent, have a strong academic record, and be under age 19. Students whose families reside within commuting distance may choose to live at home. When funds are available, this scholarship may also be awarded to students who apply after February 1 and before May 31.
ADDITIONAL MERIT SCHOLARHIPS FOR ENTERING STUDENTS
Several other scholarships are available to applicants meeting specific criteria and will be awarded at the time of admission.
To be mailed additional information about the college and an Application for Admission, please contact the Office of Admission, or click the link below to download a PDF of the application.