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New student scholarships

Bard College at Simon’s Rock offers merit scholarships ranging from $1,000 to full tuition.  These scholarships are renewable for four years – see “General Terms” below for details.  Recipients are selected for academic excellence, extracurricular distinction, personal motivation, and character.  All first year applicants are considered; a separate scholarship application does not exist.  However, it is important that you also apply for financial aid since many scholarships include a need-based component; that is, recipients are selected on the basis of merit while amounts vary according to need.

In order to be considered for the full range of scholarships, submit the following forms:

  1. Application for Admission,
  2. College Board PROFILE
  3. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students are also eligible for federal and state grants and loans that can cover up to the full cost of attendance. For more information on applying for financial aid and scholarships please review our Financial Aid Information.

Simon’s Rock Merit Scholarships
In addition to the named scholarships below, Simon’s Rock Merit Scholarships in varying amounts are typically awarded to more than one third of first-year students.

Elizabeth Blodgett Hall and Livingston Hall Scholarships
These full tuition scholarships are named in honor of the College’s founder and her husband.

Clark Early College Fellows
This fellowship recognizes bright, talented students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability and potential. It was endowed by Overseer and alumnus James McConnell Clark ’76, who believes that access to an outstanding liberal arts education should not be determined by a student’s age or financial resources but by his or her ability and motivation.

W.E.B. Du Bois Scholarships
The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholarships meet a significant portion of the financial need of eligible students of color who are underrepresented in higher education and have a record of academic achievement and motivation.

Berkshire Regional Scholarships
This scholarship supports eligible students from 14 surrounding counties. Students must be under age 19 at entry and may choose to live at home if their families reside within commuting distance.  Eligible counties are: Massachusetts: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire; Connecticut: Hartford, and Litchfield; New York: Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Rensselaer, and Ulster; and Vermont: Bennington and Windham.

Mason Hirst Scholarship
Established in 2009 by the Mason Hirst Foundation and alumnus Jeremy Hirst '92.

Mullaney Corporation Scholarship
Awarded to a student from Massachusetts on the basis of need and merit, this scholarship was established in 2000 by David Mullaney, the general contractor for the Alumni Library, the Fisher Science and Academic Center and the Kilpatrick Athletic Center.

Nadiri AliKhan Memorial Scholarship
Following the graduation of their daughter, Loren ’99, this scholarship was established by Dr. Mahmood AliKhan and his wife, Linda, in memory of his mother.

The Vince Finisdore Family Scholarship
Established in 2006 by Marcia Finisdore, mother of alumna Susan Finisdore Higgins ’81, this scholarship assists students who qualify for financial aid and who have a hearing loss as measured by professional audiological testing.

General Terms for 2014-2015 First Year Student Scholarships

  • Selection is based on holistic review of academic and personal credentials at time of offer and verified by final transcript(s) – e.g., cumulative GPA, class rank, curricula and test scores.
  • Scholarship is renewable for four years – i.e., eight consecutive fall and spring semesters, not intersession or summer terms – starting with the first semester the award is scheduled to begin. Offer must be accepted by deadline or funds may expire or be awarded to another student. Scholarship is applied to tuition and may be adjusted if student receives other tuition-specific financial assistance.
  • Recipient must maintain enrollment status at Simon’s Rock as full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student, good social standing, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and satisfactory academic progress as detailed in academic policy at: Award is not transferable to other Bard institutions.