Admissions & Aid

Alma Scholarships

Alma College provides many financial aid opportunities for you throughout your college career.  See what financial aid opportunities are available to you below.

Merit Award Chart

Merit scholarships are based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores for incoming freshmen. Transfer and International student merit awards are based on GPA.


 

Distinguished Scholar Award

May be awarded up to full tuition. National Merit, Achievement and Hispanic Scholars have a prestigious opportunity at Alma College: they will be invited to apply for a limited number of up to full tuition scholarships. Details will be personally provided by the Alma College Admissions staff upon acceptance.


Scholars Summit

Freshmen earning the Trustee Honors, Presidential or Dean’s Scholarships will be invited to attend Scholars Summit, where they will interview for additional scholarship funds. Transfer students with a college GPA of 3.0 or higher will also be invited to interview on an individual basis. These distinguished awards range from $1,000 to $4,000 per year.


Merit Scholarship Increases

Getting a better score on the ACT/SAT or improving my GPA can increase your scholarship as long as you are an incoming freshman. If you retake the ACT/SAT on any national testing date before March 1, we will reevaluate your scholarship level to see if your scholarship will increase. We will always consider your best ACT/SAT composite score when determining your merit-based scholarship.

If the national ACT testing dates are not convenient for you, you may retake the ACT residually at Alma College. Keep in mind that there must be 60 days in between each time you take the ACT, and Alma College is the only institution that will accept your scores if you take the ACT residually on our campus. Tests are given Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Please call 1-800-321-ALMA if you would like to schedule a residual ACT.

If you are accepted to Alma College after March 1, you have two weeks from your date of acceptance to schedule a residual ACT at Alma if you would like to try to increase your merit-based scholarship.

If your GPA improves, please be sure to send the Admissions Office an updated copy of your official transcript at the end of your seventh semester of high school. We will make any necessary adjustments and notify you if a change occurs.

Performance Scholarships are available to talented students in art, dance, music (both vocal and instrumental), theatre and Scottish Arts.

Students demonstrating exemplary performance in any of these areas may be eligible for Distinguished awards, earning up to full tuition. All funds are awarded at the discretion of the fine and performing arts faculty, and students’ intended major or minor is not a consideration. Please see below for basic information on each scholarship and links to more detailed requirements.


Art and Design

$1,000/year. The Department of Art & Design awards scholarships to talented artists in any medium via portfolio submission.


Dance

$1,000/year. The Dance Department awards scholarships to talented dancers through a group or individual audition process. See the criteria and the current year’s audition dates.


Music

$1,000/year. The Music Department awards scholarships both instrumentalists and vocalists through an audition process. Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis; for details, see the department’s audition and scholarship information.


Theatre

$1,000/year. The Theatre Department awards acting scholarships through an audition process and technical theatre scholarships via portfolio submission. Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis.


Scottish Arts Scholarship

$1,500/year. For students demonstrating a high level of accomplishment in Highland dancing or piping (regardless of intended major) who audition by March 1.

Need a little help funding your dream research project or study abroad experience? Various programs are available to help you take your learning to the next level.


Currie Scholars Program

A generous grant from Eleanor H. Currie has enabled the College to establish a Currie Scholars program beginning in fiscal year 2001. Qualified sophomores and juniors may apply for this program, which will provide a stipend of $2,500 plus waiver of room charges for the summer (if work is done on campus) to support scholarly or creative projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

Contact Jodie Reeves with questions at (989) 463-7176.


David B. Kinney Scholarship Program

Supported by a generous gift from the family of attorney and social activist David B. Kinney, class of 1943, Alma College is pleased to offer a grant of up to $2,500 to support student research related to, in Mr. Kinney’s words, “independent and original study of any items, persons or societal trends relating to the birth or endurance of our precious Bill of Rights.” Proposals which clearly cross-disciplinary boundaries and/or require travel to research sites are strongly encouraged.  

Contact Jodie Reeves with questions at (989) 463-7176.


The Posey Global Leadership Fellows Program

The Posey Global Leadership Fellows Program seeks to cultivate the next generation of global leaders by promoting innovative experiential and research opportunities anywhere in the world.

Contact Derick “Sandy” Hulme with questions at (989) 463-7387.


Alma Venture Program

The Alma Venture Program provides recipients with financial support for applied learning experiences such as Spring Term, research projects, off-campus study, internships and more. Check out some recent experiences and see what the Alma Venture Program can do for you!

Contact Carla Jensen with questions at (989) 463-7421.


Donald J. Yehle Internship Award

The Donald J. Yehle Internship Endowment supports academically qualified and highly motivated students who intend to pursue careers in the fields of art, history, communication, or health. Yehle awards typically support full-time internships for positions in areas such as advertising, public relations, historical preservation or restoration, recreational sports and community health, health care and administration, and occupational or physical therapy, art education and museum management.

Contact Jodie Reeves with questions at (989) 463-7176.

Available for students meeting specific criteria or those interested in specific areas of study. Some of these scholarships are automatically awarded while others require an application.

Please note that some of these scholarships are automatically awarded based on set criteria, while others require an application and have a deadline. Many of these are only awarded to incoming freshman and transfer students. Most of these awards are renewable in future years if all scholarship, award, or grant requirements are still being met. Follow the links that are provided for more information.

Entering Freshmen Only
Renewed Annually For Those Who Qualify


Legacy/Referral Award

For dependents, siblings or grandchildren of Alma College alumni, or for students referred by an alumnus, faculty, staff member, current student, parent or friend of the college. $1,000 annually. Deadline to be eligible is February 1, 2017.

Please note, parental referrals of their own student cannot qualify for the Referral Award. However, students with qualifying alumni legacy connections will qualify for the Alumni Award. If you have any questions regarding the Referral Scholarship, please contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-321-ALMA. 

Opportunity Award

$2,000/year. For members of underrepresented groups. Students are automatically considered for the award upon acceptance.


Highland Award

$2,000/year. For non-Michigan residents. Students are automatically considered for the award upon acceptance.


Chicago Area Scholarship

Chicago-Area Scholarship: Supported by alumni and friends and available to students from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties in Illinois. This competitive award is based on GPA and ACT. $3,000 annually.


Upward Bound Scholarship

$2,000/year. For students with at least three years of participation in Upward Bound or Upward Bound Math-Science programs. Applicants must provide a letter from program director confirming involvement by March 1.


Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

$2,000/year. For transfer students who have been selected as Phi Theta Kappa scholars at their community college.

Community College Connection Scholarship

$1,000/year. For transfer students from select community colleges are eligible.


S-STEM Scholarship

Alma College and the National Science Foundation will now offer 10 scholarships to incoming students. The awards, of up to $5,000 per year, are available for students majoring in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Majors eligible for the scholarship include Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Integrative Physiology and Health Science, Mathematics and Physics. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2017. 

Entering Freshmen Only - Not Renewable


Alpha Xi Delta Scholarship

$750 non-renewable scholarship for an incoming Alma College Student who has been impacted by Autism.


Herbert H Lueth Business Scholarship

$1,000-$5,000 interview-based scholarship for students with an interest in Business. It is a one-year award. Interviews can be arranged until the February 10th deadline on a Scholars Summit or at a Business Interview Day.  

All Students - Not Renewable


Spring Term Grant   (Available to ALL Students)

The Alma College spring term grant program was established to assist students who have financial need with spring term expenses. The college offers $500 travel grants for students going overseas (across water) for a spring term class. Up to fifty grants will be awarded from this program for attendance in a 2017 spring term. Application Deadline October 13, 2016. 

Important Eligibility Information

Be sure to review Alma College’s policies/procedures and the academic catalog as it is your responsibility to be familiar with situations that may affect your financial aid.

Students receiving a full tuition scholarship, grant or award from Alma College or an outside provider are not eligible to receive standard Alma College merit, competitive, or additional scholarships, grants or awards. These are replaced by the full tuition award being received. This includes but is not limited to the Yellow Ribbon Program, ROTC, and Alma College’s Distinguished Scholar Award (up to full tuition). Non-College financial aid will be adjusted in accordance with the rules and regulations applicable to those programs.