Merit scholarships are based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores for incoming freshmen. Transfer student merit awards are based on college GPA.
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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 $500 to $3,000 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.