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.
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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.
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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!
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Available for students meeting specific criteria or those interested in specific areas of study. 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.
*Criteria: Entering Freshmen Only Renewed Annually For Those Who Qualify
Community College Connection Scholarship:
$2,000/year. For transfer students from select community colleges are eligible.
Spiritual Life Leadership Scholarships
Each year, a limited number of scholarships are awarded to entering Alma College students who excel in spiritual and/or interfaith leadership, creativity, and service. Students may receive either the Spiritual Life Award or the Interfaith Leadership Award. Students may apply for each but are only eligible to be granted one award. Each scholarship is $1,500/year, renewable annually for a maximum of $6,000. Award winners are required to participate in either the Spiritual Life Leadership Cohort or the Interfaith Leadership Cohort. These groups will meet with the Chaplain and current members of the program to determine an individualized plan for participation in spiritual life on campus. Additionally, the cohorts are guided by current members (who are previous award winners) to convene the group at least twice each semester to advise, support and guide the Chaplain and Chapel staff for programing, events, and religious life clubs and activities. Upon meeting these requirements, award winners will be eligible to renew their award for the following year.
- Spiritual Life Award
This award is given to incoming Alma College students of all faith backgrounds who demonstrate prior leadership in their religious life through, but not limited to, youth group activities, service and mission, worship/liturgical leadership, or active participation in one’s community of faith. These students will comprise a cohort of leaders in spiritual life activities who will continue to practice, explore, and promote their faith on campus.
- Interfaith Leadership Award
Alma College is committed to promoting safe and engaging dialogue and activities between people of all religious backgrounds. Students selected for this award share this commitment and compassion for community building that acknowledges faith-seeking understanding between neighbors on and off campus. The award is granted to incoming first year students who demonstrate a commitment to interfaith dialogue, service, and education at Alma College. These students are expected to participate in the Interfaith events at Alma College and provide support to the Interfaith Student Ministry Coordinators during the Thursday Interfaith Connections talks, Interfaith Chapel House events, and creative outlets for educating the whole Alma College Community about religious intersectionality between students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners.
Future Teacher Scholarship:
The Future Teacher Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500 per year, is awarded to applicants who intend to pursue teacher certification in a shortage area (e.g., mathematics, science, and special education) or are members of underrepresented groups in the current teaching workforce. Only incoming students in the fall 2020 class or later interested in studying education are eligible for the award.The application deadline is February 1. Students accepted to the college after that date may be considered on an individual basis.
Heritage Need Based Grant:
This grant is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need based on the FAFSA data. Students must file a FAFSA each year to be reviewed for this grant. A student must have financial need and be enrolled in at least 12 credits. This award can change year to year and it is possible a student could be ineligible if there is no need.
Prospective students who ultimately attend Alma and are referred to Alma College by an alumnus, faculty, staff member, current student or friend of the college receive the Alma College Referral Award which provides $1,500 per year for 4 years ($6,000 in total) in the name of the individual who referred them to the college. To be eligible, students can be referred at any time prior to their acceptance to the college
*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.
$2,000/year. The opportunity award is available for students from underrepresented backgrounds including members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Students are automatically considered for the award upon acceptance.Those in the LGBTQIA+ community will need to self-disclose to their admissions representative upon acceptance to the college to be eligible.
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship:
$2,000/year. For transfer students who have been selected as Phi Theta Kappa scholars at their community college.
Alma College offers a limited number of STEM scholarships to incoming students. The awards, 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, Psychology, Integrative Physiology and Health Science, Mathematics, and Physics. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.
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 February 1.
Students who are entering their Freshmen year at Alma College, pending eligibility criteria, qualify for the following scholarships that are renewed annually.
Alma College Community Engagement (ACE) Scholarship
The Alma College Community Engagement (ACE) Scholarship program was created to offer Gratiot County’s most engaged students the opportunity to pursue a life-changing, liberal arts education. The program will offer up to 10 four-year, full-tuition scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate financial need.
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.
Detroit Future Scholarship
Alma College offers up to 15 Detroit Future Scholarships each year to qualified students from select schools in the city of Detroit. The Detroit Future Scholarship assists substantially with financial need making a private education affordable with minimal out-of-pocket expense. Scholarship amount varies depending on financial need — Alma College will maximize the dollar amount you can receive.
$2,000/year. For non-Michigan residents. Students are automatically considered for the award upon acceptance.