Financial Aid

Alma College Community Engagement Scholarship

The Alma College Community Engagement (ACE) Scholarship program was created to offer access and affordability to Gratiot County’s most engaged students who desire to pursue a life-changing, liberal arts education. The program will offer up to 13 full-tuition awards annually to graduating high school seniors. Full tuition is covered using Alma College, state, and federal aid sources and is renewable for four years.

Students working with Habitat for Humanity on an Alternative Break service trip.

Applying for the Scholarship

Who is eligible to apply for the Alma College Community Engagement Scholarship program?

You are eligible if:

  1. You are a resident of Gratiot, Isabella or Montcalm counties.

OR

  1. You will graduate from a high school within Gratiot, Isabella or Montcalm counties.
What are my first steps?

To get started, please complete Phase I of the process. If you move beyond Phase I, your Admissions Representative, will provide the next steps you need to complete.

Phase 1
  1. Apply for admission to Alma College.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Completing the FAFSA is the gateway to determining your eligibility to move forward with the formal application for the Alma College Community Engagement Scholarship (ACE) program. Alongside service within the community, a primary component of eligibility for the scholarship is financial need, which is determined by your FAFSA information.
    • The FAFSA opens October 1, 2021 and is free to submit.
      • If you wish to know of your eligibility to apply for the program before October 1, you can complete the FAFSA forecaster, found at https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/estimate. If doing this, you must self-disclose the information received from the forecaster directly to our Director of Financial Aid, Michelle McNier (mcnierml@alma.edu) and complete the FAFSA after it opens on October 1.

The last date to submit your FAFSA for ACE program consideration is Monday, January 3, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Upon review of your admissions application and FAFSA information, we’ll verify if you’re eligible to move forward with Phase II, which is completing the formal ACE application process.

Scholarship Guidelines

To keep your scholarship, you must participate in the engagement plan below. Please know there will be guidance throughout your four years to ensure you’re given opportunities to complete these requirements.

Year One
  • Welcome session and ACE scholarship celebration.
  • Complete 25 service hours on campus or in the community each term (fall and winter).
  • Serve as a Community Engagement Ambassador (details below).
Years Two, Three, Four
  • Annual workshop and ACE scholarship celebration.
  • Complete 25 service hours on campus or in the community each term (fall and winter).
  • Serve as a Community Engagement Ambassador (details below).
Summer Engagement
  • Year One – summer before starting at Alma.
    • Attend welcome session – your admissions representative will let you know what this is.
  • Summers Two and Three
    • Professional development conference.
    • Internship and/or international service – Posey-Global, Venture, etc.

What is a Community Engagement Ambassador?

As a Community Engagement Ambassador, you’ll:

  • Participate in service/leadership organizations.
  • If requested, assist Admissions staff with visits to local schools and/or college fairs to promote Alma College and the ACE program.
  • Assist the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) or Communication/Marketing staff with social media stories to highlight community engagement.
  • Visit with prospective students who express interest in community engagement.
  • Be a part of campus events when community engagement is highlighted and/or needed.