Financial Aid

Alma College Community Engagement 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 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 4 years.

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

Applying for the Scholarship

  1. Apply for admission to Alma College
  2. Complete the ACE Scholarship application.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 1 in the winter prior to enrollment
  4. Send two letters of support from community leaders or school staff addressing their awareness of and experience with your community engagement. Send letters via email to  or mail to: admissions@alma.edu

Alma College
614 W. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48801
Attn: Katie Yourchock

Finalists will interview with Alma College faculty and staff in January and February

Applications will be accepted beginning September 1 of the fall prior to enrolling at Alma College.

The deadline for completing the application process is January 1st of the student’s senior year.

Selection Criteria

Students must reside in Gratiot County or be a graduate of a high school in Gratiot County.

Primary criteria will be community engagement and financial need. Secondary criteria will be letters of support, campus interview, application essay and academic record.

Selection and announcement of the Alma College Community Engagement Scholars will be made by February 1.

Scholarship Guidelines

Upon acceptance of the scholarship, students agree to live on campus and participate in a series of engagement activities during their four years to keep their scholarship status. The engagement plan is laid out for you below:

Year One
  • Welcome session and Alma College Community Engagement Scholarship celebration (Admissions)
  • Serve as a Community Engagement Ambassador (details below)
  • Complete 25 service hours on campus or in the community each term
Years Two, Three, Four
  • Annual workshop and Alma College Community Engagement Scholarship celebration (Admissions)
  • Serve as a Community Engagement Ambassador (details below)
  • Complete 25 service hours on campus or in the community each term
Summer Engagement
  • Summer one – welcome session
  • Summers two/three
    • Professional development conference
    • Internship and/or International service (Posey-Global, Venture, etc)

Community Engagement Ambassador

  • Participate in service/leadership organizations
  • If requested,
    • assist Admissions staff with visits to local schools and/or college fairs to promote Alma College
    • assist CSO or Marketing/Communication staff with social media to highlight community engagement
    • visit with prospective students who express interest in community engagement (service and leadership opportunities)
    • be a part of campus events when community engagement is highlighted