Student Life

Our Presbyterian Roots

Alma College, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), affirms its Christian heritage in which all people are made in the image of God. We seek to foster a diverse community by welcoming people of all faiths, as well as those with no faith tradition, into the Alma College experience.

Founded by Presbyterians in 1886, Alma is a highly regarded 4-year liberal arts college. Though it is church affiliated, the college does not make religious affiliation or doctrinal uniformity a condition for admission or employment.

Our heritage affirms that faith and critical thinking reinforce each other. We are committed to cultivating intellectual, spiritual, and vocational discovery in all aspects of campus life.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approximately two million members, 10,000 congregations and 63 church-related colleges, universities and secondary schools. Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. The denomination’s heritage and theology, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him. The denomination supports a variety of collegiate ministries. Alma College is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.

Presbyterian Scholarships

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for its members.

Beall Scholarship – Highly Restricted Funding
For female Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students in the arts. Must be from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia.

Children of Missionaries
For undergraduate and graduate students whose parents are serving as Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) missionaries.

National Presbyterian College Scholarship
For students preparing to enter as full-time incoming freshmen in one of the participating colleges related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Native American Education Grant
For Native American and Alaskan natives pursuing full-time post-secondary education.

Student Opportunity Scholarship
For undergraduate students in their junior and senior year of college. Preference given to racial ethnic students.

Samuel Robinson Award
For undergraduate junior and senior students enrolled full-time in one of the colleges/universities related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Synod of the Covenant Racial Ethnic Scholarship
For minority students who are members of a PC(USA) congregation to assist in educational expenses.

Undergraduate/graduate loan programs
For undergraduate and graduate students attending a college/university interested in receiving a loan with no interest accruing while the student is enrolled full-time in a degree program.