College is expensive. We get it. And we want to help. 

We want to reward students like you who will take the initiative to reach their potential. McPherson College offers the following scholarships and awards:

Merit Scholarships for 19-20 academic year:

First time freshmen can receive up to $15,000 based on your GPA and ACT scores (minimum 2.0 & 18 required).

Transfer students can receive up to $12,000 based on GPA (minimum 2.0 required).

Use our merit award calculator to determine your scholarship amount now!

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The Presidential Scholarship is an award of $500 – $3,000 in addition to the Merit Scholarship available to first time freshmen. Use the merit award calculator above to see if you qualify.

The scholarship is awarded during Presidential Scholars Day for high school seniors. The award is based on the following criteria: Cognitive ability test, Round table discussion, Personal interview and High school academic record.

These awards are renewed annually for four years provided satisfactory academic progress is maintained.

Program Scholarships ($1,000 to $8,000)

The program scholarships award is based on a portfolio review, audition or interview with faculty. Program Scholarships will not combine with athletic scholarships.

  • Visual Arts (Studio Art, Graphic Design, Digital Media)
  • Band, Choir and Theatre
  • Business
  • Education
  • E-Sports
  • Natural Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Stewardship,Health Science)
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Marvin and Doreen Will History/History and Politics Scholarships

STUDENTS MUST MAJOR IN HISTORY and/or POLITICS. These scholarships help provide students with wonderful opportunities for travel, educational advancement, and the chance to study history at McPherson College.
Additional requirements and applications: History Scholarship Application  |  History Scholarship for Student Stipends Application

History Scholarship for Studying Abroad

This scholarship is intended to provide need based support for international study experiences which could include a traditional study abroad experience, internship or field experience related to History and/or Politics.
Additional requirements and applications: Students need not major in History or Politics, History Scholarship for Studying Abroad Application

Available for recruited student athletes and are combined with merit scholarships. The athletic scholarship amount is determined by the coaching staff.

Alumni/Church of the Brethren Scholarship ($1,000)

McPherson College is excited to offer the new Alumni/Church of the Brethren scholarship. $1000 will be awarded to any new student who is either a child or sibling of an alumnus or Church of the Brethren member. Criteria: To qualify as a Church of the Brethren member, please submit a letter of recommendation from your local congregation.

CHS Leadership Award ($1,500)

A scholarship has been established through the generosity of the CHS in McPherson, KS. Their desire as the donor is to assist McPherson College students who will be leaders in their chosen field. For students with senior classification for the current academic year.

Download this application, then complete, sign and submit it electronically to

International Student Award    ($2,000)

Available to all international students and will combine with an athletic or any program scholarship.

Need Based Aid varies by student and is available to students with the greatest financial need. The award and amount is determined by the Financial Aid Office.


McPherson College financial aid awards are underwritten by generous college donors who want students to have the opportunity to access a quality, values-centered education at McPherson College.