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


McPherson College offers several scholarship packages based on academic achievement, residency, participation, and area of study.  Most students are eligible for up to $24,000 in combined Merit, Presidential, and MC Pillar scholarships.

See below for scholarship details:

The Kansas Commitment
Through our Kansas Commitment, McPherson College is offering a FULL-TUITION package to incoming students who are Pell grant eligible and have a transfer or high school GPA of 2.5 or above.  This scholarship and grant package uses all forms of aid – both institutional and need-based aid, including Pell grant and Kansas Comprehensive grant. Students must file their FAFSA by April 1st in order to be eligible.

Requirements include a GPA score above 2.5, you must be a Kansas resident and live on-campus. FAFSA must be completed to determine eligibility. Not available to auto restoration students. Please submit a request for more info and a counselor will be in contact with you.

Merit Scholarship

First-time freshmen and transfers can receive up to $16,000 based on their GPA score (minimum 2.0 required).

Note: Due to the cancellation of ACT and SAT testing dates, we have provided a revised admissions process for acceptance.

Merit Award Calculator
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Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is an award of up to $6,000 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 the Presidential Scholarship Competition Day for high school seniors. The award is based on the following criteria: round table discussion, group activity, personal interviews, and high school academic record.

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

Presidential Scholarship Competition

Close-to-Home Scholarship

Students attending high school within McPherson County or in the communities of Buhler, Hesston, Hillsboro, Little River, and Lyons, can apply for the $26,500 per year Close-to-Home Scholarship package.

Close-to-Home Scholarship

MC Pillars Scholarship

The pillars of the McPherson College mission are to create whole persons through scholarship, participation, and service. The MC Pillars Scholarship is for students who have exemplified these traits in high school or college.  MC Pillars Scholarship is intended for students not involved in the Bulldog athletics program. Please contact an admissions counselor for details.

Program Scholarships

Health Science Scholars
McPherson College selects up to 20 incoming students in the Health Science program to receive $27,000 annually in scholarships. Health Science Scholars will commit to participating in the development of signature outreach programs with McPherson Hospital and the community and will be guaranteed one internship per year. Application required.

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

Other Scholarships & Awards

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.

International Student Award ($2,000)
Available to all international students and will combine with an athletic or any program scholarship.

Need Based Aid
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.