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

McPherson College offers up to $23,000 in combined Merit, Presidential and participation scholarships. Get started by using our Merit Award Calculator below and then apply to see what other scholarships are available to you.

Merit Scholarship

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 $15,000 based on GPA (minimum 2.0 required).

Note: If you do not have an ACT score, please leave ACT blank and just enter your GPA. 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

Program Scholarships

Academic and Participation Scholarships (up to $4000)
The program scholarships in Art, Natural Science, Education, Performing Arts is based on a portfolio review, audition or interview with faculty. Program Scholarships will not combine with athletic scholarships.

Natural Science Full-tuition Scholarship
McPherson College offers one full-tuition scholarship for students majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, or Environmental Stewardship. Two $6,000 scholarships are also awarded to runners-up. 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.