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Close-to-Home Scholarship

Safety. Affordability. Success.

Close-to-Home Scholarship

In these times when safety and cost are even greater concerns, McPherson College continues to be a great option close to home. McPherson College offers the Close-to-Home Scholarship to students from McPherson County and selected surrounding communities.

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.


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  • “I’ve been extremely blessed to experience the programs and the caring professors that McPherson College has to offer. I never thought I’d be this far in my career before I even graduate.”

    Myriah Webster '21, Marquette, KS

    Myriah, a graduate of Smoky Valley High School, majored in business administration with an emphasis in both management and accounting and minored in music at McPherson College.

Scholarship Details

The Close-to-Home Scholarship makes attending McPherson College the best value for area students.

This example worksheet shows how your cost could be below $9,000 per year:

Tuition, Room & Board
Federal Pell and KS Comp Grants– up to $6,345Pell and KS Comp Grants are available based on your FAFSA results.
Close-to-Home Scholarship– $26,500
Balance after scholarship & grants

Plus, enroll in our Student Debt Project and you can reduce your balance even more.

Debt Project earnings (variable)– $6,000Employment earnings contributed to your balance.
Debt Project match from MC– $1,500$.25 per dollar match from the college.
Ending Balance
1 year of tuition, room & board.

Depending on your employment contributions while in the Student Debt Project you could end up needing zero or very little in direct loans.


  • Attends High School in McPherson County or the communities of Buhler, Hesston, Hillsboro, Little River, or Lyons.
  • High School Senior entering college as a first-time freshman
  • GPA of 3.0+ or an equivalent combined GPA/ACT score
  • Not participating in intercollegiate athletics
  • Not an Automotive Restoration major

Safety. Affordability. Success.

No big lecture halls here

With small class sizes and wide-open spaces, we continue to be a safe learning environment.

Debt free

You can graduate with little to no debt thanks to our Student Debt Project.  Easily pay-as-you-go the little bit that’s left after the Close to Home scholarship by enrolling in the Student Debt Project. We’ll provide financial literacy education, mentorships and an earnings match of $.25 for every dollar earned that you apply to your account.

Career focused

2/3 of our grads secure a job before graduation. That’s 3x the national average! We know one of your top priorities in earning a college education is finding a job. We’re confident that our education and resources, combined with your hard work and dedication, will set you apart in your career.

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Graduate College Debt Free?

It's possible to graduate with little to no student loan debt through our Student Debt Project.

The Student Debt Project combines financial literacy education, jobs and mentorships to create a pathway for students to graduate with little or no debt.