Scholarships

Scholarships are a specific type of financial aid known as “gift-aid” that does not have to be repaid after graduation. Scholarships can be merit-based, need-based, or both. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based upon GPA requirements. Need-based scholarships are awarded based on financial need. You’re also welcome and encouraged to apply for outside scholarships.



First-Year Scholarships

For the 2024-2025 academic year

For the 2024-2025 academic year

Available to incoming first-year and international students

Scholarship Average GPA Amount
Alma Scholarship <3.00 $25,000/year
Achievement Scholarship 3.00 – 3.24 $26,000/year
Tartan Scholarship 3.25 – 3.49 $28,000/year
Dean’s Scholarship 3.50 – 3.74 $30,000/year
Trustee Scholarship 3.75 – 3.99 $31,000/year
Presidential Scholarship* 4.00 + $32,000/year

 

The Distinguished Scholarship process is closed for the 2024-2025 academic year. If you have questions regarding eligibility for this scholarship, please email the admissions office at admissions@alma.edu.

For those entering in Winter 2024

For those entering in Winter 2024

Scholarship Average GPA Amount
Alma Scholarship <3.00 $23,000/year
Achievement Scholarship 3.00 – 3.24 $24,000/year
Tartan Scholarship 3.25 – 3.49 $26,000/year
Dean’s Scholarship 3.50 – 3.74 $28,000/year
Trustee Scholarship 3.75 – 3.99 $30,000/year
Presidential Scholarship 4.00 + $32,000/year

 

 

Scottish Hospitality Scholarship

Scottish Hospitality Scholarship

We offer a variety of visit options and are excited to help plan your Alma College experience. Head to alma.edu/visit to schedule your trip to Alma – we have options Monday through Friday and select Saturdays. Just by visiting campus, you’ll earn a $2,000 scholarship towards Fall 2024, so it’s worth the trip to see us! This scholarship is renewable for up to a total of $8,000 over four years. If you are an incoming student for Winter 2024, you are eligible for $1,000 scholarship when you visit campus.

*Excludes College Game Day Saturday Visits and while multiple visits are encouraged, you can only be awarded one scholarship.

Legacy Scholarship

Legacy Scholarship

If your parent, grandparent or sibling graduated from Alma College, you are eligible to apply for this $1,500 renewable scholarship.

FAFSA Filing Scholarship

FAFSA Filing Scholarship

File your FAFSA and earn $1,000 renewable for a total of up to $4,000 over four years.

ACE Scholarship

ACE Scholarship

The Alma College Community Engagement (ACE) Scholarship program was created to offer access and affordability to Gratiot, Isabella, and Montcalm counties’ most engaged students who desire to pursue a life-changing, liberal arts education. The program will offer up to 15 full-tuition awards annually to graduating high school seniors. Full tuition is covered using Alma College, State, and Federal Aid sources and is renewable for 4 years.

Kim Kaye Scholarship

Kim Kaye Scholarship

The Kim Kaye Scholarship is an opportunity open to students that participate in cheer to receive up to $16,000 in their four years to attend Alma College. During each camp session of the summer, up to five athletes will receive this scholarship. Winners will be announced during “Final Day Fun” on the last day of your respective session. All high school athletes can be nominated however, a cheerleader can only win once during his or her time at Champion. (Example: A freshman is nominated and wins their first year at Champion. They cannot win again in the sophomore, junior, or senior year).

Coaches: Athlete(s) must attend a Champion overnight camp the summer they are your athlete and the reference and application must be completed in the same school year. If your athlete does not receive a scholarship this year, they may re-apply each year he or she attends Champion.

How To Nominate
Step 1: The coach will need to fill out the Champion Referral Form.
Step 2: The athlete(s) needs to fill out the Kim Kaye Scholarship Application.

The Breakdown
Coach refers athlete to attend Alma College by completing the Champion Referral Form
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Athlete wins the Kim Kaye Scholarship and attends Alma College: Award ranging from $1,500 – $4,000 per year for up to 4 years totaling $6000 – $16,000.

Performance Scholarships ($1500)

Performance Scholarships ($1500)

Students demonstrating exemplary performance in any of these areas may be eligible for Distinguished Awards ($2,000+). All funds are awarded at the discretion of the fine and performing arts faculty, and the students’ intended major or minor is not a consideration.

Students are only eligible to receive one scholarship per year in this category. If students are offered an award from more than one department, they must select one. Students may continue to participate in multiple areas regardless of their scholarship selection. If offered a distinguished award it will replace standard performance awards previously offered.

There is a May 1 deadline for all distinguished awards. Students who submit an audition or accepted to Alma after May 1 are only eligible for the base performing arts scholarship.

Fine Arts Performance Scholarships

Fine Arts Performance Scholarships

Alma College students can receive art scholarships to assist them in making their education possible. Scholarship amounts are awarded at the following levels:

Base Scholarship – $1,500 per year. A minor in art & design is required. These scholarships are renewable for four years.
Distinguished Scholarship – $2000+ per year. A minor in art & design is required. Students demonstrating exemplary performance may be eligible for a Distinguished award. All funds are awarded at the discretion of the fine arts faculty, and the student’s intended major or minor is not a consideration.

There is a May 1 deadline for all distinguished awards. Students who submit an audition or accepted to Alma after May 1 are only eligible for the base performing arts scholarship.

How To Apply
To apply for a scholarship, please send a single PDF to Jillian Dickson at dicksonjd@alma.edu that includes:

  1. Letter of intention describing your experience and interest in art and design, what you hope to do with an art and design degree, and if you intend to pursue a major or minor in art and design.
  2. 12 images of your best work, labeled (title, material, size, date finished)

E-Sports Scholarship

E-Sports Scholarship

$1,500/year. Awarded upon acceptance to incoming students (first year and transfer) who compete on the
E-sports team.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Just by visiting campus, you’ll be eligible for $3,000 in awards if you enter in the Fall of 2024; $1,000 for completing your FAFSA and $2,000 when you visit Alma. If you’re a Phi Theta Kappa scholar, you will receive a $2,000 scholarship. And that’s only the beginning.

Please note: Be sure to review Alma College’s policies and procedures and the academic catalog as it is your responsibility to be familiar with situations that may affect your financial aid.

Merit Transfer Scholarships (Fall 2024)

Merit Transfer Scholarships (Fall 2024)

Students who are transferring to Alma in the Fall of 2024 are eligible for the following competitive merit scholarships based on your cumulative GPA from all previous institutions you’ve attended:

Average GPA Amount
<3.00 $24,000/year
3.00 – 3.24 $26,000/year
3.25 – 3.49 $28,000/year
3.50 + $30,000/year

Merit Transfer Scholarships (Winter 2024)

Merit Transfer Scholarships (Winter 2024)

Students who are transferring to Alma in the Winter of 2024 are eligible for the following competitive merit scholarships based on your cumulative GPA from all previous institutions you’ve attended:

Average GPA Amount
<3.00 $22,000/year
3.00 – 3.24 $23,000/year
3.25 – 3.49 $25,000/year
3.50 + $27,000/year

Need-Based Aid

Need-Based Aid

We encourage all families to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for maximum consideration for financial aid. The following federal and state assistance programs may be available to you, depending on your financial need.

Grant Amount
Federal Direct Credit Hours (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) 0-24 credits = $5,500
25-20 credits = $6,500
56+ credits = $7,500
Federal Pell Grant Up to $7,395
Parent Plus Loan Up to the cost of attendance minus other financial aid
State of Michigan Tuition Grant/ Michigan Competitive Scholarship Up to $3,000. To be eligible for this award, you must reside in Michigan, demonstrate financial need, file the FAFSA by March 1 and list Alma College as #1 on the FAFSA. To be eligible for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, you need to be a current student.
Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant Up to $500

Scottish Hospitality Scholarship

Scottish Hospitality Scholarship

We offer a variety of visit options and are excited to help plan your Alma College experience. Head to alma.edu/visit to schedule your trip to Alma – we have options Monday through Friday and select Saturdays. Just by visiting campus, you’ll earn a $2,000 scholarship towards Fall 2024, so it’s worth the trip to see us! This scholarship is renewable for up to a total of $8,000 over four years. If you are an incoming student for Winter 2024, you are eligible for $1,000 scholarship when you visit campus.

*Excludes College Game Day Saturday Visits and while multiple visits are encouraged, you can only be awarded one scholarship.

Legacy Scholarship

Legacy Scholarship

If your parent, grandparent or sibling graduated from Alma College, you are eligible to apply for this $1,500 renewable scholarship.

FAFSA Filing Scholarship

FAFSA Filing Scholarship

File your FAFSA and earn $1,000 renewable for a total of up to $4,000 over four years.

Performance Scholarships ($1500)

Performance Scholarships ($1500)

Students demonstrating exemplary performance in any of these areas may be eligible for Distinguished Awards ($2,000+). All funds are awarded at the discretion of the fine and performing arts faculty, and the students’ intended major or minor is not a consideration.

Students are only eligible to receive one scholarship per year in this category. If students are offered an award from more than one department, they must select one. Students may continue to participate in multiple areas regardless of their scholarship selection. If offered a distinguished award it will replace standard performance awards previously offered.

There is a May 1 deadline for all distinguished awards. Students who submit an audition or accepted to Alma after May 1 are only eligible for the base performing arts scholarship.

Fine Arts Performance Scholarships

Fine Arts Performance Scholarships

Alma College students can receive art scholarships to assist them in making their education possible. Scholarship amounts are awarded at the following levels:

Base Scholarship – $1,500 per year. These scholarships are renewable for four years.
Distinguished Scholarship – $2000+ per year. A minor in art & design is required. Students demonstrating exemplary performance may be eligible for a Distinguished award. All funds are awarded at the discretion of the fine arts faculty, and the student’s intended major or minor is not a consideration.

There is a May 1 deadline for all distinguished awards. Students who submit an audition or accepted to Alma after May 1 are only eligible for the base performing arts scholarship.

How To Apply
To apply for a scholarship, please send a single PDF to Jillian Dickson at dicksonjd@alma.edu that includes:

  1. Letter of intention describing your experience and interest in art and design, what you hope to do with an art and design degree, and if you intend to pursue a major or minor in art and design.
  2. 12 images of your best work, labeled (title, material, size, date finished)

E-Sports Scholarship

E-Sports Scholarship

$1,500/year. Awarded upon acceptance to incoming students (first year and transfer) who compete on the
E-sports team.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$2,000 scholarship awarded to student who have been selected as a Phi Theta Kappa scholar at their community college. Students must submit a copy of their Phi Theta Kappa certificate and be accepted to Alma College.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Yellow Ribbon Program

Up to full tuition for eligible U.S. military veterans. More information is available from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

International Student Scholarships

Ease your transition to college and the United States with personal academic guidance and excellent programs in a caring and friendly community. International students include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors or those in other non-immigrant classifications. As an international student at Alma, you’ll benefit from a nationally-recognized education, dedicated support and a streamlined application process.

International Merit Scholarships

International Merit Scholarships

Alma College offers generous financial assistance for international students. Merit scholarship and need-based aid decisions are made at the time of admission — no need for a separate application!

Consideration for academic scholarships, which range up to $32,000 per year (Fall 2023 and later), is based on documentation provided as part of the application process. Grade point averages are converted to a U.S. 4.0 scale.

  • <3.00 GPA: $25,000/year
  • 3.0 – 3.24 GPA: $26,000/year
  • 3.25 – 3.49 GPA: $28,000/year
  • 3.50 – 3.74 GPA: $30,000/year
  • 3.75 – 3.99 GPA: $31,000/year
  • 4.00 + GPA: $32,000/year

Scottish Hospitality Scholarship

Scottish Hospitality Scholarship

We offer a variety of visit options and are excited to help plan your Alma College experience. Head to alma.edu/visit to schedule your trip to Alma – we have options Monday through Friday and select Saturdays. Just by visiting campus, you’ll earn a $2,000 scholarship towards Fall 2024, so it’s worth the trip to see us! This scholarship is renewable for up to a total of $8,000 over four years. If you are an incoming student for Winter 2024, you are eligible for $1,000 scholarship when you visit campus.

*Excludes College Game Day Saturday Visits and while multiple visits are encouraged, you can only be awarded one scholarship.

Performance Scholarship ($1500)

Performance Scholarship ($1500)

Students demonstrating exemplary performance in any of these areas may be eligible for Distinguished Awards ($2,000+). All funds are awarded at the discretion of the fine and performing arts faculty, and the students’ intended major or minor is not a consideration.

Students are only eligible to receive one scholarship per year in this category. If students are offered an award from more than one department, they must select one. Students may continue to participate in multiple areas regardless of their scholarship selection. If offered a distinguished award it will replace standard performance awards previously offered.

There is a May 1 deadline for all distinguished awards. Students who submit an audition or accepted to Alma after May 1 are only eligible for the base performing arts scholarship.

Fine Arts Performance Scholarships

Fine Arts Performance Scholarships

Alma College students can receive art scholarships to assist them in making their education possible. Scholarship amounts are awarded at the following levels:

Base Scholarship – $1,500 per year. These scholarships are renewable for four years.
Distinguished Scholarship – $2000+ per year. A minor in art & design is required. Students demonstrating exemplary performance may be eligible for a Distinguished award. All funds are awarded at the discretion of the fine arts faculty, and the student’s intended major or minor is not a consideration.

There is a May 1 deadline for all distinguished awards. Students who submit an audition or accepted to Alma after May 1 are only eligible for the base performing arts scholarship.

How To Apply
To apply for a scholarship, please send a single PDF to Jillian Dickson at dicksonjd@alma.edu that includes:

  1. Letter of intention describing your experience and interest in art and design, what you hope to do with an art and design degree, and if you intend to pursue a major or minor in art and design.
  2. 12 images of your best work, labeled (title, material, size, date finished)

Current Student Scholarships

Eligibility for these awards was determined at the time of application and ended upon matriculating to be an active Alma College student. Student’s current awards renew based on the criteria in the documents above. Students who leave Alma College and return later receive their original awards based on the renewal information provided below.

Academic Year Grants, Scholarships & Awards

Academic Year Grants, Scholarships & Awards

Select the academic year in which you started attending Alma College to see more information on the grants, scholarships, and awards offered that year.

2022 – 2023
2021 – 2022
2020 – 2021
2019 – 2020

Curie Scholars Program

Curie Scholars Program

A generous grant from Eleanor H. Currie has enabled the College to establish a Currie Scholars program beginning in fiscal year 2001. Qualified sophomores and juniors may apply for this program, which will provide a stipend of $2,500 plus waiver of room charges for the summer (if work is done on campus) to support scholarly or creative projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

For more information, contact Carla Jensen at jensencr@alma.edu

David B. Kinney Scholarship Program

David B. Kinney Scholarship Program

Supported by a generous gift from the family of attorney and social activist David B. Kinney, class of 1943, Alma College is pleased to offer a grant of up to $2,500 to support student research related to, in Mr. Kinney’s words, “independent and original study of any items, persons or societal trends relating to the birth or endurance of our precious Bill of Rights.” Proposals which clearly cross-disciplinary boundaries and/or require travel to research sites are strongly encouraged.

For more information, contact Carla Jensen at jensencr@alma.edu

Posey Global Leadership Fellows Program

Posey Global Leadership Fellows Program

The Posey Global Leadership Fellows Program seeks to cultivate the next generation of global leaders by promoting innovative experiential and research opportunities anywhere in the world.

Contact Derick “Sandy” Hulme with questions at (989) 463-7387.

Alma Venture Program

Alma Venture Program

The Alma Venture Program provides recipients with financial support for applied learning experiences such as Spring Term, research projects, off-campus study, internships and more. Check out some recent experiences and see what the Alma Venture Program can do for you!

For more information, contact Carla Jensen at jensencr@alma.edu

Michigan Scholarships

Scholarships in Michigan can be a great way to help you pay for tuition and cut down (or even avoid) student loans.

Detroit Future Scholarship

Detroit Future Scholarship

  • For first year students only.
  • Awarded to students who have a household income of $65,000 or less.
  • This is an Alma College-sponsored scholarship program.
  • Financial need is met through state, federal, and institutional grants, scholarships, and work programs.
  • Students must live or attend high school in the city of Detroit.
  • Students must apply for admission, be accepted and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00.  Students who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement are looked at on an individual basis and should work with their admissions representative to learn more.
  • Students are required to add Alma College as a school of interest when the FAFSA opens December 31. All forms required by the Alma College Financial Aid Office must be turned in to be considered for the Detroit Future Scholarship.

The Selection Process

The admissions and financial aid team will notify eligible students of their Detroit Futures Scholarship with a personalized award offer which will be mailed home and also emailed to their preferred email address. For more information or questions, contact admissions@alma.edu.

Detroit Promise Scholarship

Detroit Promise Scholarship

The Detroit Promise offers a tuition-free path to trade, two-year and four-year credentials at 26 Michigan colleges. Many seniors who both live in Detroit and attend any high school in Detroit are already eligible.

Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship

Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship

The Kalamazoo Promise was announced by Dr. Janice Brown in 2005 with the declaration that students who graduate from the Kalamazoo Public Schools and meet the basic requirements will receive up to 100% of tuition and mandatory fees paid for at any in-state community college or university.

Michigan Achievement Scholarship

Michigan Achievement Scholarship

Students who graduate from high school in Michigan with a diploma or certificate of completion or achieved a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after will be eligible for more financial aid from the State of Michigan:

  • Up to $2,000 if they attend an eligible private training provider in Michigan, per year, up to two years
  • Up to $2,750 if they attend a Michigan community college, per year, up to three years
  • Up to $4,000 if they attend a Michigan private college or university, per year, up to five years
  • Up to $5,500 if they attend a Michigan public university, per year, up to five years

Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)

Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)

Michigan Competitive Scholarship is no longer available to students who have graduated high school (or its equivalent) in 2023 or greater.

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS) provides renewable scholarships for undergraduate students attending eligible Michigan postsecondary institutions. Awards are based on both academic merit and financial need. To apply for MCS, a student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Michigan Future Educator Stipend

Michigan Future Educator Stipend

The MI Future Educator Stipend is a $9,600 stipend to support Michigan’s hardworking student teachers as they continue their journey to being in the classroom full-time. Review the State of Michigan website for full requirements.

Future Educator Fellowship

Future Educator Fellowship

The MI Future Educator Fellowship will offer $10,000 scholarship to up to 2,500 future educators every year. Review the State of Michigan website for full requirements.

Tips for Researching Outside Scholarships

While Alma offers many great scholarship opportunities, there are a lot of other scholarships out there. You should never pay a fee for a scholarship service and never send money to receive money.

Search Locally First

Search Locally First

This includes some of the following places:

  • Your local Community Foundation
  • Clubs such as Rotary, Lions, and Elks
  • Parent(s) Employers
  • Church/Place of Worship (local, regional, and national)
  • Your High School

Deadlines

Deadlines

  • Searches are a yearly process and should start in early November
  • Most will have deadlines in February and March especially local sources
  • If you miss a deadline this year create a reminder for yourself to apply next year.

Scholarship Resources and Search Tools

Scholarship Resources and Search Tools

Community Foundation Locator
Michigan Scholarship Search
Career One Stop
Scholarships.com
Fast Web

Financial Aid Data Sharing Policy

Financial Aid Data Sharing Policy

Please review this policy as it explains regulations we must follow in sharing student information with scholarship and tribal organizations.

Get In Touch

Questions about financial aid? We’re here to help! Stop by our office, send us an email or give us a call.

Location: Hamilton, Lower Level
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (989) 463-7347
Email: FinAid@alma.edu