Academic Scholarships

Each year, Saint Michael’s College awards millions of dollars in financial aid. In addition to need-based aid, merit scholarships are awarded based on the strength of each student’s application for admission.

Saint Michael’s Academic Scholarships do not require repayment and are renewable each year for a maximum of four years* of full-time enrollment in good standing.

Applying for transfer admission to St. Mike’s? Please review our transfer student scholarships.

Applying for international undergraduate admission? Learn about our scholarships for international students.

Merit Scholarships

Purple & Gold Scholarships

All accepted first-year undergraduate students are automatically considered for generous merit-based scholarships in recognition of academic achievement and promise. The Purple & Gold Scholarships range from $17,000 to $30,000 a year. A student’s complete academic record is considered when determining eligibility for these awards, including high school GPA, strength of schedule, and SAT/ACT scores (if submitted). The Admission Committee also considers commitment to service, leadership, work ethic, school/community engagement, and ability to overcome obstacles in their merit aid decision-making. Test scores are NOT required for merit scholarship consideration.

In addition to our Purple & Gold awards, the College offers special merit-based scholarships that require nomination. Each student can be awarded only one scholarship. If a student were to qualify for more than one, the more prestigious scholarship or highest scholarship amount would be awarded.

Nomination Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is a special award reserved for Vermont’s top students attending Saint Michael’s College. Awards begin at a minimum of $15,000 and go up to full-tuition. The Presidential Scholarship can be renewed each year for a maximum of four years* of full-time enrollment in good standing. As a premier Saint Michael’s academic scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship supersedes any other Saint Michael’s merit scholarship.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Presidential scholarship, students must be nominated by a Vermont high school and meet the following requirements:

  • A- average or higher in a challenging college preparatory high school curriculum;
  • Top 10% of graduating class;
  • Combined 1800 SAT (three-section SAT taken prior to March 2016), 1300 SAT (two-section SAT taken after March 2016) or 27 ACT test scores or higher.
  • In addition to SAT/ACT scores, GPA and curriculum, scholarship applicants will be evaluated based on their leadership qualities, commitment to community service and potential to contribute to the Saint Michael’s community. Students who do not wish to submit test scores (which are optional in the admission process) should understand that they will be competing with applicants who do submit test scores.

How To Apply

Candidates for the Presidential Scholarship must be nominated by their high school guidance office and complete their application for admission by November 1.

Book Award

The Saint Michael’s Book Award Scholarship recognizes students who exhibit the characteristics of the ideal Saint Michael’s student: Strong academic achievement and a strong social conscience. This is a national scholarship for which high schools across the country are eligible to nominate two students in the spring of their junior year that they feel best fit these characteristics. Book Award Scholarships range from $15,000 to full-tuition annually for 4 years*, depending upon academic achievement. The amount of the Book Award Scholarship is not determined until a student’s complete application and academic record have been reviewed. As a premier Saint Michael’s academic scholarship, the Book Award supersedes any other Saint Michael’s merit scholarship.

School counselors interested in nominating a current high school junior for the Book Award should contact us for full details about the nomination process.

Endowed & Donor Supported Scholarships

Saint Michael’s endowed and donor supported scholarships are made possible thanks to the generosity of the College’s many alumni, parents, friends and supporting foundations. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships based upon their application for admission to the College. Many scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and financial need so all students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov to ensure consideration for all available sources of funding. Except for the specific scholarships listed below, no separate application is required to be considered for donor supported scholarship funds.

The following scholarships do require separate application:

Fairbanks Scholarship

Renewable scholarship awarded to Fine Arts majors. Both a formal declaration of a major in Art, Music or Theater and an audition or interview are required by April 15 (prior to fall entrance). Contact Professor Nathaniel Lew in the Fine Arts Department at nlew@smcvt.edu for information.

Paulin Scholarship

Renewable scholarship awarded to Fine Arts majors. Both a formal declaration of a major in Art, Music or Theater and an audition or interview are required by April 15 (prior to fall entrance). Contact Professor Nathaniel Lew in the Fine Arts Department at nlew@smcvt.edu for information.

Military Scholarships

Air Force ROTC Scholarship

Scholarship for students enrolled in the Norwich University Air Force ROTC program. Interested students may contact the Air Force ROTC Office at Norwich University at 802.485.2460.

Army ROTC Scholarship

Scholarship for students enrolled in the University of Vermont Military Studies courses. Interested students may contact the Department of Military Studies, University of Vermont at 802.656.5757.

*Merit Scholarships are awarded toward full-time tuition at Saint Michael’s College and may be adjusted if students are eligible for Veterans Benefits, Employee Remission or other Tuition Benefits, including Tuition Exchange. For students in the 3+2 Engineering or 3+4 Pharmacy Programs, scholarships are awarded for a maximum of 3 years since after their third year at Saint Michael’s College, students in the 3+2 Engineering or 3+4 Pharmacy programs register for and take courses through a different college or university to complete their degree.