Traditional Undergraduate Scholarships

Keystone Scholarship

The Keystone Scholarship is available to traditional undergraduate students at Montreat College. 99% of Montreat students receive aid from the Keystone Scholarship. It is based on need as determined by the FAFSA. It cannot be combined with athletic scholarships for student-athletes.

Learn more about the Keystone Scholarship.

Athletic Scholarships

Montreat College awards athletic scholarships to varsity athletes based on talent, character, roster needs, and academic merit. These scholarships may be combined with some other grants or scholarships, but cannot be combined with merit scholarships.

Merit Scholarships

Montreat College offers merit scholarships to students based on academic achievement. These scholarships may be combined with some other grants or scholarships, but cannot be combined with athletic scholarships. All scholarships and awards are contingent on students maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

For First-Time Freshmen

The Trustee Scholarship is awarded to students with an Academic Index* of 84 and greater. Financial value:

  • Residential students: $8,000/year (four-year value: $32,000)
  • Commuter students: $4,000/year (four-year value: $16,000)

The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students with an Academic Index* between 77.00-83.99. Financial value:

  • Residential students: $7,000/year (four-year value: $28,000)
  • Commuter students: $3,500/year (four-year value: $14,000)

The Provost Scholarship is awarded to students with an Academic Index* between 69.00-76.99. Financial value:

  • Residential students: $6,000/year (four-year value: $24,000)
  • Commuter students: $3,000/year (four-year value: $12,000)

The Anderson Scholarship is awarded to students with an Academic Index* below 69. Financial value:

  • Residential students: $5,000/year (four-year value: $20,000)
  • Commuter students: $2,500/year (four-year value: $10,000)

*Academic Index is calculated by the following formula: (Unweighted GPA x 10) + (SAT x .0375)

For Transfer Students

The Bell Scholarship is awarded to transfer students with a cumulative college GPA between 3.50 and above. Financial value:

  • Residential students: $8,000/year
  • Commuter students: $4,000 per year

The Gate Scholarship is awarded to transfer students with a cumulative college GPA between 3.00-3.49. Financial value:

  • Residential students: $6,000/year
  • Commuter students: $3,000/year

The Howerton Scholarship is awarded to transfer students with a cumulative college GPA between 2.50-2.99. Financial value:

  • Residential students: $4,000/year
  • Commuter students: $2,000/year

Honors Scholarships

The honors scholarships for new 2021 students will be awarded as follows:

  • 2 – Full-Tuition Scholarships
  • 4 – $25,000 Scholarships ($6,250 per year for four years)
  • 6 – $20,000 Scholarships ($5,000 per year for four years)
  • 8 – $15,000 Scholarships ($3,750 per year for four years)
  • 15 – $10,000 Scholarships ($2,500 per year for four years)
  • All Scholars Day participants will receive a minimum one-time scholarship of $500
  • Scholars Day participants who submit their $150 enrollment deposit by March 1, 2021, will receive an additional one-time $500

Scholarship Eligibility

In order to be eligible for Honors Scholarships, prospective students must:

  • Meet the Honors Program criteria: 3.5 minimum unweighted GPA (3.4 for transfer students) or qualifying test score (1200 SAT, 25 ACT, or 78 CLT).
  • Submit a completed application to Montreat College by Jan. 8, 2021.
  • Apply to the Honors Program by Jan. 8, 2021.
  • RSVP for Scholars Day by Jan. 8, 2021, using the link on your Scholars Day invitation.
  • Attend Scholars Day on Jan. 22, 2021.
  • Note: To attend Scholars Day, students must be accepted to both Montreat College and the Honors Program before January 22, 2021.

Academic Department Scholarships

Creative Writing Competition

Montreat College announces its 12th Annual Creative Writing Competition. This event showcases the work of high school student authors and seeks to publicly recognize young talent in Western North Carolina. Six scholarships will be awarded: two in each of the three categories with $1500 for first place and $1000 for second place. Selected entries will be published in The Lamp Post, the college’s annual literary magazine.

  • Categories: Poetry, Fiction, Songwriting
  • One entry per writer
  • Maximum Length: 100 words
  • If part of a larger piece (short story, novel, screenplay, etc), choose the strongest portion.

Entries should be submitted in Word documents and formatted in Times/Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced. By their act of submission, each contestant releases one-time rights for their work to Montreat College for publishing in both print and online versions of the 2020 issue of The Lamp Post.

Send entries to CWFcontest@montreat.edu no later than April 10, 2020. Applicants should use their category as the subject line and include their full name, grade, teacher, and school name in the body of the email.

Cybersecurity

Montreat College offers cybersecurity scholarships for new and transfer students interested in studying cybersecurity. The award is $2,000 per student, renewable annually, if student maintains eligibility requirements.

Requirements for eligibility:

  • Must be a new or transfer student
  • Must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in the cybersecurity major and a career in cybersecurity

Download the Cybersecurity Scholarship Application.

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2021 scholarship is March 16, 2021. Please send completed applications to: Professor Kelli Burgin, Cybersecurity Department Chair (kelli.burgin@montreat.edu).

Music (Choir)

Montreat College will offer up to 10 talent grants for new students who audition for and participate in the college choir. Talent grants are worth $500 for the first year of participation, and are based upon experience, performance and personnel needs.

Interested students should complete the interest form and also submit an audio recording with the following content:

  1. Sing a one octave major scale ascending and descending, a cappella on solfege or any neutral syllable. Soprano/Tenor start on E, Alto/Bass start on C.
  2. Sing either “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” or “Amazing Grace” (vs 1) a cappella starting on any note that is in a comfortable range.
  3. Sing one verse from an additional song of your choice, a cappella or accompanied. Suggested genres are Art Songs, Classical, or Broadway. Please announce the title and composer of the song before beginning.

File size should not exceed 8 MB.

Email the recording, with your name, and any additional questions to Professor Talsma at katie.talsma@montreat.edu. The submission deadline is April 1, 2021.

Outdoor Recreation Studies

The Wetzel-Hagaman Awards were established at Montreat College to prepare the next generation of Christian outdoor leaders and educators. Penny Hagaman and Jake Wetzel invested their lives in many Montreat students over the years. The Outdoor Recreation Studies Department established this award in their honor (see below).

  • Amount: Awards are for $2000 each ($1000 each semester) for incoming majors in Outdoor Recreation Studies. Awards are only for the freshman/first year of study at Montreat College.
  • Number of awards: Up to ten awards will be given.
  • Application criteria: For details about the application process contact Dottie Shuman, Professor of Outdoor Recreation Studies (dottie.shuman@montreat.edu). An application form and essay are required for each applicant.
  • Due date: The deadline for all applications and essays is March 2, 2021.

Church-Matching Grant

Montreat College invites churches to partner with us to help their youth secure the resources they need in order to finance their education at a Christian College. Our institution will match up to $1,000 in church contributions per year. Please download our Church-Matching Grant form for complete details and instructions.

North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship (NCNBS)

This scholarship is restricted to students with financial need. Eligibility is determined by the NC State Educational Assistance Authority, and awards are based entirely on the FAFSA form—you must file the FAFSA to be eligible. For more information about the North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship, visit www.ncseaa.edu.

Other Outside Scholarships

Scholarships from sources or organizations outside Montreat may be based on items like need, ability, grades, profession, and heritage. Every scholarship has unique requirements and eligibility criteria. The following websites may be helpful in your search for scholarships:

Refer to this article, 10 Ways to Nab a Scholarship to Pay for College, for other sources of outside scholarships.