Merit Scholarships and Awards for 2014-15
Scholarships are intended for traditional, residential program full-time students.
|Type of Aid||Available To*||Amount||Criteria|
|Presidential Scholarship||First-Year Applicants||Up to Full Tuition — other amounts vary||Select candidates are invited to attend MacMurray College Scholarship Day to qualify. Participants compete for Presidential Scholarships valued up to full tuition. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to retain the full-tuition scholarship. Other Presidential award recipients must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA. Must apply and be accepted by January 15, 2014.|
|Residential Fellows Scholarship||First-Year Applicants||Full Tuition, single room upgrade & study abroad opportunity||Top students will be invited to compete for this honor. Minimum criteria are an ACT composite score of 25 and top 20% of high school class. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to retain the scholarship. Must apply and be accepted by January 15, 2014.|
|Trustee Scholarship||First-Year Applicants||Up to $12,000||Core GPA of 3.25 or greater and ACT composite of 24 or higher (1100 SAT Critical Reading and Math or higher). Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA to retain the scholarship.|
|Dean's Scholarship||First-Year Applicants||Up to $10,000||Core GPA of 3.0 or higher and ACT composite of 20 or higher (950 SAT Critical Reading and Math or higher). Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA to retain the scholarship.|
|Founder's Grant||First-Year Applicants||Up to $9,000||Students who have not been considered for other academic scholarships but demonstrate leadership qualities, co-curricular involvement, community service, and academic promise are eligible. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA to retain the scholarship.|
|Lincoln Land Community College Partnership Scholarship||Transfer Applicants||Up to $10,000||Students from Lincoln Land Community College with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible. Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA to retain the scholarship.|
|Dr. Clarence McClelland Transfer Scholarship||Transfer Applicants||Up to $9,500||Students transferring from an accredited postsecondary school with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible. Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA to retain the scholarship.|
|Transfer Founder's Grant||Transfer Applicants||Up to $8,500||Students transferring from an accredited post-secondary school with a GPA of 2.0 or higher are eligible. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA to retain the scholarship.|
|Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship||Transfer Applicants||$2,500||Member of Phi Theta Kappa; associate's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Awarded in addition to merit scholarships. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to retain the scholarship.|
|Peter Cartwright Church Matching Award||Any Applicant||Up to $1,500||As a Methodist-related college, MacMurray matches dollar for dollar any award given by a student's local church.|
|Interfaith Matching Award||Any Applicant||Up to $1,500||MacMurray matches dollar for dollar any award given by a student's synagogue, mosque, or temple.|
|Sibling Award||Any Applicant||$500||Siblings concurrently enrolled at MacMurray College will each be eligible.|
|Dependent of Alumni Award||Any Applicant||$1,000||Dependent children of a MacMurray College Alum will be eligible.|
*Merit scholarships and awards continue for four years provided students remain enrolled full time and maintain appropriate academic progress as indicated.
**Core GPA and transfer GPA are MacMurray College-issued values at the time of admission.
Monticello Foundation Scholarship
The Monticello Foundation Scholarship was established in 1985 by Monticello College, a former female-only college founded in Godfrey, Illinois. Just as MacMurray College was once a female-only college, both were founded with the education of bright young women in mind.
One new $5,000 renewable scholarship will be awarded each year to a female freshman student who displays excellent leadership ability and high academic achievement. The essay should describe the student's achievements, aspirations and goals, service and volunteerism, and any other personal achievements. Students should maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to renew the scholarship. To apply, please submit an essay describing the above criteria to the Office of Financial Aid by April 4, 2014. Essays may be submitted via email or by mail to
Office of Financial Aid
447 East College Ave.
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Undocumented Student Resources
Scholarship opportunities from foundations outside MacMurray College:
- The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
- IGRC Higher Ed-Campus Ministry
- Daughters of the American Revolution National Scholarships
You can also search for private scholarships using