MacMurray College Scholarships

MacMurray College Academic Achievement Scholarships reward your hard work, regardless of financial need. These scholarships are available to new students seeking on-campus, full-time enrollment at the College for the 2020-21 academic year. On-campus residency is required to maintain scholarship level. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and amounts are not adjusted for increases or decreases in GPA after admission. All scholarships are renewable for up to four years. The combined value of all internal MacMurray College scholarships and grants cannot exceed the cost of tuition. Transfer students with fewer than 24 credit hours will be considered for scholarships based on high school academic performance.

For questions regarding academic scholarships, please contact the Office of Admissions.

First-Year Students (Freshman)

Presidential Scholarships
Up to $20,000 per year; 3.9/4.0 GPA

Trustee Scholarships
Up to $18,000 per year; 3.45/4.0 GPA

Dean's Scholarships
Up to $16,000 per year; 2.75/4.0 GPA

Founders Scholarships
Up to $14,000 per year; 2.5/4.0 GPA

Transfer Students (24 or more college credits earned)

Presidential Scholarships
Up to $20,000 per year; 3.7/4.0 GPA

Trustee Scholarships
Up to $18,000 per year; 3.45/4.0 GPA

Dean's Scholarships
Up to $16,000 per year; 3.0/4.0 GPA

Founders Scholarships
Up to $14,000 per year; 2.75/4.0 GPA

Tartan Scholarships
Up to $12,000 per year; 2.0/4.0 GPA

To maintain academic achievement scholarships, students must remain in Academic Good Standing, reside in a MacMurray residence hall and be enrolled full-time in an on-campus program.

To be considered for additional financial assistance, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or apply for private/outside scholarship opportunities. For federal or state aid, students should submit their FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. New students who submit their FAFSA to the College will receive a comprehensive financial aid award beginning in December. For additional scholarship opportunities, please review the Other MacMurray Scholarships and Private Scholarship sections below.

Other MacMurray Scholarships

The following MacMurray awards are available to new students seeking on-campus, full-time enrollment at the College for the 2020-21 academic year. These awards may be available in addition to the MacMurray College Academic Achievement Scholarships.

Highlander Gateway Grant
$3,000 per year; available to first-year and transfer residents of Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

MacMurray College Legacy Award
MacMurray will award $1,000 per year to students related to graduated alumni of the College. Proof of relationship is required.

Peter Cartwright Church Matching Award
MacMurray College will match dollar for dollar any grant or scholarship award given by the student's church from $500 up to $1,500/year. Church loans are ineligible.

Monticello Foundation Scholarship
$4,500 per year; first-year female student who displays leadership and academic excellence. Essay required.

The Monticello Foundation Scholarship, awarded regardless of financial need, was established in 1985 by Monticello College, a former female-only college founded in Godfrey, IL. Just as MacMurray College was once a female-only college, both were founded with the education of bright, young women in mind.
The Monticello Foundation Scholarship is a $4,500 scholarship awarded each year to a female first-year student who displays excellent leadership ability and high academic achievement. It is renewable for up to three years given the student maintains a minimum 3.00 GPA. To apply, please submit an essay describing your achievements, aspirations and goals, service and volunteerism, and any other personal achievements to One-Stop Student Services by March 31, 2020. Essays may be submitted via email or by mail to:

One-Stop Student Services
MacMurray College
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650

SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards
MacMurray College participates in the SAGE Scholars Program.

RaiseMe Micro-Scholarships
MacMurray College participates in the RaiseMe Scholarship Program.

Private Scholarships

Students are encouraged to apply independently for scholarships that are available from organizations, communities or companies. Below are a few popular and free scholarship search services students may use to find and apply for private scholarships.

Local Scholarships

Other Resources

Read our scholarship tips for pointers on looking for and applying to scholarships.

Scholarship Tips

Search Offline
Scholarships aren't just available on the Internet. Look for local scholarships posted to bulletin boards near your high school guidance counselor's office or college's financial aid office. You can also find local awards posted at your public library near the jobs and careers section.

Open a Book
Scholarship listing books can also be a good source of information about scholarships; however, before relying on a book, check the copyright date. About 10 percent of scholarships change in a significant way each year, so a book that is more than a year or two old might not be up-to-date.

Read the Paper
The coupon section of the Sunday newspaper is also a good source of information about scholarships, since many national companies advertise their scholarships there. Many popular brands like Coca Cola, Tylenol, Discover and Dr. Pepper sponsor scholarship programs.

Don't Discriminate
One of the most common issues students encounter within their scholarship search is limiting themselves by scholarship amount. Small award amounts add up, too, so apply for any and all scholarships you qualify for.

Speak, Then Write
Students also dislike scholarships that require an essay because many don't feel confident in their writing skills. If you have trouble writing essays, try recording yourself as you answer the essay question out loud, then transcribe the recording. Most people speak at about 200 words per minute, but write or type at 30 to 60 words a minute. The act of writing can interfere with the flow of thought, whereas answering the question out loud yields a more fluid and passionate essay.

Personalize Your Essay
Keep it interesting. The person reviewing your application will be reading many essays and you want yours to keep their attention. Try to stand out and be memorable in a positive way.

Proofread your application before mailing it. The selection committee will be evaluating you by the way you write, and an essay filled with spelling and grammar errors will give a bad impression and signify that you didn't care enough to take the time to review your application for errors.

The Simplest Way to Write an Essay

  1. Introduction paragraph
    • What you'd like to discuss within your introduction paragraph.
    • Include quotes or references, if any.
  2. Thesis statement: What's the main point of your essay? Decide what you want to convey in your essay and put it into words. Your entire essay will revolve around this point, so make sure you're clear and concise in your phrasing. (This is usually placed near the end of your introduction paragraph.)
  3. First paragraph topic that supports your thesis
    • List supporting quotes/references: Find quotes from reputable sources that support what you've stated within your thesis and that relate to your first paragraph topic.
  4. Second paragraph topic that supports your thesis
  5. Third paragraph topic that supports your thesis
  6. Conclusion paragraph: Note what you'd like to say within your conclusion paragraph. Your conclusion paragraph should detail how you are going to unite the topics from your aforementioned topics and weave them together into one solid point. Students commonly mistake a conclusion paragraph as a summary paragraph when, in fact, it's really an opportunity to drive home your argument. Your conclusion should round out your essay and unite your paragraphs together, solidifying your thesis.
  7. List all citations

Common Scholarship Essay Questions