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 2019-2020 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. 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.

Presidential Scholarships
Up to $20,000 per year; 3.70/4.00 GPA

Trustee Scholarships
Up to $18,000 per year; 3.45/4.00 GPA

Dean's Scholarships
Up to $16,000 per year; 3.00/4.00 GPA

Founders Scholarships
Up to $14,000 per year; 2.75/4.00 GPA

Tartan Scholarships
Up to $12,000 per year; 2.50/4.00 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 2019-2020 academic year. These awards may be available in addition to the MacMurray College Academic Achievement Scholarships.

Home State Advantage Award
1,000 per year; available to first-year and transfer Illinois residents. This award shows the College's dedication to Illinois students by providing an affordable, private college education in their home state.

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

Highlander Character Award
$1,000 per year; available to first-year and transfer students active in community action and leadership organizations including Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Venturing Crew, 4-H, FFA, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership — HOBY, etc. To maintain the Highlander Character Award, recipients must actively participate in student organizations at MacMurray during each year of attendance. Apply for the Highlander Character Award.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible for an additional renewable scholarship of $1,000 per year. Students must provide proof of membership.

Lincoln Land Community College Transfer Scholarship
Transfer students from Lincoln Land Community College are eligible for an additional renewable scholarship of $1,000 per year. To be eligible, Lincoln Land Community College must be the last college the student attended full-time.

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.

Performing Arts Award
Students interested in participating in music or theatre at the College will have the opportunity to be awarded for their talents. Students need to contact the Office of Admissions for more information. Audition 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 29, 2019. 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.

Special Scholarships

MacMurray College wants Eagle Scouts (Boy Scouts of America), Gold Award Recipients (Girl Scouts of America), Summit Award Recipients (Venturing Crew — BSA), and youth and young adult leaders in the United Methodist Church to join the MacMurray Family. MacMurray recognizes these students will greatly benefit the College as active and engaged leaders of the campus community. New students who have earned these special achievements will qualify for one scholarship level higher than those for which they would otherwise be eligible at the time of admission. Proof of achievement is required.

Boy Scouts of America
Students must show proof of Eagle Scout ranking by submitting documentation to the Office of Admissions. Proof of achievement is due by August 1.

Girl Scouts of America
Students must show proof of Gold Award ranking by submitting documentation to the Office of Admissions. Proof of achievement is due by August 1.

Venturing Crew — Boy Scouts of America
Students must show proof of Summit Award ranking by submitting documentation to the Office of Admissions. Proof of achievement is due by August 1.

United Methodist Church Leaders
To qualify as a United Methodist youth or young adult leader, students must have served as or achieved any of the following:

Proof of achievement is due by August 1.

Other Requirements
Proof of achievement must be submitted before any adjustments to scholarship level will occur. The College has the right to approve or deny submitted documentation of achievement. Students must maintain new scholarship level requirements. There is no additional application or essay required. Only one achievement increase is allowed. Transfer students are eligible for scholarship levels up to $20,000 per year.

For questions, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Veterans' Education Benefits

Educational Opportunities
MacMurray College takes part in those programs offered to veterans through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The College has made the Yellow Ribbon pledge to cover the full cost of MacMurray tuition and fees (worth over $20,000 a year) for all veterans who qualify for full Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The Veterans Administration also pays a housing allowance and up to $1,000 a year for books.

We also participate in all Veterans Administration programs of aid for veterans and their dependents, from the Vietnam era to the present. This includes the improved Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB) as well as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Either one can cover the entire expense of attending college.

We also belong to Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, providing educational opportunities for servicemembers, veterans and their families. As such, we are committed to the SOC Criteria.

Transfer Credit
We award transfer credit as appropriate for military training, coursework and occupational specialty, according to recommendations of the American Council on Education. This means, with your discharge papers and military schools, you will be credited for equivalent classes. The ACE Military Transfer Guide for students and the complete ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services are available through the ACE website.

Other Services
The College waives late charges for tuition and fees paid by the Veterans Administration; works with the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs to make sure our veterans are fully informed of opportunities in the state; cooperates with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and their Veterans Employment Representative to assist veterans with employment.

For further information, you can use the following connections.

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