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Merit Matters

MacMurray College's Academic Achievement Scholarships reward your hard work, regardless of financial need. These scholarships are available to new students seeking on-campus, full-time enrollment to the College for the 2017-18 academic year. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and amounts are not adjusted for increases or decreases in GPA and/or test scores after admission.

Eagle Boy Scouts, Gold Award Girl Scouts and youth and young adult leaders of the United Methodist Church qualify for one scholarship level higher than those for which they would otherwise be eligible.

First-year students are eligible for scholarships ranging from $12,000 to full-tuition per year. Transfer students are eligible for scholarships ranging from $12,000 to $20,000 per year. Please contact the MacMurray Office of Admissions at 217-479-7056 with any questions.

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First-time, First-year Students

Academic Achievement Scholarships reward accomplished students with awards ranging from $12,000 to full-tuition per year. The level of award is based on your grade-point average in high school and your ACT or SAT (M+CR) scores at the time of admission.

Valedictory Scholarships

Full-tuition for valedictorians, salutatorians, and students in the top 1% of their class; 30 ACT or SAT equivalent.

The premier MacMurray Valedictory Scholarships are awarded to valedictorians or salutatorians of their high schools or those in the top 1% of their graduating class. They must also have either an ACT score of 30 or higher or SAT equivalent.

The full-tuition Valedictory Scholarship is renewable for three additional years. Recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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Presidential Achievement Scholarships

Up to $20,000 per year; 3.70/4.00 grade point average or 3.45 GPA and a 30 ACT or SAT equivalent.

MacMurray's Presidential Achievement Scholarships provide top students with up to $20,000 per year. Your scholarship can be renewed for three additional years for a total four-year award of as much as $80,000. Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship.

Students qualify with a grade point average of 3.70 on a 4-point scale (94 percent) or with a 3.45 GPA and a 30 ACT score or higher or SAT equivalent.

Presidential Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.90 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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Trustee Achievement Scholarships

Up to $17,500 per year; 3.45/4.00 GPA or a 3.20 GPA plus a 27 ACT (or SAT equivalent).

MacMurray's Trustee Achievement Scholarships provide students with up to $17,500 per year towards tuition. Your scholarship can be renewed for three additional years for a total four-year award of as much as $70,000. Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship.

Students qualify with a grade point average of 3.45 on a 4-point scale (89 percent) or with a 3.20 GPA (84 percent) and a 27 ACT score or higher or SAT equivalent.

Trustee Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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Dean's Achievement Scholarships

Up to $15,000 per year; 3.20/4.00 GPA or a 2.95 GPA plus a 24 ACT (or SAT equivalent).

MacMurray's Dean's Achievement Scholarships provide students with up to $15,000 per year towards tuition. Your scholarship can be renewed for three additional years for a total four-year award of as much as $60,000. Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship.

Students qualify with a grade-point average of 3.20 on a 4-point scale (84 percent) or with a 2.95 GPA (79 percent) and a 24 ACT score or higher or SAT equivalent.

Dean's Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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Founders Achievement Scholarships

Up to $13,000 per year; 2.95/4.00 GPA or a 2.70 GPA plus a 21 ACT (or SAT equivalent).

MacMurray's Founders Achievement Scholarships provide students with up to $13,000 per year towards tuition. Your scholarship can be renewed for three additional years for a total four-year award of as much as $50,000. Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship.

Students qualify with a grade point average of 2.95 on a 4-point scale (79 percent) or with a 2.70 GPA (74 percent) plus a 21 ACT score or higher or SAT equivalent.

Founders Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.60 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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Tartan Achievement Scholarships

Up to $12,000 per year; 2.50/4.00 GPA and an 18 ACT (or SAT equivalent).

MacMurray's Tartan Leadership Scholarships provide students with up to $12,000 per year towards tuition. Your scholarship can be renewed for three additional years for a total four-year award of as much as $48,000. Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship.

Tartan Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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Transfer Scholarships

Transfer students who have earned 24 or more semester hours of credit can receive from $12,000 to $20,000 per year based on their academic record in college at the time of admission. Students who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours will be assessed individually for scholarship eligibility based upon their high school record.

All transfer scholarships are renewable for the number of  semesters required to complete the bachelor’s degree, based on a total of eight semesters of college attendance.

Presidential Transfer Scholarships

Up to $20,000 per year; 3.70/4.00 college GPA.

MacMurray's Presidential Transfer Scholarships provide top students with up to $20,000 per year towards tuition. Students qualify with a grade-point average of 3.70 on a 4-point scale (94 percent).

Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship. Presidential Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.90 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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Trustee Transfer Scholarships

Up to $17,500 per year; 3.45/4.00 college GPA.

MacMurray's Trustee Transfer Scholarships provide students with up to $17,500 per year towards tuition. Students qualify with a grade-point average of 3.45 on a 4-point scale (89 percent).

Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship. Trustee Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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Dean's Transfer Scholarships

Up to $15,000 per year; 3.20/4.00 college GPA.

MacMurray's Dean's Transfer Scholarships provide students with up to $15,000 per year towards tuition. Students qualify with a grade point average of 3.20 on a 4-point scale (84 percent).

Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship. Trustee Transfer Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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Founders Transfer Scholarships

Up to $13,000 per year; 2.95/4.00 college GPA.

MacMurray's Founders Transfer Scholarships provide students with up to $13,000 per year towards tuition. Students qualify with a grade point average of 2.95 on a 4-point scale (79 percent) in their college work.

Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship. Founders Transfer Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.60 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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Tartan Transfer Scholarships

Up to $12,000 per year; 2.00/4.00 college GPA.

MacMurray's Tartan Transfer Scholarships provide students with up to $12,000 per year towards tuition.

Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship. Tartan Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher and reside in MacMurray's residence halls while receiving the scholarship.

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MacMurray College Academic Achievement Scholarships and Transfer Scholarships are available to full-time students enrolled in on-campus degree programs. There are no separate applications or essays. Your application for enrollment to MacMurray automatically makes you eligible. You will receive your scholarship offer with your letter of acceptance to MacMurray. All scholarships are renewable.

Federal or state need-based or private aid is in addition to your Academic Achievement Scholarship. For need-based aid, students should apply through 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, review the Other MacMurray Scholarships section below or the Private Scholarship Page.

Other MacMurray Scholarships

MacMurray awards are available to full-time students enrolled in on-campus degree programs.

Monticello Foundation Scholarship

$6,000 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.

One $6,000 renewable scholarship will be awarded each year to a female first-year 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. The Monticello Scholarship is renewable for three years. Students should maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA to renew the scholarship. To apply, please submit an essay describing the above criteria to One-Stop Student Services by April 7, 2017. Essays may be submitted via email or by mail to

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

Peter Cartwright Church Matching Award

MacMurray College will match dollar for dollar any award given by the student's church up to $1500/year.

MacMurray College Legacy Award

MacMurray will award $1,000/year to students related to graduated alumni of the College.

MacMurray College Grant and Out of State Grant

Need-based funds awarded to qualifying students.

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 $500 per year. To be eligible, Lincoln Land Community College must be the last college the student attended full time.