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MacMurray Academic Scholarships

Merit Matters

MacMurray College's Academic Achievement Scholarships reward your hard work, regardless of financial need. The Tartan Leadership Scholarship rewards exceptional engagement and leadership in activities outside of the classroom.

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.

Scholarships are available up to full tuition. Please call the MacMurrray 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 from $40,000 to full tuition for their four years at MacMurray. The level of award is based on your grade-point average in high school and your ACT or SAT scores.

Valedictory Scholarships

Full-tuition for valedictorians, salutatorians, and students in the top 1% of their class; 30 ACT or 1330/1600 SAT.

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 an SAT combined math and critical reading score of 1330.

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 a 1330/1600 SAT.

MacMurray's Presidential Achievement Scholarships provide top students with up to $20,000 per year, reducing the cost of tuition and fees to $5,110 in the 2016-17 academic year, plus room and board. See cost of attendance. 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 an SAT combined math and critical reading score of 1330 or higher.

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 1210/1600 SAT).

MacMurray's Trustee Achievement Scholarships provide students with up to $17,500 per year towards tuition, reducing the cost of tuition and fees to $7,610 in the 2016-17 academic year, plus room and board. See cost of attendance. 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 an SAT combined math and critical reading score of 1210 or higher.

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 1100/1600 SAT).

MacMurray's Dean's Achievement Scholarships provide students with up to $15,000 per year towards tuition, reducing the cost of tuition and fees to $10,110 in the 2016-17 academic year, plus room and board. See cost of attendance. 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 an SAT combined math and critical reading score of 1100 or higher.

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 $12,500 per year; 2.95/4.00 GPA or a 2.70 GPA plus a 21 ACT (or 1000/1600 SAT).

MacMurray's Founders Achievement Scholarships provide students with up to $12,500 per year towards tuition, reducing the cost of tuition and fees to $12,610 in the 2016-17 academic year, plus room and board. See cost of attendance. 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 an SAT combined math and critical reading score of 1000 or higher.

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 Leadership Scholarships

Up to $10,000 per year; outstanding leadership and an 18 ACT (or 900/1600 SAT).

MacMurray's Tartan Leadership Scholarships provide students with up to $10,000 per year towards tuition, reducing the cost of tuition and fees to $15,110 in the 2016-17 academic year, plus room and board. See cost of attendance. Your scholarship can be renewed for three additional years for a total four-year award of as much as $40,000. Federal or state need-based or private aid can be added to the scholarship.

Tartan Scholars demonstrate outstanding leadership outside the classroom in various school (excluding athletics), religious, and/or community activities. In addition, students must have an 18 ACT score or higher or an SAT combined math and critical reading score of 900 or higher.

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 $10,000 to $20,000 per year based on their academic record in college. Students who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours will be assessed individually for scholarship eligibility based upon both their high school and college records.

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, reducing the cost of tuition and fees to $5,110 in the 2016-17 academic year, plus room and board. See cost of attendance. 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, reducing the cost of tuition and fees to $7,610 in the 2016-17 academic year, plus room and board. See cost of attendance. 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, reducing the cost of tuition and fees to $10,110 in the 2016-17 academic year, plus room and board. See cost of attendance. 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 $12,500 per year; 2.95/4.00 college GPA.

MacMurray's Founders Transfer Scholarships provide students with up to $12,500 per year towards tuition, reducing the cost of tuition and fees to $12,610 in the 2016-17 academic year, plus room and board. See cost of attendance. 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 Leadership Scholarships

Up to $10,000 per year; outstanding leadership.

MacMurray's Tartan Transfer Leadership Scholarships provide students with up to $10,000 per year towards tuition, reducing the cost of tuition and fees to $15,110 in the 2016-17 academic year, plus room and board. See cost of attendance. Tartan Transfer Scholars demonstrate outstanding leadership outside the classroom in various school (excluding athletics), religious, and/or community activities.

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 January 1. Each student's comprehensive financial aid award will be available beginning in March. See the private scholarships section below for links to private aid.

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 $5,000 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.

Private Scholarships

Students are encouraged also to apply independently for scholarships, 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.

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