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2014-2015 General Scholarship Information

At Westminster, we recognize student success. Your academic achievement, as measured by difficulty of course work, grades, entrance exams (ACT or SAT), along with recommendations and extracurricular activities, indicate your future success at Westminster and beyond. The college invests -- through scholarship awards--in students who carry a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, score well on the ACT or SAT, and who are hard working, determined, open-minded, caring, and ambitious. We recommend you meet with an Admissions Counselor, as it helps complete the picture for both the student and the college.

Annual amounts for these awards range from $5,000 ($20,000 over four years) to $16,000 ($64,000 over four years). These awards are renewable for students who maintain good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress. The highest level award for which a student qualifies will supersede all previous offers. 

The chart above is general representation of merit aid. Students should contact the Admissions Office for more information on merit-based scholarships and grants.  Unweighted GPAs (on a 4.0 scale) are utilized for purposes of scholarship determination.

Additional Scholarship Programs

Full Tuition Awards

National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholars

Westminster College recognizes National Merit Finalists and National Achievement Finalists.  A total of three finalists who designate Westminster as their first-choice school and are admitted by March 1, 2014 will be awarded full tuition scholarships.  Full tuition scholarship recipients will be chosen based on the strength of their admissions application credentials and supporting documentation.

One full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to the most qualified National Hispanic Scholar in the entering class who is admitted by March 1, 2013 (as determined by GPA, rank in class, test scores, and recommendations).  Students must enroll in the fall semester directly following high school graduation. 

(2014-2015 Tuition: $29,856).


Exemplary Achievement Award

Three scholarships of $25,000 per year will be awarded to students who will attend Westminster College as members of the Fall 2014 entering class. In addition, twenty-five scholarships of $4,000 will be awarded to students on top to their merit-based scholarship. Both freshman and transfer students are eligible to apply.

In rewarding exceptional achievement, the College seeks to honor students who will enrich our community of learners as they embody the high value we place on excellence. Special consideration will be given to students who demonstrate innovative, motivational leadership that has impacted their schools, workplaces, or communities. Consideration will also be given to applicants who have demonstrated resilience in the face of hardships, disability, difficult personal situations, or other disadvantage.

The Exemplary Achievement Award recognizes students who have achieved excellence in one of the following categories:

  • Significant participation in community service and civic participation

  • Work experience and entrepreneurship 

  • Resilience in the face of hardship or disadvantage

  • Promoting equity and understanding

  • Outstanding leadership

  • Distinction in the Arts, Humanities, or Sciences

  • Alvin & Helene Richer Academic Excellence
    Scholarship (Minimum 3.7 GPA; 27 ACT or
    equivalent )

Students may apply for consideration in one category. At least three scholarships will be awarded in each category. The Scholarship Committee will select the recipients by evaluating the level of achievement, depth of involvement, and quality of contribution among the applicants. Applicants must apply and be admitted to Westminster by Monday, February 3, 2014 and be in good academic standing at their current school. This award requires a separate application that is due in the admissions office by 5:00 pm on February 3, 2014. Finalists will be notified by March 5, 2014. Please contact the admissions office for further details.

Application materials include:

  1. Complete application form.

  2. Personal statement or essay explaining why your achievements relate to this award and how you will enrich our community of learners.

  3. A professional resume and list of all activities, awards and achievements

Please include the Westminster College Award for Exemplary Achievement Consideration Form (PDF) with your application materials listed above.


Talent Scholarships: Music, Theatre, and Athletics

Theatre, music, and athletic scholarships are also available through auditions or tryouts. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.  

Sterling Scholars

Annually renewable $3,000 scholarship awards are offered to all Utah Sterling Scholarships worth up to $12,000. The Sterling Scholar runner up will be eligible for $1,500 annual scholarships up to $6,000.

Alvin & Helene Richer Academic Excellence Scholarship

Three freshman with strong academic records, ambition, and exemplary character will be awarded annually renewable scholarships of $4,000. A separate application is required and students must have a minimum 3.7 high school GPA and ACT composite score of at least 27 in order to apply.  A 3.7 Westminster GPA is required to renew the scholarship each year.

The National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (NCSSSMST)

In recognition of our shared goals of transforming mathematics, science, and technology education through innovation and problem-based learning, Westminster College will award freshmen graduating from an NCSSSMST school an additional $2,500 per year ($10,000 over four years) toward the cost of tuition, in addition to other merit scholarships (the total amount not to exceed annual tuition).

Science and Engineering Awards

Awards of $20,000 per year ($80,000 over four years) will be awarded for the senior division finalists that advance to the Intel ISEF from the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair. These awards will also be offered to the Intel ISEF finalists in Utah’s other regional fairs, and they are also encouraged to apply. Multiple year winners are eligible to receive one scholarship award of $20,000 per year, and the finalist award supersedes the $1,000 participant award. In addition, every 11th and 12th grade student who advances to a Utah Regional Science Fair will be awarded one $1,000 award per year ($4,000 over 4 years) toward tuition, in addition to any other awards they receive at Westminster (not to exceed tuition).

ROTC College Scholarship

Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC Scholarship recipients, who choose to attend Westminster and also choose to live on campus, will be awarded a full room and board grant at a double room and full meal plan rate. ROTC Scholarship recipients choosing to live off campus will receive a $2,500 grant. Students who receive both an ROTC scholarship and room and board grants are not eligible for other Westminster College scholarships as entering students.

Westminster College also participates in the Utah New Century Scholarship Program and the Centennial Scholarship for Early Graduation Certificate programs. 

AmeriCorps Matching Grant

Westminster College is pleased to offer an AmeriCorps Matching Grant to qualified undergraduate students in recognition of academic potential, involvement in community activities, and leadership.  This award matches the AmeriCorps Education Award with up to $4,725 annually based on the amount of funds the student requests from AmeriCorps.  The matching amount will apply toward tuition for the student's first bachelor's degree and may not exceed a student's remaining financial need after all need-based financial aid has been awarded.  

Utah Hispanic Chamber "Somos" Scholar Award

Westminster College and the Business Leadership Foundation of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to provide a new scholarship to be awarded to an incoming undergraduate student of Hispanic decent.  One full-tuition, yearly renewable scholarship will be presented to a qualified student each year and will be awarded by the Hispanic Business Leadership Foundation of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  See www.utahhcc.com for further details.


*If a student receives a higher level award, it will supersede all previous offers, and the student will receive the more valuable offer.