Scholarships

You may not know this, but everyone who applies to Westminster College and fills out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is automatically considered for our merit-based scholarships. We also offer income-based awards, a number of institutional scholarships with additional applications, and continuing student scholarships. Plus, you can bring any external scholarship you’ve received with you.

First-Year Student Scholarships

Merit-Based Awards

At Westminster, we recognize student success. Your academic achievements—measured by difficulty of course work, grades, and entrance exams (ACT or SAT) along with recommendations and extracurricular activities—indicate your future success at Westminster and beyond. When you apply and are admitted to Westminster College, we automatically consider you for merit-based scholarships.

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 hardworking, 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 $10,000 a year to $22,000 a year. 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.

Award DesignationAward Amount
Westminster Presidential Scholarship$22,000
Westminster Dean's Scholarship$19,000
Westminster Founder's Scholarship$17,000
Westminster Horizon Scholarship$15,000
Westminster New Scholar Scholarship$10,000

See which scholarships you qualify for.

Contact the Financial Aid Office at 801.832.2500 or submit a question online for more information and a list of all the scholarships we offer. Check out the merit-based scholarship terms and conditions to learn more.

Income-Based Award

Westminster is committed to making its high-quality education accessible to all students, giving them the opportunity to explore their passions in a close-knit educational environment.

To be considered for an income-based award, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Westminster’s free application for admission. You'll receive a comprehensive and personalized financial aid package that includes income-based financial aid if you qualify. If you're unable to complete the FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance.

Additional Institutional Scholarships

In addition to our merit- and income-based awards, Westminster offers some select talent scholarships. Theatre, music, athletic, computer science, and dance scholarships are available through auditions, competitions, or tryouts. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

External Scholarships

External scholarships are offered by a number of agencies, and many students receive more than one outside scholarship. Some popular websites to find outside scholarships include finaid.org and fastweb.com. Our Financial Aid Facebook page is also a good place to find new scholarship opportunities and helpful tips.

Identity-Based Scholarships

  • Identify what the donor is looking for. If you know what a donor is looking for, then you can tailor your application and increase your chances of being selected.
  • Be specific. Donors want to see that you fit the criteria they are looking for.
  • Be organized and neat. First impressions matter.
  • Keep track of deadlines. Submitting some applications early can benefit you.
  • Submit the application in full. Keep a copy of all application documents before you finally submit.
  • Be aware of scholarship scams. If they ask for unnecessary personal information or an application fee, they are probably not a legitimate source of funding.


Transfer Student Scholarships

Merit-Based Awards

Westminster's transfer-student scholarships are designed to help you finish what you started—and finish strong. When you apply and are admitted to Westminster College, we automatically consider you for merit-based scholarships. In the 2018 Fall Semester, 89% of new transfer students received a renewable merit scholarship or grant.

Merit scholarships are based on a student's cumulative transfer GPA. Students with less than 30 earned college credit hours will be also be required to submit a high school transcript, and the high school GPA may be used for determination of merit-scholarship eligibility.

Current Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students

Award DesignationAward AmountCumulative Transfer GPA
Transfer Presidential$15,0003.5+
Transfer Dean's$13,0003.25–3.49
Transfer Founder's$12,0003.0–3.24
Westminster Success Grant$9,0002.75–2.99
Phi Theta Kappa Members$2,000In addition to your merit-based scholarship listed above
Yellow Ribbon ScholarshipEstimated award covers tuition costs (VA eligible)

Contact the Financial Aid Office at 801.832.2500 or submit a question online for more information.

Income-Based Award

Westminster is committed to making its high-quality education accessible to all students, giving them the opportunity to explore their passions in a close-knit educational environment.

To be considered for an income-based award, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Westminster’s free application for admission. You'll receive a comprehensive and personalized financial aid package that includes income-based financial aid if you qualify. If you're unable to complete the FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance.

Graduate Student Scholarships

Westminster is committed to making your graduate education accessible and affordable.

Fall scholarship applications are due by August 1, spring scholarship applications are due by December 1, and summer scholarship applications are due by May 1. Refer to the scholarship-specific information below to locate the applicable application deadline for your scholarship of interest.

To apply, simply submit the appropriate essay to graduate admissions before the specified deadline. Be sure to begin by clearly identifying yourself, the scholarship you are applying for, and the semester for which you want to apply the scholarship. Please contact our graduate admissions team at gradadmissions@westminstercollege.edu or 801.832.2200 for further questions.

Westminster BS, BA, BBA, and BFA alumni are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship for both the summer and fall terms, valued up to $6,000 for your program.* The Alumni Scholarship does not require an essay.

Westminster graduate programs that qualify for the Alumni Scholarship:

*The scholarship will be awarded in $1,000 disbursements for up to six consecutive semesters. Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester (four for MBA summer term). Scholarships cannot be combined with any other institutional grant, scholarship, or discount including tuition match and the accelerated PMBA program for BBA grads. Total awards, including external funds, may not exceed full tuition.

Westminster offers a limited number of MBA leadership scholarships* (up to $5,000) to incoming students who demonstrate strong leadership abilities or potential. The strength of a candidate's application will also be taken into consideration.

Qualifying graduate programs include:

Apply

Students interested in applying for this scholarship need to submit a one-page essay specifically addressing the following:

  1. Describe an example of a time when you demonstrated leadership and how it made a difference in either your company or your community.
  2. How would receiving the Westminster MBA Leadership Scholarship impact you?

*The scholarship will be divided and awarded in your first two semesters. Students must be enrolled half-time (four credits) to be eligible to receive the award. If you do not enroll in the semester the scholarship is awarded for, it will be forfeited. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other institutional grant, scholarship, or discount, including the accelerated PMBA program for BBA grads. Total awards, including external funds, may not exceed full tuition.

This $2,500–$4,000 scholarship supports and rewards students who are pursuing graduate studies in accounting* that will qualify them to sit for the CPA exam. The scholarship is awarded for one academic year and distributed over two semesters. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in or accepted into Westminster's Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program or MBA/Accounting Certificate program
  • Intend to sit for the CPA examination
  • Have strong past academic performance as evidenced by graduate or undergraduate GPA
  • Participate in extracurricular activities that promote preparation for careers in professional accounting
  • Show a financial need for assistance

Apply

Students interested in applying for this scholarship need to submit a one-page essay specifically addressing the following:

  1. How do you meet the above criteria?

*Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester for two consecutive semesters to remain eligible. Scholarship cannot be combined with any other institutional grant, scholarship, or discount including tuition match. Total award, including external funds, may not exceed full tuition. Please contact us with questions regarding eligibility.

Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded each year to students who are pursuing their MBA at Westminster and have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is awarded for one academic year and distributed over two semesters. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in or accepted into Westminster’s Master of Business Administration program
  • Strong past academic performance as evidenced by graduate or undergraduate GPA

Apply

Students interested in applying for this scholarship need to submit a one-page essay specifically addressing the following:

  1. How do you meet the above criteria?
  2. How would receiving this scholarship impact your ability to study at Westminster?

*Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester for two consecutive semesters to remain eligible. If you do not enroll in the semester the scholarship is awarded for, it will be forfeited. The scholarship cannot be combined with any other institutional grant, scholarship, or discount. Total awards, including external award funds, may not exceed full tuition.

The Change Maker Scholarship is now available to an incoming student each academic year. This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is pursuing their Master of Arts in Community Leadership degree at Westminster and has demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is awarded for one academic year and distributed over three semesters. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in or accepted into Westminster’s Master of Arts in Community Leadership program
  • Strong past academic performance as evidenced by graduate or undergraduate GPA

Apply

Students interested in applying for this scholarship need to submit a one-page essay specifically addressing the following:

  1. How do you see yourself changing your community five years from now?

*Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of four credit hours per semester for three consecutive semesters to remain eligible. If you do not enroll in the semester the scholarship is awarded for, it will be forfeited. Total awards, including external award funds, may not exceed full tuition.


Current Student Scholarships

There are additional scholarships available for current Westminster students. Hundreds of donors have contributed scholarship funds for students in their second, third, and fourth years at Westminster. These scholarships are awarded based on the individual criteria set up by the donor and utilize your cumulative Westminster GPA.

Submit one application to be considered for all continuing scholarships.

The continuing student scholarship application for the 2019–20 academic year is now closed.

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