grove city college scholarships

Last Updated on August 30, 2023

Our mission of equipping students for their unique callings through an academically excellent and Christ-centered learning experience has never been more critical than today. At Grove City College, we remain committed to fulfilling this mission in a manner marked by stewardship and affordability. Our tuition is less than half of the national average for four-year private institutions reflecting the true cost of attendance. There are numerous scholarships available to Grove City College students that significantly reduce already affordable tuition costs. That’s important. With so many schools offering tuition discounts that are thinly veiled as scholarships, it amounts to little more than optics. Real financial assistance matters.

Need-Based Aid

Students who aspire to attend Grove City College should not miss such an opportunity because of financial limitations. We’re committed to providing as much assistance as we can to students who demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.


Merit-Based Aid

Outstanding academic performance should be worth something. At Grove City College, it most certainly is. For high achieving students, there are a number of merit-based scholarships available that makes financing an education a reality.


Outside Scholarships

We encourage students to seek out all scholarship assistance that’s available. Get started early with these scholarship resources.

Outside Scholarships

Beyond college-sourced aid and scholarships, we encourage you to apply for outside scholarships—privately sourced awards that will stack on top of any Grove City College-funded aid we offer you (not exceeding total cost of attendance). We strongly encourage you to pursue these opportunities because Grove City College students are very successful in obtaining outside scholarships (and most bring in more than one). In fact, this past year 171 freshmen brought in an average of $3,600 each in outside scholarships, and many students have brought in far more than that. Over four years, money like that really adds up! Check with your guidance office, parents’ employers, church, community foundation, and local service organizations for scholarship opportunities.

There are countless privately funded scholarships available, and we’ve identified some ways to simplify and target your search based on your talents, traits, and connections. View our admissions blog post for recommended strategies and resources, and see below for popular search tools and a sampling of scholarship opportunities.

Community Foundations 

One of the most overlooked yet best resources is your community foundation. Community foundations are grantmaking public charities that house and manage donor-directed funds to improve the lives of local residents through a variety of means including scholarships. Almost every county has a community foundation, and most offer several, if not hundreds, of scholarships (like the Community Foundation of Western PA & Eastern OH, which offers over 200 scholarships every year).

To access the community foundation nearest you, explore the community foundation locator, or simply Google “[insert your county] community foundation,” find the scholarships tab, and follow instructions to apply.

Other Resources

Other scholarship search tools are available on sites such as: 

Read the Grove City College Outside Scholarship and Loan Policy for student requirements and guidelines on how outside scholarships are administered by the College.

Scholarship Opportunities 

Lola G. Duff and William H. Duff, II Scholarship Fund
This $80 million fund has college scholarships for Allegheny County, Pa. residents. Students must be Protestant, have two years of schooling in Allegheny County (either public, private, or home), and must be planning to attend college full time. Applications available online in January.

The Pittsburgh Promise
This scholarship is available to graduates of Pittsburgh Public Schools and charters, regardless of financial need or income, who have been students in the district and a resident of Pittsburgh continuously since at least the 9th grade. Students must also graduate with a minimum 2.5 GPA, have a 90% attendance record, and earn admission into Grove City College.

Thomas M. Colella & Florence M. Colella Scholarship Fund
The Thomas M. Colella & Florence M. Colella Scholarship Fund was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide a full tuition, renewable scholarship for a student from Western Pennsylvania, specifically for a student entering Grove City College for undergraduate studies.

Hagan Scholarships
The Hagan Scholarships are intended for high achieving students in need of financial assistance in order to attend college. Recipients must graduate from a public high school located in an eligible state and in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents.

Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio Scholarships
This foundation offers a number of competitive scholarships that are available to residents of the Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio region.Throckmorton Foundation Scholarship
This competitive scholarship is available to African-American and Native-American students from Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Grove City College admissions application and subsequent admission to the College enables eligibility for this scholarship. 

Daniels Fund
The Daniels Scholarship Program provides the opportunity to obtain a college education at any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States, complete with financial and personal support throughout their journey. Selected scholars are offered resources, encouragement, and inspiration far beyond the financial assistance needed to earn a college degree. The goal is to help each Daniels Scholar succeed in college and ultimately become independent, successful in a rewarding career, and actively engaged in their community.

This four-year, annually-renewable college scholarship is a “last dollar” scholarship that covers the unmet need of the student after all other financial aid resources and their expected family contribution have been applied. However, students who choose to attend one of 24 partner schools in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming will have their expected family contribution covered as well. (View a complete list of partner schools.)

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, students must be a current high school senior graduating from a high school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming; be a current resident of one of these four states and a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.; and earn an SAT Math score of at least 470 and an Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of at least 450, or ACT scores of at least 17 in each category (Math, English, Reading, and Science). Super-scoring is not accepted.

The fund will begin accepting applications for the highly competitive program on October 1.UNCF/Koch Foundation ScholarshipSupported by a $25 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries, the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program offers African-American students financial assistance, academic and business mentoring, and networking opportunities both online and at an annual summit. UNCF/Koch scholars study how principled entrepreneurship™, innovation, and economic thinking contribute to the well-being of individuals, communities, and society. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities and have financial need.

Bill Knecht Tourism Scholarship Application
This memorial scholarship fund provides one $1,000 scholarship each year to a sophomore, junior or senior of Grove City College, Penn State – Shenango, or Thiel College who is pursuing a tourism-related major such as marketing, recreation, hotel management, etc. This would also include students in business management and business administration. The student must be a resident of Mercer County and a U.S. citizen.

PA Institute of Certified Public Accountants
The Institute offers a variety of scholarships for students who are majoring in Accounting and wish to pursue a career in that field. Please contact the Institute for more information.

II-VI Foundation Scholarships
The II-VI scholarships are competitive scholarships available to students entering the fields of engineering, math, and science. Scholarship opportunities are directed toward students pursuing degrees in electrical, industrial, chemical, nuclear, mechanical, material science engineering, and related engineering and science disciplines. Mathematics majors are welcome to apply, however pre-med candidates, civil engineers, architectural engineers, or petroleum engineers are not eligible for consideration. The scholarship is available only to rising freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and is renewable.

A unique aspect of the II-VI Foundation Scholarship is the requirement of nine weeks or 360 hours of manufacturing-, engineering- or science-related experience in an industrial setting from October 1 to August 31 of the year in which the candidate applies for the scholarship. This requirement forces candidates to get hands-on, real-world experience outside of an academic setting, therefore creating a different perspective from which to view their career decisions.

Credit where credit is due.

The Alumni Merit Reward Scholarship is a one-year scholarship award available to incoming freshmen in recognition of a productive high school career.

Thanks to generous giving by our alumni, Grove City College provides up to 75 $6,000 and $3,000 scholarships annually to freshmen who have demonstrated a mature work ethic, a desire to serve others, and the wisdom to make choices that foster a healthy social life and academic success. 

To be considered for this scholarship, prospective freshmen must take theses two steps by January 20:

1. Complete and submit the admissions application.


2. Fill out the Alumni Merit Reward Scholarship Questionnaire.


Award recipients will be notified by the end of February.


State Grants & Scholarships

Grove City College doesn’t accept federal financial aid or grants, but that doesn’t mean students can’t receive financial assistance from the states in which they live. We’ll work with you to discover the options available to you from your state.

Many state grant and scholarship programs can be used to assist students attending Grove City College.

Students should check with their high school guidance office or with the State Higher Education Assistance Agency or the Board of Regents in their state concerning state aid that may be available. Any state grants that are funded through federal support are not accepted by Grove City College.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students who wish to be considered for state grant assistance are advised to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grove City College does not receive the results of this application. Results are sent by the U.S. Department of Education directly to the appropriate state grant office of the applicant’s state of residency. State grants application deadlines vary by state. 

Grove City College’s Federal School Code is G03269

Pennsylvania State Grant

The PA State Grant is Grove City College’s largest outside source of need-based financial aid for students. The FAFSA must be completed by May 1 to apply for the grant.

While Grove City College does not accept federal funding and cannot see FAFSA data, the College does receive a roster and award information for PA State Grant recipients. Please make sure when filing the FAFSA that you indicate Grove City College on your list of schools.

Please be sure to respond to any e-mail, requesting additional information, that is generated by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) as part of their review process. This e-mail will be sent to the student e-mail address provided on the FAFSA.

For more information about the PA State Grant or other State programs, visit the PHEAA website or call 1-800-692-7392.


Grove City College awards a number of merit-based scholarships to outstanding, academically gifted students each year.

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen 

Trustee Scholarship Program

The College awards 24 Trustee Academic Scholarships each year to our highest performing students. The top eight recipients are designated as Trustee Fellows and are awarded the College’s most generous merit-based scholarship – a full-ride award which covers standard tuition and room and board. The remaining 16 recipients are designated as Trustee Scholars and receive an $8,000 award. Both scholarships are renewable for up to four years provided the cumulative QPA (CQPA) requirement of 3.40 is maintained.

Presidential Scholarship 

Incoming freshmen who are ranked first (in a minimum class of 30) or second in their class (in a minimum class of 100) as determined by submission of their final accredited high school transcript automatically qualify for this one-year scholarship in the amount of $1,000. No application is required.

National Merit Scholarship 

Incoming freshmen who are National Merit Scholarship finalists automatically qualify for this one-year scholarship in the amount of $2,000. No application is required. 

Alumni Merit Reward Scholarship 

The Alumni Merit Reward Scholarship is a one-year scholarship that rewards students for productive high school careers. This competitive scholarship is available to high achieving incoming freshmen based on available funds. 

Engineering Scholarships 

Freshmen engineering applicants who show academic promise and outstanding leadership qualities are considered for up to four $2,500 scholarships.

For consideration, submit an Engineering Scholarship Reference Form and at least one letter of recommendation to the Financial Aid Office by March 15. Three of the four scholarship openings require the recipient to demonstrate financial need. To be considered for the need-based Engineering Scholarships, the Grove City College Financial Aid Application must also be submitted by March 15 along with the Engineering Scholarship Reference Form and the letter(s) of recommendation. Please note: This deadline is one month before the normal financial aid application deadline.

Applicants who have applied for admission via the regular decision process should not wait for their acceptance packet to apply for this scholarship. Notification of finalists and semi-finalists will be mailed on or about April 1. The scholarship is renewable for an additional three years by maintaining a cumulative QPA (CQPA) of 3.00 or higher as an engineering major. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

Leadership Scholarship 

Freshmen applicants who show academic promise and outstanding leadership qualities in the area of community service are considered for up to four $2,500 scholarships. Eligible students will be contacted to apply. Notification of finalists and semi-finalists will be mailed on or about April 1. The scholarship is renewable for an additional three years by maintaining a cumulative QPA (CQPA) of 3.00 or higher.

Schwab Scholarship

This competitive scholarship is available to one student who is a member in good standing of their local church and who memorized and recited (perfectly or near perfectly) the original Westminster Shorter Catechism of 1648 as verified by a signed letter from their ordained pastor, priest, or Grove City College’s dean of the chapel. The letter must be received by the Office of Financial Aid by April 15 in order for the student to be considered for the scholarship. This one-year scholarship will be awarded to the applicant with the highest need, based on available funds. 

Scholarships for Current Students 

Achievement Awards

High performing upper-class students are eligible for various departmental awards established through the generosity of institutional donors. Criteria is established by the donors. Please contact your academic department for information on the availability of achievement awards.

Dean’s Scholarship

Returning students with a minimum cumulative QPA (CQPA) of at least 3.40 qualify for a Dean’s Scholarship. Eligibility is reviewed each year, and award amounts vary based on academic performance and availability of funds. No application is required.

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