Scholarships and Grants

Westmont College Academic Merit Scholarship Eligibility Criteria 2014-2015

Monroe Full Tuition Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, Transfer President’s Scholarship, Provost’s Scholarship, Transfer Provost’s Scholarship, and Dean’s Scholarship: These merit scholarships are awarded to qualifying freshmen and transfer students at the time of admission to Westmont College. This type of scholarship is based on a combination of high school grade-point average and the SAT or ACT scores for freshmen, and the college academic grade-point average for transfers. Criteria for awarding these scholarships are determined in January.

Merit scholarships apply to both early action and regular decision applicants. However, the Monroe Full Tuition Scholarship applies only to first year early action applicants.

Westmont College Academic Merit Scholarship Maintenance Requirements

The criteria to maintain a merit scholarship at Westmont is as follows:

  • Monroe Full Tuition Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, and Transfer President’s Scholarship require a Westmont College cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or above. Students in the Full Tuition, President’s or Transfer President’s categories who take two Honor courses during the academic year may keep their merit scholarships with a 3.0 or above Westmont cumulative grade point average.

    President’s Scholarship 2014-2015: $15,000. Transfer President Scholarship 2014-2015: $10,500

  • Provost’s Scholarship and Transfer Provost’s Scholarship require a Westmont College cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above. Provost’s Scholarship 2014-2015: $13,000. Transfer Provost Scholarship 2014-2015: $9,000
  • Dean’s Scholarship and Transfer Dean Scholarship require a Westmont College cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or above. Dean’s Scholarship 2014-2015: $10,000. Transfer Dean's Scholarship 2014-2015: $7,000

A GPA earned at another college will not be averaged in with the Westmont GPA. Only the credits (not grades) may transfer to Westmont.

Merit scholarship recipients receive a letter from the financial aid office after the fall semester stating their GPA and the GPA requirements in order to maintain the merit scholarship. However, no changes will be made after the fall semester. Grades are reviewed for continued eligibility at the end of the spring semester or Mayterm. In the event a student leaves Westmont for one semester, he/she may have the merit scholarship reinstated upon return to Westmont, if he or she has not taken college coursework elsewhere.

Academic Merit Scholarships are renewable each year at the same amount initially awarded upon entrance to Westmont provided the student maintains the required Westmont cumulative GPA for the scholarship awarded.

If a student does not keep the required maintenance Westmont GPA, he/she may drop down to the next merit level for which he/she qualifies. However, the student may not return to the higher level award even if the Westmont GPA improves again.

If the Westmont cumulative GPA drops below 2.75, the award will be revoked and no reinstatement offered, even if the Westmont GPA improves.

Westmont financial aid (institution grants, merit scholarships and loans) may be used for any Westmont operated off campus program, including Europe, England, Mexico and Westmont in San Francisco semesters., Westmont institutional aid may also be used for one program only at a Westmont approved (versus Westmont operated) off campus program. As long as a student at an off-campus program is still considered a Westmont student, he/she may also receive any Federal or State aid for which he/she is eligible.

All awards may be renewed annually, up to a total of eight consecutive semesters, provided the student is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate and maintains the required minimum GPA at Westmont for the scholarship awarded.

Academic Scholarships for Transfer Students

Academic scholarships are awarded to transfer students who have distinguished themselves based on 24 or more semester units in academic coursework. If the transfer student has not completed 24 units, the high school profile will also be considered. Scholarships for new transfer students in 2012-2014

  • Transfer President's Scholarship $10,500
  • Transfer Provost’s Scholarship $9,000
  • Transfer Dean's Scholarship $7,000

All awards may be renewed annually, up to a total of eight consecutive semesters, provided the student is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate and maintains the required minimum GPA at Westmont for the scholarship awarded.

PLEASE NOTE: Reapplicants who originally entered Westmont as first-year students are not considered transfer students regardless of the length of time they were away from Westmont or the number or units they transfer back to Westmont on their return.

More Scholarships

Scholarships are also available in art, athletics, dance, drama, computer science, cultural diversity, music, and leadership.

Westmont is a sponsor of the National Merit Foundation and awards up to $2,000 to National Merit Finalists. Students who are selected as National Merit Finalists may receive a scholarship called the Westmont Merit Scholarship if they notify National Merit that Westmont College is their first-choice school. There are currently thirty-three National Merit Finalists at Westmont.

Outside Scholarships Search Sites:

  • www.scholarship.com
  • www.fastweb.com
  • www.collegeboard.com
  • www.nextstudent.com
  • www.schoolsoup.com

Westmont Cultural Diversity Awards 2014-2015

In order to encourage an academic community that is rich in cultural diversity, Westmont offers a Cultural Diversity Award of $1,000. This scholarship is awarded each year to incoming students who desire to incorporate their intercultural experiences into the Westmont learning environment. This award is renewable annually. Application deadlines are January 30, 2014 for Early Action applicants and March 30, 2014 for Regular Decision applicants. Notifications of awards are delivered on a rolling basis following each deadline. Cultural Diversity Award application online

Financial Assistance Based on Need

To be considered for need-based financial aid, the family must complete and submit a 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor and request the results be sent to Westmont College. This can be done electronically on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by using a paper FAFSA form. If done electronically the student and a parent must also apply for a Personal Identification Number or PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.

Grants

Westmont College Grants: College grants are awarded to students on the basis of demonstrated financial need through the FAFSA form. The grant is applied each semester directly to the student’s Westmont College account.

IMPORTANT: Westmont College grants are subject to adjustment upon receipt of the California State Grant (Cal Grant).

California State Grant A and B: State grants are available to California residents based on demonstrated financial need. The amount of this grant noted on your Financial Aid award is tentative until the California Student Aid Commission officially notifies the student and Westmont College of acceptance to the program. Cal Grant A is for tuition only and will be applied each semester directly to the student’s Westmont College account. Cal Grant B also has a smaller access grant for very high need students. Only the access grant is available in the freshman year. Then in the sophomore, junior and senior years both the main Cal Grant for tuition and access grant are available to Cal Grant B recipients. Receipt of this grant may cause an adjustment in the student’s financial aid award. First-time applicants are required to submit a grade-point-average verification form, in addition to the FAFSA, by the March 2 deadline. Proof of high school graduation, completion of GED or the equivalent is required.

Federal Pell Grants: Federal Pell Grants are based on demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Grants may be used for tuition, fees and any room and board expenses. The grant is applied directly to the student’s Westmont College account each semester.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): This grant is based on demonstrated financial need. Priority for an FSEOG is given to a Federal Pell Grant recipient. The grant may be used for tuition, fees, on-campus room and board, and is applied each semester directly to the student’s Westmont College account.

Federal TEACH Grant: This grant is available to a student who agrees to teach as a high-qualified teacher in a high-need field at a designated low-income elementary or secondary school for at least 4 years, within 8 years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded. Failure to complete the required teaching service results in conversion of the TEACH Grant to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest accruing from the date the grant was awarded at 6.8%. The TEACH Grant Program is not based on financial need, but the student must file a FAFSA and sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) with the Department of Education each academic year

Verification of parent and student income and asset information may affect the amount received for need-based Federal, State, and Westmont aid (including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. Students will be notified if they are selected for verification.ALL GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS ARE GIFT MONEY AND DO NOT REQUIRE REPAYMENT

ALL FINANCIAL AID IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE