The Monroe Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship offered to a few exceptionally high-achieving first-year students each year. It is the highest academic honor an incoming student may receive at Westmont.
This year's competition will be held February 7-8, 2014 and will include candidates from all over the country. The two-day program engages the candidates in a variety of academic forums such as essay writing and a faculty colloquy.
The Selection Process
In early January, the Office of Admission will invite thirty-five of the highest-achieving Presidential scholars who applied by the Early Action deadline of November 1 to attend Monroe Scholars Day, an on-campus competition to be held in February. Candidates will compete for approximately four Monroe full-tuition scholarships. As part of the competition, students write a timed response to an essay question and interview with two faculty members or administrators. Monroe recipients are selected for their exceptional academic abilities, strong values, character and a desire to grow in their Christian faith. The winners are notified a week after the event.
History of the Monroe Scholarship
Westmont received a $3 million gift from the estate of a former professor, Dr. Kenneth Monroe, and his wife, Peggy. Part of the money funds scholarships for Monroe Scholars, up to four exceptional students who receive full-tuition assistance each year. “What an amazing legacy Dr. and Mrs. Monroe have left,” past President Stan D. Gaede said. “To be able to provide ongoing support for a distinguished faculty member and some of the very best students - many of whom could not afford to come to Westmont - is a great gift, one for which the College is deeply appreciative.”
This Years Winners
Academic Profile of the Two Monroe Scholars for 2013:
- Average honors GPA of 4.103
- Average SAT of 2365 (out of 2400)