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With Ripon’s strong commitment to student financial aid, you will find it more affordable than many similar private colleges and in some cases more affordable than state universities. Ripon’s extensive scholarship program is designed to recognize and reward applicants for their talents and abilities. These scholarships are the result of generations of alumni and friends of Ripon College giving back in appreciation for what they received at Ripon with the hope that others might similarly benefit from all the college offers.
Note: Ripon offers a separate scholarship program for transfer students. For more information, please see transfer scholarships.
$14,000 to $18,000 per year
Ripon College academic scholarships are reviewed on a rolling basis following acceptance to the College. The admission application, along with its supporting documentation, is reviewed to determine eligibility for all scholarships.
The scholarship committee will begin consideration for an academic scholarship for those students who have achieved academically and have demonstrated leadership and service in their high school communities.
Pickard Scholarship Competition
$18,000 to $31,000 per year
Students who have a minimum of a 3.8 high school GPA and have a composite ACT score of 28 or higher or SAT (CR/M) of 1260 or higher will have the opportunity to be invited to the Pickard Scholarship competition. Scholarships are awarded based on the competition, which includes interviews with faculty on campus as well as an impromptu essay. The competition days will take place Saturday, February 7, 2015 and Saturday, February 14, 2015.
Knop Science Scholarship
Deadline: February 14, 2015
The Knop Science Scholarship is a prestigious four-year, full tuition scholarship based on 2015-2016 tuition figures. The Ripon College Knop Science Scholars Board convenes each year at the beginning of the second semester. The mission of the board is to identify high-achieving students who show the potential to contribute greatly to the science and mathematics departments at Ripon College as well as those who will benefit the most from special scholarly opportunities.
The first step to being a qualified candidate for the Knop Scholarship is to attend one of our Pickard Scholarship Day competitions (Saturday, February 7, 2015, and Saturday, February 14, 2015). The second step is to submit an essay of 750 words or fewer describing your background, experiences, interests and/or career goals in an area of the sciences or mathematics. This essay must be submitted to the admission office by February 14, 2015.
The scholarships and awards listed below will be bestowed upon an applicant after review of the admission application by the scholarship committee, an audition for talent-based awards or a recommendation by a requested party. All scholarships and awards from Ripon College are stackable up to $19,000 per year. Additional institutional aid based on financial need may also be available. Click here for specific requirements for each Fine Arts Scholarship.
Fine Art Scholarships
Up to $5,000 per year Deadline: March 1
Students with talent in the areas of art, music and theatre will be invited to campus to audition with faculty for these scholarships. The student must have a demonstrated commitment for pursuing the fine arts at Ripon College, though a major in the area is not required. These scholarships are renewable with continued participation in the area of the scholarship.
The scholarships and awards listed below will be bestowed upon an applicant after review of the admission application by the scholarship committee or a recommendation by a requested party. All scholarships and awards from Ripon College are stackable up to $19,000 per year. Additional institutional aid based on financial need also may be available.
Up to $2,000 per year
The legacy award is given to those students who are continuing the family tradition by attending Ripon College. Students are eligible if their grandparents, parents or siblings have attended or are attending Ripon College.
Boys/Girls State Award
Up to $4,000 per year
The Boys/Girls State Award was established to recognize participation in this prestigious program along with a student’s demonstrated leadership. The program is recognized as Badger Boys/Badger Girls in Wisconsin and various names throughout the country.
ROTC Enhancement Grant
Up to $5,000 per year
Those students who are interested in pursuing a full Army ROTC scholarship are eligible for the ROTC Enhancement Grant. The introductory military science course is required to be taken in the first year on campus.
Up to $2,000 per year
The UCC Award was established to recognize a student’s commitment and dedication to the UCC Church. Students are eligible by demonstrating volunteer activities as well as leadership within their church.
$8,000 to $10,000 per year
The Evans Grant is awarded upon acceptance and is designed to help make a Ripon College education affordable. Academic scholarship recipients are not eligible for the Evans Grant. If other Ripon College scholarships are awarded, the Evans Grant may be replaced partially or entirely.
William J. Woolley History Scholarship
$2,500 per year Deadline: February 14, 2015
Dr. Woolley invites all admitted students who have an interest in pursuing history as a major on campus to apply for this scholarship. For consideration as a candidate, you are asked to write Dr. Woolley an essay, no more than two pages in length, indicating your interest in being considered for the award, a description of what led to your interest in history, and any personal extraordinary experiences, background and opportunities that may pertain to your interest in history. Dr. Woolley will review all essays. Letters should be submitted to the admission office by February 14, 2015.
Up to $5,000 per year Deadline: March 1, 2015
The Ripon College Diversity Award was established to attract talented students who show an invested interest in the advancement of diversity. Students who belong to a historically underrepresented population and/or who demonstrate involvement working with diverse communities or organizations are eligible for this award. Eligibility criteria also includes a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and the willingness to share various cultural perspectives at Ripon College. To apply for this scholarship, students should highlight their experiences or involvement with diversity and inclusivity in the essay portion of the application for admission.
National Latin Exam Award
Up to $2,000 per year Deadline: March 1, 2015
Students who have earned at least a Magna designation on the Level II or higher National Latin Exam will qualify. Students must take one Latin, Greek or Classics course as a requirement.
Up to $2,000 per year Deadline: March 1, 2015
The Alumni Scholarship was established for alumni to recognize and encourage students who they believe would be a good fit, based on their own experiences, to pursue an education at Ripon College. This scholarship requires a recommendation letter from the alumnus. The Alumni Award Recommendation form can be found here.
National Merit Semi-Finalist
Up to $1,000 per year Deadline: March 1, 2015
Students who have taken the PSAT examination and have been notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation that they are a semi-finalist are eligible for consideration for this scholarship. Students must apply for admission to Ripon and indicate on their application that they are a National Merit Semi-Finalist. This scholarship may be stacked upon other Ripon scholarships up to full tuition.