Ripon College’s extensive scholarship program is designed to recognize and reward applicants for their talents and abilities. We are confident you will find a Ripon education more affordable than many similar private colleges and in some cases state universities. International applicants and Transfer/Re-entry applicants should visit their respective sections for more information on scholarships.

Academic Scholarships

Academic 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.


Fine Arts Scholarships

As a future Ripon College student with demonstrated talent in the areas of art, communication, music or theatre, we encourage you to visit campus before March 1 to audition or have a portfolio review with faculty for fine arts scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.

While a major in the area is not required, you must demonstrate a commitment for pursuing the fine arts through your continued participation in the area of the scholarship while a student at Ripon College. 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.

Remember to schedule your final audition and portfolio review before March 1 to be eligible for a fine arts scholarship.

Art/Art History Scholarship Requirements Award: $5,000/yr maximum award. Portfolio required.

Please prepare the following materials before or at the time of portfolio review depending on your area of interest:

  • Your portfolio of works (10 to 20 images)
  • Your artist statement which answers the following questions: What motivates you to make art? How do you choose your subject matter?
  • One letter of recommendation from an art teacher

For more information on Art and Art History at Ripon College visit

Music Scholarship Requirements Award: $5,000/yr maximum award. Audition required.

Please prepare the following materials before or at the time of audition:

  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a music teacher/ensemble director or private instructor
  • Bring two copies of the work to be performed:


  • Perform one classical (preferable), Broadway or other lyrical selection
  • Vocalises to determine range/vocal quality (faculty will assist)


  • Play one each major/minor two octave scale
  • Perform one or more selections from classical or jazz repertoire
  • May audition on two different instruments

For more information on Music at Ripon College visit

Theatre Scholarship Requirements Award: $5,000/yr maximum award. Interview required.

Please prepare the following materials before or at the time of audition:

  • Submit a resumé of theatre/performance experience
  • A letter of recommendation from a primary theatre teacher/director
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher outside of theatre


  • One prepared (memorized) audition piece, approx. 2 mins.


  • Photos, rendering, models, promptbooks or any evidence of work (optional)
  • On-campus interview with theatre faculty

For more information on Theatre at Ripon College visit


Other Awards and Scholarships

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.

Legacy Award: 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.

Communication Consortium Requirements Award: $5,000/yr maximum award. Separate application required. Deadline: March 1.

The Ripon College Communication Consortium Scholarship is given to those students who demonstrate exceptional talent and/or diverse past experiences in journalism, media production and speech/debate activities. A separate application and one-page essay, due no later than March 1, are required. Click here to start the application.

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.

UCC Award: 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.

Evans Grant: $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.

Diversity Award: 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.

Alumni Award: 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.


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