Scholarships and Awards for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Office of Financial Aid

 

Defiance College rewards deserving entering students through a dynamic scholarship program designed to recognize academic achievement. Scholarships are offered to eligible students the first year and are renewed each year according to established renewal requirements. Final scholarships are coordinated with other federal, state, and Defiance College sponsored awards and may be influenced by the student's on-campus or commuter status.

The Defiance College Scholarship is awarded to eligible first-year students in an amount between $5,000 and $12,000 upon acceptance to the College.

Awards from the Scholarship Day Program on Saturday, December 6, 2014, February 7, 2015, or February 14, 2015 offer significant additional amounts that will replace the previously awarded Defiance College Scholarship. Review the criteria for students' eligibility to participate in the Scholarship Day Program. All students who participate will receive a Scholarship Day Program award. Students should take advantage of this excellent opportunity to be rewarded for all their hard work!

Apply online now for Fall Semester 2015!
In order to attend the Scholarship Day, students must be accepted for admission one week prior to Scholarship Day (by November 28, 2014, January 30, 2015 or February 6, 2015, respectively). Invitations for the Scholarship Day Program will be sent following acceptance.

 

Presidential Scholar Program


$14,000 - $18,000

Two top Presidential Scholars will receive full-tuition scholarships.

General Eligibility Criteria:

  • High school GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale and
  • ACT composite of 27 or SAT combined score of 1210
  • Awarded through Scholarship Day participation
  • Replaces Defiance College Scholarship awarded upon acceptance

Pilgrim Scholar Program


$13,000 - $16,000

General Eligibility Criteria:

  • High school GPA of 3.2/4.0 scale and
  • ACT composite of 24 or SAT combined score of 1090
  • Awarded through Scholarship Day participation
  • Replaces Defiance College Scholarship awarded upon acceptance

Achievement Scholar Program


$12,000 - $14,000

General Eligibility Criteria:

  • High school GPA of 2.8/4.0 scale and
  • ACT composite of 21 or SAT combined score of 980
  • Awarded through Scholarship Day participation
  • Replaces Defiance College Scholarship awarded upon acceptance

Defiance College Scholarship 


$5,000 - $12,000

Awarded to all accepted first-year students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • High school GPA range from 2.5 to 4.0 and above/ 4.0 scale AND
  • ACT composite range of 18 to 36 or SAT combined range from 860 to 1600
 

Please note: ACT and SAT writing assessments are not included in the test score criteria for the above awards.

 

Service Leadership Award   $2,000


New students with a demonstrated record of service in their communities are eligible. The Service Leadership Program offers Defiance College students unique and meaningful programs to develop leadership skills that will strengthen their individual career interests and can include travel opportunities.

More Information | Award Application
  • Priority Date is March 1 for non-Scholarship Day participants.
  • For Scholarship Day participants, the Service Leadership Award Application deadline is as follows.
    • December 6th deadline is December 12th
    • February 7th  deadline is February 13th
    • February 14th deadline is February 20th
 

Lillian Rae Dunlap Award  $1,000


Defiance College is committed to fostering diversity across the campus community. Awarded annually to recognize and financially assist today's under-represented student populations and to promote learning from the perspective of differing life experiences. Minimum 2.25 high school GPA. Award is for first-year freshmen and transfers only.

More Information | Award Application | Priority Date is March 1

Alumni Legacy Award    Up to $4,000


Awarded annually to dependents of DC alumni demonstrating financial need.

 

United Church of Christ (UCC) Award    Up to $2,000


Awarded annually to active members of a UCC Church and demonstrating financial need. Verification from a Church official may be required.


Transfer Award


$4,000 - $10,000

Awarded to accepted full-time transfer students based on academic performance at all previously-attended colleges/universities.

Associate Degree Award     $2,000


Awarded to accepted full-time transfer students who have previously earned an associate's degree.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship    $2,000

 
Awarded to accepted full-time transfer students who are a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Richard W. Stroede Scholarship    $2,000


Available for incoming full-time students interested in participating in Music Programs at Defiance College. Scholarship recipients are selected through on-site auditions prior to the student’s first fall enrollment. Winners must enroll for a minimum of one credit hour per semester of music ensembles, and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Recipient must also take one credit hour of an applied lesson per semester.
$2,000 annually (half per semester)
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Music Talent Award    $750 - $1,500


Available for incoming full-time students interested in participating in Music Programs at Defiance College. Scholarship recipients are selected through on-site auditions prior to the student’s first fall enrollment. Winners must enroll for a minimum of one credit hour per semester of music ensembles, and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

$750 - $1,500 annually (half per semester)
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Marching Band Scholarship    $750 - $1,500


Available for incoming full-time students interested in participating in the Yellow Jacket Marching Band at Defiance College. Scholarship recipients are selected through on-site auditions prior to the student’s first fall enrollment. Winners must enroll for a minimum of one credit hour per semester of marching band/music ensembles, and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

$750 - $1,500 annually (half per semester)

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PLEASE NOTE:  Some awards may be combined to increase your total aid package. Contact your admissions counselor for further details. For full-time undergraduate students beginning their Defiance College education in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016. Renewal based upon academic performance at Defiance College.

Need-based financial aid is separate from merit aid.

 

 

 

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