Scholarships & Awards 2018 - 2019

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 $10,000 and $18,000 upon acceptance to the College.

Apply online now for Fall Semester 2018!

PLEASE NOTE: Some awards may be combined. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 419-783-2364 or financialaid@defiance.edu for further details. For full-time undergraduate students beginning their Defiance College education in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. Renewal based upon academic performance at Defiance College.
Need-based financial aid is separate from merit aid.


Dean's Scholarship, $18,000

  • High school GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale and
  • ACT composite of 27 or new SAT combined score of 1280
    Scholarship awarded upon acceptance.

Pilgrim Scholarship, $16,000

  • High school GPA of 3.2/4.0 scale and
  • ACT composite of 24 or new SAT combined score of 1160
    Scholarship awarded upon acceptance.

Trustee Scholarship, $15,000

  • High school GPA of 2.8/4.0 scale and
  • ACT composite of 21 or new SAT combined score of 1060
    Scholarship awarded upon acceptance.

Achievement Scholarship, $10,000

  • High school GPA of 2.5 and
  • ACT composite of 18 or new SAT combined score of 940
    Scholarship awarded upon acceptance.

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


Service Leadership Award, $1,500

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.

  • Service Leadership applications are due March 1.
  • Any applications after this date will be placed on a waiting list. 

More Information | Award Application


eSport Scholarship, $1,000

No application required.  Awarded annually to new students planning to participate in the eSport program.  Each year, up to 10 incoming students with an interest in eSports are awarded this scholarship to continue their commitment to eSports.

New students must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time student
  • Accepted to Defiance College

New students do not qualify for the scholarship if already planning to participate in NCAA Division III sport at Defiance College.  Please contact Corey Parks at cparks@defiance.edu for more information.

Award Application


Alumni Legacy Award, $500

Awarded annually to dependents of DC alumni demonstrating financial need.  If your parent attended or graduated from Defiance College, please contact the Financial Aid office at 419-783-2364 or financialaid@defiance.edu

Award Application


United Church of Christ (UCC) Award, $500

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

Award Application


Transfer Award, $10,000 - $12,000

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


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 in student 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).

More Information | Audition Request 


Music Talent Award, $1,000

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 in student music ensembles, and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.  Audition deadline March 1st. $1,000 annually (half per semester).

More Information | Audition Request


 

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