Merit Scholarships

Newbury College rewards academic initiative, hard work, and the expectation of continued success with merit scholarships. The Admissions & Scholarship Committee takes into account a student’s academic performance and demonstrated excellence. Newbury College’s merit scholarships are renewed automatically all four years, provided students maintain the required cumulative grade point average.

Students are notified of their merit-based scholarship at the time of admission to the College. Merit scholarship decisions remain in effect for the period of one academic year and may not be deferred or transferred to another enrollment period. Merit scholarships are awarded to full-time students. If a student reduces their course load to part-time, the college's scholarship may be reduced or withdrawn.

The Admissions & Scholarship Committee is responsible for the final determination of an applicant's qualification for the scholarship eligibility.

Trustee Scholarship - Full Tuition

The Trustee Scholarship is awarded to students in the top 2% of their graduating classes (or GPAs above 3.95) and either SAT scores above 500 in each section or an ACT composite score of at least 21. This award is given to truly exceptional students, who have performed their very best at all times in their academic careers and are in the running to be valedictorians and salutatorians of their classes.

Trustee Scholars are expected to serve as leaders in the Newbury College community, maintain a commitment to community service, and participate in the college's Honors Program. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.2 while enrolled at Newbury to keep the Trustee Scholarship.

Presidential Scholarship - $23,000 per year

The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students with GPAs above 3.5 and either SAT scores above 500 in each section or an ACT composite score of at least 21. Presidential Scholars not only possess outstanding academic records, with a history of having taken challenging courses, but also have shown leadership in school and extracurricular activities. Presidential Scholars are expected to serve as leaders in the Newbury College community, maintain a commitment to community service, and participate in the college's Honors Program. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 while enrolled at Newbury to keep the Presidential Scholarship.

Distinguished Scholarship - $19,000 per year

The Distinguished Scholarship recognizes those students with GPAs above 3.2 who have succeeded academically and who can contribute to the rich and vibrant life of the Newbury College community. A GPA of at least 2.5 is required to maintain this scholarship once enrolled at Newbury.

Distinguished Scholars who show incredible leadership, community service, exceptional skills, or Newbury Spirit will also be considered for one additional merit award of $2,500.

Dean’s Scholarship - $17,000 per year

The Dean's Scholarship is awarded to students with GPAs above 2.8 and who have shown growth and the potential for academic success. A GPA of at least 2.5 is required to maintain this scholarship once enrolled at Newbury.

Dean’s Scholars who show incredible leadership, community service, exceptional skills, or Newbury Spirit will also be considered for one additional merit award of $2,500.

Nighthawk Scholarship - $12,000-$14,000 per year

The Nighthawk Scholarship recognizes students with GPAs above 2.0 and who display the potential for academic excellence and intellectual growth. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required to maintain this scholarship once enrolled at Newbury.

Nighthawk Scholars who show incredible leadership, community service, exceptional skills, or Newbury spirit will also be considered for one additional merit award of $2,500.

Please Note:
Associate's Degree candidates, students beginning in the spring semester, and transfer students with 24 or more college credits, are eligible for all awards except the Trustee Scholarship and Presidential Scholarship.

High school GPAs are re-calculated upon receipt of transcripts.

Transfer students' GPAs are based on high school transcripts if enrolling with under 24 college credits and based on college transcripts if enrolling with 24 or more credits.

All students, except for Trustee Scholars, are eligible for consideration.

Leadership Award - $2,500 per year

Students who display great leadership in high school and who plan to continue to serve their fellow students at Newbury are eligible for the prestigious Newbury College Leadership Award.

Community Service Award - $2,500 per year

Students who have consistently shown a commitment to community service, through their actions and activities, will be awarded the prominent Newbury College Community Service Award. Applicants are encouraged to write about their Community Service experiences in their application essays to qualify.

Newbury Spirit Award - $2,500 per year

Students who consistently exhibit the values of Newbury College and commitment to a way of life and academic career that resonates with Newbury College's mission will be awarded this unique Newbury Spirit Award. Students who exhibit a strong interest in Newbury early in their application process – by connecting with admissions staff, visiting the campus, and being receptive to communication – are the strongest candidates for this award.

Skills Award - $2,500 per year

Students who have displayed some extraordinary skill will be eligible for the Newbury College Skills Award. Winners of scholastic and technical competitions; students with special talents and achievements will earn the Skills Award with the expectation that they will continue to share their talents in their college experience. Please note that the Skills Award cannot be awarded for athletic achievements.

Need-Based Funds

For many students, scholarships are just one part of the equation. Newbury also offers generous need-based financial aid grants, funds that function the same as scholarships in that you do not have to pay them back, to students who qualify. Student should complete a free federal application for student aid (FAFSA) and include Newbury’s title IV code, 007484. Please learn more on our financial aid pages.

Outside Scholarships

We always encourage students to explore all funding options and these websites offer a good means for researching and applying for external scholarships. Each year, many students qualify for additional funds with the aid of these highly respected resources:

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