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Awards and Scholarships

ACADEMIC MERIT AWARDS

Academic Merit Scholarship
Academic Merit Scholarships are awarded to first year undergraduate students in recognition of academic achievement, based on secondary school credentials and standardized test scores or the Insight Portfolio. These scholarships range in amount from $6,000 to $10,000. To receive a scholarship you must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and complete at least 12 credit hours per semester. You must maintain the required minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to continue receiving the scholarship. If you fall below the required cumulative grade point average, you have one semester to raise your GPA to the required minimum before you lose eligibility. Eligibility will be reinstated if minimum GPA is regained.

Transfer Scholarship
Students who have completed at least 24 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) are qualified to receive a Transfer Scholarship in an amount up to $7,000. Transfer Scholarships may be renewable up to 2 years provided the student takes at least 12 credits each semester and maintains the required minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.75. If you fall below the required cumulative grade point average, you have one semester to raise your GPA to the required minimum before you lose eligibility. Eligibility will be reinstated if minimum GPA is regained.

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
Awarded to members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society who transfer with at least 24 credits. Students with a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 will receive a scholarship in the amount of $6,000 and students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above will receive $8,000. Scholarship is renewable for up to 2 years as long as a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is maintained. If you fall below the required cumulative grade point average, you have one semester to raise your GPA to the required minimum before you lose eligibility. Eligibility will be reinstated if minimum GPA is regained.

Students are only eligible to receive ONE of the above academic merit based scholarship.

Academic Achievement Scholarship
An institutionally funded scholarship that recognizes cumulative GPA achievement of current students. All students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher at the end of the Spring semester and were not awarded any scholarship under the heading Academic Merit Award during the admissions process are eligible for this scholarship. Awarding of scholarship is based on available funding for each academic year.



METHODIST-RELATED AWARDS

Ireson/Methodist Scholarship
The award is named in honor of a former trustee of the College, Orrin F. Ireson, a distinguished Vermont Methodist clergyman and New England church leader. The Ireson Scholarship is automatically awarded to incoming students who are members of a Methodist Church. The scholarship is awarded in an amount of $2,000 and is renewable for an additional three years, provided the recipient maintains a record of service and leadership to her/his home congregation and community or to the College community and the local Methodist Church. Eligibility is determined from information obtained on the Admission Application.

Aid to Clergy Children
All children of United Methodist pastors receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 when they attend Green Mountain College.



COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIPS

Make a Difference Scholarship
Awarded to incoming students in recognition of individuals who have made an impact within their community or in the lives of others. Up to three, full tuition, room, board and fees scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis and are renewable for up to 3 years as long as good academic standing is maintained. Deadline for application is January 1st. Applications can be obtained from the Admissions Office or online at http://admissions.greenmtn.edu.

GMC Creative Arts Scholarship
Competitors for the GMC Creative Arts Scholarship are evaluated on creativity, expertise, and potential. GMC Creative Art Scholarships are awarded to incoming students. To be considered for a GMC Creative Art Scholarship, applicants need to submit a portfolio of their work. Awards vary up to $5,000 and are renewable for up to 3 years as long as good academic standing is maintained.



OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

GMC Community Service Scholarship
The GMC Community Service Scholarship is awarded to incoming students on the basis of past and current participation in community service activities. Scholarship is awarded from information provided on the admissions application. Amounts vary up to $7,000 and are renewable for up to 3 years as long as recipient remains in good Financial Aid Academic Standing.

GMC Leadership Scholarship
The GMC Leadership Scholarship is awarded to incoming students on the basis of past and current participation in leadership activities and roles. Scholarship is awarded from information provided on the admissions application. Amounts vary up to $7,000 and are renewable for up to 3 years as long as the recipient remains in good Financial Aid Academic Standing.

Environmental Advancement Scholarship
Our Environmental Advancement Scholarship is available to incoming students regardless of major or academic discipline who have an interest in addressing the growing ecological issues and crises confronting our world and who have actively demonstrated that commitment in any way - through research, painting, service projects, poetry or any other media of response. Awards vary up to $7,000 and are renewable for up to 3 years as long as good academic standing is maintained.

GMC Legacy Grant
The GMC Legacy Grant is awarded to incoming students who have had a brother/sister, parent, or grandparent who graduated from GMC. Recipients receiving the GMC Legacy Scholarship will receive $2,500 per year. Scholarship is renewable for up to 3 years as long as good academic standing is maintained.

D.E.E.P. Scholarship
Our D.E.E.P. award (Demonstrated Excellence in Environmental Practice) is available to returning students regardless of major or academic discipline who have an interest in addressing the growing ecological issues and crises confronting our world and who have actively demonstrated that commitment in any way - through research, painting, service projects, poetry or any other media of response. Award amount is $2,000 and is awarded at the Spring Honors Tea.



ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS

Endowed Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis if funding is available.

David James Beveridge ’95 Memorial Scholarship
David James Beveridge, a member of the Class of 1995, lost his life in an automobile accident during his junior year. Endowed by his family and friends, this scholarship is awarded to an upper-class student who works in the Public Safety Department and who has demonstrated proven leadership abilities.

Sandra Smith ’79 Memorial Scholarship
Sandra Smith graduated in 1979 with a degree in Business Management. Endowed by her family, friends and classmates, this scholarship is awarded annually on the basis of need to a member of Student Government.

Thrall Memorial Trust Fund
A fund established by Grant Leslie Thrall, 1920 alumnus of TCA, perpetuates the Thrall Trust Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of need to students who are from Vermont.

John R. and Katherine Mahar Memorial Scholarship
Endowed by Mrs. Pauline M. Rhoades-Oborn in honor of her mother and father in recognition of the fact that all nine of the Mahar children-seven daughters and two sons-graduated with honors from Troy Conference Academy. The scholarship is awarded annually on the basis of financial need.

Catherine McKelvey Peyser Prize in Painting
This prize for excellence in painting in any medium is awarded in the spring as a scholarship for a freshman, sophomore or junior student who intends to return to the College in the fall. The prize was established by Frederick M. Peyser, Jr., the father of a Green Mountain College alumna, in memory of his mother.

Dr. Jesse Bogue Memorial Scholarship
This fund was endowed by the Class of 1943 in memory of Dr. Jesse Bogue, principal of Troy Conference Academy (1930-1936) and President of Green Mountain Junior College (1931-1946).

Susan Ellithorpe Scholarship
Susan Ellithorpe was a highly regarded member of the Green Mountain College faculty from 1934 to 1952. This scholarship was endowed by the Arkell Hall Foundation, Miss Ellithorpe’s sister, her former students, and others as a memorial to her. The fund aids a student from the Canajoharie, New York area who demonstrate financial need, sound academic performance, and good character.

Mark Kelley Scholarship
This scholarship was endowed by a bequest from the estate of Mark Kelley’s daughter, Calista K. White, in honor of his 24 years of service as a Trustee of the College. Awards are made on the basis of need and academic qualification.

Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust for needy students from rural New England, particularly from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.

Elizabeth Schiefer ’36 Scholarship Fund
The largest bequest ever received by Green Mountain College was from the Estate of Elizabeth Schiefer, whose enduring loyalty and devotion created this general purpose scholarship fund. A physical education major at the College, “Bess” Schiefer is remembered by friends and classmates as someone who was concerned about taking care of the world and its children.

Bruce Oberkirch ’88 Memorial Scholarship
Bruce Oberkirch was a 1988 graduate of the Behavioral Studies Program. This scholarship was established by his parents, family, friends, and fellow students and is awarded each year to a student in the Behavioral Science, Recreation and Outdoor Studies, or Therapeutic Recreation programs. Recipients are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

Joseph Siliski, Jr. Memorial Fund for Assistance to International Students
This endowed fund was established by the family, friends, and colleagues of Joseph Siliski, a devoted member of the College’s Board of Trustees. Through this fund, scholarship assistance is available to international students, with some preference being given to students from Russia, the Russian republics, and Korea.

James J. and Alice A. Sloan Scholarships
These scholarships are endowed in memory of the parents of the anonymous donor who established them. They are need-based and awarded annually in the spring, to provide support to one male and one female student who are in the top 25 percent of the junior class for their senior year at Green Mountain College. Recipients must be recognized leaders of the campus community and significant contributors to the College and community.

Austin J. ’16 and Purcelle Peck Smith Scholarships
These scholarships, awarded on the basis of need, were endowed by a bequest from Mrs. Smith’s estate. Her husband was a 1916 graduate of Troy Conference Academy.



GRANTS

Pell Grants
Eligibility for Pell Grants is determined by the federal government based on data reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Pell Grants range from $555 up to $5,550 for the 2011-2012 school year.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOGrants)
The SEOGrant is a limited federal fund based on financial need determined by data reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). SEOGrants range from $100 to $4,000.

State Grants
Students may be eligible for grants issued by their state of residence to assist in studies at Green Mountain College. State Grants are estimated until the state agency authorizes payment. Green Mountain College will not replace State Grant funds if a student fails to meet the deadlines and procedures of the state of residence.



OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Federal aid programs require that outside aid be taken into consideration when awards are made, even if we become aware of an outside award later in the award cycle. Contact the Student Financial Services Office if you are receiving an outside award.


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