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Scholarship Opportunities

Green Mountain College offers a wide range of scholarship and grants awarded based on merit and demonstrated financial need. All of GMC's grants and scholarships are awarded for up to 4 years or 8 semesters. For scholarships and/or grants to be renewed each year, one must always maintain full-time enrollment and continue to make satisfactory academic progress. Certain scholarships and grants have additional requirements and deadlines. See below.

Academic Merit Scholarships
Special Merit Scholarships
Need-Based Grants
Federal Financial Aid Programs
State Financial Aid Programs
Campus Employment
Other Options


ACADEMIC MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Program: First Year Academic Merit Scholarship
Eligibility: Awarded to first year applicants whose academic credentials place them at the top of the applicant pool.
Award Amount: Ranges in amount up to $10,000 per year.
How to Apply: GMC considers standardized test scores or the Insight Portfolio along with high school GPA.
Deadline: The First Year Academic Merit Scholarship is awarded on a rolling basis at the time of admission.
How to Maintain: Renewable for three additional years providing the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Program: First Year Trustee Award
Eligibility: Awarded to first year applicants who have consistently maintained high-achieving academic credentials.
Award Amount: $3,000 per year.
How to Apply: GMC considers standardized test scores or the Insight Portfolio along with high school GPA.
Deadline: The First Year Trustee Award is awarded on a rolling basis at the time of admission.
How to Maintain: Renewable for three additional years providing the student maintains a cumulative 2.75 GPA.

*Note that first year applicants are only eligible to receive either the First Year Academic Merit Scholarship or the First Year Trustee Scholarship.*

Program: Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
Eligibility: Awarded to students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above and completed at least 24 credit hours.
Award Amount: Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 are awarded up to $6,000 and students with a GPA of 3.5 or above are awarded up to $8,000.
How to Apply: Must submit transcript from previous school.
Deadline: Phi Theta Kappa scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis at the time of admission.
How to Maintain: Renewable for up to two years.  Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Program: Transfer Student Scholarship
Eligibility: Awarded to applicants with at least a 2.75 GPA who have completed 24 credit hours.
Award Amount: Ranges in amount up to $7,000 per year.
How to Apply: Must submit transcript from previous school.
Deadline: Transfer scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis at the time of admission.
How to Maintain: Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75


SPECIAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Program: Make A Difference Full Tuition Scholarship
Eligibility: Awarded to a student who demonstrates his/her significant contribution to a fellow human, to society or toward conservation and sustainability.
Award Amount: Covers full tuition.
How to Apply: Complete and submit the Make A Difference Application with the application for admission.
Deadline:The Make A Difference Application must be submitted and complete by February 15.
How to Maintain: Renewed annually as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

Program: The Food Project Make A Difference Scholarship
Eligibility: At the time of application, students must have already completed a minimum of 50+ hours of community service at The Food Project, a Massachusetts-based organization, and 50+ hours at another registered non-profit organization.
Award Amount: $5,000 per year
How to Apply: Complete and submit The Food Project Make A Difference Application with the application for admission.
Deadline: Students must apply by January 1.
How to Maintain: Renewed annually as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

Program: Sustainability 2020 Award
Eligibility: Awarded to students who have demonstrated excellence through past and current participation in community service, leadership roles in academic and extracurricular settings, and/or dedication to environmental practices.
Award Amount: Ranges in amount up to $7,000 per year.
How to Apply: Submit a detailed resume of community service, leadership and/or environmental advancement experience with the admissions application.
Deadline: A detailed resume or the Sustainability 2020 Award Worksheet (download worksheet here) must be submitted with the application for admission.
How to Maintain: Renewed annually as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

Program: Creative Arts Scholarship
Eligibility: Offered to students who demonstrate superior talent in the creative arts.
Award Amount: Ranges in amount up to $5,000 per year.
How to Apply: Submit a portfolio of work with application. Appropriate portfolios include prints, slides, DVDs, CDs, cassettes, etc. Download portfolio guidelines here (PDF).
Deadline: Portfolios must be submitted with the application for admission.
How to Maintain: Renewed annually as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

Program: Vermont Tuition Match Scholarship
Eligibility: Offered to Vermont high school graduates.
Award Amount: GMC will match the currently advertised in-state tuition rate of the University of Vermont.
Deadline: Awarded to all eligible applicants.

Program: Demonstrated Excellence in Environmental Practices Scholarship
Eligibility: Offered to students once they are a part of the Green Mountain College community.  Students must demonstrate a passion for the environment through academic research, community service, poetry or art.
Award Amount: $1,000 awarded each year.

Program: GMC Legacy Grant
Eligibility: Offered to incoming students who have had a parent/grandparent or sibling graduate from Green Mountain College, not based on need or merit.
Award Amount: $2,500 awarded each year.
How to Apply: Must list GMC relatives on application.
Deadline: Awarded to all eligible applicants.


NEED-BASED GRANTS

Program: GMC Need-based Grant, Resort & Hospitality Need-based Grant
Eligibility: Based on demonstrated financial need.
Award Amount: May range from $1,000 to $21,000.
How to Apply: FAFSA must be filed.
Deadline: Need-based grants are awarded to all eligible applicants.


FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

Program: Federal Pell Grants
Eligibility: US Citizen (or permanent resident), pursuing first bachelor's degree, admitted academic year (and subsequently enrolled), must demonstrate high financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
Award Amount: Varies up to $5,550.
How to Apply: FAFSA must be filed.

Program: Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants
Eligibility: US Citizen (or permanent resident), pursuing first bachelor's degree, admitted academic year (and subsequently enrolled), must demonstrate high financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
Award Amount: Amounts vary depending on level of financial need and funding availability.
How to Apply: FAFSA must be filed.

Program: Federal Stafford Loans
Eligibility: U.S. Citizen (or permanent resident) admitted (and subsequently enrolled), subsidized loans are determined by FAFSA results and financial need; unsubsidized loans are available when need not demonstrated.
Award Amount: First-year: $5,500 Sophomores: $6,500 Juniors/Seniors: $7,500
How to Apply: Obtain the PLUS application from the GMC Financial Aid office.

Program: Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Eligibility: Parent of a dependent student who is enrolled at least half time.
Award Amount: Parents may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid.
How to Apply: Obtain PLUS application from the GMC Financial Aid office. FAFSA must be filed.


STATE FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

Program: Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
Eligibility: Must be a resident of Vermont for at least one year.
Award Amount: Varies up to $9,800.
How to Apply: FAFSA must be filed. Submit VSAC application, available in the GMC Financial Aid office, to VSAC.

Program: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania & Rhode Island
Eligibility: Available to residents of these states attending a school in Vermont.
Award Amount: Varies by state.
How to Apply: Submit application from state-specific scholarship organization.


CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT

Program: Federal and Campus Employment
Eligibility: Awarded to students based on need.
Award Amount: Estimated to earn $1,650 ($825 per semester).
How to Apply: FAFSA must be filed.

Program: Resort & Hospitality Management Co-Op
Eligibility: Awarded to students who are enrolled in the Resort & Hospitality Management Program and participate in a Winter or Summer Co-Op.
Award Amount: Estimated to earn $4,310.
How to Apply: Enrollment in the Resort & Hospitality Management Program.


OTHER OPTIONS

Program: Payment through Key Bank
Eligibility: Available for all enrolled students.
Award Amount: Interest-free with a participation fee; amounts may vary and are budgeted over 10 months.
How to Apply: Applications are available from the GMC Financial Aid Office.

Program: Private Loans
Eligibility: Available for all enrolled students.
Award Amount: Students may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other aid.
How to Apply: Applications are available from your lender's website.


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