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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

First Year Academic Merit Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to first year applicants whose academic credentials place them at the top of the applicant pool. The award amount ranges up to $10,000 per year. GMC considers standardized test scores or the Insight Portfolio along with high school GPA. The First Year Academic Merit Scholarship is awarded on a rolling basis at the time of admission and is renewable for three additional years providing the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

First Year Trustee Award
This award is given to first year applicants who have consistently maintained high-achieving academic credentials. The award amount is up to $3,000 per year. GMC considers standardized test scores or the Insight Portfolio along with high school GPA. The First Year Trustee Award is awarded on a rolling basis at the time of admission and is 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.*

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. To qualify, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above and have completed at least 24 credit hours. 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. Applicants must submit a transcript from the previous school. Phi Theta Kappa scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis at the time of admission and are renewable for up to two years providing the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Transfer Student Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to applicants with at least a 2.75 GPA who have completed 24 credit hours. The award ranges in amount up to $7,000 per year. Applicants must submit a transcript from the previous school. Transfer scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis at the time of admission. To renew, the student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75


SPECIAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Make A Difference Full Tuition Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates his/her significant contribution to a fellow human, to society or toward conservation and sustainability. The scholarship covers full tuition. Applicants must complete and submit the Make A Difference Applicationwith the application for admission by February 15. The scholarship is renewed annually as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

The Food Project Make A Difference Scholarship
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. The award amount is $5,000 per year. To apply, students must complete and submit The Food Project Make A Difference Application with the application for admission by January 1. The scholarship is renewed annually as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

Sustainability 2020 Award
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. The award amount ranges up to $7,000 per year. To apply, student must submit a detailed resume of community service, leadership and/or environmental advancement experience with the admissions application. A detailed resume or the Sustainability 2020 Award Worksheet (download worksheet here) must be submitted with the application for admission. The scholarship is renewed annually as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

Creative Arts Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate superior talent in the creative arts. The award amount ranges up to $5,000 per year. To apply the student must submit a portfolio of work with application. Appropriate portfolios include prints, slides, DVDs, CDs, cassettes, etc. Download portfolio guidelines here (PDF). Portfolios must be submitted with the application for admission and are renewed annually as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

Vermont Tuition Match Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to Vermont high school graduates. GMC will match the currently advertised in-state tuition rate of the University of Vermont. The Vermont Tuition Match Scholarship is awarded to all eligible applicants.

Demonstrated Excellence in Environmental Practices Scholarship
This award is 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. The award amount is $1,000 each year.

GMC Legacy Grant
The Legacy Grant is offered to incoming students who have had a parent/grandparent or sibling graduate from Green Mountain College, not based on need or merit. The award amount is $2,500 annually. To apply, GMC relatives must be listed on the application. Awarded to all eligible applicants.

NEED-BASED GRANTS

GMC Need-based Grant, Resort & Hospitality Need-based Grant
Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need. The award amount may range from $1,000 to $21,000. To apply, the students must file a FAFSA. Need-based grants are awarded to all eligible applicants.

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

Federal Pell Grants
US citizens (or permanent residents) pursuing their first bachelor's degree, admitted academic year (and subsequently enrolled), and who demonstrate high financial need as determined by the FAFSA, are eligible. The award amount varies up to $5,550. To apply, a FAFSA must be filed.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants
U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) pursuing a first bachelor's degree, admitted academic year (and subsequently enrolled), must demonstrate high financial need for this grant as determined by the FAFSA. Award amounts vary depending on the level of financial needs and funding availability. The FAFSA must be filed.

Federal Stafford Loans
For U.S. Citizens (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. The first year award is: $5,500, for sophomores: $6,500, and for juniors/seniors: $7,500. To apply, obtain the PLUS application from the GMC Office of Financial Services.

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
The loan is available to the parent of a dependent student who is enrolled at least half time. Parents may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid. To apply, obtain PLUS application from the GMC Office of Financial Services. The FAFSA must be filed.

STATE FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
The student must be a resident of Vermont for at least one year to be eligible. The award amount varies up to $9,800. To apply, a FAFSA must be filed. Submit a VSAC application, available in the GMC Office of Student Financial Services, to VSAC.

Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania & Rhode Island
Aid is available to residents of these states attending a school in Vermont. The award amount varies by state. To apply, submit application from state-specific scholarship organization.

CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT

Federal and Campus Employment
Opportunities are provided to students based on need. Estimated earnings are $1,650 ($825 per semester). To apply, a FAFSA must be filed.

Resort & Hospitality Management Co-Op
Students who are enrolled in the Resort & Hospitality Management Program participate in a Winter or Summer Co-Op. Estimated earnings are $4,310 per student.

OTHER OPTIONS

Payment through Key Bank
Available for all enrolled students, this program is interest-free with a participation fee; amounts may vary and are budgeted over 10 months. Applications are available from the GMC Office of Student Financial Services.

Private Loans
Students may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other aid. Applications are available from your lender's website.



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