Merit Scholarships

Dean's Scholarship

  • Receive up to $32,000 per year.
  • All applicants are automatically considered for this award and do not need to submit additional materials.
  • Awards are made to students on the basis of overall academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, leadership, and personal merit.
  • Complete the Application for Admission by your chosen deadline:
    - Early Decision- November 1, 2019 or January 15, 2020.
    - Early Action- November 15, 2019.
    - Regular Decision- February 15, 2020.

Competition Based Scholarships & Performance Based Scholarships

Clarence Beecher Allen Scholarship

  • Receive up to $34,000 per year (this scholarship replaces a Dean's Scholarship)
  • Awards designated to African-American students on the basis of overall academic achievement and leadership.
  • Applicants must complete all necessary materials by November 1, 2019.* A second round of applications will be accepted until January 1, 2020. From the Allen Scholarship applicant pool finalists will be selected and notified by January 15, 2020.
  • Finalists must participate in the Allen Competition Weekend on February 16-17, 2020.
  • All recipients will be notified by April 1.
  • More info

*Applicants who completed the necessary steps by the initial November 1 deadline will receive finalist notification by December 31, 2019.

College Scholar Award

  • Receive up to $34,000 per year (this scholarship replaces a Dean's Scholarship)
  • Awards are made to the highest academically qualified students in the applicant pool, typically the top 5%. It is recommended that students applying for this award are in the top 15% of their class and have a minimum ACT Composite of 29 or SAT R of 1340 (two-section composite score).
  • Applicants must complete all necessary materials by November 1, 2019.* A second round of applications will be accepted until January 1, 2020.
  • For applicants who complete the College Scholar Award application by the deadline and still need to complete an interview; interviews must be scheduled with an admissions or alumni representative by the respective scholarship application deadline and completed by December 1, 2019 for those applying under the November 1 deadline, or by February 1, 2020 for those applying under the January 1 deadline. 
  • Recipients will be notified by April 1.
  • More info

*Applicants who completed all necessary steps by the initial November 1 deadline will receive notification by December 31, 2019.

Covenant Scholarship

  • Receive $1,000 to $3,000 per year (in addition to a Dean's Scholarship, if applicable)
  • Awards are made to members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) who have demonstrated academic achievement and involvement in one's community and church.
  • A letter of recommendation from a minister or pastor must also accompany the application.
  • Applicants must complete all necessary materials by November 1, 2019.* A second round of applications will be accepted until January 1, 2020.
  • Recipients will be notified by April 1.
  • More info

*Applicants who completed all necessary steps by the initial November 1 deadline will receive notification by December 31, 2019.

Performing Arts Scholarship

  • Receive $2,000 to $8,000 per year (in addition to a Dean's Scholarship, if applicable)
  • Awards are made to students on the basis of accomplishment and promise in music, theatre/dance, or Scottish Arts. Students receiving the award need not major in the area, but are required to participate in various programs throughout their time at Wooster.
  • Applicants must complete all necessary materials by November 1, 2019.* A second round of applications will be accepted until January 1, 2020. In addition to the application materials, applicants must also participate in one of three audition weekends offered in November, January, or February.
  • Applicants who completed a Performing Art Scholarship application by the initial November 1, 2019 deadline with an audition in November will receive notification by December 31, 2019. All other applicants will receive notification by April 1, 2020.
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers or instructors in the respected field must also accompany the application, if applicable. Letters should be addressed to 1189 Beall Ave. Wooster, OH 44691, with the attention line designating the appropriate department (I.e.- Attn: Music/Theatre & Dance).
  • More information on each scholarship: Music Scholarship, Scottish Arts Scholarship, and Theatre & Dance Scholarship

*Applicants who completed all necessary steps by the initial November 1 deadline, and attended the November audition dates will receive notification by December 31, 2019.

Raise.me

We have partnered with Raise.me to offer micro-scholarships that recognize your everyday achievements and allow you to earn scholarships from Wooster as early as ninth grade. You can earn up to $90,000 (distributed over eight semesters or four years of study). Note that your Raise.me micro-scholarship total will be a part of the Wooster merit award such as the Dean’s Scholarship. Create your Raise.me account today to begin building your scholarship award and exploring colleges. The deadline to submit your Raise.me micro-scholarship earnings to The College of Wooster is November 1 of your senior year.

*The maximum annual amount of Wooster merit scholarship is $36,000 annually and can be applied only to tuition charges. Prospective students may apply for more than one competition based scholarship but will only be awarded one. Competition based scholarships replace the Dean’s Scholarship amount, except for the Covenant and performing arts scholarships. All merit scholarships are automatically renewed each year as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment and remains in good academic and judicial standing with the College (please see additional qualifications for performing arts). Scholarship amounts listed may change. All admission and scholarship deadlines are postmarked deadlines.

**Students who are eligible for and awarded a tuition benefit such as the Tuition Exchange Program, the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA) program or Wooster’s employee tuition remission may choose to apply for the merit scholarships noted above, but if awarded, the scholarship status will be honorary only.