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Bright. Motivated. Intellectually curious. Creative. Active participants and leaders in their schools and communities. Committed to making a difference in the world around them. These are the qualities of Knox students—and these are the qualities we recognize with merit-based scholarships.
We look closely at your academic achievements—the challenging courses you’re taking, the good grades you’re earning, and all the qualities that demonstrate that you’re learning to love to learn.
But we know that’s not the whole story. So, we also want to hear about your talents, interests, and personal qualities. We’re looking for that elusive “X-Factor”—or perhaps we should say, the “KnoX-Factor”—that, combined with your academic accomplishments, helps us see the full, multidimensional you.
What makes you a compelling, interesting, person deserving of recognition with merit scholarships?
Here are some examples of the accomplishments and special talents for which you could receive scholarship recognition, in addition to your academic achievements:
Artist, thespian, musician, composer, writer, poet, set designer, officer, volunteer, regional or national competitor, award-winner, entrepreneur, self-starter, innovator, initiator, activist, spokesperson, problem-solver, change agent, difference-maker, trail blazer, organizer, motivator of others, leader, founder, compelling human being.
You’ll be considered for scholarships based on the information you provide in your application for admission and through an admission interview. If you’re an artist, you can also provide portfolio submissions or complete auditions that will be evaluated by Knox faculty (see below).
Your scholarship will be based on your academic achievements, plus your KnoX-Factor:
|Typical Academic Achievements||Range of Scholarship Awards|
31 ACT/SAT 1430
|$24,000 — $34,000|
29 ACT/SAT 1360
|$22,000 — $32,000|
26 ACT/SAT 1260
|$20,000 — $30,000|
24 ACT/SAT 1180
|$15,000 — $25,000|
23 ACT/SAT 1140
|$0 — $20,000|
GPA = Unweighted grade point average in college prep courses (4.0 scale)
Note: Knox is a member of the NCAA - Division III, which precludes us from recognizing athletic talents and achievements with scholarships.
Auditions or Portfolios in the Arts
Knox scholarships are designed to recognize your achievements, including special talents in the arts. You can provide examples of your talents by submitting a portfolio and/or completing an audition. Writing portfolios can be submitted electronically along with your application for admission. Auditions or portfolio presentations for scholarships in music, theater, theatre design, dance, and visual art can be presented on-campus or submitted electronically.
Auditions and portfolios can be submitted for multiple areas in the arts and are due by the same deadline as your application for admission (see knox.edu/apply for specific deadlines).
Power of Experience Grants
In addition to scholarships, all incoming students automatically receive a Power of Experience Grant, which provides you with up to $2,000 to support a qualifying experiential learning opportunity during your junior or senior year. The grant helps to fund the additional expenses that are often associated with research or creative work, internships, community service, or study abroad.
Scholarships are renewable annually as long as you remain in good academic standing. Your scholarships must be applied toward the cost of tuition, and the combination of Knox scholarships and grants and federal and state grants cannot exceed the cost of tuition. You may also qualify for additional need-based financial assistance, including grants, work-study, and loans.
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