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Academic Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship
The Presidential Scholarship—our highest recognition for first-year students—offers an award of full-tuition. Five students will be selected to receive a Presidential Scholarships with awards will be announced in March. Presidential Scholarship recipients form a select group of the nation's best and brightest students. Applicants who receive a Lincoln Scholarship during the admission process and are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents will be considered for a Presidential Scholarship. Presidential Scholars will be notified in March and brought to campus, free of charge, to attend one of our two Admitted Student Days in April.

Lincoln Scholarship
The Lincoln Scholarship offers awards of up to $22,000 per year. The Lincoln Scholarship honors the special relationship between Knox and Abraham Lincoln. Knox hosted one of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858, and in 1860 Lincoln was the first person to receive an honorary degree from Knox. Research into Lincoln's pre-presidential years, and publications about Lincoln, done by the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, have been featured on the History channel and have won numerous national awards.

Hermann Muelder Scholarship
Offers awards of up to $18,000 per year. The Hermann Muelder Scholarship is named for one of our most respected history professors. Muelder wrote critically acclaimed works about the history of the Midwest, the anti-slavery founders of Knox College, and the City of Galesburg. He also researched African-American soldiers from Galesburg who served in the Civil War regiment portrayed in the film Glory, one of whom returned home after the war and fought to end segregation and discrimination against black veterans.

Ellen Browning Scripps Scholarship
The Scripps Scholarship awards up to $15,000 annually. An 1859 graduate of Knox, Ellen Browning Scripps was co-founder of the Scripps Howard newspaper chain. Her philanthropic support helped establish Scripps College in California and Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Guidelines and Notification

Application Guidelines
All students who apply for first-year admission prior to January 15 will be considered for Knox's academic scholarships. A separate application is not required for most awards. Along with academic records, we look at applicants' essays, personal interviews, and recommendations. We seek students who demonstrate potential, integrity, and an enthusiasm for learning.

Presidential Scholarship and Rothwell Stephens Scholarship recipients are notified in March. Candidates for all other academic scholarships are notified of their scholarship awards at the time of admission. Students receiving Lincoln Scholarships are automatically considered for one of five full-tuition Presidential Scholarships.

National Merit Scholars are notified of their National Merit Scholarship awards by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in April.

General Scholarship Guidelines
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. Presidential Scholarships are four-year awards renewable annually with a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 after the first year and 3.5 after sophomore and junior years. Most other scholarships are renewable annually as long as recipients remain in good academic standing. Scholarship recipients often qualify for additional need-based financial assistance, including grants, work-study programs, and loans.

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