Scholarships & Grants


For first-year students: ($3,500 to full tuition)

When considering first-year students for scholarships, a range of criteria are considered, including:

  • Academic profile (GPA, class rank, test scores, rigor of curriculum)
  • Engagement in church/school/community (see note below regarding athletic participation)

We consider students for scholarships based on holistic measures. The chart below is meant to serve as a helpful guide rather than a rigid rubric in terms of the types of attributes we look for in candidates for scholarship consideration. These are "and/or" statements meaning that a student may qualify for a certain category based on some but not all of the listed general descriptions below. Those most likely to receive consideration for the top awards should exhibit multiple characteristics of the award category (e.g. GPA plus test scores plus co-curricular engagement) rather than just one (e.g. just GPA).


GPA/Rank Range

Founder's Scholarship
$12,000 to full tuition
3.8 / Top 5%
1400+ / 32
President's Scholarship
3.6 / Top 10%
1300 / 29
Dean's Scholarship
3.4 / Top 15%
1200 / 27
Faculty Scholarship
3.2  / Top 20%
1100 / 24
Director's Scholarship $2,500 or above 3.0 / Top 30% 1050 / 22


  • The SAT score used for Academic Scholarships includes the student's highest scores on the critical reading and math sections.  The high school GPA is based on a 4.0 scale.  Weighted GPAs will be re-calculated.
  • Scholarships are renewed annually, providing the student maintains a set GPA at the end of each year (3.0 for President's and below and 3.25 for Founder's). Full-time attendance is required.
  • Students may qualify for additional financial aid awards (performance, need-based, federal or state) upon completing the financial aid application process by submitting the FAFSA.
  • Admitted students may submit academic and other information until March 1, 2015 for scholarship consideration. Students who apply and are admitted after March 1 will receive consideration for an academic scholarship based on test scores and GPA submitted as part of the application process.
  • As an NCAA DIII provisional member, participation in athletics will not be considered when awarding students financial aid, including need-based grants and merit-based aid.

For transfer students: ($4,000 to full tuition)

Transfer students with a college GPA of at least a 3.25 will be considered for scholarships in the range of $4,000 to $10,000 per year. Transfer applicants who are Phi Theta Kappa members in good academic standing will be guaranteed to receive at least the Faculty Scholarship of $4,000. In some cases, exceptional transfer applicants will receive consideration for awards up to full tuition based on the quality of their academic profile and evidence of exceptional school/church/community engagement.

Other Grants and Scholarships

Honors Scholarships

Candidates for Honors at Houghton are considered both for placement in to our selective honors experiences as well as for our top Founder's award - the James S. Luckey Full-Tuition Scholarship. 

Honors at Houghton

National Merit Scholarship

National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists will receive automatic consideration for Honors at Houghton and our top Founder's awards ranging from $12,000 to full tuition.

Houghton College Grants (amount varies)

Houghton College provides financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need or who exhibit other positive personal qualities.  Consideration for Houghton Grants is given, but not limited to, students with the following characteristics:

  • Financial need
  • Co-curricular involvement
  • Service to school, church, and/or community
  • Diversity
  • Parents employed in full-time Christian service as ministers or missionaries
  • Relatives who are alumni of Houghton College
  • Have more than one family member enrolled at Houghton

Art Scholarships

The art department of Houghton College has a limited number of partial tuition scholarships available for incoming freshmen interested in majoring in art.

These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional ability through the scholarship portfolio requirements. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 per academic year, and are renewed each year that the student remains a declared art major in good academic standing.

More information about art scholarships

Fine Arts Performance Scholarships

Performance Scholarships are awarded to students who display exceptional talent in fine arts. Art and music faculty may nominate candidates to the Student Financial Services Office. Awards are renewed annually if satisfactory participation in the area of performance and a minimum 2.0 GPA are maintained.

Alumni Grant ($1,000 )

A $1,000 grant will be awarded to students who are a dependent of a Houghton alumna/alumnus.

Matching Scholarships

Houghton College will match scholarships awarded to undergraduate students by their local church or a Dollars for Scholars Scholarship up to $750 per year. The scholarship given by the outside source can be more than $750, but Houghton College will only match $750 ($375 per term). The gift must come from the church and not be directly funneled from the parents. The church must submit an award form to ensure a matching scholarship each year. Find the required form with additional details on our Applications and Forms page.

Timothy R. Fuller Grant (up to $6,000)

Students who reside in a county surrounding Houghton may be eligible to receive the Fuller Grant, a need-based award up to $6,000 per year.

  • Allegany (N.Y.)
  • Cattaraugus (N.Y.)
  • Livingston (N.Y.)
  • McKean (P.A)
  • Potter (P.A.)
  • Steuben (N.Y.)
  • Wyoming (N.Y.)

Canadian Grant (up to $4,000)

Canadian students will receive a grant up to $4,000 based on evidence of financial need to assist with the exchange differential. The student must be a matriculated full-time student who is a Canadian citizen and whose residence is in Canada.

Missionary Kid (MK) Grant (up to $5,000)

U.S. Students whose parents are employed in full-time Christian service as missionaries under the direction of a conference or a mission board may be eligible for the MK Grant.  Awards of up to $5,000 per year may be granted based on financial need.

Houghton College Endowed Scholarships (amounts vary)

Generous friends of Houghton have funded a number of scholarships which are awarded according to the wishes of the donors. These scholarships are primarily for returning, full-time students. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement at Houghton and financial need. Specific information about the endowed scholarships may be obtained from the Student Financial Services Office. Recipients of these scholarships must submit a FAFSA by March 1 for priority consideration. Go here for details on Houghton College Endowed Scholarships.

Campus Challenge and WBB scholarships (amounts vary)

Houghton College will honor scholarships to winners of the Wesleyan Campus Challenge and Wesleyan Bible Bowl competitions. Recipients may redeem one quarter of their total scholarship awards per year. Tuition Exchange or Employee Tuition Assistance Grant recipients will not be eligible for Campus Challenge and WBB awards.

High School Grant

High school students may take up to seven hours per semester and receive a study grant equal to 50 percent of the tuition. This applies only to standard courses and excludes independent studies, online courses, tutorials, internships, applied and activity courses in the music, art, communication, and physical education/recreation (including equestrian) departments. The student will be responsible for any associated course or lab fees. This grant may not be held concurrently with any other Houghton grants or scholarships. Students are only eligible to take a specific course if room is available under the normal limits.

Music Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship

As part of our Presidential Scholarship Competition, we award a $50,000 Scholarship ($12,500 per year, renewable annually) to an outstanding first-year student majoring in music, a $20,000 award to a second outstanding first-year music major, and additional performance grants to runners-up.  Audition is by invitation only

Performance Grants and Fellowships

Music scholarships and fellowships are awarded on the basis of performance ability and musical promise and are competitive across the applicant pool.  In addition to general Performance Grants, we offer scholarships to outstanding entering vocal students through the Bain Vocal Fellowships and to instrumentalists via Instrumental Ensemble and Keyboard Fellowships.  Every auditioning student is considered for a scholarship.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available each year to graduate students in the Greatbatch School of Music.  Generally, these positions are awarded to students within their major field of study or for services in which they hold special expertise.  Graduate assistants may be offered full or partial tuition remission and up to $10,000 in stipend money, and have opportunity to gain experience in various performance, professorial support, staff and (where appropriate) teaching duties that support and supplement the work of the faculty of the Greatbatch School of Music. 

Scholarships for Returning Students

A great many scholarships are given to returning students.  Please see the Music Student Handbook for a description of all of the scholarships available to 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-year students.

Wesleyan Scholarships

Wesleyan Grant ($1,500)

Students who regularly attend church within The Wesleyan Church will receive a Wesleyan Grant in the amount of $1,500.

Wesleyan PK/MK Grants (amount varies)

Based on financial need, dependents of a full-time ordained minister within The Wesleyan Churchor a Global Partners missionary may receive at least half-tuition in grants and scholarships. The ultimate amount awarded will depend on financial need.

Willard J. Houghton Ministerial Scholarship ($5,000)

A $5,000 scholarship is available to students who are preparing for the pastorate within The Wesleyan Church. To be eligible, a student must register with his or her local District Board of Ministerial Development.

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