Scholarships & Grants


For first-year students: ($2,500 to full tuition)

    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) rather than just one (e.g. GPA).


    GPA/Rank Range

    Founder's Scholarship $12,000 to full tuition 3.8 / Top 5% 1400+ / 32
    President's Scholarship $10,000 3.6 / Top 10% 1300 / 29
    Dean's Scholarship $7,500 3.4 / Top 15% 1200 / 27
    Faculty Scholarship $5,000 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, 2016 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. 

    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.

    Honors at Houghton

    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

    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.)

    Pennsylvania Grant

    As a student from Pennsylvania, we recognize that you may be concerned about sacrificing in-state financial aid to attend a private out-of-state college. This year, students from Pennsylvania will be considered for grants up to $4,000 per year along with other merit- or need-based aid you may qualify for. Consider it a neighborly gesture and a demonstration of our belief in the value of a Houghton College education. 

    Canadian Exchange Grant (up to $12,000)

    The Canadian Exchange Grant is intentional in helping continue our long standing relationship through support of our alumni and partners that see the value in the education Houghton College has to offer. Houghton College understands there is a cost to high levels of Christian Higher Education; however, we do not want our Canadian students to face those costs alone. This is why we are intentional with the Canadian Exchange Grant to be of assistance in continuing our strong ties with Canadian students in the future.

    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 by the Student Financial Services Office in conjunction with department heads (when required) on the basis of academic achievement at Houghton and financial need. There is no application process. A list is available here.

    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 eight 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.

    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 Church™ or 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.

    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.  Every auditioning student is considered for scholarship opportunities.

    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. 

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