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Scholarships

Almost every year, 99 percent of our students receive financial aid—
and a huge portion of that aid comes from scholarships (aka money you don’t have to pay back). The good news is that a majority of our scholarship packages are stackable, meaning you can qualify for more than one at a time! While most of our scholarships are awarded based on your academic achievements, personal interests and leadership potential, there is one scholarship that every student is eligible for when they visit Gordon in person or virtually.

Keep scrolling to read more about the visit scholarship and to see which scholarships are stackable!

[F] = available to first-year students     [T] = available to transfer students

MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS [F] [T]

Merit-based scholarships are determined by your GPA, academic achievements and plans to live on campus. Use the scholarship calculator to find out which scholarship you may qualify for!

Founder's Scholarship
$12,000 per year | $48,000 over four years

Harold John Ockenga Scholarship
$11,000 per year | $44,000 over four years

T. Leonard Lewis Scholarship
$10,000 per year | $40,000 over four years

Isabel Warwick Wood Scholarship
$9,000 per year | $36,000 over four years

F.L. Chappell Award
$8,000 per year | $32,000 over four years

VISIT SCHOLARSHIP [F] [T]

Up to $1,000

When high school seniors or transfer applicants visit campus (in person or virtually) for the first time this academic year, they automatically receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship. This scholarship is also available for students who participate in a music audition. Sophomores and juniors can receive a one-time $500 scholarship when they ​visit and if they visit again as a senior, their scholarship doubles. Whatever the combination and no matter how many times you visit, this scholarship maxes out at $1,000 and is applied to your first full year of enrollment. 

Schedule an admissions visit ➔

Schedule a music audition ➔

Requirements:
Register for an on-campus visit or a virtual event.

PREMIER SCHOLARSHIPS [F]

Global Honors Scholarship
$19,000 per year | $76,000 over four years
(Replaces all other Gordon aid.)

Gordon’s flagship four-year scholarship program seeks to enrich student’s faith, promote intellectual maturity and strengthen leadership capabilities. The Global Honors Scholarship is awarded to 12 first-year applicants each year.

Program Highlights:

  • A four-year experience preparing students to provide Christ-honoring leadership in a multicultural world.
  • Tightly knit cohort that will learn and travel through honors seminars, retreats, international travel, cultural and multicultural experiences and faculty mentoring.
  • International experience including an international trip following freshman year.
  • Summer internship overseas for four to six weeks between sophomore and junior year.
  • Unique opportunities to explore the best fine arts that Boston has to offer like the Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker.
  • Participation in honors seminars during freshman and sophomore year, honors discussion groups led by the professor for both Old Testament and New Testament, opportunity to study abroad and senior thesis or project.

Requirements:
Apply to Gordon by November 15
Founder’s Scholarship recipients only
Eligible candidates will be invited to apply to the program and participate in a virtual Honors Day.

Learn more about the Global Honors Scholars program ➔

Clarendon Scholarship
$18,000 per year | $72,000 over four years
(Replaces all other Gordon aid.)

Are you a high school senior from an urban area who demonstrates leadership in your school and church, succeeds academically, and has a desire to positively impact urban communities? If so, apply to Gordon by December 1 to be considered for this four-year program along with twelve other like-minded students. Eligible candidates will be invited to participate in our Clarendon Scholars Day event. Those accepted into the program will receive a four-year Clarendon Scholarship, determined by the merit-based aid a student receives when they are admitted to the College. 

Program Highlights:

  • This four-year program includes an annual Clarendon retreat, paid summer internship and culminates with a capstone senior thesis project.
  • Scholars will explore the five pillars of the honors program: personal growth, reconciliation and cultural fluency, community engagement, leadership development and professional and career development.
  • This program prepares students to explore their calling and to pursue careers as leaders in cities and urban areas around the globe.

Requirements:
Apply to Gordon by January 1 (Early Action II)
Minimum GPA of 3.0 and entering Gordon a freshman
Eligible applicants will be invited to apply to the program and participate in Clarendon Scholar’s Day in February.

Learn more about the Clarendon Scholars program ➔

Department of Music Leadership Award
$18,000 per year ($72,000 over four years)
(Replaces all other Gordon aid.)

The Department of Music is pleased to award this signature scholarship to 10 incoming music majors (B.M. in Music Education, B.M. in Music Performance, B.A. in Music) each year who demonstrate exceptional musical abilities, and who exhibit the potential for musical leadership and service in their field.

Requirements:

Apply to Gordon College and the Department of Music no later than January 10, 2022.

Schedule and perform an audition before the end of January 2022. Live audition dates are available in November, December and January.

Learn more about our Music program ➔

A. J. Gordon Scholarship

The A. J. Gordon Scholarship for a Founder's Recipient
$13,500 per year*
| $54,000 over four years

The A. J. Gordon Scholarship for a Harold John Ockenga Recipient
$12,500 per year
* | $50,000 over four years

*This scholarship amount reflects the A. J. Gordon and merit-based scholarship. This can be stacked with other Gordon scholarships.

This longstanding four-year scholars program named for our founder tailors individual academic and personal development for emerging scholars and leaders, reflecting the foundations in earnest learning and faith demonstrated by Dr. A. J. Gordon himself. The A. J. Gordon Scholarship is awarded to 20 first-year applicants each year. 

Program Highlights:

  • Preparing students to engage our complex world with their own unique strengths and curiosity with a cohort over four years.
  • This personalized program is designed to foster imagination, creativity, personal and community engagement and the influence of faithful citizenship in the places each scholar is called.
  • Intentional mentoring by program staff and seasoned A. J. Gordon Scholars to discuss professional development.
  • Learn together in a special Scholars Workshop and honors section of the core class, The Great Conversations.
  • Weekend retreats to explore leadership, spiritual disciplines and calling.
  • Scholars build community partnerships and influence the community experience of their fellow citizens through a large project.
  • A personal learning plan through all four years culminating in a Capstone, Honors Thesis, or internship.

Requirements:
Apply to Gordon by November 15
Founder’s or Harold John Ockenga Scholarship recipients only
Eligible candidates will be invited to apply to the program and participate in a virtual Honors Day. 

Learn more about the A. J. Gordon Scholars program ➔

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS [F]

Gordon College National Merit Scholarship Programs (Stackable)

National Merit Finalist Scholarship $3,000 per year | $12,000 over four years (stackable with other scholarships)

Recipients of this scholarship must (for freshmen only):

  • Be recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist 
  • Designate Gordon as their top college choice with the NMSC and Gordon College Admissions
  • $3,000 National Merit Finalist Scholarship includes the stipend provided by the NMSC
  • The award is renewable based on a 3.25 GPA

National Merit Semi-Finalist Scholarship $2,000 per year | $8,000 over four years

  • Recipients must provide confirmation that they have been designated as a semi-finalist of the NMSC
  • $2,000 National Merit Finalist Scholarship includes the stipend provided by the NMSC
  • The award is renewable based on a 3.25 GPA

National Merit Commended Scholarship $1,000 per year | $4,000 over four years

  • Recipients must provide confirmation that they have been designated for the National Merit Commended Scholarship by the NMSC
  • $1,000 National Merit Finalist Scholarship includes the stipend provided by the NMSC
  • The award is renewable based on a 3.25 GPA

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS [F] [T]

These scholarships are based on unique circumstances.

Music Scholarships (Stackable)

Music Major SCHOLARSHIP
$3,000–$4,000 per year

Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding abilities in performance and/or who show significant potential as future music educators.

Students must apply to the Department of Music by March 15, 2022 to be eligible for a music major scholarship. All scholarships are awarded by the faculty to incoming music majors based on their entrance audition and interview.

Learn more about music scholarships 

Music Minor SCHOLARSHIP
$2,000 per year

Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate well-rounded musical abilities and a willingness to engage and contribute to the Department of Music.

Students must apply to the Department of Music by March 15, 2022 to be eligible for a music minor scholarship. All scholarships are awarded by the faculty to incoming music minors based on their entrance audition.

Learn more about music scholarships 

Ensemble Participation Scholarship
$1,000 per year

Scholarship is awarded to students who are not music majors or minors. These are awarded to eligible students who demonstrate a high level of musical proficiency, and a desire to participate in Department of Music ensembles during their time as a Gordon College student.

Students must apply to the Department of Music by March 15, 2022 to be eligible for an Ensemble Participation scholarship. Scholarships are awarded by the faculty to incoming students based on their audition

Learn more about music scholarships 

All music scholarships are awarded to students based on their auditions. Schedule an audition online, view the Music Scholarships resources, or call 978.867.4369 for more information.

Fine Arts and Theatre Scholarships

Awarded to students enrolling as theatre or fine arts majors who have either reviewed their art portfolio or auditioned within the Theatre Department. These awards recognize excellence and the potential to contribute to the arts at Gordon.

Learn more about art scholarships ➔ 

Learn more about theatre scholarships ➔ 

Grapevine Scholarship

$1,000 per year | $4,000 over four years
This scholarship is awarded to high school graduates from our Gordon Grapevine Consortium

To learn more about joining the Gordon Grapevine Consortium, contact Sharon Carlson, Director of Recruitment, at .

Church Student Assistance Program

The Church Student Assistance Program is an opportunity for a church to assist its Gordon students with college costs by giving a minimum of $250. Gordon will match up to $1,000 of their gift.

Learn more about the Church Student Assistance Program ➔

Young Life Scholarship

$500 per year | $2,000 over four years
Awarded to students who are active members of Young Life. Applicants may be asked to complete additional essay questions and provide recommendations from Young Life leaders.

Apply for Young Life scholarship ➔

OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS [F] [T]

To find scholarships and grants outside of Gordon College, search the following sites:

www.supercollege.com
www.studentscholarshipsearch.com
www.fastweb.com
www.collegeexpress.com
www.scholarships.com
www.collegeboard.com

Gordon College has the right to modify, suspend or terminate the terms and conditions of scholarships as circumstances change.

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