Academic Scholarships

Award amount: $2,000 – $24,000 renewable annually


About the Scholarship Program

St. Olaf’s first academic scholarship program began in 1993 with the presentation of 23 Presidential Scholarship Awards. In 1994, the program was expanded and renamed the Buntrock Academic Scholarship Program in honor of the many accomplishments and contributions to the college made by alumnus Dean L. Buntrock ’57, and his wife, Rosemarie.

Although there is a single application for these scholarships, the faculty and Admissions Office will confer three tiers of awards: the Buntrock Scholarship ($24,000/year), the Presidential Scholarship ($18,000/year), and the Dean’s Scholarship ($12,000/year).

Many colleges that offer merit and talent-based scholarships prescribe strict criteria with respect to a high school GPA, test scores, class rank, etc.. Respecting the differences among high schools, we do not set minimum criteria for scholarship candidates and instead seek to evaluate a student’s academic potential on a more individualized basis.


While there are no minimum standards placed on applying for the Buntrock Scholarship program, the selection of Buntrock award recipients is based primarily on academic performance in high school, and is highly competitive. In awarding these scholarships, St. Olaf seeks exceptional students with energy and initiative, independence, originality, a sense of humor, and concern for others.

How to Apply

Students interested in being considered for the scholarships must submit a complete application for admission no later than January 15, 2014 (by November 15, 2013 for ED 1 candidates) for fullest consideration. All applicants who indicate an interest in merit scholarships on the Common Application are automatically considered for a St. Olaf academic scholarship. Only those candidates who also wish to be considered for need-based financial aid must submit the CSS PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Up to 100 students will be selected as finalists for the Buntrock Scholarship and invited to campus for a series of programs and faculty interviews.

Students who attend the Scholars’ Day events in March and are not selected as a Buntrock finalist will automatically be considered for a Presidential Scholarship.

Contact your admissions officer at 507-786-3025 or toll-free 800-800-3025, or e-mail for other or more specific information about academic scholarships.