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, his wife, Rosemarie, and his brother Clayton ’59.
St. Olaf awards academic scholarships in four tiers:
- The Buntrock Scholarship (a renewable award of $24,000 per year), recognizing students with outstanding academic accomplishment and exemplary achievement across many facets of the high school experience;
- The Presidential Scholarship (a renewable award of $18,000 per year), recognizing salutary academic achievement;
- The Dean’s Scholarship (a renewable award of $15,000 per year), recognizing strong and sustained academic performance; and
- The Faculty Scholarship (a renewable award of $12,000 per year), recognizing a balanced record of consistent academic achievement
Eligibility for all academic scholarships is based on information provided in the Common Application, including test scores, high school transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Well-qualified candidates will be offered the Presidential Scholarship. This award will be specified in the letter of admission. The most qualified candidates will be awarded a Presidential Scholarship and will be invited to compete for the Buntrock Scholarship by visiting the St. Olaf campus for interviews with faculty. The invitation to compete for the Buntrock Scholarship will also be specified in the letter of admission.
A distinguishing feature of St. Olaf’s academic scholarship program is its emphasis on academic accomplishment in combination with other kinds of involvement and achievement. Acknowledging the differing grading practices and standards among high schools, we do not set minimum criteria for scholarship candidates and instead evaluate a student’s academic performance and potential on an individual basis.
Requirements for the Buntrock Award
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 all St. Olaf scholarships, including academic scholarships, must submit a complete application for admission and indicate their interest in being considered for merit scholarships. Submission deadlines are:
- Early Decision 1 – November 15
- Early Decision 2 – January 1
- Regular Decision – January 15
All students applying for need-based financial aid in addition to any merit scholarships must complete the FAFSA application to be eligible for federal funding and the CSS PROFILE to be eligible for St. Olaf institutional funding. Both financial aid applications must be completed by the stated deadlines to ensure full consideration for all available funds.