Merit Scholarships

St. Olaf offers competitive merit scholarships that recognize achievement and potential for academic, artistic, service, and leadership success. With the exception of the National Merit Scholarship program administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, merit scholarships are awarded on the basis of the application through the St. Olaf Admissions Office.

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they wish.  The total value of all merit scholarships cannot exceed half of the comprehensive fee, unless the family’s demonstrated need exceeds that amount. All questions about Merit Scholarships should be directed to the Admissions Office.

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The following is a summary of the merit scholarships available for students applying to the Class of 2020.

St. Olaf Academic Scholarship Program  ($10,000-$24,000 per year)
National Merit Scholarship Program (Up to $7,500 per year)

Art Scholarships ($6,000 per year)
Dance Scholarships ($4,000-$8,000 per year)
Music Scholarships ($2,000-$12,000 per year)
Theater Scholarships ($4,000-$8,000 per year)

Service Leadership Scholarships ($4,000-$10,000 per year)

How To Apply

Academic Scholarships
(Buntrock, Presidential, Dean’s, and Faculty Scholarships)
Check the box on the Common Application that says you wish to be considered for merit scholarships.  No additional steps are necessary, except for students being considered as finalists for the Buntrock Scholarship. They will be invited to campus for faculty interviews.
National Merit Scholarships
(All NMSC programs: Achievement, Hispanic, and Merit Scholarships)
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Art Scholarships Learn More
Dance Scholarships Learn More
Music Scholarships Learn More
Theater Scholarships Learn More
Service Leadership Scholarships Learn More