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.

To Learn More

The following is a summary of the merit scholarships available for students applying to the Class of 2021.

St. Olaf Academic Scholarship Program  ($10,000-$25,000 per year)
National Merit Scholarship Program (Up to $2,000 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)

Transfer Student Scholarships

Transfer Student Scholarships  ($5,000 – $15,000 per year)

How To Apply

Academic Scholarships
(Buntrock, Presidential, Dean’s, Faculty, St. Olaf and Transfer Scholarships)
No additional steps are necessary, except for students being considered as finalists for the Buntrock Scholarship. Buntrock finalists will be invited to campus for faculty interviews.
For more information on all other merit scholarships (National Merit, Fine Arts, Service Leadership) Please click the link above for each scholarship’s specific requirements and further information.