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 2021.
Service Leadership Scholarships ($2,000-$6,000 per year)
Transfer Student Scholarships
Transfer Student Scholarships ($5,000 – $15,000 per year)
How To Apply
(Buntrock, Presidential, Dean’s, Faculty, St. Olaf and Transfer Scholarships)
|No application is required. We use the information in your admissions application to award academic scholarships. Students invited as finalists for the Buntrock Scholarship will be invited to campus for faculty interviews in late February or early March|
|National Merit Scholarships
(All NMSC programs: Achievement, Hispanic, and Merit Scholarships)
|Art Scholarships||Learn More|
|Dance Scholarships||Learn More|
|Music Scholarships||Learn More|
|Theater Scholarships||Learn More|
|Service Leadership Scholarships||Learn More|