Academic Scholarships

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.

Academic Awards

St. Olaf awards academic scholarships in five tiers:

  • The Buntrock Scholarship (a renewable award of $29,000 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 $27,000 per year), recognizing salutary academic achievement;
  • The Dean’s Scholarship (a renewable award of $25,000 per year), recognizing a strong and sustained academic achievement
  • The Faculty Scholarship (a renewable award of $23,000 per year), recognizing a balanced record of consistent academic achievement; and
  • The St. Olaf Scholarship (a renewable award of $21,000 per year), recognizing 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. The most qualified candidates will be awarded a Buntrock Scholarship. Well-qualified candidates will be offered the Presidential Scholarship. These awards will 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 1
  • Early Action – November 1
  • Early Decision 2 – January 8
  • Regular Decision – January 15

Note: Students seeking consideration for merit scholarships only do not need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CSS PROFILE.

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.


For More Information

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.