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 $37,000, unless the family’s demonstrated need exceeds that amount. Merit Scholarships may be used to meet some or all of your demonstrated financial need. All questions about Merit Scholarships should be directed to the Admissions Office.

How To Apply

Academic Scholarships
(Buntrock, Presidential, Dean’s, Faculty, St. Olaf and Transfer Scholarships)
No additional steps are necessary. All students will be automatically considered for academic scholarships.
For more information on all other merit scholarships (National Merit + Fine Arts) Please click the link below for each scholarship’s specific requirements and further information.

To Learn More

The following is a summary of the merit scholarships available for students applying to the Class of 2026.

St. Olaf Academic Scholarship Program  ($21,000-$29,000 per year)
National Merit Scholarship Program (Up to $2,000 per year)

Art Scholarships ($7,000 per year)
Dance Scholarships ($7,000 per year)
Music Scholarships ($2,000-$12,000 per year)
Theater Scholarships ($7,000 per year)

Transfer Student Scholarships

Transfer Student Scholarships  ($5,000 – $25,000 per year)