Special Scholarships and Programs
Scholarship Opportunities for Upper Peninsula Seniors
Upper Peninsula students can earn non-competitive Albion scholarships of up to $94,000 awarded at up to $23,500 per year. These scholarships are based on academic achievement and are awarded at the time a student is accepted for admission. Additionally, there are two major, competitive, Albion scholarships which Upper Peninsula students may receive.
Distinguished Awards Programs
Select students are invited to compete in the Distinguished Scholars Program each winter. Over $250,000 in scholarship funds are awarded to those students who excel during the program. One participant will receive a full tuition scholarship.
Build Albion Fellows Program
Up to 10 Build Albion Fellows in each entering class will receive benefit for four years. Students will also work in Albion community, gaining career skills and experience.
Aid for Transfer Students
Albion College has established the Distinguished Albion College-Community College Transfer Scholarship to recognize outstanding achievements by students at two-year colleges. This scholarship is offered to highly qualified applicants who wish to transfer to a liberal arts college for completion of their bachelor's degree.
Benefits for Veterans
If you're eligible for prorated veterans' benefits, you'll receive significant assistance toward the cost of attendance. Depending upon your military benefits, you may receive a monthly housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies.
Aid for International Students
Merit scholarships and financial assistance is available for international students. For more information contact the International recruiter.
Build Albion Fellows
Each year up to 10 students from the City of Albion will be offered the opportunity to serve as a Build Albion Fellow. These students will be provided with tuition, housing and meals for four years in exchange for working in and serving the Albion community.
This program is specifically designed for residents of the Albion Public Schools district. The program is intended to strengthen the bonds between Albion College and its host community by providing a college education and meaningful work experience for the students while also benefiting the community through the services the students provide.
Who is eligible?
- Have attended the Albion (MI) Public Schools for a minimum of three years (grades 6-8) and live within the Albion Public Schools district.
- Have been accepted for admission to Albion College as first-year students.
- Students will be expected to participate fully in the program, including living on campus.
- Demonstrate high financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (This should be completed by February 15th.) Generally this will include any student eligible for the federal Pell Grant. These students will also be expected to apply for other external scholarships and grants for which they qualify.
Students who meet these criteria and who are interested in becoming a Build Albion Fellow will have an individual interview with a selection committee, comprising community and college leaders. Following the interview, candidates will be selected by the committee to become Build Albion Fellows.
How does it work?
Up to 10 Fellows will be selected for each entering class at Albion College.
- Students will receive tuition, housing and food. They will be responsible for books, fees, incidental expenses and any taxes that are assessed; the only loan component that students might have would be to cover these latter expenses.
- Students who are not eligible for state or federal grants will still be considered for a Fellow position but will need to contribute the amount of the grants to their college costs.
- The fellowship is renewable each year of enrollment, as long as all program requirements are met. Students will be expected to complete their Albion College degree in eight semesters.
- To participate in the program, students will also fulfill a community service requirement. This commitment will include 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer and 10 hours per week during the academic year, and will begin in the summer prior to their first year at Albion College. The nature of these assignments include work, service, supplemental instruction and projects designed to "build" the community of Albion. Over the course of a student's college career, it is expected that summer jobs will increase in responsibility from entry-level positions to jobs that will provide meaningful work experience for the student's academic program and/or future career.
- If a student needs nine semesters to complete a degree (due to teacher certification requirements, etc.), the College may pay for the additional semester based upon review of the student's prior progress.
- A transfer student with some college credit but who still qualifies as a first-year student will be eligible for the program, assuming all other requirements are met.
Learn more about the Build Albion Fellows Program
Distinguished Awards Programs
Distinguished Scholars Program
Select students are invited to compete in the Distinguished Scholars Program each winter. Over $250,000 in scholarship funds are awarded to those students who excel during the program. One participant will receive a full tuition scholarship. This program allows students to demonstrate their academic interests and talents while engaging with faculty. Invited students will be notified approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the competition.
Distinguished Artist Program
Selects students are invited to complete in this program to demonstrate their talent in the arts – creative writing, art, music, theatre or the integrated arts. Up to $250,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded to students who demonstrate artistic excellence. One participant will receive a full tuition scholarship. Invited students will be notified approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the competition.
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