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Scholarships and Grant
Scholarships and grants are commonly termed "gift" assistance and need not be repaid (unless so stipulated as a condition of the award).
Grants are usually provided to meet a student's financial need as established through the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please review the section titled, "APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID" for further information.
Scholarships are generally awarded in recognition of academic achievement, talent, or some other characteristic. Financial need may not necessarily be a selection requirement.
Competitive Scholarship programs:
Juniata offers an array of competitive scholarships that recognize the outstanding achievements of incoming students without regard to financial need. Academic Scholarships at Juniata reward students who do well academically, but also contribute to their school and community by getting involved. For most scholarships at Juniata, all you have to do is apply to be considered!
The Distinguished Scholars Awards present opportunities for students who have achieved National Merit, National Hispanic Recognition or National Achievement Finalist status as determined by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
One will earn the W. Clay and Kathryn H. Burkholder Scholarship, valued at over $175,000 over four years, which covers all tuition, room and board, fees, and books. Others are eligible for Ronald L. Cherry or Richard M. Simpson scholarships, valued at over $130,000 over four years, which cover full tuition. Candidates will be interviewed. Those selected must submit official notification of Finalist status and indicate Juniata as their final college choice.
James Quinter Scholarships, valued at $80,000 over four years ($20,000 per year), honor the College’s first president. Students whose cumulative GPA is 3.75 or better and who receive at least a 1320 (M+V)/29 ACT Composite or better are eligible for consideration.
Calvert Ellis Scholarships, valued at up to $72,000 over four years (up to $18,000 per year), honor the president who led Juniata in the post-World War II era. These scholarships range from $10,000 to $18,000 per year and are determined by a review of the student’s academic, extracurricular and community achievements.
Heritage and Ray Day Scholarships, valued between $2,000 and $8,000 per year, are awarded to students who show commitment to academic excellence, leadership and community service that culminate in a level of understanding among diverse groups.
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships – Two $24,000 scholarships are awarded annually to Phi Theta Kappa students who transfer to Juniata. Students who have active PTK membership at their current community college and at least a 3.85 GPA are eligible for consideration.
Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S-STEM) for Transfer Students - In conjunction with the National Science Foundation, Juniata will award six scholarships worth up to $10,000 to students who transfer to Juniata in their junior year from a strong two year college. The awards are competitive and are based on academic achievement, financial need, and commitment to studying a STEM area. As part of the scholarship, each student will also receive a paid and mentored summer undergraduate research experience at Juniata.
Many students receive scholarships that are awarded by agencies other than Juniata (Lion's Club, PTA, Rotary, etc.). Students are encouraged to explore these opportunities that often reduce the family's cost of education.