General Scholarship Guidelines
Southern Vermont College offers scholarships and grants designed to assist in payment of the tuition bill. Eligibility for these awards is based upon a variety of criteria, including but not limited to, academic merit, financial need and community service. Regardless of the type of institutional award, it may not exceed the cost of tuition when combined with other awards that are designed for tuition only. All students who receive Southern Vermont College Grants/Scholarships are required to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Students who earn less than this standard will have an opportunity to appeal if there were extenuating circumstances that occurred during the academic year.
Institutional financial aid is awarded for full-time study (at least twelve credits per semester) during the fall or spring semesters only. Institutional grants or scholarships may be awarded for study during the summer semester at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid. Generally, an otherwise eligible applicant may be granted institutional aid award(s) for full-time study during the summer semester if the summer is the final semester of study toward the degree. Similarly, if a student enrolls for a final semester of attendance and less than twelve credits are required for the degree, institutional financial aid eligibility may be awarded in an amount proportional to the percent of full-time tuition charged to the student. In any case, the student must submit a written appeal for extension of the institutional financial aid eligibility for semesters of part-time study or for full-time study during the summer semester, to the Director of Financial Aid.
Students who withdraw from the College or enroll for part-time study will become ineligible for institutional financial aid awards indefinitely. If a student must take a semester off or enroll part-time study for one semester and he or she wishes to defer eligibility for an institutional financial aid award until a subsequent semester of full-time study, he or she must submit a written request for such a deferment to the Director of Financial Aid. Any such deferment of financial aid eligibility will be at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid and will be for one semester only.
If a student withdraws from some or all credits during a semester and is liable for less than 100 percent of the tuition charges, institutional financial award(s) will be proportional to the percent of tuition liability for that semester. In such as case, the student would be responsible for any account balance that may result.
Awarded to the highest achieving incoming students who apply each year. Award amounts range from $1,000 to full cost of tuition per year. Students are required to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for the scholarship each year.
Awarded to students who demonstrate high academic achievement but do not qualify for the Trustee’s Scholarship. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000 per academic year. Students are required to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for the scholarship each year.
Awarded to students who have participated in community service-based organizations and have demonstrated academic achievement. Award amount ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 per academic year. Students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for the scholarship each year.
Awarded to students who have displayed leadership skills while in high school. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $3,000 per academic year. Students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for the scholarship each year.
Southern Vermont College Transfer Scholarship
Transfer students from two or four year colleges are eligible for varying scholarship amounts based on academic performance. Awards are renewable if the student maintains at least a 2.5 GPA.
Sara Diane Nolan, MSW
Adjunct Faculty, The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences