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Scholarships at Jewell

Our generous donors support scholarships so more students may experience Jewell. In 2020-2021, 60% of the incoming class received a merit-based academic scholarship. At Jewell, 96% of all students receive financial aid through merit and athletic scholarships and need-based grant programs. Combined with competitive tuition and a four-year graduation guarantee, our scholarships and grants make William Jewell one of the most affordable private colleges in the Kansas City region. Read on to learn more about our new scholarships.

Academic Scholarships

If you have an exceptional academic record, we have dozens of ways to make a world-class, private-school education more affordable for you. Have a strong ACT or SAT score, too? Your test score can take your total award to the next level. Typically, two out of three students qualify for an Academic Scholarship, and one out of three students receive additional need-based grants as a result of completing the FAFSA or CSS Profile.

To qualify for an Academic Scholarship, students entering from high school must have a minimum 3.3 cumulative high school GPA. Test score awards are available for students beginning at a score of 24 on the ACT or 1170 on the SAT. Students transferring from another college or university must have a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA. All First-Year Academic Scholarships are renewable for four years (eight full-time semesters) and Transfer Academic Scholarships are renewable for two years (four full-time semesters). Recipients must maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in order to renew. Most awards are available to applicants admitted to the College before Dec. 1, however, funds and awards may become limited due to demand and a highly qualified applicant pool.

First-Year Academic Scholarships

Award GPA Scholarship
Cardinal Scholar 3.3 - 3.49 $1,000
Jewell Scholar 3.5 - 3.74 $2,000
Trustee Scholar 3.75 - 3.89 $3,000
Presidential Scholar 3.9 and above $4,000
Score Scholarship
ACT 24-25 / SAT 1170-1240 $500
ACT 26-27 / SAT 1250-1310 $1,000
ACT 28-29 / SAT 1320-1390 $1,250
ACT 30+ / SAT 1400+ $1,500


Transfer Academic Scholarships

Award GPA Scholarship
Jewell Scholar 3.3 - 3.59 $2,000
Trustee Scholar 3.6 - 3.79 $2,500
Presidential Scholar 3.8 and above $3,000

Competitive Academic Scholarships

Competitive Academic Scholarship awards are limited in number and range in amount from full tuition to full tuition, room and board. In order to be eligible for consideration, students must be a first-year applicant planning to enter college in the fall of 2023, having maintained a cumulative 3.8 unweighted GPA or higher, and be accepted for admission to William Jewell College. Candidates for these awards will be invited to apply for and participate in an on campus interview day. Applications open Oct. 1 for on campus interviews in early February.

Honors Program Scholarships*

Each year, a limited number of students are considered for William Jewell’s Honors Scholarships. Eligibility is first determined by acceptance into the Oxbridge Honors program or the Honors Institute in Critical thinking. Students typically accepted into these programs are high achieving with exemplary academic records, such as National Merit Semifinalists®, Missouri Bright Flight eligible (31 ACT composite score), and other distinguished academic programs. Honors scholarships range in value from $5,500 to just over $9,000 per year.

Oxbridge Honors

While the Oxbridge Honors Scholarships are Jewell’s most prestigious awards, students must be accepted into Jewell’s nationally recognized Oxbridge Honors Program by the faculty. For more information on applying to the Oxbridge Honors Program visit the Oxbridge webpage at The Oxbridge Scholarship is imited to 15 awards per year at an annual value of $9,250 with additional assistance for participating students during their year of study in Oxford, England through the Journey Grant Program. 


Honors Institute in Critical Thinking

If you are interested in exploring the ways we think and then using those insights to make a meaningful difference in the world, Jewell has a unique honors program for you. As a complement to your chosen major, the Honors Institute in Critical Thinking delves deeply into critical reflection and application. Successful Honors Institute students demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a drive to better their communities. All students accepted to the program receive a $5,500 annual scholarship. To learn more about applying for the Honors Institute go to

*Honors Scholarships are mutually exclusive and may not be received in combination with another Academic Scholarship or Performing Arts Scholar level award.

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  • Maintaining Scholarships

    To maintain any institutional aid, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Scholarship renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each academic year. Any institutional aid that also includes a participatory mandate may still be impacted if this basic renewal criterion is met but the student is no longer eligible to participate in the co-curricular or academic program. Institutional aid is defined as Academic, Departmental, Athletic, Tuition Remission, or any scholarship/grant from William Jewell College.  

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