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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, 95% 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 for students entering fall 2022.

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 2.50 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 / SAT 1170 $500
    ACT 26 / SAT 1250 $1,000
    ACT 28 / SAT 1320 $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

    *NEW for students entering 2022-2023* 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 2022, 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 late January.

    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.

    Talent Scholarships

    William Jewell is home to outstanding performing arts programs. We seek outstanding performers in vocal and instrumental music, marching band, theatre, debate and cheer and dance. Students can participate in multiple ensembles and at the highest level will perform regionally and nationally in premier venues. Scholarships are available to performing arts majors and non-majors and vary in amount from $500 to $3,000 per year. Talent scholarships require a separate application and audition and are determined by program faculty.

    Talent scholarships are currently offered in the following areas:

    • Cheer
    • Dance
    • Debate
    • Athletic Band
    • Vocal and Instrumental Music
    • Theatre Performance and Design/Tech


    Premier Talent Scholarships

    Premier talent scholarships recognize outstanding performance ability and academic merit. Recipients of this award demonstrate talent and ability that elevate an ensemble and a next-level commitment to their craft. Premier talent awards are for $7,500 per year and as an award that recognizes academic merit and ability this scholarship replaces any previously awarded Academic Scholarship.

    Premier talent scholarships are currently offered in the following areas:

    • Debate
    • Vocal and Instrumental Music
    • Theatre Performance and Design/Tech

    Complete Jewell's Talent Scholarship Application


    Athletic Scholarship: NCAA Division II

    As a proud member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference, William Jewell College embraces the “partial-scholarship” model of the Division II philosophy for financial aid in which many student-athletes’ college experiences are funded in part through a combination of academic scholarships, athletics scholarship and need-based grants as appropriate. Limitations may apply to the receipt of a combination of these scholarships and grants provided by the college. Athletics scholarships are awarded upon the recommendation of the head coach. To learn more about competing in Intercollegiate Athletics at Jewell, please complete the Recruitment Questionnaire by clicking the links below.

    Men’s Teams

    Women’s Teams

    Additional Scholarship Opportunities


    A+ Scholarship 

    *NEW for students entering in 2022-2023*. The A+ Scholarship is a $3,000 per year award for eligible Missouri students participating in the State of Missouri A+ Program who have not yet graduated from high school. To qualify for consideration students must be admitted to William Jewell College, hold a cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on the 6th or 7th semester transcript, and be confirmed by the school A+ program coordinator to be in good standing and eligible for program completion. The A+ Scholarship replaces any equal or lesser value first year Academic Scholarship award.

    Shape the Future Grant

    This program provides grant funding for students of color and other underrepresented students. William Jewell is committed to promoting equity and removing financial barriers for students in order to promote inclusivity and graduate students who reflect the rich diversity of our society. The goal: promote access to higher education for students who want to serve and change our society. The grant can be combined with other scholarships and grants and range in amounts up to $2,000 per year for students who qualify. Click here to learn more and apply for the grant.

    Liberty Housing Scholarship

    All 2022 graduates who live in the Liberty, Missouri, School District will be eligible for up to $2,000 per year to experience the power of community through on-campus living. This includes Liberty High School, Liberty North High School, home-school and private school graduates. After you apply to Jewell, the housing scholarship will be included in your financial aid package.

    Heritage Scholarship

    Available to children of alumni, siblings of alumni or current students, this $1,000 per year award is our way of saying thank you to our #JewellFamily for making the Hill home across generations. After you apply to Jewell and your legacy status has been verified, the housing scholarship will be included in your financial aid package.

    Phi Theta Kappa

    As the official honor society for two-year colleges the Phi Theta Kappa honor society recognizes academic success and develops professional and leadership skills for students. Transfer students accepted to Jewell who verify membership in Phi Theta Kappa receive $500 per year.

    Scholarship Renewal

    To maintain Academic Scholarships, typically students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Scholarship renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each academic year. Recipients of an Honors scholarship or Scholar level performance awards must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester but minimum cumulative GPA varies by program in addition to meeting other program requirements to maintain eligibility. Full maintenance requirements are outlined for each scholarship upon awarding to the student.

    Net Price Calculator

    Complete the entire form to estimate your financial aid options for Jewell. Financial need and academic merit are considered; talent scholarships will not be reflected.

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    Additional Scholarship Opportunities

    • Select Jewell Awards and Talent Scholarships

      The following awards are also available. Some restrictions and limitations will apply.

      Jewell Access Grant
      The Jewell Access Grant provides need-based assistance to students who have completed a FAFSA or CSS Profile and has demonstrated unmet financial need. Applicants completing the FAFSA/PROFILE prior to William Jewell’s February 1 priority deadline will receive priority on a funds-available basis.

      The Jewell Access Grant is our way of helping students who need help the most make a Jewell education possible. Federal Pell Grant recipients from Missouri generally pay less than $2,000 (on average) in tuition once the Jewell Access Grant is applied.

      Cardinal Fund
      Grants from the Cardinal Fund (or Cardinal Grants) are funded by the various awards in the endowment of the College. These awards may be offered based on demonstrated financial need or meeting other restricted criterion designated by the Financial Aid Committee.

      Heritage Award
      The Heritage Award is offered to any student whose immediate family member is a Jewell alumnus. Eligible students include:

      • A student whose parent (including step-parent) graduated from Jewell;
      • A student whose sibling graduated from Jewell;
      • A student with a sibling currently attending Jewell and has completed at least one full-time semester.
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    • Departmental and Involvement Scholarships

      Dilts Undergraduate Research Award
      A one-time award presented to one new student who wishes to major in biology and participate in undergraduate research during the first year. Eligible students must have a 3.75 high school GPA and score in the top 90% on a standardized test (ACT, SAT). 

      CAPS Network
      This limited $1,000 scholarship is awarded to regularly admissible applicants who have completed a CAPS Network program in high school at the recommendation of a Jewell Admission Counselor (by February 1 annually). Exclusions may apply to the CAPS Network Scholarship for student-athletes offered a total value scholarship by the Athletic Department*.

      Project Lead the Way
      This limited $1,000 scholarship is awarded to regularly admissible applicants who have completed two PLTW courses and receive a recommendation of a Jewell Admission Counselor (by February 1 annually). Exclusions may apply to the PLTW Scholarship for student-athletes offered a total value scholarship by the Athletic Department*.

      Missouri Boys State and Girls State
      A $500 scholarship is available to regularly admissible applicants who are citizens in Missouri Boys State or Missouri Girls State programs. Exclusions may apply to the Boys State/Girls State Scholarship for student-athletes offered a total value scholarship by the Athletic Department*.

      *What does “exclusions apply for student-athletes offered a total value scholarship” mean?
      When the Jewell Athletic Department offers verbal scholarships, agents of the College may not be aware of a student's comprehensive academic background because verbal offers may be extended as soon as the summer prior to the junior year of high school. Because these offers may be made well before a student is officially admitted, a total value offer includes all institutional scholarship, including athletic scholarship, academic scholarship and other select awards listed above. Once a student is admitted, the total value is then distributed (as applicable) amongst the various programs.

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