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Achievement Scholarships

Hood College's merit-based scholarship program recognizes the achievement, talent and potential of students.  Awards are based upon their achievement in the classroom, their ability to think analytically, the student's talent and creativity exhibited in areas of interest and the potential for success they bring Hood College.

All students applying for admission to Hood College will be considered for these scholarships.  No special application is required.  Students will be informed of their eligibility through the admission application process.

The dollar amount of these merit scholarships will be based on a percent of tuition (not including fees, room or board) rather than a set dollar amount. The scholarships will, therefore, change (increase) annually based upon the tuition. For more information on the scholarship qualifications, please contact the Office of Admission.

First Year Freshman Scholarships:

Founder’s Scholarship   one-half of tuition $18,700 (Based on 2017-2018 tuition)
Trailblazer Scholarship   one-third of tuition $12,467 (Based on 2017-2018 tuition)
Recognition Award   one-quarter of tuition $9,350 (Based on 2017-2018 tuition)

Maintenance/Renewal: Scholarships are awarded to new students and are renewable through the student’s undergraduate career (scholarship may be received for a maximum of eight semesters). Students must achieve the minimum semester grade-point average, maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree and be enrolled full-time. Students whose grade-point average drops below the required minimum will receive a warning semester. Two consecutive semesters below the minimum grade point average will result in a reduction to or elimination of the award. Students with reduced or eliminated scholarships may recover the original award amount by achieving the required semester grade point average. Please refer to the conditions of award for important information on maintaining financial aid.

Chair of the Board Scholarship

This highly prestigious scholarship will provide four full-tuition awards to academically superior students.  All admitted first year students will be considered for this award provided they have completed the application process by January 15.  This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Judy Messina '66, Hood alumna and vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Hood College, and her husband, David Fleischer.  To learn more about this scholarship click here.

Hodson Trust Scholarships for Children of Former Beneficial Employees

Children of former full-time Beneficial employees, with two or more years of service with Beneficial Corporation and its subsidiaries immediately prior to June 30, 1998 are potential candidates for these full-tuition scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study at Hood College. All scholarship recipients must be enrolled on a full-time basis. Learn more here.

Stackable Awards

The following institutional awards may be awarded in addition to the above merit scholarships.

  • BOA Leadership $1,000- Students interested should contact their Admissions Counselor.
  • Hodson-Gilliam $2,000- Awarded to minority students with high academic achievement. Students interested should contact their Admission Counselor.
  • Honors $2,000- A merit scholarship awarded to students who have applied and been admitted to the Hood College Honors Program. To learn more about the Honors Program application process, click here.
  • Legacy $1,000- Awarded to full-time first-year or transfer students whose parent, sibling, or grandparent received a Hood bachelor's or master's degree. Please contact your Admission Counselor.