Rewarding achievement, talent, leadership and passion

Jewell wants to reward your hard work and talents as you join our community of thinkers and doers.

Scholarships at Jewell

Our generous donors support scholarships so more students may experience Jewell. The average merit scholarship in 2019-2020 is $15,000 with 60% of the incoming class receiving a merit award. At Jewell, 99% of all students receive financial aid through merit scholarships and need-based grant programs.

Academic Scholarships

William Jewell College takes a comprehensive approach to awarding scholarships and grants. We will consider a student's entire academic record and application for financial aid when awarding academic scholarships, because for many students, a combination of test scores and high school GPA doesn't tell the whole story. We consider:

  • Overall GPA (unweighted)
  • Core GPA
  • Quality of courses taken, strength of curriculum
  • International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses
  • Class rank
  • ACT and SAT composite scores
  • ACT and SAT sub-scores in area of study
  • Strength of writing essay
  • Extra and co-curricular transcripts/participation resumes 

We encourage you to complete the College’s Net Price Calculator (NPC) to learn of possible/estimated scholarship eligibility. However, the NPC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to display results of the prior year, not for the year you are entering college. You must apply for admission to learn your exact scholarship amount as determined by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Services.

  • The average Academic Scholarship (including Premier Scholarships) is $16,250
  • The median Academic Scholarship is $14,500
  • Two out of three students qualify for an Academic Scholarship
  • One out of three students receive additional need-based grant as a result of the FAFSA or CSS Profile.

Normally, to qualify for an Academic Scholarship, students entering from high school must have a minimum 3.4 high school GPA and a 24 ACT score or 1170 SAT score. Students transferring from another college or university must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in 18 or more transferrable credit hours. 

Academic Scholarship values vary up to one-half of the published William Jewell College tuition rate for full-time students. All Academic Scholarships are renewable for four years (eight full-time fall and spring semesters) with a 2.50 cumulative GPA.

Premier and Honors Scholarships

Each year, a limited number of students (reserved for approximately top 10% of applicants) are considered for William Jewell’s Premier Scholarships. Eligibility is determined by committee, beginning November 1 through January 15 depending on the selection process which varies annually. Normally, students must be high achieving with exemplary academic records, such as National Merit Semifinalists®, Missouri Bright Flight eligible (31 ACT composite score), and other distinguished academic programs. Students are requested to attend an on-campus event to meet with faculty and staff. Depending on the quality of application and academic records, Premier Scholarship values generally vary up to the amount of the $26,000 Oxbridge Honors Scholarship.

Premier Scholarships include:

  • Oxbridge Honors Scholarship
  • The Jewell Scholarship
  • Alexander Doniphan Scholarship
  • Choral Scholar (music audition required)
  • Orchestral Scholar (music audition required)
  • Instrumental Scholar (music audition required)
  • Theatre Scholar (theatre audition required)

While the Oxbridge Honors Scholarship is Jewell’s most prestigious Premier award, students must be accepted into Jewell’s nationally recognized Oxbridge Honors Program by the faculty and not by the Premier Scholarship committee. For more information visit the Oxbridge Honors Program website. The Oxbridge Scholarship assists students during their year of study in Oxford, England through the Journey Grant Program.

*All Academic and Premier Scholarships are mutually exclusive and may not be received in combination of another Academic Scholarship. However, they may be combined with any one athletic scholarship or talent scholarship (except Choral, Orchestral, Instrumental and Theatre Scholars which are merit/talent combination awards). 

Shape the Future Grant

This program provides grant funding for students of color and other underserved 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 $5,000 per year for students who qualify. Click here to learn more and apply for the grant.

Missouri Bright Flight Match 

To keep the area's brightest students in Kansas City, William Jewell College will match your Missouri Bright Flight Award! Bright Flight (up to $3,000/year) plus Jewell's match (up to $3,000/year) equals up to $24,000 in four years.

You are eligible to receive this award if you: 

  • receive a 31 or higher ACT composite score;
  • submit your ACT score to Jewell by the Feb. 1 priority financial aid deadline;
  • are a first-time college student entering in the Fall of 2020; and
  • ​have a permanent address in the state of Missouri

*You must meet Bright Flight’s renewal requirements and achieve a 2.5 cumulative Jewell GPA each year to receive the match.
*Oxbridge Honors Scholarship recipients qualify for a very generous scholarship package, thus, they are not eligible to receive the Bright Flight Match.

Talent Scholarships

We feel strongly that students engage in multiple on-campus activities to create their best educational experience; however, Jewell does limit talent scholarships (including athletics) to one per student to avoid over-commitments hindering academic achievement.

Talent scholarships are offered in the following areas:
Music (Vocal and Instrumental)
Theatre (Performance and Design/Tech)

Complete Jewell's Talent Scholarship Application

Liberty Housing Scholarship

All 2020 graduates who live in the Liberty, Missouri, School District will be eligible for up to $6,000 a 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.

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

Scholarship Renewability

To maintain Academic Scholarships, you must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (rounding permitted at the one thousandth position, 2.495 and up). Scholarship renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of the academic year. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 will be allowed one semester to raise the cumulative GPA to 2.5. A student who fails to raise the GPA will not be eligible for the academic scholarship. A student whose academic scholarship is not renewed will be ineligible for an academic scholarship until a cumulative GPA of 2.5 is achieved.

Scholarships that require a GPA of at least 2.5 include, but are not limited to:

  • Jewell Scholarship (less than full-tuition award)
  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Dean’s Scholarship
  • Trustee’s Scholarship
  • Faculty Scholarship
  • National Merit Semifinalist Scholarship
  • IB Diploma Scholarship
  • Doniphan Scholarship
  • Yates Medallion Scholarship
  • Achiever Scholarship
  • All Transfer Scholarships

Recipients of a full-tuition Distinguished Scholars Award or full-tuition Jewell Scholarship must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Scholarship renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of the academic year. A probationary semester is provided as well. Only one probationary semester will be permitted for Academic Scholarship recipients.

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.

Net Price Calculator

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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