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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 Academic Scholarship in 2017-18 was more than $16,000, and 64% of 2017 entering students received additional need-based grants or scholarships.

Academic Scholarships

William Jewell College takes a comprehensive approach to awarding all Scholarships and Grants, including Academic Scholarships. In general, to qualify for an Academic Scholarship, students entering from high school must have a minimum of a 3.4 high school GPA and a 24 ACT score or 1150 SAT score. Students transferring from another college or university must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in 24 or more transferrable credit hours. Beyond ACT and SA scores and high school GPA, Jewell will consider:

  • Core GPA
  • Quality of courses taken
  • Class rank
  • International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses
  • Strength of writing sample/essay
  • Extra and co-curricular transcripts/participation resumes such as the successful completion of the CAPS Network or Project Lead the Way.

Complete the Net Price Calculator for your estimated scholarship eligibility; however, you must apply for admission to learn your exact scholarship amount as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

Academic Scholarship values vary between $10,000–$18,000. All Academic Scholarships are renewable for four years (eight semesters) with a 2.5 cumulative GPA (3.0 GPA requirement for Premier and Honors awards are higher).

Each year, a limited amount of students (approximately 10% of applicants) are considered for William Jewell’s Premier Scholarships. Eligibility is determined by committee, beginning November 1 through January 1, depending on the selection process which varies annually. In general, students must be high achieving with exemplary records—such as National Merit Semifinalists®, Missouri Bright Flight eligible, and other distinguished academic programs—are requested to attend an on-campus event in the fall. Premier Scholarship awards generally vary between $20,000 and the $26,000 Oxbridge Honors Scholarship.

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. The Oxbridge Scholarship assists students during their year of study in Oxford, England, through the Journey Grant Program.

*All Academic Scholarships, including Premier and Honors Scholarships, are mutually exclusive and may not be combined. However, Academic (including Premier and Honors) may be combined with any one Athletic Scholarship, Talent Scholarship or other Select Scholarships offered by the College.

Talent Scholarships

One of the following scholarships may be stackable with an Academic Scholarship. You may pursue more than one activity; however, the College does limit scholarship to only one area. We feel strongly that students engage in multiple on-campus activities to create their best educational experience and not feel pressured because of financial obligations.

The following scholarships are available ranging in amounts of $1,000-$5,000 per year. To submit your intent to apply for a talent scholarship, via audition, portfolio submission, or other required criteria, complete the Talent Scholarship Application . 

Vocal and Instrumental Music
Choral Scholars (Premier Scholarship)
Instrumental Scholars (Premier Scholarship)
Orchestral Scholars (Premier Scholarship)

Jewell Theatre Company
Theatre Performance Scholarships
Theatre Design/Tech Scholarships

Parliamentary Debate

Multimedia Journalism and Broadcasting
The Hilltop Monitor
William Jewell College Sports Network

Athletic Scholarship: NCAA Division II

Athletic scholarships are not stackable with other William Jewell grants and scholarships except for Academic Scholarship (for those who qualify) and the William Jewell Heritage Award. Click on the Athletic Recruitment Questionnaire or contact information for the sport you wish to play.

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

Cheer Scholarship: $2,000 Annually

Dance Scholarship: $2,000 Annually

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.

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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

  • Departmental Scholarships

    Dilts Undergraduate Research Award is a one-time award for a student majoring in biology and participating in undergraduate research during the first year. Requirements: 3.75 high school GPA; top 90% on a standardized test (ACT/SAT).

    Vocational & Spiritual Exploration (VSE) Award is given to students considering religious, public or humanitarian service as a primary career. VSE complements other rich programs offered at Jewell, including, but not limited to, service learning, health-related programs, education and nonprofit leadership. The VSE program involves 6 credit hours of course work plus a major or minor from the Department of Religion. Visit Vocational & Spiritual Exploration and contact Dr. Andy Pratt.

    H.I. Hester Scholarship is given annually to two students participating in the VSE program, majoring in Religion & Culture and preparing for a career in religion, public or humanitarian service. The student must excel in scholarship, service and leadership. 

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  • Select Awards

    These awards may be stackable to Academic and/or Talent Scholarship, but some restrictions may apply.

    Cardinal Grant (Amount varies)
    The Cardinal Grant is a need-based fund that is variable based on the results of the FAFSA or CSS PROFILE and other financial aid received by a student. Applicants completing the FAFSA/PROFILE prior to William Jewell’s March 1 Priority Deadline will receive priority on a funds-available basis.

    Heritage Scholarship (Amount varies)
    Awarded 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 whose sibling currently attends Jewell and has completed at least one full-time semester.

    CAPS Network Scholarship ($1,000 per year)
    Awarded annually to regularly admissible applicants who have completed a CAPS Network program. To renew, students must continue to be engaged on campus through organizational involvement, the Center for Justice and Sustainability, or participate in the annual Jewell Day of Service. Exclusions apply to the CAPS Network Scholarship for student athletes offered a total value scholarship by the Athletic Department.

    Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Scholarship ($1,000 per year)
    Awarded annually to regularly admissible applicants who complete two PLTW courses and receive a score of 6 or higher on the EOC assessments. Exclusions apply to the PLTW Scholarship for student-athletes offered a total value scholarship by the Athletic Department.

    Missouri Boys State and Girls State Scholarship ($500 per year)
    Awarded annually to regularly admissible applicants who are citizens in Missouri Boys State or Missouri Girls State programs. Exclusions 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 College Athletic Department offers verbal scholarships, agents of the college may not be aware of a students 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. Once a student is admitted, the total value is then distributed between academic, athletic, and Select scholarships (as applicable) depending on the strength of the academic record.

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