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College scholarships for valedictorians are plentiful. High school students and their parents will do well to look into the renewable awards first, since they may pay the student’s way through college. The downside is the fact that these high-dollar awards limit school choice. Non-renewable scholarships -- for the student who may rely on a different grant or scholarship for future semesters -- broaden college or university options while slightly decreasing the amount of money that the freshman or the parents have to pay.

Finding College Scholarships for Top-ranked Students

Written by:  • Edited by: Amanda Grove
Published May 16, 2011
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There are five college scholarships for valedictorians that the graduating high school student should know about. Find out what it takes to apply for them and how much money they put toward a college education.

First Things First

“Southport High School” by Nyttend/Wikimedia Commons Valedictorian or not, college applicants must put together an application package for the schools they are picking out. Scholarships are offered to these contenders but not guaranteed; even as some schools offer more than one grant per semester, they are still hotly contested by students hoping to decrease the out-of-pocket cost of a four-year college education.
An application package usually consists of a high school transcript, letters of recommendation and also a brief but concise introductory letter. The student uses the latter to let her personality shine and offer some insights into academic interests. It also underscores why she is a great fit for the college -- not just academically but also with respect to long-term goals.

One-time Funds from Schools

  • Mississippi State University: Apply for this scholarship by February 1. Valedictorian students qualify for a one-time $1,000 award. Supporting paperwork from the high school principal or a guidance counselor must be on file with the admissions office by August 1. (It is noteworthy that the school also offers a PMBA program for working professionals.)
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  • Western Illinois University: The school rewards valedictorians with a $500 non-renewable A.L. Knoblauch scholarship. It is open only to entering freshmen and the school must receive the application no later than February 15. Western Illinois University offers five awards each school year.
  • Jackson Community Foundation: The organization offers a variety of scholarships to top-rated graduates of Jackson County, Michigan high schools. For example, the $1,000 Eleanor A. Ernest Scholarship is available to the valedictorian of a high school with less than 148 students in the graduating class. For schools with more students, the $1,000 Robert P. Ernest Scholarship provides additional opportunities to top-honors students. Neither of these scholarships is renewable. Applications are accepted year-round.

Renewable Scholarships

  • University of South Carolina: The Valedictorian Scholars Award is a renewable $3,000 scholarship. Successful candidates may renew it three times, for a total financial award of $12,000. While at the University of South Carolina, the student must maintain a “B” average to do so. The high school guidance counselor must mark eligibility on the college application and return it to the school on or before November 15.
  • Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus: The C.W. Post Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholars Award is open to eligible freshmen who are entering the school on a full-time basis. Standardized test scores must feature a 1300 in critical reading and math or a 1950 in critical reading, math and writing. In the alternative, the student must present with an ACT score of 29 or better. This award is high: $21,000 per year, with possible renewal up to four years. Apply by March 1 (for fall) or November 1 (if entering in the spring).

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    Traditionally, a full-ride scholarship would cover tuition, books and room and board; however, because of rising costs, the valedictorian full ride is often modified to just a reduced tuition scholarship. In the state of Indiana, it is more common to give a traditional full-ride scholarship not just to valedictorians, but also to anyone who has a high GPA and high standardized test scores, and is successful with an essay and personal interview.

    1. Ball State University

      • Ball State University offers ten Whitinger Scholars Program awards each year. Subject to annual review, the award covers full tuition, fees and room and board, and is renewable for a total of eight semesters. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a first-time honors college freshman entering the fall semester. Also required are at least a 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale, a SAT composite score of 1950 or an ACT composite of 29. The scholarship is not advertised. Honors College applicants who meet the scholarship requirements and return the written school application will be sent a separate application for the Whitinger Scholars Program, which also includes an on-campus interview and an essay.

      Hanover College

      • Hanover College has two types of full-tuition scholarships through the Global Scholars Program Trustee Scholarship and the Benjamin Temple Scholarship Program. The Global Scholar Trustee Scholarship offers not only full tuition, but also a guaranteed, fully funded off-campus spring term trip for your choice of the sophomore, junior or senior year. To qualify as a Global Scholar, you simply apply for admission to Hanover College. If selected as candidate for the program, you will be invited for a faculty interview.
        The Benjamin Templeton Scholarship Program is a renewable, four-year, full-tuition scholarship that is awarded to 10 first-year students "on the basis of academic excellence and commitment to leadership, multiculturalism and social justice." For scholarship consideration, students must apply to the college and complete the Templeton scholarship application by December 1. Two letters of recommendation, an essay and a detailed resume are also required.

      Indiana University - Northwest

      • Indiana University -- Northwest offers a scholarship covering full tuition, mandatory fees and book costs to valedictorians. It is an admission-based scholarship, and no additional application is needed.

      Marian University

      • Marian University awards five competitive full tuition scholarships each year to first-time freshmen. To qualify for this award, you must complete a Marian University Academic Scholarship Application and participate in one of two scholarship competition days. You must have a 3.75 or greater GPA and a SAT score of 1200 or an ACT score of 27.

      Oakland City University

      • The Oakland City University Honors Valedictorian Scholarship covers full tuition and room. Academic requirements include a 3.8 GPA and a combined SAT score of 1900 or an ACT composite score of 33.

      Purdue University

      • Purdue University offers the Steven C. Beering Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, room and board, and all other school expenses; it also provides spending money. Recipients may retain the scholarship to pursue master's and doctorates at Purdue. The top 100 early-application students are invited to apply for the Beering based on academic achievement and leadership ability. Finalists are invited for an interview. The number of awards varies each year, but at least one Indiana resident is always included

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        If you have a lot of money or your family has political connections or you are royalty, you may be able to skip the remaining steps.
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        Start in 8th grade, before you attend high school, visualizing your success strategy. If you wait until your junior or senior year of high school it may be too late.
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        Pick your path to excellence. Ivy League schools are looking for individuals that excel in one or more areas. If you have the brains to be the valedictorian of your high school class, then you should focus on academic excellence. If you are bright, but you have more talent in sports, then you may want to focus your efforts on becoming one of the top athletes in your state. But you don't have to be an academic or sports hero. For example, if you are able to write a symphony, start a wildly successful business, paint beautiful pictures then you may attract the eyes of an admissions officer.
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        Once you have picked your path to excellence, focus on it during your entire high school career, but don't neglect becoming a well-rounded individual. Schools can be turned off by people who are singularly focused.
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        Study like crazy for the SAT. The higher your score, the better your chances of being accepted. Start studying early, like your freshman or sophomore year. You can practice math problems or memorize vocabulary words. Take practice tests early and often.
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        Think of why you are unique and what you have to contribute to the world. That will be important in developing your essays.
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        Apply to as many schools as you can (there are 8 Ivy League schools). You might get rejected by 7, but get accepted by 1.
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        Cross your fingers, pray, or do whatever else you can think of. Sometimes life isn't fair but other times it gives you a lucky break.

    Valedictorian Scholarships

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    Name Amount
    A. L. Knoblauch Scholarship$500
    A.B. Miller Scholarship$9000
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    Academic Honors Scholarship - Lock Haven University$1000
    Academic Scholarship - FSCCVaries
    Academic Scholarship - Martin Methodist CollegeVaries
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    Barstow College Valedictorian Salutatorian Awards$500
    Ben Lippen Top Graduate Scholarship - CIUVaries
    Best of Class Scholarship - University of Minnesota DuluthVaries
    Board of Trustees Scholarship - East Central College$2000
    C.W. Post Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholars Award$21000
    Chancellor Scholarship - Oakland City UniversityVaries
    Chesley Perry Endowed Scholarship Fund/Fort Myers CampusVaries
    CMU Outstanding High School Student Scholarship$4000
    Cox Education Fund$300
    Dean's Honor Scholarship - Tulane UniversityVaries
    Dean's Scholarship - Arkansas State UniversityVaries
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    Dora E. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship - WTCVaries
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    Dr. Hal Gronlund Book Fund ScholarshipVaries
    Freshman Academic Scholarship - ASU-BeebeVaries
    Freshman Academic Scholarship - Missouri State University$7300
    Fulton Savings Bank High School Scholarship$500
    Georgia Governor's Scholarship - Columbus State University$1575
    Governor's Scholarship - Southeast Missouri State UniversityVaries
    Guy C. Lee Scholarship$1000
    H.S. and Vivian Barnes ScholarshipVaries
    Helen Taylor Memorial ScholarshipVaries
    High School Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship$1000
    Highest Ranking High School Graduate Scholarship - Univ. of HoustonVaries
    Hopwood Scholarship - Lynchburg College$14000
    Hylah Hope Camp Simmons ScholarshipVaries
    IUN Chancellor's Valedictorian and Salutatorian ScholarshipVaries
    IVCCD Director's ScholarshipVaries
    James Newton Matthews Scholars Program$1300
    Janota Scholarship for Valedictorian/Salutatorian$1000
    Jefferson Parish Council Scholarship$2000
    June S. Gardner Scholarship$1625
    KCTCS Commonwealth ScholarshipVaries
    Legacy Scholarship - Howard UniversityVaries
    Lewis and Clark Valedictorian/Salutatorian ScholarshipVaries
    Linda Blogoslawski Mlynarczyk Memorial ScholarshipVaries
    MarCraft/Wayne "Red" Hughes ScholarshipVaries
    Marvin and Corabell McKee Presidential Scholarship$1400
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    President's Class Standing Scholarship - UMAVaries
    President's Elite Scholarship - Williams Baptist College$6000
    President's Scholarship - Saginaw Valley State UniversityVaries
    President's Scholarship - Slippery Rock University$1500
    President's Scholarship - Southeast Missouri State University$2000
    President's Scholarship - TSJCVaries
    President's Select Scholarship - Williams Baptist College$5000
    Presidential Honor Scholarship - MECCVaries
    Presidential Scholars Award - University of ConnecticutVaries
    Presidential ScholarshipVaries
    Presidential Scholarship - Benedict CollegeVaries
    Presidential Scholarship - Grove City CollegeVaries
    Presidential Scholarship - Lock Haven University$2000
    Presidential Scholarship - North Florida Community CollegeVaries
    Presidential Scholarship - OPSU$1400
    Presidential Scholarship - University of ScrantonVaries
    Presidential Scholarship - USIVaries
    Regent's Scholarship - Southeast Missouri State UniversityVaries
    Regents' Scholar Award$14568
    Robert S. and Roberta K. Cohen Academic Excellence AwardVaries
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    St. Francis and Clare Academic Scholarship - St. Bonaventure LevelVaries
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    Top Graduate Award - John Brown University$1000
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    Trustee Scholarship - Simpson CollegeVaries
    Trustee Scholarship - Lycoming College$20000
    Trustee Scholarship - University of EvansvilleVaries
    Trustee Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship - SSCCVaries
    Trustees' Scholarship - NIACCVaries
    Trustees' Scholarship - Youngstown State University$4500
    TWU Presidential ScholarshipVaries
    University Scholars Program - SHU$15000
    University Valedictorian Achievement Scholarship - EOUVaries
    USC Lancaster Full-Tuition Valedictorian/Salutatorian AwardVaries
    USF Valedictorian Scholarship$1000
    Val/Sal ScholarshipVaries
    Valedictorian / Salutatorian Award - Columbia College of Missouri$1000
    Valedictorian / Salutatorian Scholarship - Florida International U.$3500
    Valedictorian / Salutatorian Scholarship - Florida Southern College

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    Public Colleges and Universities

    • One of the largest sponsors of valedictorian scholarships, public colleges and universities often receive state funding to provide tuition money to students who rank first in their classes. Scholarship amounts and the number of awards handed out vary from school to school. For example, Mississippi State's Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship awards a one-time $1,000 scholarship to any student attending Mississippi State who was named valedictorian of his high school. At the University of South Carolina, admitted freshman students who were valedictorians of their high school classes automatically earn a $3,000-a-year scholarship, renewable for four years.

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