Merit-Based Financial Assistance

Finance your education through institutional scholarships, grants, and student employment
What would you do with $100,000 for your education? Wells offers merit-based scholarships and other assistance to help you receive the college education your deserve.

Wells College Scholarships

Wells College offers a variety of merit-based scholarships to entering students who are registered full-time. These awards recognize students of outstanding abilities without regard to financial need.

Henry Wells Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement throughout their high school experience. Recipients are selected based on stellar academic credentials, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall excellence in the classroom. Henry Wells Scholars are our top students and, as such, are granted a guaranteed first-year internship during Wells' January intersession, a $3,000 stipend on an internship in your junior or senior year and a $25,000 scholarship each year for four years of study at the College.

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence in high school and a strong record of service to their schools and communities. The Admissions Committee selects recipients at the time of admission based on information supplied in the application file. Presidential Scholars are awarded $22,000 per year for four years of study at the College.

Dean’s Awards go to students with strong academic records and active participation in clubs and organizations within their schools and communities.  Recipients are awarded a $20,000 scholarship per year.

Wells College Alumni Scholarships are based on evidence of individual initiative, creativity, responsibility, cooperation, and leadership ability, as well as, potential as a future alumni leader.  The Wells College Alumni Association is committed to supporting students that have demonstrated leadership as evidenced by contributions to the enrichment of the individual's school or community through active involvement in co-curricular and/or community activities. The recipient(s) will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship each year for four years of study.

21st Century Leadership Awards are presented to high school juniors nominated by their guidance counselors for their spirit, integrity, intellectual and leadership qualities. Qualified candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 90% and demonstrated leadership ability and/or potential through school and community activities (as an NCAA Division III college, athletic participation is not considered when selecting candidates for this award). The award carries with it a $40,000 Scholarship for Leaders ($10,000 per year) for four years of study at Wells College.  *Most 21st Century Leadership award recipients are also eligible for other merit-based scholarships.  The $10,000 scholarship for this award will be used to grant the maximum scholarship level allowable.

Janet Taylor Reiche ’52 Legacy Scholarships are awarded to the children and grandchildren of Wells College alumnae/i. These scholarships are valued at $2,500 per year for four years of study and are named in honor of Wells College alumna Janet Taylor Reiche ’52 who served as the first woman chair of the Wells College Board of Trustees.

Wells College Transfer Scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their college coursework. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to qualify. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee and awarded $15,000 per year.  Phi Theta Kappa students (transfer students who are members of this two-year college honor society) will automatically receive a bonus scholarship of $2000. Proof of PTK membership must be submitted with admissions application.

Wells College Grants

Wells Grants are supported by the Wells College endowment and by gifts and grants it receives from friends of the college. All Wells Grant funds are awarded by the financial aid office based on the information provided on the student’s federal student aid application (FAFSA). These funds are for undergraduate, full-time students only; they are awarded by decision of the admissions office. If your family situation does not change from year to year, your Well Grant will not change in subsequent years. Funding that allows us to award Wells Grants and Scholarships are comprised of many of the funds listed below. 

Merit and Need-based Named Scholarship Funds

  • American History and Government Scholarship
  • Arkell Hall Scholarship
  • Arthur J. and Frances E. Bellinzoni Scholarship
  • Borg Ruhle Family Scholarship
  • Elsa Livingood Bowman Scholarship
  • Helen Harper Bristol 1916 Scholarship
  • Virginia Kirk Buckingham 1933 Scholarship
  • Richard Bunn Scholarship
  • Mary Poston Burke 1934 Scholarship
  • California “Go East” Scholarship
  • Edward M. and Honora Boyer Cameron 1922 Scholarship 
  • Katharine J. Carnahan Memorial 1919 Scholarship
  • Florence Welles Carpenter Scholarship
  • Harriet Hart Christakos 1953 Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Marshall Clark 1914 Scholarship
  • Class of 1899 Scholarship
  • Class of 1918 Scholarship
  • Class of 1930 Scholarship
  • Class of 1932 Scholarship
  • Class of 1934 Scholarship
  • Class of 1935 Scholarship
  • Class of 1936 Scholarship
  • Class of 1942 Scholarship
  • Class of 1943 Zea Edmiston Hopkins Scholarship
  • Class of 1944 Scholarship
  • Class of 1945 Scholarship for Leaders
  • Class of 1946 Scholarship for Leaders
  • Class of 1954 Scholarship
  • Class of 1956 Scholarship for Leaders
  • Class of 1958 Scholarship
  • Class of 1959 Ann L. Quackenbush Scholarship
  • Class of 1960 Scholarship
  • Class of 1961 Scholarship
  • Class of 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
  • Class of 1969 Scholarship
  • Class of 1971 Scholarship
  • Class of 1973 Marianne Quattrocchi Scholarship
  • Class of 1975 Scholarship
  • Classical Fellowship Scholarship
  • E. C. Converse Scholarship
  • Florence Bush Cooper 1934 Scholarship
  • Alda Beaver Craig 1906 Scholarship
  • Martha Wiles Cusack 1936 Scholarship
  • Eleanor W. Custer 1926 Scholarship
  • Ina Fairchild and William O. Dapping Scholarship
  • Pauline Morgan Dodge 1916 Scholarship
  • Ebsary Charitable Fund Scholarship
  • Fred L. Emerson Foundation Scholarship
  • Fred L. Emerson Foundation Scholarship for Leaders
  • Fred M. and Ora H. Everett Scholarship
  • Sidney Friedman Scholarship
  • Maurice R. Greenberg Scholarship
  • Helen Holler Fultz 1975 WILL Scholarship
  • Ethel Harkness Grace 1909 and Margaret Sessions Burke 1925 Scholarship
  • Margaret Coffin Halvosa Memorial Scholarship
  • William Randolph Hearst Scholarship
  • Sarah Knipe Herrmann 1903 Scholarship
  • Anna Couch Hetherington 1916 Pre-medical Scholarship
  • Ruth Maijgren DeWitt Hill 1928 Scholarship for Leaders
  • Alice Burgess Hinchcliff 1925 Memorial Scholarship
  • William A. Holloway Memorial Staff Scholarship
  • Lillia Babbitt Hyde Scholarship
  • Jephson Educational Trusts Scholarship for Leaders
  • Ione Davis Jones 1931 Scholarship
  • Pauline Jones 1918 Scholarship
  • Ada Howe Kent Scholarship
  • Adalaide Ball Kirby 1934 Global Learning Scholarship
  • The Sandra Adler Leibowitz 1952 Fund for Study Abroad
  • Pamela Lewis 1980 Scholarship
  • George Link Jr. Scholarship for Leaders
  • Jeannik Méquet Littlefield 1941 Scholarship for Leaders
  • Louise McCoy McKinstry Loomis 1946 Scholarship
  • Katharine Bogart Lovett 1871 Scholarship
  • Kerr Duncan Macmillan Scholarship 
  • Marcia Strickler Maxon 1940 Scholarship for Leaders
  • Virginia A. McGuire 1931 Scholarship
  • Genevieve Allen McIntosh 1910 Scholarship
  • Harris McIntosh Scholarship
  • Margaret Martindale Meserole 1976 Scholarship
  • Lina J. Michel Scholarship
  • Minnesota Wells Club Scholarship
  • Lois Parker Moen 1933 Scholarship
  • Ann Roberts Moody 1939 Scholarship
  • Edith Brett Morehouse Scholarship
  • Nellie L. Morss 1888 Scholarship
  • Barbara Flowers Murray 1944 Scholarship for Leaders
  • Sarah Burton Nelson 1946 Scholarship
  • A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation Scholarship
  • Oaklawn Scholarship
  • Patti McGill Peterson Scholarship
  • Mary Hunter Pullen Scholarship
  • Nancy Ann Reed 1950 Scholarship
  • Lloyd S. and Florence T. Riford Scholarship
  • Schurmeier Scholarship
  • Herman and Margaret Schwartz Scholarship
  • Ann Barker Smith 1945 Scholarship
  • Marian H. Smith 1910 Scholarship
  • Ruth Pfeiffer Smith 1938 Scholarship
  • John Ben Snow Scholarship
  • Meribah Starbuck 1924 Scholarship
  • C.V. Starr Scholarship
  • Surdna Scholarship
  • Ruth P. Thomas Scholarship
  • Katharine Marr Turtle 1926 Scholarship
  • Katharine Marr Turtle 1926 Fund for the Arts
  • Janet Walker 1895 Scholarship
  • Julia D. Weihe Scholarship
  • Margaret Hempstead Wells and Richard Dean Wells Scholarship
  • Western Pennsylvania Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Chapin White 1905 Memorial Scholarship
  • Caleb T. Winchester Scholarship
  • Mary Morrow Woods 1938 Scholarship
  • Mary Morrow Woods 1938 Scholarship for Leaders
  • Alice Ostrander Wright 1936 Scholarship
  • Robert W. and Alberta P. Zabriskie 1932 Scholarship for Leaders
  • Arcadia C. and Jorge E. Zalles Scholarship 

Wells Student Employment

All students may apply for an on-campus job through the Office of Experiential Learning and Career Services. Students must complete an employment application and interview successfully to receive a job placement. Wage is determined by the nature of the job and the qualifications of the applicant.

There are two student employment programs: Federal Work Study and the Wells College Student Employment Program. Student employment allows you the ability to earn money needed for educational expenses. To be paid under the Federal Work Study Program, a student must demonstrate financial need. Most students, regardless of financial aid eligibility, can be employed under the Wells College Student Employment Program. Students will have an opportunity to apply for on-campus and off-campus jobs, but ultimately the job assignment of every student worker lies with the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning. Wells College will pay at least minimum wage but there are many positions on and off-campus that pay at a higher rate. Wells College standard job award is $1,850 (6 hours/week). Students receive a paycheck in their name for hours worked during the scheduled pay period

Tuition Exchange Benefits

Wells College participates in the tuition exchange program that allows the children of faculty and staff at Tuition Exchange (TE) member institutions to apply for tuition benefits at Wells College. Eligible students must submit a tuition exchange application to the College by February 1, in addition to a completed admissions application. Students will be selected for TE awards based on a review of their application for admissions, and selected candidates for TE will receive a set tuition award of $35,000 for the 2017-18 academic year. Students must be enrolled full-time to receive these benefits. Students who are eligible for New York State Tuition Assistance Program Awards and/or PELL grants may see adjustments to the exchange amount awarded.

Tuition exchange funds may not be applied to study abroad programs; TE recipients are responsible for all expenses associated with study abroad. In addition, TE candidates may receive the benefit for up to eight semesters while at Wells.

Wells College promises a relevant liberal arts and sciences education. Intellectually challenging. Reinterpreted for today. Classroom teaching combined with hands-on learning. Wells graduates enter the world prepared for successful futures.

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