Wells College offers a variety of merit-based scholarships to incoming full-time students. These awards recognize students of outstanding abilities without regard to financial need. All students who have submitted a completed application to Wells College will be automatically considered for these awards. The Admissions Committee selects recipients at the time of admission based on information supplied in the application. For a full financial aid pacakge, be sure to provide a completed FAFSA to be considered for need-based financial assistance.
Includes a $3,000 experiential learning stipend that can be used towards an internship or study abroad program, as well as a guaranteed internship during the January intersession of the Scholar's first year. Henry Wells Scholars demonstrate outstanding academic achievement throughout high school. Recipients of this award are selected based on stellar academic credentials, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall excellence in the classroom.
Trustee Scholars maintain academic excellence in high school and demonstrate leadership skills through active contributions to the enrichment of the individual's school or community through active involvement in co-curricular and/or community activities.
Students who receive the President's Award demonstrate strong academic records and co-curricular achievement, and are actively engaged in communities outside of the classroom.
Students who receive the Dean's Award demonstrate strong academic records and are promising leaders in their communities outside the classroom.
The Alumni Opportunity Award recognizes students with outstanding potential to thrive and contribute as part of the Wells community.
$10,000 scholarship awarded to high school juniors for their dynamic spirit and integrity, as well as intellectual and leadership qualities. Students must be nominated by their guidance counselors, and a maximum of two qualifying students can be nominated from each school. Qualified candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 85% and demonstrate leadership ability and/or potential through school and community activities. 21st Century Leaders can finish high school with the comfort of knowing there is guaranteed financial support for their college career at Wells. By improving their performance in academic and extracurricular activities during their final year of high school, students can increase their chances to qualify for other Wells College merit-based scholarships. To download the nomination form, please visit the resources page for counselors.
First-year students who submit a completed FAFSA to Wells College by December 1 and are admitted to Wells College will receive this bonus grant.
$300 - $1,500
This award is granted to eligible students who submit a completed application for admission by January 1, 2018, and are also residents of one of the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx).
Awarded to students who have immediate family member(s) who are graduates of Wells College.
$5,000 - $10,000
Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better to qualify for the Transfer Scholarship. Transfer students who are members of the two-year college honor society Phi Theta Kappa will automatically receive a bonus scholarship with proof of PTK membership submitted with admissions application.
Wells College automatically considers every international applicant for a scholarship based on the student's academic record. Please see the International Students Information page for more details. International students in search of further financial assistance may benefit from researching scholarships from external sources.
Wells Grants are supported by the Wells College endowment and by gifts and grants it receives from generous friends of the College. All Wells Grants are awarded 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 the Admissions Committee. 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.
All students may apply for an on-campus job through the Office of Academic and Career Advising. 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 Academic and Career Advising.
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. 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.