Merit-Based Scholarships & Aid

What would you do with $115,000 for your education?
Merit-based institutional aid are scholarships, grants, and awards offered by Wells College to help you invest in the college education you deserve. You do not have to repay these scholarships and awards.

Wells College Scholarships

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.

Henry Wells Scholarship

$28,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College, not including an additional $3,000 experiential learning stipend and a guaranteed internship during the January intersession of the Scholar's first year (for a total of $115,000 over four years of study). 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 Scholarship

$25,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College (for a total of $100,000). 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.

President's Award

$22,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College (for a total of $88,000). 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.

Dean's Award

$18,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College (for a total of $72,000). Students who receive the Dean's Award show progress in their academic success and have a strong desire for continued achievement in college as well as offering unique contributions to the Wells community.  

Alumni Scholarship

$10,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College (for a total of $40,000). The Alumni Scholarship supports students who demonstrate outstanding potential to thrive and contribute as part of the Wells community. This scholarship is awarded based on evidence of individual initiative and promise, as well as potential to be a future alumni leader.

21st Century Leadership Awards

$10,000 award each year for four years of study at Wells College, 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.

FAFSA GRANT

First-year students who submit a completed FAFSA to Wells College by December 1 will receive this grant valued at $1,000. A completed FAFSA must be received by Wells College before December 1.

Empowering New York Leaders Award

This award is granted to 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). Eligible students will receive up to $1,500.

Janet Taylor Reiche ’52 Legacy Scholarships

$2,500 per year for four years of study at Wells College (totaling $10,000). Legacy Scholarships are awarded to children and grandchildren of Wells College alumnae/i 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.

Transfer Scholarships

Students transferring to Wells College and have demonstrated academic excellence in their college coursework with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 will qualify for a Transfer Scholarship in the amount of $20,000 per year for each year of study at the College. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee. Transfer students who are members of the two-year college honor society Phi Theta Kappa will automatically receive a bonus scholarship of $2,000 per year with proof of PTK membership submitted with admissions application. Transfer students with a cumulative grade point average that is below 3.0 but demonstrate active efforts to improving academic performance will also be considered for a Transfer Scholarship. Award amounts start from $10,000 per year, to be determined by the Admissions Committee.

International Students

With their unique backgrounds and perspectives, international students are an invaluable part of the Wells College community and contribute to a global living and learning environment. To support international students in their pursuit of higher education in the United States, Wells College automatically considers every international applicant for a scholarship up to $20,000 per year to contribute towards cost of attending (totaling $80,000 over four years of study at Wells). Award amount will be determined based on the student's academic record. International students in search of further financial assistance may benefit from researching scholarships from external sources. International students can also supplement their educational funding by working on the Wells College campus through the Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning. Due to the limited number of available positions each year, we cannot guarantee that all students who apply will obtain employment. Under federal law, international students may not work off-campus during their first year of study, and can only participate in off-campus employment if specific criteria are met. Please read the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website carefully to understand all stipulations regarding employment for international undergraduate students in the United States.

Wells College Grants

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. 

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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