Scholarship Competition

Admitted high school students with a GPA of 3.6 and above are eligible to compete for our most prestigious academic scholarships as part of the Monmouth College Scholarship Competition on Saturday, January 28, 2023.

Registration has closed for this year’s event. 

Scholarship Information

Competition candidates will interview for the following scholarships during the event.

Please note these scholarships replace any previously awarded Dean’s Scholarships for all recipients.

Student Schedule

12:00 p.m. - Registration and Arrival
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. - Welcome
1:15 – 4:45 p.m. - Activities Include: Scholarship Interview, Sample Class, Summer Research & Leadership Opportunities, Residence Hall Tour
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. - Celebratory Dinner

Parents & Guests Schedule

12:00 p.m. - Registration and Arrival
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. - Welcome
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. - Summer Research & Leadership Opportunities Parent Panel
2:15 – 4:30 p.m. - Activities Include: Supporting Your Student’s Success, Off Campus Study Opportunities, Career Preparation & Support, Current Student Panel, Campus Tour
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. - Celebratory Dinner

Application Details

In addition to interviewing at the Scholarship Competition, the following items are required to be submitted to in a new tab) prior to January 15. Please note these should be submitted in PDF form or Microsoft Word document including your first and last name.

  • A one-page resume outlining your involvement and achievements in the following areas:
    • academic clubs or organizations
    • extracurriculars (arts, athletics, etc.)
    • community outreach or service (religious, non-profit organizations, etc.)
    • work experience
  • An essay of no more than 500 words on the following prompt:

The word “liberal” of “the liberal arts” is from the Latin līberālis, which means “of or belonging to freedom, relating to the freeborn condition”[1] of a person, and a liberal arts education is, at its core, liberating and intellectually freeing. The African American novelist and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison explains that “The function of freedom is to free someone else.” How do you anticipate that a liberal arts education will free you, and how do you imagine you might “free someone else”?

A limited number of virtual interviews are available for students who are unable to attend the Scholarship Competition on January 28. Please contact your admission counselor(opens in a new tab) to schedule a 30-minute Zoom interview between Monday, January 23 and Thursday, January 26 from 3pm-6pm.

Other Scholarships

Monmouth College is also pleased to offer additional scholarships(opens in a new tab) in Bagpipe and Highland Drumming, Chemistry, and for Presbyterian students. Students can interview/audition for these scholarships during the Scholarship Competition day.


Contact your admission counselor(opens in a new tab) or visit our FAQ page.