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Calhoun Scholarship Program
The application period for Calhoun Scholarships is now closed.
Calhoun Scholarship Program Quick Facts
1. One Application
- One online application allows students to be considered for ALL Calhoun Scholarship awards.
2. November 1
- The application is available online beginning Nov. 1 of each year
3. March 1
- The application deadline is midnight March 1st of each year.
- Students must fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for any Calhoun award. Why do I have to fill out a FAFSA?
5. College Application
- Students must apply for admission to Calhoun by March 1 as well.
6. Automatic Awards
- Calhoun offers several categories of automatic awards based on a student’s high school graduating rank and/or ACT score.
7. Valedictorians and Salutatorians
- The top 2 students graduating from high schools in Calhoun’s service area are eligible for 2-years of paid tuition beginning the Fall after they graduate (Note: fees are not covered). If you are interested in this award and expect to graduate as the Valedictorian or Salutatorian of your high school, contact your HS counselor, they have a form to send Calhoun to document your graduating rank. Eligibility is contingent upon a 3.0 GPA and ACT score of 20 or higher. What if my school does not rank?
- Students graduating from high schools in Calhoun’s service area with a composite ACT score of 27 or higher, upon applying by the March 1 deadline, and demonstrating a graduating GPA of 3.0 are eligible for an automatic one-year tuition award beginning the Fall Semester following their high school graduation (fees are not included). Previous ACTs
9. Principal’s Choice Awards
- Each high school in our service area receives one 1-year $1,500 Principal’s Choice Award that may be gifted to a student of their choice. Eligibility is contingent upon a 3.0 GPA and ACT score of 20 or higher. How do I pursue this?
10. Get it right
- Only complete applications (including FASFA, college acceptance, essay, transcripts) are considered in Calhoun’s selection process.
- Awardees are selected by a multi-disciplinary scholarship committee. Preference is given to in-coming freshmen with GPAs of 3.0 or greater.
12. Attend Full-time
- Scholarship students must attend Calhoun full-time (minimum of 12-hours or the contact equivalent), demonstrate class attendance and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Those receiving Foundation-funded awards must also attend the Annual September Scholarship Student-Donor Reception. What is Contact Equivalent?
- Awardees sign a Scholarship Agreement that outlines the terms of their award
14. Summer Awards
- Summer scholarships are often available for incoming freshmen who would like to start college before the Fall. How do I get one?
Note: For Fine Arts Scholarships (Art/Graphics, Chorale, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Theatre), please contact the department at (256) 306-2699 regarding its audition process. You will also need to complete the scholarship application and indicate your interest in Fine Arts Scholarships in the proper question.