Student Services

The scholarship application closed at midnight on March 1st.

We are currently reviewing applications. Application status letters will be sent by mail beginning the week of March 10 and award notifications will be sent by mail beginning the week of March 17.

Calhoun Scholarship Program Quick Facts                ≡ Printer Friendly TablePDF





One Application

One online application allows students to be considered for ALL Calhoun Scholarship awards.


November 1

The application is available online beginning Nov. 1 of each year


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?


College Application

Students must apply for admission to Calhoun by March 1 as well.


Automatic Awards

Calhoun offers several categories of automatic awards based on a student’s high school graduating rank and/or ACT score.


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. 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 are eligible, upon applying by the March 1 deadline, for an automatic one-year tuition award beginning the Fall Semester following their high school graduation (fees are not included). Previous ACTs


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. How do I pursue this?


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.


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.


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.