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At Randolph we honor exceptional students with a variety of grant and scholarship opportunities.

Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership experience, and community involvement (among other things), grants and scholarships can help pay for your journey at Randolph. Transfer students are also eligible for merit scholarships. Among the grant and scholarships opportunities you’ll find:

The Presidential Scholarship

The top merit award available to Randolph College students, the Presidential Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship offered to select first year applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic qualities along with significant extracurricular pursuits.

*International students are not eligible to receive the Presidential Scholarship. 

Students admitted to Randolph College and meeting the criteria listed below are eligible to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship.

Competitive applications will reflect a high school GPA of at least 3.80 (weighted) accompanied by a challenging curriculum of study. Randolph College is test optional, but if a student believes their standardized test scores will enhance the merits of their application, they are encouraged to offer them as part of their submission.

Applicants are required to submit a 1-3 page, double spaced writing sample or a 3-5 minute presentation. Each submission will need to be accompanied by at least two letters of recommendation which may include but are not limited to: teachers, counselors, coaches, community leaders, or other persons with non-familial relationships. Semi-finalists will also be required to complete an interview with the scholarship committee.

*The Presidential Scholarship is a tuition-only scholarship which replaces all other institutional scholarships and grants offered by Randolph College.

  • To Apply: Application deadline for 2024-25 submissions has passed.
  • Submission Deadline:  January 26, 2024
  • Winners Announced:   Week of March 4, 2024

Randolph Grants and Scholarships

At Randolph, we believe in transparent, straightforward grants and scholarships awarded on the basis of academic achievement. We take the time to assess each student’s application holistically.

We recognize and reward ongoing academic excellence. If you maintain satisfactory progress toward your Randolph College degree, your awards will be renewed for your second, third, and fourth year.

Be sure to present a complete picture of yourself when you apply for admission so that you will receive full consideration for scholarship support.

  • Alumni Referral Award ($1,000)
  • Campus Visit Grant ($1,000)
    • This grant requires the student to experience an official campus visit as determined by their admission counselor.
  • e-Sports Scholarship ($500 – $1,000)
    • This scholarship requires e-Sport experience and willingness to join the Randolph e-Sports Team.
  • FAFSA Filing Grant ($1,000 included in WildCat Commitment)
    • This grant requires that eligible students file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship ($1,000 – $3,000)
  • Jolley Bruce Community Fellows Scholarship ($2,500)
    • This scholarship requires the student to have a history of community service engagement, as indicated on the application for admission, and financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  • LEAP-Local Educational Access Program ($12,000 – $17,000)
    • This award program requires that a student lives in Lynchburg or the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and Nelson.
  • Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholarship ($500-$10,000)
    • This scholarship is based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA and by meeting the Foundation’s demographic requirements. No application required.
  • Let Wisdom Rise Scholarship ($1,000 – $3,000)
    • This scholarship is by invite only and requires the student to complete an interview with a Randolph professor.
  • Monacan Nation and American Indian/Native American Scholarship ($3,000)
    • This scholarship requires the student to complete an application and write a compelling essay.
  • Museum & Heritage Studies Scholarship ($1,000 – $2,000)
    • This scholarship requires the student to complete an application and write a compelling essay.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Richmond Alumni Referral Scholarship ($2,500)
    • This scholarship requires a referral form to be completed by a Richmond area alumni.
  • STEM Scholarships ($1,000 – $7,000)

*The figures listed above are based on an annual amount per scholarship. Many of the above scholarships are only awarded to first-year or incoming students. Current students interested in Randolph College grants and scholarships should contact financial aid for further information.

Scholarships from Outside Sources

Tips for Outside Scholarships: 

  • Search for a Variety of Scholarships: Start local then work your way out. The Financial Aid Office recommends exploring multiple sources for scholarships, including churches and community organizations, branches of the military, Masonic Lodges, Elks and Moose Lodges, American Legion and VFW posts, local businesses and trade unions, your high school, as well as parents’ employers who may offer scholarships to their employees’ dependents.
  • Don’t Be Discouraged: Always read the requirements for the scholarship and don’t be discouraged by the name of a scholarship. You may not meet all of the requirements for a particular scholarship, but if you are the only person who applies, you could be the recipient.
  • Avoid Scholarship Scams: You should never have to pay or purchase a product in order to apply or receive a scholarship. Click here for more information on avoiding scholarship scams.

Remember there are numerous scholarship programs available. Student’s must take responsibility to search for outside scholarships. Below are links to various scholarship websites that have been proven helpful to Randolph’s students.

The Financial Aid Office also maintains a list of specialized scholarships, targeted towards students with specific backgrounds, interests, and future goals. If you do not find what you are looking for here, send us an email or stop by our office at the Admissions Welcome Center. 

Outside Scholarship Opportunities:

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