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Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants—money that does not have to be repaid—are naturally the most sought-after type of assistance. Listed below are the various sources of such aid available to Elon students which are not based on need. Learn more about need-based scholarships and program opportunities available to qualified Elon students.


Presidential Scholarships
$6,000 Annually

Presidential Scholarships of $6,000 annually are awarded to approximately the top 15 percent of entering freshmen each year. The awards are based on high school course selection, SAT/ACT scores, and class rank and/or grades. No separate application is needed. Scholarships are automatically awarded to students who meet the necessary criteria when the completed admissions application is reviewed. All Presidential Scholarships are renewable for an additional 3 years pending acceptable academic performance.

Elon Engagement Scholarships
$3,500 Annually

Elon's nationally recognized curriculum of engaged learning will inspire you to think big and stretch your imagination. Every freshman applicant will be a candidate for this $3,500 scholarship, which is renewable annually. In addition, each recipient will be given a one-time $2,000 grant to be used for an approved Elon Experience or project you design. Selection is based on your high school academic record, standardized test scores, and very important -- your application essay. This scholarship may not be combined with the Presidential Scholarship.

Engineering Program Scholarships
$8,000 Annually

Two scholarships of $8,000 annually are awarded to outstanding students admitted into Elon's Dual-Degree Engineering Program. These scholarships are renewable during the years the student is in attendance at Elon and are awarded in addition to any Presidential Scholarship that has been received.

Fellows Scholarships
$5,000 - $13,500 Annually

Elon's Fellows Programs offer exciting academic and personal growth opportunities beyond the scope of the usual college experience -- opportunities like $1,000 Elon Experiences grants, special courses, internships or paid research assistantships. In addition, each of the Fellows Programs offers scholarships to selected incoming Fellows. To be considered for one of these scholarships, students must apply and be admitted to the Fellows program. The scholarships are renewable for an additional 3 years, provided that all program requirements are met. These Fellows scholarships are awarded in addition to any Presidential Scholarship that has been received.

Applications are available online. All applications are reviewed and finalists for each program are invited to attend the Fellows & Scholarship Weekend in March. From these finalists, Fellows and Fellows scholarship winners are selected on the basis of the application, qualifications and an interview. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions, (800) 334-8448.

Performing Arts Scholarships
$500 to $6,000 Annually

Students majoring in theatre arts or music theatre may apply for talent-based scholarships which are renewable for an additional 3 years. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $6,000 (music theatre) or $500 to $2,000 (theatre arts) annually and are based on application and audition/interview. For more information, contact the Department of Performing Arts, (336) 278-5600 or visit the Performing Arts website.

Music Scholarships
$500 to $8,000 Annually

Students majoring in music, music education or music performance may compete for talent and need-based scholarships on the basis of letters of recommendation and audition/interview. Band and choral scholarships are available to both music and non-music majors. The music major scholarships range from $500 to $8,000 annually. For more information, contact the Department of Music, (336) 278-5600 or visit the Music website.

Athletic Scholarships

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics grants performance-based scholarships in all sports in compliance with NCAA Division I regulations and guidelines. Amounts vary. For more information, contact the Athletics Department, (336) 278-6800.


The U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force award three or four-year ROTC scholarships, which cover the cost of tuition and books, plus $100 per month for personal expenses. Elon provides free on-campus housing and board during the time the ROTC scholarship pays tuition. The room and board scholarship is equal to the amount of a regular double room and up to the cost of the All Access + 7 meal plan. Please contact your high school guidance office for application information.


The North Carolina legislature historically appropriated funds for students who are residents of North Carolina and attend private colleges and universities within the state. Budgetary limitations at the state level have required the legislature to discontinue several long-standing programs, including the North Carolina Legislative Tuition Grant (NCLTG), an $1850 grant based strictly upon state residency, and the State Contractual Scholarship Fund (SCSF), a grant based on student financial need. Beginning with fall semester 2012, the NCLTG and the SCSF will be eliminated. In place of these, the state has created a new program restricted to students with financial need named the North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship. Eligibility for the North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship is determined by the NC State Educational Assistance Authority and awards are based entirely upon the results of the Federal FAFSA form; therefore, students must file the FAFSA to be eligible for consideration. For more information about the North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship, .


Foundations, service clubs, churches, and corporations give away millions of dollars of scholarships each year to worthy students. Many Elon students receive this type of scholarship help in addition to other types of help they may be receiving.

Students generally seek these scholarships on their own. A good place to start is by asking your high school guidance office about community and other scholarships with which they may be familiar. Then ask about the availability of scholarships at places where family members are employed, through your church, and through any organizations to which family members belong. Finally, go to the public library for guidebooks to scholarships from foundations, corporations and government agencies, or search the Internet for similar information.

Need-Based Scholarships and Grants

To receive the following types of grant assistance, students must apply for need-based aid and demonstrate a financial "need." For information on how need is determined and the process for applying for need based aid, go to Need-Based Aid and Steps in Applying.

There are several need-based scholarship opportunities available to qualified Elon students.These scholarships are for first-time freshmen who have documented financial need. For consideration as a scholarship recipient, students must complete the Watson &Odyssey Scholars Program Application and all required financial aid forms: the FAFSA, CSS Profile and the Elon University Financial Aid Application.

Apply online to the Watson & Odyssey Scholars Program. The deadline to apply is February 10.

The ideal candidate is a student who is poised to take advantage of an Elon education, but for whom this possibility might not be an option for financial reasons. He or she will will have good preparation for college, but even stronger academic potential.



Students must file the FAFSA to be considered for these funds.

Federal Pell Grant:

For students with a high need, Pell Grants provide from $602 to $5,550 annually.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG):

Federal funds given to and awarded by the university to students demonstrating high need. Amounts vary.


Students must file the FAFSA to be considered for these funds.

North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island & Vermont State Grants:

For students who are residents of these states. Amounts vary. For more information, check with your high school guidance counselor.


Students must file both the FAFSA and the PROFILE to be considered for these funds. Funds for these programs are provided directly by Elon, as well as through donations and gifts to Elon by many individuals, businesses and foundations.

Elon University Grants:

Grants based solely on demonstrated need. Amounts vary.

The Odyssey Program and the Watson Program:

Awarded to students who demonstrate need and who meet certain other criteria as established by the scholarship donors. The university identifies eligible students on the basis of the information provided on both their admissions and financial aid applications.


For full-time students who are legal dependents of full-time ministers in the United Church of Christ. Documentation of eligibility is required.