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.

Elon University Merit-based Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships

$6,000 Annually

Presidential Scholarships of $6,000 annually are awarded to approximately the top 25 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

$4,500 Annually

Elon's nationally recognized curriculum of engaged learning will inspire you to think big and stretch your imagination. Every first-year applicant will be a candidate for this $4,500 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.

Fellows Scholarships

$5,500 - $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. Fellows scholarships are awarded in addition to any Presidential or Elon Engagement Scholarship received.

Fellows applications are available on the applicant-status page once a first-year application has been submitted. 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, (336) 278-3566.

North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

Up to $8,250 annually

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program (NCTF) is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loan for service program that provides up to $8,250 a year for up to four years ($33,000) to highly-qualified students from North Carolina who are committed to teaching special education or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field in a North Carolina public school. Elon University is one of only five partner institutions for this program. The application and selection process for NCTF is separate from the Elon Teaching Fellows program. Apply for NCTF at by the January 7 deadline. Students can receive an NCTF award and an award in one of the following programs: Honors, Elon College, Leadership or Teaching Fellows.

International Scholar Award

$3,000 Annually

The International Scholar Award is awarded to non-U.S. citizens who demonstrate outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement. Scholarships of $3,000 are renewable annually.

Performing Arts Scholarships

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

Students who major in music education, music performance, music in the liberal arts, and music production and recording arts may be considered for merit and need-based scholarships on the basis of audition, interview, and portfolio submission (for music production and recording arts).  First year scholarships include one Elon Music Scholarship (EMS) of $9,000 annually, and one EMS runner-up of $3,000 to $4,000 annually. The Music Department also awards one Odyssey Scholarship every four years.  In addition, athletic band and choral scholarships are available to music and non-music majors by audition in the fall of the first year. Awards range from $250 to $1,000 annually.  Sophomore scholarships based on demonstrated excellence as a music major range from $1,000 to $5,000 annually.  Additionally, the music department provides opportunities for students to supplement their financial aid through employment, including keyboard lab staff, music technology lab staff, recording studio staff, music theory tutors, recital/event staff, and cultural programs staff. Contact the Department of Music at (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.

State of North Carolina Funds

The state of North Carolina has created a 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,

Private Outside Scholarships - Amounts Vary

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 students who have documented financial need. For consideration as a scholarship recipient, students must complete the Odyssey Program Application and all required financial aid forms: the FAFSA and CSS Profile.

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 have good preparation for college, but even stronger academic potential.

Odyssey Program (merit and need)

Recipients of select Elon University endowed scholarships participate in the Odyssey Program, which provides additional financial, academic, social and mentoring/advising support to ensure students have the opportunity to fully participate in Elon’s many experiences. Scholarship recipients are expected to contribute to the intellectual and social climate of the university through active campus citizenship. 

All Odyssey Program scholars receive a financial aid package that meets full demonstrated financial need as well as a $4,000 Global Study grant, which may be used for a university-approved study abroad or Study USA experience.

To be considered for a program scholarship, students must complete the Odyssey Program application by January 10, 2018, and the FAFSA and CSS Profile as soon as possible after October 1, 2017. To apply for Odyssey Program, complete the form accessible from your application status page once you have submitted your first-year application.

Federal Grant Programs

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.

State Programs

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

North Carolina, Maryland & Vermont State Grants:

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

Elon Programs

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.

UCC Ministerial Discount - $2,000 annually

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