Note: New awards for this Scholarship are only made to incoming first-year and transfer students for a particular academic year. Students who did not receive this scholarship as an incoming first-year or transfer student cannot receive the scholarship in a future year.
The Provost's Scholarships are based on a student's high school or transfer academic record. There is no application form for this scholarship. The required information is supplied as part of the application for admission.
The Admissions Office uses official high school transcripts and official test scores to identify eligible first-time freshmen students. Transfer students are required to have a 3.0 cumulative college grade point average. Students from high schools that do not rank shall be awarded the Provost's Scholarship based solely upon their SAT/ACT scores. Students are notified of their Provost's Scholarship awards in the admissions acceptance letter.
Continuance of your Provost's Scholarship is based on a yearly G.P.A. In other words, even though your overall G.P.A. might be higher than the minimum, you would lose the scholarship if your G.P.A. for the most recently completed academic year did not meet the minimum. For example, a student who received a scholarship during the 2009-2010 academic year would have to achieve the minimum G.P.A. during that academic year in order for renewal of the scholarship during the 2010-2011 academic year. A student's eligibility is checked every two semesters. So, for example, the eligibility of a student who begins attendance in a spring semester would be reviewed at the end of each fall semester.
To be eligible for scholarship renewal, the student must:
- maintain a 2.8 grade point average over the freshman academic year, a 3.0 grade point average each following year
The deadline for admitted students to update information that might increase the Provost's Scholarship beyond the amount awarded at the time of acceptance or make them eligible for a Provost's Scholarship is March 1, (June 1 for Transfer Students). Students are responsible for communicating to the Admissions Office any such increases in SAT, ACT, or class rank prior to March 1, (June 1 for Transfers) of their senior year.
SAT scores represent the combined Verbal/Critical Reading and Math sections only of the New SAT and the previous SAT I exams.
The amount of the Provost's Scholarship award may be adjusted upon receipt of new information at any time prior to March 1 (June 1 for Transfers) for fall enrollment. Adjustments to Provost's Scholarships are not allowed after March 1 (June 1 for Transfers).
* Messiah College reserves the right to adjust the amount of a Provost's Scholarship in cases when the student is a member of a graduating class with fewer than 40 students.