Merit Scholarships

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Hampshire College awards a limited number of renewable scholarships, based on merit, to admission candidates demonstrating exceptional promise. Students applying to Hampshire do not need to submit any additional materials to be considered for a merit award; the admissions committee nominates qualified applicants to a scholarship committee that makes those decisions. Scholarship awards are included with offers of admission. Renewal of four-year scholarships is contingent upon maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Merit awards reduce the need-based Hampshire Grant, if eligible.

Merit-Based Scholarships for First-Year and Transfer Students

Humanitas Award
To celebrate accomplishments among the arts, sciences, and areas in between. Candidates may love to read, write, and investigate, and they see connections across disciplines with ease.

Non Satis Scire Award
For those who embody Hampshire’s motto “to know is not enough.” Candidates are hands-on learners, risk-takers, and community builders.

Novitatis Award
For inventors, entrepreneurs, design thinkers, problem solvers, and tinkerers. Candidates may be guilty of disassembling remote controls, microwaves, and even car parts just to see how they work. Students who have participated in FIRST Robotics programs will be given consideration for this merit award. Learn more about FIRST.

Scribere Verum Est Award
To celebrate promising and accomplished writers and creators of fictional worlds. Candidates will probably bring too many books to move-in day and are in danger of getting lost in the Five Colleges’ many libraries.

Sustainable Futures Award
For students who demonstrate interest and love for the environment, sustainable design, and eco-friendly solutions. Candidates probably have blueprints for their dream tiny house and enjoy the thought of living on a 100% solar campus.

Actio in Ideas Award
Celebrating change-makers, leaders, and students with a track record of getting things done. Candidates may have a hard time fitting their resume onto one page. Raise scholarship funds are included in this award. Learn more about Raise micro-scholarships.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: Transfer Students
Scholarships are offered to Phi Theta Kappa members in amounts up to $15,000 per year. To be eligible, Phi Theta Kappa membership must be indicated at the time of application, either on an official transcript or by submitting a copy of the Phi Theta Kappa membership certificate.



Hampshire is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

2016-17 Fulbright top producer badge


The U.S. State Department and the Chronicle of Higher Education have named Hampshire College a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for 2016-17. Hampshire is one of 11 bachelor’s institutions to receive the designation this year.



"There are two reasons why Hampshire graduates achieve so much. One is the kind of person the college attracts. The other is what the college does for them by equipping them to become their own wide-ranging explorers and connection-seekers."

Loren Pope, Colleges that Change Lives (2006)

Hampshire College is a member of Colleges that Change Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.

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