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Merit Scholarships

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Hampshire College awards a number of renewable merit-based scholarships to candidates demonstrating exceptional promise. No separate application or additional materials are required for consideration; the admissions committee nominates students for merit awards during the file review process. Merit scholarships are included in the admissions packet and reflected in the final financial aid award. Renewal of four-year scholarships is contingent upon maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

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2020-21 Scholarships for First-Year and Transfer Students

Actio in Ideas Award 

Celebrating changemakers, leaders, and students with a track record of getting things done. Candidates may have a hard time fitting their resume onto one page. 

Humanitas Award

To celebrate accomplishments among the arts, sciences, and areas in between. Candidates are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and passion for learning.

International Scholar Award

This award goes to international students who have demonstrated distinction as scholars, leaders, and active members in their communities. Through your words, your actions, and your desire to create positive change in the world, you embody Hampshire’s motto: Non Satis Scire, “to know is not enough.”

Non Satis Scire Award

For those who embody Hampshire’s motto “to know is not enough.” Candidates are students who demonstrate academic excellence across disciplines and have the potential to make contributions to the Hampshire community, in and out of the classroom.

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 

This award honors the previous leaders of Hampshire who write or speak for truth and justice. We hope and believe you will follow in the footsteps of these inspiring individuals. Candidates will probably bring too many books to move-in day and are in danger of getting lost in the Five Colleges’ many libraries.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: Transfer Students 

Scholarships are offered to Phi Theta Kappa members who have demonstrated academic excellence at their previous institution. 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

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The U.S. State Department and the Chronicle of Higher Education named Hampshire College a top producer of Fulbright Scholars.


"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 

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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