First year student Scholarships
Admission merit level
All students who apply for admission will automatically be reviewed for an academic merit scholarship. These renewable four-year scholarships range from $5,000 - $25,000.
Scholarship decisions are based on a comprehensive review of each application. If a student applies under the test-optional policy, or does not submit test scores, particular focus will be placed on the strength of the applicant's academic curriculum.
For students who choose to submit test scores, scholarship decisions are based on the GPA and test score matrix shown here.
As a reference, the average weighted GPA of the 2020 freshman class is 3.75. The average SAT and ACT scores for the class are:
- SAT 1126
- ACT 24
Questions? Contact an admission counselor.
All competitive scholarships and awards listed are available to first-year students, beginning with the Hanover College Class of 2023, and considered stackable for students not already receiving a full-tuition scholarship or award, e.g., Benjamin Templeton, Tuition Exchange, etc.
Top applicants in Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Letters and Undecided majors are invited to compete for a renewable, stackable scholarship ranging from $2,500 - $5,000.
To qualify for consideration, you must have been admitted or submitted your completed application for admission to Hanover College, with a 3.3 cumulative high school GPA and completed the scholarship application form and accompanying essay by Dec. 1, 2020.
Exceptional students who have a passion to promote diversity, human rights or social justice for race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, are invited to compete for a renewable, full-tuition scholarship award, offered to up to 10 students.
To qualify for consideration, you must have been admitted or submitted your completed application for admission to Hanover College, filed your FAFSA and completed the scholarship application by Dec. 1, 2020. You also must be able to attend the scholarship competition on Hanover's campus.
Top applicants who have indicated an interest in music - concert band, orchestra (strings) or choir - will be invited to audition for a $1,500 scholarship. The award is renewable each year upon continued ensemble participation and meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress. Auditions may be completed in-person or by video.
To qualify for consideration, you must have been admitted or submitted your completed application for admission to Hanover College and complete the scholarship application by Dec. 1, 2020.
Hanover College offers a $2,000 award to immediate relatives of Hanover alumni and current students to remind us that the most important part of the College is not its buildings but its people. The award is renewable each year provided Satisfactory Academic Progress is met.
Campus Experience Award
Hanover College offers a $1,000 award to all admitted students who visit campus through the Office of Admission or attend a one-on-one virtual admission event - such as a presentation/Q&A - during their senior year of high school and file the FAFSA (using Hanover's code of 001801) between the dates of June 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021. The award is renewable each year upon filing the FAFSA and meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Pell Promise award
Hanover College assists in meeting full-tuition for all admitted Indiana students who file the FAFSA by April 15 and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant. The award is renewable each year upon filing the FAFSA and meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
KEES Scholarship Match
Hanover College matches the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) earned by all admitted Kentucky students. The award is renewable each year provided Satisfactory Academic Progress is met.
Hanover College awards a $1,000 scholarship to all admitted Ohio students. The award is renewable each year provided Satisfactory Academic Progress is met.
Austin e. Knowlton memorial Scholarship
Hanover College awards a $5,000 scholarship to one first-year student from Ohio, with the intent to study mathematics or a related field. It is renewable for each year of attendance at Hanover College. The scholarship is funded through the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation.
Hanover College offers ten (10) $2,000 scholarships to admitted students who have participated in a FIRST Robotics Competition or a FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge Team in high school. To apply for the scholarship, applicants must complete the FIRST Scholarship form and submit a letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on their FIRST team by February 1, 2021. Scholarship applicants are not required to have been admitted by Hanover College at the time they apply, but must be admitted to the College to be selected.
Scholarship recipients are not required to major in a science, math or technology-related program.
Lilly Scholars promise
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides a 4-year, full-tuition scholarship to selected students from each Indiana county. In addition to the scholarship provided through the Lilly Endowment, Hanover College promises Lilly Scholars* a 4-year renewable scholarship equal to the value of room and board. Hanover will also fully fund a May term off-campus experience. This scholarship is extended to Lilly Endowment Scholars, beginning with the Hanover College Class of 2022. Lilly Scholars will still be required to make a $300 enrollment deposit.
*Enrolling Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship finalists will receive a one-time $1,000 book award and automatic review for a Crowe Scholarship.
Phi theta kappa scholarship
This $2,500 scholarship honors members of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society as academic achievers and peer leaders in the two-year college environment. First year college students are not eligible for this scholarship.
sage Scholars tuition rewards
Hanover College has partnered as a member in the Tuition Rewards program, sponsored by SAGE Scholars (Savings and Growth for Education), an independent organization.
By investing or saving with participating banks, credit unions, 529 Plans and other financial institutions, family members can earn “points” to provide students with guaranteed minimum scholarships at a national consortium of participating independent institutions that includes Hanover College. Starting with a student's first year, points can be redeemed for up to the full cost of base tuition and spread evenly over four undergraduate years. Tuition Rewards are provided regardless of the income or assets of the student or the student’s family.
A student’s Tuition Rewards statement must be submitted through the Account Statement page at the time the student applies for admission to Hanover College. Statements submitted after Hanover has prepared a financial aid package for a student may invalidate the use of Tuition Rewards.
|Award Name||For Consideration||Amount||Deadline|
|Hanover Grant||Admission and demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA||Varies||March 1|
|Frank O'Bannon Grant||Admission, resident of Indiana and demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA||Varies. Determined by the Indiana Division of Student Financial Aid. Most recent maximum $9,000 *||April 15|
|Academic Honors Award||Admission, resident of Indiana and recipient of Academic or Technical Honors Diploma||Determined by the Indiana Division of Student Financial Aid. Most recent maximum $800 **||April 15|
|21st Century Scholarship||Admission, resident of Indiana and successful completion of the 21st Century Scholars Program||Determined by the Indiana Division of Student Financial Aid. Most recent maximum $8,395 ***||April 15|
|Federal Pell Grant||Admission and demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA||Varies. Most recent maximum $6,095||Open throughout academic year|
* Student must complete 24 credit hours (6 course units) per year to maintain eligibility for state aid and 30 credit hours (7.5 course units) to get higher award in future years.
** Student must earn at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA through the end of the previous award year for this award to renew.
*** Students must complete 30 credit hours (7.5 course units) per year to maintain eligibility.
External Resources & Scholarships
Hanover College publicizes information from various businesses, foundations, and civic organizations about scholarships offered to students. The College is not affiliated with these groups and does not endorse their products or services. Never pay a fee to apply for a scholarship. We do our best to investigate all scholarships listed on our webpage, but we encourage you to be diligent in protecting your personally identifiable information. The links are active at the time the information was received. If you find a link not working, please try to search by the name of the scholarship and also alert our office.
Below is a sample format letter for inquiring about private student aid funds or for applying for outside scholarships. You must first identify foundations, companies, or agencies that offer assistance, and then submit according to any guidelines they provide well in advance of their published deadlines
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