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About the Scholarship Competition

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The Roanoke College Scholarship Competition was designed to recognize and reward students of superior academic and leadership ability. Students will have the opportunity to compete for the scholarships listed below. Selection of semi-finalists will be based on the scholarship application and academic record. Final recipients will be determined primarily on the performance during the on-campus competition which includes a writing session and personal interview. Academic records will also be given some consideration. Applicants for the Scholarship Competition must submit the admissions application and be accepted to the College prior to the competition.

The William Beard Scholarship
Value: Approximately $200,000

The Beard Scholarship is named for the first valedictorian of Roanoke College who presented his address in 1847. This scholarship covers full tuition, standard room and board for four years, and replaces any previously awarded Roanoke College scholarships or grants. Beard Scholars are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 at Roanoke College to continue this award. Up to two Beard Scholars are recognized each year.

The David Bittle Scholarship
Value: Approximately $150,000

The Bittle Scholarship is named for one of the founders and first president of Roanoke College. Up to six Bittle Scholars will receive full tuition for four years.  The Bittle scholarship will replace any previously awarded Roanoke College scholarships or grants. A minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average at Roanoke College is required to continue this award.

The A.M. Bowman Scholarship
Value: Approximately $108,000*

The Bowman Scholarship is named for a former college benefactor and chairman of the Board of Trustees who was elected to the board in 1915.  Up to fifty Bowman Scholars will be awarded $7,000 annually.  A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required to maintain this award. 

The Christopher Baughman Scholarship
Value: Approximately $98,000*

The Baughman Scholarship is named for another founder of Roanoke College who also held the title of "principal." This $4,500 scholarship is awarded to approximately sixty scholar participants for four years.  A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required to maintain this award. 

The Julius Dreher Scholarship
Value: Approximately $90,000*

The Dreher Scholarship is named for an 1871 Roanoke College graduate who was appointed president of the College in 1879. Approximately seventy-five Dreher Scholars will be awarded $2,500 annually.  A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required to maintain this award.

The John Morehead Scholarship
Value: Approximately $80,000*

The Morehead Scholarship is named for another Roanoke College graduate who served as a College leader from 1903 - 1920. Morehead Scholars will receive $1,000 annually.   A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required to maintain this award. 

*when the value of the scholarship is added to previously-awarded Roanoke College scholarships or grants. 

Additional need-based financial aid is available for those who qualify.  You may contact the Admissions or Financial Aid Office for further information.