New Student Scholarships for First Year Applicants

Castleton Admissions reviews each applicant holistically; all application materials submitted are taken into consideration for initial acceptance. New Student Scholarships further recognize students’ commitment to and success in academic and extra-curricular involvement.

Students who do not initially qualify for scholarship recognition and have reason for qualification can submit a request for reconsideration prior to enrollment. Castleton offers several additional scholarships to returning upperclassmen

Parameters for all New Student Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to full-time, bachelor degree-seeking students regularly admitted by March 1, 2018, on a first come, first served basis for fall enrollment. Students may be awarded on a funds-available basis after March 1. Each scholarship is based on the eligibility criteria listed, and students must meet all eligibility criteria at the time of acceptance. Historically, applicant GPA has been calculated by Castleton Admissions using completed academic coursework on an unweighted 4.0 scale; those achieving academic excellence have been defined as having a GPA of 3.0/3.3 or higher. Currently, this framework stands where GPA exists. Where only proficiency-based grading exists, academic excellence is evaluated on an individual basis as described on the high school profile. Students are offered the highest award for which they qualify. Amounts are non-negotiable and may be used for tuition only. Scholarships are renewable provided the student maintains the specified GPA.

Valedictorian Scholarship

Any individual who can provide proof of valedictorian status from a regionally accredited or state-approved public or independent high school will be eligible for the full tuition Valedictorian Scholarship and may be invited to participate in honors programming. Class ranking must be provided on an official high school transcript. Conditions do apply. Contact admissions for details.

Honors Program Scholarship

The Castleton Honors Scholarship Program is open to eligible new first-year students who have achieved academic excellence and have earned a score of 1100 on the SAT Reading and Math sections or a composite score of 22 on the ACT will be considered for the program. Eligible students are awarded competitive scholarships of up to $11,000 per year upon acceptance to the University. Students who choose to accept the scholarship and matriculate at Castleton will be expected to participate in the Honors Program. Students in this program enroll in an Honors course every semester of the first and second years and have the option to live in Honors Housing every year. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years of full-time continuous enrollment at Castleton as long as the student maintains a 3.0/4.0 grade point average.

Academic Achievement Scholarship

First-Year Students whose permanent residence is in Vermont and have achieved academic excellence will be considered for the Academic Achievement Scholarship without regard to standardized test score. Candidates need to have completed a rigorous, college preparatory high school curriculum as determined by Castleton Admissions. Scholarships of $4,000 per year will be awarded. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years of continuous full-time enrollment at Castleton as long as the student maintains a 3.0/4.0 grade point average.

Castleton Scholars Award

First-Year students whose permanent residence is outside of Vermont and have achieved academic excellence will be considered for the Castleton Scholars Award. Candidates need to have completed a rigorous, college preparatory high school curriculum as determined by Castleton Admissions. Scholarships of $9,000 per year will be awarded to qualifying students. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years of continuous full-time enrollment at Castleton as long as the student maintains a 3.0/4.0 grade point average.

Citizenship Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $5,000 per year will be awarded to qualifying students. Students are strongly encouraged to highlight their dedication to school and community involvement as well as other achievements on their application. All decisions will be based on information from the student’s admissions file. Students must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • achieve proficiency in a rigorous high school curriculum or a 2.5/4.0 GPA.
  • demonstrated dedication and/or leadership to a school or community-based organization, volunteer program, or part-time employment.

Scholarships are renewable for up to four years of continuous full-time enrollment at Castleton as long as the student maintains a 2.5/4.0 grade point average.

International Student Scholarship

The International Student Scholarship is open to all non-citizens and non-residents of the United States. Competitive scholarships of up to $2,500 per year will be awarded to deserving students who enter Castleton on a full-time basis. The committee will consider both academic and extracurricular credentials. Awards are renewable for up to four years of continuous full-time enrollment at Castleton as long as the student maintains a 3.0/4.0 grade point average.

English Literature Scholarship

The English Literature Scholarship is open to all entering students majoring in English programs. Recipients are selected by department faculty. The award of $2,500 per year is renewable for up to four years of continuous full-time enrollment at Castleton provided the student maintains a 3.0/4.0 grade point average, remains an English major, and contributes positively to the program.

Music Scholarship

The Music Scholarship is open to all entering students majoring in music programs. Recipients are selected by department faculty and an audition is required. The award of $2,500 per year is renewable for up to four years of continuous full-time enrollment at Castleton provided the student maintains a 3.0/4.0 grade point average, remains a music major, and contributes positively to the program.

Spanish Scholarship

The Spanish Scholarship is open to all entering students majoring in Spanish programs. Recipients are selected by department faculty. The recipient's award of $2,500 per year is renewable for up to four years of continuous full-time enrollment at Castleton provided that the student maintains a 3.0/4.0 grade point average, remains a Spanish major, and contributes positively to the program.

Maple Award

*Beginning Spring 2018 to new Castleton students*

The Maple Award reduces out-of-state tuition to Vermont resident tuition. Those who qualify are residents of, or students attending secondary schools in, contiguous counties and students graduating from community colleges within these counties. In addition, students whose permanent residence is outside of Vermont and graduate from a Vermont secondary school are also eligible. Conditions do apply. Please contact admissions for details.

Yellow Ribbon Scholarship

Castleton is proud to be participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program that is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. There are five scholarships in the amount of $3,000 per year available on a first-come, first-served basis to non-residents of Vermont. Veterans who are 100% eligible under the Post-9/11 GI Bill will be considered for this scholarship. To find out if you are eligible, visit the GI Bill website