New Student Scholarships for First Year Applicants 16-17

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. Please visit the Financial Aid page to view the offerings.

Parameters for all New Student Scholarships:

Scholarships are awarded to full-time, bachelor degree seeking students regularly admitted by March 1, 2016 on a first come, first served basis for fall 2016 enrollment. Students may be awarded on a funds-available basis after March 1. Limited scholarships are available for spring enrollment as listed. Each scholarship is based on the eligibility criteria listed, and students must meet all eligibility criteria at the time of acceptance.

Applicant GPA is calculated by Castleton Admissions using completed academic courses only on an unweighted 4.0 scale. 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. Castleton offers several additional scholarships to returning upperclassmen. 

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. Students who enroll during the fall or spring semesters may be eligible. Conditions do apply. Contact admissions for details.

Honors Program Scholarship

The Castleton Honors Scholarship Program is open to eligible new first-year students who enroll during either the fall or spring semester. Eligibility criteria: 

Reading and Math Combined SAT /ACT Composite Score High School Grade Point Average Scholarship Amount
1100 or higher / 24 or higher 3.3/4.0 or higher (88/100) Up to $10,000

Eligible students are awarded scholarship 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.

Castleton Honors Program Scholars can learn more about the funding source of their scholarship here.

Academic Achievement Scholarship

First-Year Students whose permanent residence is in Vermont with a recalculated high school GPA of 3.3/4.0 (88/100) or higher 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 to qualifying students in the fall or spring semester. 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. International students may also qualify.

National Scholars Award

First-Year students whose permanent residence is outside of Vermont and within the United States who have a recalculated high school GPA of 3.0/4.0 (85/100) or higher will be considered for the National Scholars Award in the fall or spring semester. Candidates need to have completed a rigorous, college preparatory high school curriculum as determined by Castleton Admissions. Scholarships of $8,000 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 $2,500 per year will be awarded to qualifying students. These scholarships will be awarded to new first-year students entering Castleton in the fall or spring semester. Interested 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 a minimum high school grade point average of 2.5/4.0 (80/100)
  • demonstrated longstanding dedication and/or leadership to a school or community based organization, volunteer program, or part-time employment

Students must demonstrate unmet financial need (FAFSA Required). Eligible students are notified of scholarship in their Financial Aid award beginning February 1st. 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 $5,000 per year will be awarded to deserving students who enter Castleton on a full time basis during the fall semester. The committee will consider both academic and extra-curricular 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. International students may also be considered for all other scholarships with the exception of National Scholars Award, Citizenship and Yellow Ribbon Scholarships.

English Literature Scholarship

The English Literature Scholarship is open to all entering students in the fall semester majoring in literature. 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 in the fall semester majoring in music. 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 in the fall semester majoring in Spanish. 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.

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 their website. For consideration, your certificate of eligibility must be presented to Merle Bronson, Castleton's VA Certification Officer, upon acceptance to the university. Please contact Merle Bronson with questions at (802) 468-1212.