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The Elmira College Scholars Program awards five full-tuition scholarships per year to first-year, full-time students. In addition to the Application for Admission, eligible students will complete an Elmira College Scholars Application which includes specific questions about why the student is interested in Elmira College. A committee comprised of faculty and administrators will review the Scholar Applications and will select a group of finalists to interview on campus. From the finalists, five students will be chosen as Elmira Scholars.


When reviewing applicants for the Elmira College Scholars Program, the committee will review holistically, meaning a thorough and comprehensive review of an applicant’s complete file will occur. The committee will review high school transcripts, academic profiles, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and video essay.

In general, an applicant should have earned a minimum 3.9 (94 average) GPA at the time of graduation.

Application Process

Students will complete the Elmira College Application for Admission and will be required to submit official SAT or ACT scores to be considered for the Elmira Scholars Program. In addition, students must complete an Elmira Scholars Program Application. All requirements for admission and the Elmira Scholars Program must be received by the Office of Admissions by December 11th at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To apply, visit your online portal: Online Portal  

Selection Process

A committee comprised of faculty and administrators will review all Elmira Scholars Program applicants to determine the 10 finalists who will be invited to campus for Elmira Scholars Day, scheduled for late February. Finalists will be notified by December 16. As part of Elmira Scholars Day, finalists will interview with the scholarship committee and give an original presentation. In early to mid-March, the five Elmira Scholars will be announced. Winners must confirm their enrollment by May 1.

Scholarship, Benefits, and Requirements

Elmira Scholars will receive a full-tuition scholarship renewable at the level of the entering year for up to four years of continuous enrollment, less any Federal and/or State Grants (e.g. Pell, TAP, other). The Elmira Scholars benefit replaces all other Elmira College Scholarships, Grants, and Awards. Elmira Scholars are required to file a FAFSA and live on campus each year. A minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA must be achieved at the end of each academic year and the student must be considered in good standing at Elmira College to retain the scholarship. Elmira Scholars also receive access to honors seminars and courses.

Those finalists who are not selected as an Elmira Scholar will be awarded a $25,000 President’s Award. The President’s Award benefit replaces all other Elmira College Scholarships, Grants, and Awards.