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Each year, Elmira College offers academic scholarships to students interested in attending our college. Each student can only be awarded one academic scholarship. If a student was to qualify for more than one academic scholarship or award, the scholarship of highest value will be awarded.


Elmira Scholars Program – Full-tuition per year

This competitive program will award five full-tuition scholarships per year to first-year, full-time undergraduate students. Eligible students will be required to complete an Elmira Scholars application, which will be reviewed by an EC committee of faculty and administrators. A select number of finalists will be invited to campus in February for an Elmira Scholars Program Day, which will include interviews and presentations to committee members. Five winners will be chosen and named Elmira Scholars.

Founder Scholarship

The Founder Scholarship is awarded to first-time, full-time students and takes into account a high school student's high school grade point average, academic curriculum, ACT or SAT (if submitted), academic letters of recommendation, and co-curricular involvement.

Elmira College Key Award

The Elmira College Key Award, sponsored by the Elmira College Alumni Association, has been awarded to students since 1935. An award of merit, the Key Award is presented to outstanding students in their junior year of high school or preparatory school. Two students from each high school will be offered the Key Award.

Langdon Award

The Langdon Award is awarded to first-time, full-time students and is based on academic and co-curricular accomplishments, character, and leadership.

1855 Award

The 1855 Award is awarded to first-time, full-time students who exemplify outstanding leadership through involvement in clubs, organizations, performing arts, and more. While academic criteria are used in the awarding of the 1855 Award, precedence is given to a student's co-curricular resume.


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

As a Phi Theta Kappa Scholar, you will receive a one-term, full-tuition scholarship to determine if you would like to earn your four-year degree at a nationally-ranked, private college.

Details of the scholarship are outlined below:

  • You must live on campus.If you choose to commute your scholarship will be 75% of full tuition.
  • You must register as a full-time student.
  • You must remain in good academic standing.
  • You can transfer 60 credits from your current college to Elmira College.
  • You must submit proof of your PTK membership.
  • You must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to enrollment.

For all subsequent terms at Elmira College, you will be awarded an academic scholarship and any need-based grants based on your academic performance.

Transfer Honor Scholarship

The most prestigious scholarship awarded to a transfer student, the Transfer Honor Scholarship looks at cumulative grade point average of all colleges attended as well as co-curricular involvement throughout college.

Transfer Achievement Award

The Transfer Achievement is awarded to a transfer student based on academic and co-curricular achievements.


Legacy Award

Incoming full-time undergraduate students who are Elmira College Legacies, are eligible for the Legacy Award per academic year, renewable each year for up to four years. Notify the Office of Admissions by January 31, if you are:

  • Dependents of Elmira College graduates (undergraduate or graduate degree)
  • Grandchildren of Elmira College graduates (undergraduate or graduate degree)
  • Siblings of Elmira College graduates (undergraduate or graduate degree)