The Elmira College Scholars Program awards five full-tuition scholarships per year to first-year, full-time students.

A committee comprised of faculty and administrators will review the Scholar Applicants and will select a group of finalists to interview. 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 scholarship essay.

Applicants need to have a 3.7 GPA unweighted academic GPA

Current high school students interested in applying should complete the Application for Admission as well as the Elmira Scholars Application through the EC Online Portal.


Application Process

In addition to the Application for Admission, eligible students will submit an essay between 500-750 words based on the following prompt.

The year is 2037. It has been 10 years since your commencement at Elmira College. Since that time how have the values of the Elmira College Mission Statement helped shape you and the way you approach the world.

All requirements for admission and the Elmira Scholars Program must be received by the Office of Admissions by December 31st at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To apply, visit your Online Portal.


Selection Process

Recipients will be notified by February 1, 2023. Winners must confirm their enrollment by April 1, 2023.


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 3.0 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 eligible for a $25,000 Trustee Scholarship. The Trustee Scholarship replaces all other Elmira College Scholarships, Grants, and Awards.


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