Academic Scholarship Competition
The Academic Scholarship Competition will take place on our Deerfield campus on January 26-27, 2018. Participants will have opportunity to compete for the Presidential or Kantzer Scholarships (covering tuition, room, board, and required fees), the Regents or Ruud Scholarships (full-tuition and required fees), the Dean’s scholarships ($20,000), and the Faculty scholarships ($17,000). Students accepted into the Trinity College Honors Program are automatically eligible to participate in the Academic Scholarship Competition.
A word from past winners
Nate Schlagel (center), ’19
“Trinity did a brilliant job making a potentially stressful and intimidating competition feel like a big ice-breaker."
Hannah Smith (right), ’20
“I met so many wonderful people, some of whom have now become dear friends. The competition itself was relaxed and the staff cheered us on."
Sawyer Henderson (right), ’19
“Not only did I meet impressive students who would become my best friends during college, but also the phenomenal faculty."
In order to be considered for this opportunity, students must:
- Be accepted to the Trinity College Honors Program
Achieve a CGPA of 3.75 or higher (4.0 scale) and a 28 ACT or higher (1240 SAT or higher–Critical Reading, Math).
- Be accepted to Trinity College for Fall 2018
- Submit a completed FAFSA by January 22, 2018
FAFSA must be completed
Acceptance of invitation due
Option 1: Apply for admission to the Trinity College Honors Program. Students admitted to the Honors Program qualify automatically for the Academic Scholarship Competition Weekend.Apply to the Honors Progam
Option 2: Request opportunity to enter the competition by invitation, provided all eligibility requirements listed above are met. Students invited to participate will receive email notification of their selection.Request to enter competition
Nate Schlagel, ’19
“Trinity did a brilliant job making a potentially stressful and intimidating competition feel like a big ice-breaker. I remember how thrilled I was to be meeting dozens of people, students and faculty alike, who were intellectually gifted, academically dedicated, and thoroughly in love with Jesus Christ."
The weekend will include an optional campus showcase for all attendees, featuring a campus tour, chapel, lunch in the dining hall, and a classroom experience. The campus showcase will begin at 10:00am on Friday.
Friday, January 26 – check-in is at 4:00pm
- Dinner sponsored by the Trinity College Honors Program with President and Mrs. Dockery
- Evening social event for students, with a separate event
Saturday, January 27 – events run from 8:00am-3:00pm
- Personal interviews
- Group discussions
- Student-only lunch
Hannah Smith, ’20
“I met so many wonderful people, some of whom have now become dear friends. I even met my roommate there! The competition itself was relaxed and the staff cheered us on. I would recommend it to any prospective Trinity student!"
Following the Competition Weekend
Once the weekend concludes, elements of the competition – which consist of, but are not limited to, a personalized interview with faculty, participation in a group discussion with other competitors and a comprehensive evaluation of the student’s admissions file – will be evaluated and scored. The committee will make their recommendations to the President, and notifications of awards will be made by February 12, 2018.
*Any invited competitors unable to travel to campus will have the option to schedule their interview via Skype.
Eligible students are encouraged to apply to the honors program to enhance their experience.Honors Program Details & Application
Sawyer Henderson, ’19
“Not only did I meet impressive students from all over the world, but also the phenomenal faculty that I now get to interact with on a daily basis. Discovering that the results of the competition would help me attend the school I fell in love with was the greatest feeling in the world."