Kalamazoo College Merit Scholarships

All students accepted to Kalamazoo are considered for merit-based scholarships. Awards range between $10,000 and $29,000 annually. Your application for admission acts as your scholarship application. Notification of awards will be mailed in conjunction with the admission decision.

Social Justice Leadership Award

Students who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice and human rights work in high school and want to pursue this commitment as ACSJL Scholars throughout their time at Kalamazoo College should consider applying for the Social Justice Leadership Award. Read more about how to apply for the award.

Additional Scholarships

K Tradition Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who have achieved a high school grade point average of 3.0 or better and who have at least one grandparent, parent, step-parent or legal guardian classified as an alumna or alumnus of Kalamazoo College. The award is $500, renewable for a four-year period. The award is open to first-year, transfer, and international applicants.

National Merit Scholarship

National Merit Finalists who select Kalamazoo College as their first choice are eligible for $1,000 (up to $2,000 if demonstrating financial need). Please consult the National Merit Scholarship Program website for additional information on eligibility and requirements.

Heyl Scholarship

The Heyl Scholarship provides support for students graduating from Kalamazoo Public Schools or earning a certificate of completion from the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC) to attend Kalamazoo College and major in one of the departments in the Division of Natural sciences and Mathematics.

Heyl Scholarships are highly competitive and are renewed annually, provided the recipient maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The scholarship covers full tuition, room, fees, and provides a book allowance; it does not cover board. A student cannot simultaneously hold another merit scholarship awarded by the College and a Heyl Scholarship. Heyl Scholarships are not based on financial need and some students may qualify for additional need-based financial aid from the College. Heyl Scholarships do cover tuition and fees for study abroad programs.

Questions about the Heyl Scholarship should be directed to Suzanne Lepley at suzanne.lepley@kzoo.edu.

Kalamazoo Promise

Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, the nationally renowned scholarship program known as the Kalamazoo Promise extended their program by partnering with Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA), a consortium of independent, liberal arts-focused colleges. As a member of the MCA, Kalamazoo College may enroll and support Kalamazoo Promise-eligible students according to the terms of the program. Promise-eligible students are eligible to receive merit scholarship aid from the College in addition to the Promise award; the level of tuition support is dependent on the qualifying years of eligibility under the terms of the Promise. For program details, please review the Kalamazoo Promise website.

Questions about the Kalamazoo Promise as it applies at Kalamazoo College should be directed to Suzanne Lepley at suzanne.lepley@kzoo.edu.

Please consult the Types of Financial Aid page for additional information on scholarships and grants typically received by Kalamazoo College through the Office of Financial Aid.

Questions? Contact your admission counselor, email admission@kzoo.edu, or call (800)253.3602 or (269)337.7166.