Scholarships & Grants

Two Prestigious Competitive Scholarships

Four Full-Tuition Awards

Southwestern College has a long history of recognizing the special talents of each student. Indeed, helping students understand their potential and strengths– and in doing so preparing Moundbuilders to be service-minded citizens of the world– is a great tradition at Southwestern College.

SC believes in the merit of each student and potential of every person.

Merit and potential are exhibited in many forms. At SC we value strength of character and academic purpose, and this focus has led Southwestern College to offer four full-tuition awards. The Pillars Academic Scholarship and the Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship are competitive awards. We suggest each qualified student consider applying for one of these scholarships. Southwestern College works throughout the admission process to help meet the financial assistance needs of our students and their families. In recognition of this commitment, SC is able to consider each student for either the Pillars Academic or Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship, not both. The full description of each scholarship and qualifications can be found on the following page. If you are unsure which scholarship is a better fit for you please contact the Office of Admission at 800-846-1543.

To be considered, qualified students must:

  • complete the Pillars Academic Scholarship Application or Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship Application.
  • submit your application for admission and supporting materials to SC by Monday, January 17, 2022 (deadline extended).

Finalists will receive invitations to visit campus in February to complete an essay and interview with faculty/staff members.

Which one will you apply for?

The 2022 Competitive Scholarship applications have closed and the 2022 Competitive Scholarship applications have not opened yet. If you wish to be contacted when the 2023 applications become available, please sign up below:

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Transfer Scholarship Competition


  • One full-tuition scholarship
  • Renewable for up to three years
  • All competitors that participate in the competition receive an additional $1,000 renewable scholarship
  • Competition includes a 20-minute interview and 50-minute essay
  • Information sessions provided on academics and student life at Southwestern

Application and additional information can be found at the link below:

Transfer Scholarship

Most of our students receive some form of funding, and many of our students receive both academic and activity scholarships.

2020-2021 Academic & Activity Scholarships


  2.6 – 2.99 GPA 3.0 – 3.49 GPA 3.5 + GPA
18 – 20 ACT $12,000
Jinx & Activity
Founders & Activity
Heritage & Activity
21 – 24 ACT $14,000
Founders & Activity
Heritage & Activity
Dean & Activity
25 – 29 ACT $16,000
Heritage & Activity
Dean & Activity
Provost & Activity
30 + ACT $17,000
Dean & Activity
Provost & Activity
Presidential & Activity
Southwestern College Academic Scholarship awards will be determined at the time of admit (acceptance). Average activity scholarship is $7,000 per year. Actual activity scholarship may vary.



GPA Scholarship
3.3 – 4.0 $18,000 Provost & Activity
3.0 – 3.29 $16,000 Heritage & Activity
2.5 – 2.99 $14,000 Founders & Activity
2.0 – 2.49 $12,000 Jinx & Activity
Southwestern College Academic Scholarship awards will be determined at the time of admit (acceptance). The average activity scholarship is $7,000 per year. Actual activity scholarship may vary.


* The amounts listed in the freshman grid are based on living on campus. Should a student decide to live off-campus, the scholarship will be reduced by 40%. {1} Need-based funds will be added to the student’s base amount where appropriate. {2} Best composite ACT is used. Last test date to improve test score for financial aid is June. {3} Students may receive one activity scholarship in addition to their academic scholarship. {4} Should a student receive a scholarship from their church community, the amount of the scholarship will be matched by Southwestern up to $500 per semester ($1,000 per year). To receive the match, church funds must be received by September 1 of the fall semester (application required). {5} Southwestern scholarships are renewable provided the student maintains a 2.0 cumulative GPA. {6} Once the financial aid award is set for the year, it is guaranteed for each year thereafter, provided the student meets financial aid deadlines, the renewal GPA, and continues living on campus.

Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s academic record and ACT or SAT scores. Amounts vary and are available to incoming Southwestern students attending main campus courses. Southwestern scholarships are renewable for up to 10 semesters provided the student maintains a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Students may receive only one academic scholarship.

Activity Scholarships

There are many clubs and activities at Southwestern College.  Activities that currently offer scholarships are bolded below. Scholarships vary in amount and often require an audition, interview, or tryout with the college’s activity director or coach. Students may receive only one activity or athletic scholarship. The scholarships are renewable provided the student continues to participate in the activity and maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Athletics & Activities



Scholarship & Grant Info from Financial Aid

The Financial Aid office has additional resources and information for the following areas:


Southwestern Need-Based Scholarship

This will provide assistance to students who have high need and may not qualify for the Federal SEOG Grant. Because of restricted funds, Southwestern College limits the grant to students demonstrating financial need whose financial aid (grants, scholarships, and loans) will not meet the basic costs (tuition, room & board, and books) of attending Southwestern.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

First-time transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible to receive a $2,000.00 renewable scholarship.  Students must notify the Office of Admission and provide proof of membership to receive this award.

Tuition Exchange

Children of full-time employees at private colleges and universities that participate in tuition exchange programs are eligible for substantial tuition benefits at Southwestern College.  Southwestern College participates in two tuition exchange programs: and  Eligible individuals should identify themselves with the Southwestern College Office of Admission and apply for the benefit through the tuition exchange officer at the parent’s place of employment.

Alan Bradford Veteran Award

This grant is available to any active military personnel or veteran who enrolls at Southwestern College’s main campus in Winfield. The grant is in recognition of our veterans’ service to our country. The award is named for Alan Bradford, the first Moundbuilder killed in action in Vietnam. He is the first name listed on the veterans’ rock at Southwestern College.

The scholarship is an automatic $5,000 upon enrollment in a main campus program. It is renewable for up to four years for a total of $20,000 and can be combined with academic scholarships, veteran benefits, and federal and state financial aid. Veterans of all military branches are eligible. Service can have been completed anywhere in the world.

For more information on the scholarship and to determine eligibility, email

For answers to your veteran benefit questions, contact

Military Benefits

Military education benefits are available for students currently serving on Active Duty, for veterans who have served on Active Duty, and for their spouses and children. Learn more »

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