Full-Tuition Scholarship Applications Due by January 13

Southwestern College is accepting applications for the Pillars Academic and Moundbuilder Spirit competitive scholarships. The college will award four full-tuition scholarships to first-year students enrolling for fall 2023. Applications are due by Friday, Jan. 13.

The Moundbuilder Spirit Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship that is awarded annually to two student leaders who are well-rounded, hardworking, and community-minded. Moundbuilder Scholars are active and service-oriented; they volunteer in their community and participate in extra-curricular activities.

The Pillars Academic Scholarship is a merit-based award that recognizes two students who show outstanding academic abilities. Pillars scholars are described as intellectually and creatively adventurous. Pillars Scholarship applicants are typically honors students who have taken advanced placement courses in high school.

"We are excited to accept and review applications and look forward to inviting finalists to campus as they vie for one of the four full-tuition scholarships to be awarded," said Stephannie Delong, associate vice president for admissions. "This is a unique opportunity and each year we have an incredibly talented group of students apply, who are kind and engaged, who make great Moundbuilders." 

The scholarships each award full undergraduate tuition, and are renewable for four years. The four scholarships are valued at approximately $150,000 each over four years. 

The competition requires that qualified students complete a competition application. Finalists will be invited to campus to complete an essay, and faculty/staff interview.  All finalists who attend the competition on campus will receive a renewable $1,000 scholarship to Southwestern. To be considered for either of the scholarships students must have submitted both their application for admission and scholarship applications by Jan. 13. For more information about each of Southwestern’s competitive scholarships visit or contact the office of admission at Southwestern College by calling 1-800-846-1543 extension 6236.

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