How to Apply for New Student Scholarships at JSC
In an effort to make college as affordable as possible, Johnson State College is pleased to offer a number of scholarship opportunities. First-year and transfer students who wish to be considered for a scholarship must be accepted by March 1 for the upcoming academic year and be planning to enroll full time (12 or more credits/semester) in both the fall and spring. Applicants interested in scholarships based on financial need should file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after January 1 — preferably using final federal tax information, although estimates can be used if needed in order to meet our March 1 deadline.
Decisions are based on information in students’ admissions files; no separate application is required unless a student is applying for the START Scholarship.
In awarding scholarships, JSC considers a student’s academic preparation as reflected by transcripts, courses taken and letters of recommendation as well as the admissions essay. Some scholarships consider additional criteria as noted below. Students selected to receive scholarships will be notified in writing.
Available New Student Scholarships
JSC Success Scholarship
$2,000-$7,200 awards; vary based on the strength of your admissions application; residency and financial need may be considered. Scholarships are renewable up to four consecutive years; scholarship recipients must remain enrolled full time and maintain a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher. (Good Neighbor and Tuition Break students are not eligible for the JSC Success Scholarships.)
Agnes Lindsay Trust
$1,000 one-time award based on availability of funds; for rural New England residents with financial need.
Arthur Dibden Talent
$1,500 one-time award; for students with exceptional talent who are majoring in art, music, theater or writing.
Boys’/Girls’ State Award
$1,000 one-time award; for students who participated in this program during high school and write about it in their admissions essay. (First-year students only)
$1,000 per year, renewable for four consecutive years with full-time enrollment and a 3.0 semester GPA or higher; for students with exceptional academic ability who rank in the top 25% of their graduation class. (First-year students only)
C.V. Starr Scholarship
$1,000 one-time award based on availability of funds; for Vermont residents primarily with financial need but also based on academic achievement.
Eagle Scout/Gold Award
$1,000 one-time award; for Boy Scouts with the Eagle Scout rank and Girl Scouts with the Gold Award who write about their involvement in their admissions essay. (First-year students only)
JSC Institutional Scholarship
$1,000 one-time award; for students who have shown academic promise during their high school years. Financial need may be considered. (First-year students only)
Safford Math Scholarship
$500 one-time award named for distinguished Vermont mathematician Truman Safford; for mathematics majors with demonstrated academic achievement, with priority given to Vermont residents.
The “Student Transition, Achievement, Retention and Teaching”(START) Scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students majoring in biology or environmental science with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Transfer students must have fewer than 60 college credits. Students can receive up to $10,000 per year for four years to satisfy unmet financial need. A separate application is required; it can be downloaded on the START Scholarship page.
START Mathematics Scholarship
The “Student Transition, Achievement, Retention and Teaching” Mathematics Scholarship covers the unmet financial need for tuition over four years for an incoming Vermont student majoring in mathematics. A separate application is required. Learn more about this scholarship here. (First-year students only)
G. Thomas Fisher Scholarship
$500 one-time award named for Dr. Thomas Fisher, composer of JSC’s Alma Mater and director of the former JSC Men’s Ensemble. Students must show promise for choral singing and be pursuing a degree in music or musical theater. The recipient must participate in two of the JSC choral ensembles during their first year at JSC. Auditions are required. (First-year students only)
Transfer Incentive Scholarship
$1,000 renewable award; for full-time transfer students who have shown academic promise in their prior college endeavors. Financial need may be considered.
Vermont Valedictorian/Salutatorian 100% Tuition Waiver
Awarded to valedictorians and salutatorians of any Vermont public or private high school approved by the Vermont Board of Education; renewable up to eight consecutive semesters. Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Non-resident Valedictorian 50% Tuition Waiver
Awarded to out-of-state valedictorians; renewable up to eight consecutive semesters. Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Non-resident Salutatorian 25% Tuition Waiver
Awarded to out-of-state salutatorians; renewable up to eight consecutive semesters. Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Johnson State College is an NCAA Division III institution and per NCAA regulations is prohibited from offering any athletically related financial aid. Athletic participation, leadership or ability is never considered in selecting recipients for scholarships offered by the college.
As with all Johnson State College students, any NCAA Division III student athlete is permitted to receive institutional grants and scholarships offered by the college if the criteria are met.
Contact the JSC Student Financial Services
Phone: 802-635-1671 or 800-635-2356
Office of Student Financial Services Johnson State College
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656-9464