Outside Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

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  1. Check your high school grades or SAT or ACT scores.
  2. Compare your scores against our average guidelines.
  3. Apply!

High SchoolTrustee SholarshipPresidential ScholarshipAbbey Merit ScholarshipAll Students
GPA3.6 +3.0 +2.5 +Students who are accepted and do not fall into the range of the other scholarships
SAT1060+1000+900+Students who are accepted and do not fall into the range of the other scholarships
ACT23 +21+19+Students who are accepted and do not fall into the range of the other scholarships
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Complete the Belmont Abbey College application process and you will be awarded the scholarship you qualify for upon acceptance. Don’t forget to use our Net Price Calculator to get the full picture.

Premier Scholarships

The Premier Scholarships at Belmont Abbey College take into consideration overall GPA in addition to other factors. A student who meets the listed requirements, should first complete the application for admission to Belmont Abbey College and then complete the application(s) for the scholarship(s).

The Honors College

The Honors Fellowship is awarded to students accepted into the Honors College, the foremost academic scholarship program at Belmont Abbey College. Like the Great Books programs at Columbia, Oxford, and Notre Dame, the Honors College inspires students to pursue what Matthew Arnold famously described as “the best which has been thought and said in the world.” Here at the Abbey, students are encouraged to do this through a unique series of courses, lectures, and independent studies, in which they learn to listen to authors, teachers, and each other with what The Rule of St. Benedict calls “the ear of your heart.”

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Saint Thomas More Scholarship

At a time when Americans are increasingly interested in questions of religious liberty and the relationship between Church and State, Belmont Abbey College offers select applicants the opportunity to become Thomas More Scholars.


The Thomas More Scholarship Program of Belmont Abbey College seeks to attract and form men and women committed to the exercise of public moral courage. It is a four-year educational and social experience designed to encourage and strengthen students who are intellectually astute, morally serious, and who are interested in issues related to just government and good citizenship. Strong students interested in pursuing any academic major offered at Belmont Abbey College may become Thomas More Scholars. Applicants should also be keenly interested in subjects that were of special interest to Thomas More, such as Theology, English, Modern or Classical Languages, History, Fine Arts, or Political Philosophy.


The Thomas More Scholars enjoy several unique curricular and extra-curricular events each year. A Thomas More Seminar in subjects such as Theology, English, Fine Arts, or History is provided to each class level annually, and the yearly Thomas More Lecture features a speaker who is a paragon of public moral courage or who is an expert in the work of Thomas More and his era. The More Scholars have the opportunity to pursue a values-oriented internship in law, politics, or social service. They gather for several social events each year, including More Dessert which features late 15th-century confectionery treats prepared according to period recipes.

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Felix Hintemeyer Catholic Leadership Award

The Hintemeyer program is designed to foster the leadership potential of a select group of Catholic men and women. The program requires exemplary character; serious commitment to the truth and life of Catholicism; exceptionally strong self-motivation, initiative, and creativity; academic diligence and accomplishment; and employment of these qualities and abilities in the service of others. Throughout their four years in the program, Hintemeyer scholars strive to grow together in faith, virtue, and knowledge, and to discern through reflection and practice the nature of authentic Catholic leadership. Central to each participant’s experience will be seminars on a variety of leadership and faith topics, communal prayer and participation in the sacraments, and regular student-generated service and leadership activities on and off campus, culminating junior year in a large-scale project of the student’s own design.

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Opportunity Scholarships

North Carolina Need Based Scholarship

The North Carolina Need Based Scholarship is a need based grant. In order to qualify to receive this grant, the student must be a legal resident of North Carolina and be enrolled for at least 9 credit hours (three-quarter time) per semester. The state will determine the student’s eligibility as based on the FAFSA application. The grant amount received by the student is based upon the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

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Grants are considered gift aid and generally don’t have to be paid back. To apply for a Federal grant, students must complete their FAFSA. No additional application is required. For more information about applying for financial aid, click here.

Federal Pell Grant

The Pell grant is a federal entitlement program that provides funds to students enrolled at approved colleges. The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number on the Student Aid Report (SAR) determines the amount of each grant. This information is generated through the Department of Education and is emailed or mailed to the applicant at his/her home address.  Annual maximum and minimum awards vary. The 2018-2019 minimum award is $652. The 2018-2019 maximum award is $6095.

Eligibility is based on the following:

  • Enrollment as a regular student in an eligible program
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residence with proper documentation
  • Undergraduate student not previously receiving a bachelor’s degree
  • Must be in good standing with federal financial aid, not in default or owing a refund
  • Is in compliance with Selective Service Registration requirements
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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program is a federal non-repayable program that provides money to a limited number of undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. Supplemental grants range from $200 to $4,000 per academic year depending on your need and availability of funds. There is no aggregate limit of FSEOG funds that a student may receive.

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Additional Scholarships

CMPD Officers Clark & Shelton Scholarship

Charlotte’s Finest Legacy Foundation is excited to announce the 2016 CMPD Officers Clark and Shelton Scholarship Opportunities. These scholarships were created in memory of CMPD Officers Clark and Shelton who were killed in the line of duty on April 1, 2007. The award amount is for $2,500.

Eligibility is based on the following:

  • Applicant who wishes to pursue a career in law enforcement.
  • Applicant must be a high school senior OR a currently enrolled college student.
  • Employee of law enforcement agency may be in either a sworn or non-sworn position.
  • Employee should be employed by the agency or can be retired from agency.
  • Students interested in a career in law enforcement without an immediate family member employed at a qualified agency may still apply for the scholarship. Please note priority will be given to applicants who meet all criteria outlined in the scholarship application.
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Golden LEAF Scholarship Program

The Golden LEAF Scholarship Program is designed to assist current high school seniors and North Carolina community college transfer students. Recipients must be from certain rural counties, demonstrate both financial need and merit, and plan to attend participating North Carolina colleges and universities. The scholarship is funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation through a grant to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The number of years of scholarship support depends on the degree sought and the number of credits transferred.

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Golden Door Scholars Program

Golden Door Scholars invests in education and careers access for high-performing DACA students. Their approach includes four-year college scholarships for high-performing high school grads and professional development and internship support. Since 2013, Golden Door has awarded scholarships to 45 exceptional students from an applicant pool of over 2200 students.

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College Foundation of North Carolina

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC is a partnership of Pathways, the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc.  High School seniors from qualifying counties are eligible for up to a $12,000 scholarship ($3000 per year for four years) to attend participating colleges and universities.

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